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To: Kirk © who wrote (19098)7/20/2017 1:28:43 PM
From: E_K_S
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Here is a link to The Grahm No. Valuation Model built using Google Sheets Notice the Data and Set-Up tabs at the bottom of the main sheet. You can see how all the Yahoo Finance data is loaded in Set-up and the specific company ticker Yahoo URL in the Data Sheet.

There are a lot of very powerful features. Google Sheets even has the hooks to run scripts, similar to what MSFT does w/ virtual basic.

Google Sheets allows Python and other programming scripts.

Try uploading one or more of your Excel spreadsheets into a Google Sheet and just see if it works and/or you need to edit some of the formulas.

I have done this for a few sheets out on the Internet and most worked. Only those with scripts had a problem working but i did not drill down into the scrip to see what was the issue. I was able to launch the Google script editor that is part of the tools option in Google Sheets.

Good luck.


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To: PMS Witch who wrote (19092)7/20/2017 2:58:08 PM
From: Jurgis Bekepuris
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Thanks, but this does not work for me. I need things like company market cap and this does not provide it.

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To: Kirk © who wrote (19093)7/20/2017 3:00:39 PM
From: Jurgis Bekepuris
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Thanks, but I have to use Excel, I cannot port to Google Sheets. I have >300 Excel spreadsheets (spreadsheet per company) and porting them all to Google sheets would be nightmare.

Also, I don't need quotes. Quotes are easy to get. I need things like market cap.

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To: Jurgis Bekepuris who wrote (19101)7/20/2017 3:21:02 PM
From: Kirk ©
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Please keep us posted if you find an acceptable solution. I'd rather not spend the time to port my Excel sheets over....

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From: JakeStraw7/21/2017 10:57:08 AM
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Microsoft Corporation had its price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $75.00 to $86.00. They now have an "outperform" rating on the stock.

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To: JakeStraw who wrote (19103)7/21/2017 11:10:56 AM
From: Don Green
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price target raised by analysts at BMO Capital Markets from $75.00 to $86.00

Most likely done by a computerized analysis

Computerized algorithms are quickly replacing single-stock analysts and investors, leading to big changes in the way the stock market will value companies and increasing the chance that software glitches or hack attacks will jeopardize market stability.

Technological forces—including high-frequency trading, an explosion in exchange-traded funds and the proliferation of free information via social media—are behind this seismic shift, according to Nicholas Colas of ConvergEx Group.

"The changes that started with high-frequency and algorithmic trading are just the first step to an entirely different process of determining stock prices," Colas wrote in a sweeping note to clients Monday. "Will an equity market running on algorithmic autopilot serve to tie the managers of capital (senior executives) to the ultimate owners (shareholders) as robustly as one dominated by flesh-and-blood money managers? It seems a stretch to think so."

In other words, we've come a long way from the days of the Buttonwood tree and Benjamin Graham.

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From: Eric L7/22/2017 10:30:43 AM
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The Cloud Game (Business Insider) ...

Below are the openining and closing paragraphs of a very good long article. IBM and Oracle are discussed as well as the big 3.

>> The cloud wars explained: Amazon is dominating, but Microsoft and Google are striking back

Matt Weinberger
Business Insider
July 22, 2017

The cloud computing market is dominated by some familiar names. Amazon's cloud service is its most profitable unit. Microsoft has pegged its future to its cloud computing businesses, leading to a very enthusiastic response from Wall Street. Google, too, is betting big on cloud computing as something that could be bigger than its advertising business.

What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise technology a decade ago — Amazon — beating the pants off everyone else? Here's the state of play in the cloud game.

The most important concept in cloud computing is "hyperscale." To support their own websites and services, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have all built a ton of computing infrastructure. Their data centers are vastly bigger — and way more efficient — than those operated by or could be built by most other companies. ... <Big Snip>

there's clearly not space in the market for everyone, and there have already been some shakeouts. GoDaddy just sold off its cloud computing division. Early cloud provider Rackspace pivoted to offering support for others' platforms, and HP and VMware both threw in the towel entirely. It's expensive to compete with Amazon. ... Amazon and Microsoft have the no. 1 and no. 2 slots locked down for at least the next few years. "The fight now is for no. 3" ... {In a few years]"Amazon will still be the leader, and Microsoft will have closed the gap to be a strong second" <<

Full article at link above.

- Eric L -

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From: Don Green7/22/2017 7:22:13 PM
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Windows 10 is SHARING your files with the internet - here's how you can stop it

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From: Don Green7/22/2017 7:23:28 PM
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LinkedIn’s new desktop app arrives on Windows 10

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From: Don Green7/24/2017 2:26:46 PM
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Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows XP in businesses

More than half of companies now have at least some Windows 10 PCs, says research.

The use of Windows 10 in business has now overtaken that of Microsoft's aging and out-of-support Windows XP, according to a survey.

In March this year, Windows XP, which went on sale in 2001, was running on 14 percent of laptops and desktops in businesses across the globe, according to data from Spiceworks, and Windows 10 had a share of nine percent. Now Windows 10 is at 13 percent, while XP has slipped to 11 percent of desktops and laptops, according to the company.

The operating system to beat remains Windows 7 which, according to the survey, is running on 68 percent of PCs in business. Windows 8 has a share of five percent and macOS is at two percent.

According to Spiceworks, as of the end of July, 60 percent of global organizations were using Windows 10, which launched almost two years ago. This is perhaps not as impressive a statistic as it sounds because Spiceworks includes any company that has one or more PCs running Windows 10, although Spiceworks said that 60 percent adoption rate put Windows 10 ahead of XP, Windows 8, and Windows Vista. And it suggests that the majority of businesses are at least testing Windows 10, ahead of further deployment.

Spiceworks' data comes from companies that use its software to create an inventory of their organization's laptops, desktops, servers, and other network devices.

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