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January 26, 2015
18:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 computing and gaming revenue $1.5B-$1.7B
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18:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees Q3 consumer licensing revenue $3.4B-$3.6B
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18:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft anticipates lower gross margins over next few quarters
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17:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft sees four point revenue impact from FX in Q3
17:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results in China, Japan fell short of expectations in Q2
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17:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Commercial Cloud run-rate $5.5B
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16:39 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shares drop 2% to $45.99 following Q2 results
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16:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Commercial revenue up 5% to $13.3B
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16:15 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 Devices and Consumer revenue up 8% to $12.9B
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16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft expects to complete $40B share repurchase by end of 2016
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16:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says results include 6c of restructuring, IRS expenses
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16:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q2 EPS 71c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue $26.5B, consensus $26.33B.
16:01 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 47 straddle priced for 3.7% movement into Q2
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15:30 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTAAPL, MSFTEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:36 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
12:23 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firm’s failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
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