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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCAJ, MSFT, SAP, CSCO, CRMEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its fourth fiscal quarter after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, 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 Nokia branded smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 60c on revenue of $23.0B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-66c on revenue of $22.24B-$23.5B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q4 devices & consumer licensing revenue $4.1B-$4.3B, Q4 commercial licensing revenue $13.1B-$13.3B, Q4 operating expenses of $8.4B-$8.6B and Q4 capital expenditures of $1.5B. LAST QUARTER: On April 24, Microsoft reported third quarter EPS of 68c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 63c. It's revenue came in at $20.4B, nearly matching estimates for $20.39B. Microsoft reported that Q3 its devices and consumer revenue grew 12% to $8.3B, commercial revenue rose 7% to $12.23B, that Windows volume licensing revenue grew 11% and that Office 365 revenue grew over 100% and that commercial seats nearly doubled. NEWS: Less than a week ago, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company's overall strategy. The steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year, with about 12,500 of those potential job eliminations coming in the Nokia business acquired by Microsoft in April. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1B-$1.6B over the next four quarters, including $750M-$800M for severance and related benefit costs, and $350M-$800M of asset-related charges, but has not yet laid out what it expects to save as a result of the restructuring. Throughout this quarter, Microsoft has announced new or expanded deals or partnerships with SAP (SAP), Salesforce.com (CRM), Canon (CAJ) and Cisco (CSCO). STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Microsoft's last quarterly report, Bernstein said it believes that Microsoft's Q3 results indicate that the company is performing well. The firm thinks the company's cloud initiatives are starting to positively impact its results and it expects investors to start to focus on the company's cloud business. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $49 from $47 at that time and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Similarly, Credit Suisse reiterated its Outperform rating on Microsoft that day and raised its price target to $47.50 following the Q3 report. The firm said the key takeaway was Office 365 momentum, which it viewed as a major positive. On June 5, FBR Capital upgraded Microsoft to Outperform from Market Perform, citing confidence in new CEO Satya Nadella's plan for the future and the company's "strong" cloud offerings. FBR raised its price target for shares to $49 from $43 to reflect its sum-of-the-parts analysis. On July 15, two days before Microsoft detailed the specifics of its restructuring, Nomura raised its price target on Microsoft to $50 from $45, saying at the time that it expects "bold organizational changes" to restore a culture of innovation. The firm cited the cultural change, combined with potential share buybacks and a headcount reduction, in reiterating its Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last report, Microsoft has advanced about 12%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft shares are fractionally lower near $44.67.
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January 22, 2015
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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05:53 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $33 from $26 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Cisco to $33 saying it is more positive on shares after its 2015 survey of chief investment officers indicated managements expect to increase their budgets on Switching, Routing, WLAN and Security. Piper believes Cisco is well positioned for increased spending and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. The networking giant closed yesterday down 23c to $27.84.
January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
17:00 EDTCSCOCisco down 1.4% after Oracle's Ellison says VCA cheaper than Cisco product
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16:58 EDTCSCOOracle introduces Virtual Compute Appliance, Bloomberg reports
Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison says Virtual Compute Appliance is half the price of equivalent Cisco (CSCO) hardware, added Bloomberg, citing comments from an event at Oracle headquarters.
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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09:19 EDTSAPSAP shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:07 EDTSAPSAP price target lowered to $75 from $87 at Argus
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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09:11 EDTSAPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:15 EDTSAP, CRMSAP not interested in buying competitors Workday, Salesforce, Bloomberg reports
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06:22 EDTCAJCanon upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
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05:25 EDTSAPSAP reports preliminary Q4 non-IFRS EPS EUR 1.31 vs. EUR 1.28 last year
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January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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