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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTCSCO, CRM, CAJ, MSFT, SAPEarnings 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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December 9, 2014
07:41 EDTCSCOBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:39 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTCRMSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:40 EDTCSCOUS Supreme Court to hear appeal in patent fight with Cisco
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a controversial appeals court decision that set aside a $63.8M patent infringement verdict won by The Woodlands, Texas-based Commil USA LLC against Cisco
10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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08:40 EDTCSCODeutsche Bank and Cisco to host a conference call
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08:02 EDTCSCOAruba says NHS replaces Cisco network with Aruba wireless infrastructure
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07:49 EDTCSCOArista Networks lawsuit not as threatening as believed, says SunTrust
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07:32 EDTCSCORaymond James to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTSAPSAP CEO sees company remaining independent for long-term, Reuters reports
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07:28 EDTCRMFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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07:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks patent resolution likely 2-3 years away, says Citigroup
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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10:49 EDTCSCOCisco confirms two patent suits filed against Arista Networks
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10:45 EDTCSCOCisco files patent infringement complaints against Arista Networks
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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