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July 22, 2014
15:07 EDTSAP, CSCO, CRM, CAJ, MSFTEarnings 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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November 19, 2014
07:38 EDTMSFTMicrosoft U.S. suit against Samsung over royalties can proceed, Reuters reports
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07:30 EDTSAPMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
European Technology, Media & Telecoms Conference is being held in Barcelona, Spain on November 19-21.
07:28 EDTSAPDeutsche Bank to hold a virtual conference
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07:19 EDTMSFTServer replacement seen coming as Microsoft ends 2003 support, DigiTimes says
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07:07 EDTSAPSAP doesn't see big acquisitions for the next few years, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTMSFTISS recommends invsetors vote against Microsoft CEO pay package, WSJ says
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy advisory firm, is recommending shareholders vote against the pay package for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a nonbinding vote at the software company’s December annual meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. ISS criticized a "mega" grant of restricted stock to Nadella, which the firm values at $65M, and said iti s "concerning" that Microsoft plans to grant Nadella additional shares annually. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
13:36 EDTCRMSalesforce.com November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:49 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid announce alliance
Real Madrid C.F. and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology. This alliance, through which Microsoft becomes the strategic technological partner of Real Madrid, will revolutionize the experience enjoyed by members and supporters of the club by providing digital services that are accessible anywhere, anytime and on a host of devices.
07:56 EDTCRMSalesforce.com remains a top large cap growth pick at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reiterates Salesforce.com as a top large cap growth pick for 2014 based on potential for accelerating operating income and TAM of $100B. Shares are Buy rated with a $73 price target.
06:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could spin off Nokia MixRadio, TechCrunch reports
According to sources, Microsoft (MSFT) is considering spinning off Nokia MixRadio, the music streaming service it acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia's (NOK) Devices and Services unit, TechCrunch reports. Microsoft is reportedly seeking investors for Nokia MIxRadio, and the potential spin-off is said to be making "good progress." Reference Link
06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Real Madrid to announce 'significant' partnership, Re/code reports
Microsoft is expected to today announce a "significant" tie-up with Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, Re/code reports. The partnership is likely to be a technology and sponsorship deal. Reference Link
05:49 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MSFT UNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Microsoft (MSFT) 19, United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 57 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
12:02 EDTSAP, MSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTCAJJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTCRMNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
06:12 EDTSAPSAP to pay Oracle $359M to settle legal battle, WSJ reports
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