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January 24, 2013
13:56 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Windows 8, Surface results in focus when Microsoft reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report Q2 results after the market close on Thursday, January 24, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells software and business services globally and also markets hardware, notably the XBOX and the new Surface tablet... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 75c on revenue of $21.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 66c-82c on revenue of $19.94B-$23.32B... LAST QUARTER: Microsoft reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 65c against estimates for 56c on GAAP revenue of $16.01B against estimates for $16.42B. Microsoft reported Q1 non-GAAP revenue of $17.36B. The company said its Q1 revenue was impacted by a challenging PC market, normal purchasing slowdowns in advance of upcoming product launches and tough economic conditions in Europe... NEWS AND RESEARCH: This Tuesday, CNBC's David Faber reported Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to invest between $1B-$3B in Dell's (DELL) leveraged buyout, which may be mezzanine financing in the form of preferred shares. On January 15, Facebook (FB) announced that Microsoft's Bing search engine was a partner on its new Graph Search product. During this month, research firm Gartner announced its estimate that worldwide PC shipments declined 4.9% from the prior year to 90.3M units in the fourth quarter of 2012, while IDC estimated that worldwide PC sales fell 6.4% to 89.8M units during the holiday period. Also this month, several analysts have sent downbeat notes on Microsoft to investors. Morgan Stanley downgraded Microsoft to an Equal Weight rating on January 10, citing disappointing Windows 8 sales, continued PC market weakness and margin pressures. More recently, Atlantic Equities lowered its price target on shares to $35 from $39 to reflect the weak start to Windows 8, but maintained its Overweight rating due to valuation. Stifel Nicolaus also said that after reviewing third party data, the firm believes that Windows 8 sales have been weaker than expected, but added it expects Windows 8 sales to rebound in the second half of this year and kept a Buy rating on Microsoft shares... PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Microsoft have lagged the DJIA significantly. Microsoft has declined over 5% since October 19, while the Dow is up more than 2% over the same time period. However, in afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is up about 1% to trade near $28.
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October 13, 2014
09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 9, 2014
13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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06:13 EDTMSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:52 EDTMSFTNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
06:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft 2015 solution may not help suppress Chromebook growth, DigiTimes says
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