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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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January 23, 2015
06:00 EDTMSFTWindows 10 unlikely to bring dramatic changes to mobile market, DigiTimes says
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January 22, 2015
14:26 EDTMSFTTwitter introduces Tweet translation with Bing Translator
Twitter (TWTR) announced that the company has partnered with Bing Translator (MSFT) to provide machine translations of Tweets between more than 40 language pairs. Tweet translation is available on twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, and TweetDeck, according to the company's support page about the new feature. Reference Link
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
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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January 21, 2015
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
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10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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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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January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTMSFTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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