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April 18, 2013
14:22 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Microsoft seeks to continue rise despite weak PC sales
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report Q3 results after the market close on Thursday, April 18, 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, as well as marketing hardware including the Xbox and the Surface tablet. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 68c on revenue of $20.56B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-73c on revenue of $19.57B-$21.65B. LAST QUARTER: Microsoft reported Q2 EPS of 76c against estimates for 75c on revenue of $21.46B against estimates for $21.53B. The company said at that time that it had sold over 60M Windows 8 licenses to date. Microsoft forecast that for Q3 its product revenue would have "low teens" growth, its enterprise services would have "mid-teens" growth and that its multi-year licensing revenue would grow by "low double-digits" in the quarter. RESEARCH: Last week, research firms International Data Corporation and Gartner both estimated that PC sales declined by double-digits in the first three months of the year, with IDC stating sales fell 14% and Gartner pegging the slide at 11% compared to the prior year. The day after those reports, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund downgraded the software maker to Neutral from Buy, citing sluggish sales of the Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft's lack of "compelling" new hardware products. Sherlund set a $30 price target on the shares, though he added that Microsoft's investment potential remains attractive for value-oriented buyers. The same day, Goldman Sachs downgraded Microsoft to Sell with a $27 price target, also citing the research from IDC. Since then, Bernstein said it expects Microsoft to report stronger than expected Q3 results, citing the potential benefit from corporate upgrades to Windows 7. Bernstein maintains an Outperform rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Microsoft shares have gained about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is nearly unchanged from yesterday's close at $28.81.
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August 25, 2014
19:58 EDTMSFTRoyalty cap for Nokia, Microsoft deal may be ordered by S. Korea, Bloomberg says
The Fair Trade Commission of South Korea may implement a cap on royalty fees for Nokia (NOK) patents as a condition when they hold a meeting next month to approve the Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia deal, Bloomberg reports, citing the Seoul Economic Daily. Reference Link
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06:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft readying Chromecast competitor, GigaOM reports
Microsoft (MSFT) is building a competitor to Chromecast (GOOG), GigaOM reports, citing documents filed last week with the FCC. The documents reveal that the streaming dongle will come with an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a USB connection for power supply. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
16:46 EDTMSFTChina looks to establish 'homegrown operating system,' Reuters says
China is looking to help its computer technology industry by developing its own "homegrown operating system by October," says Reuters. China's "homegrown operating system" would pose a challenge to imported rivals like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), added Reuters. Reference Link
14:09 EDTMSFTAmazon develops ad sales program in challenge to Google and Microsoft, WSJ says
Amazon (AMZN) is developing its own software for placing ads online that may utilize the online retailer's knowledge of millions of Web shoppers, says the Wall Street Journal. Amazon's new ad platform which is called Amazon Sponsored Links may be tested this year and is a potential challenge to Google's (GOOG) and Microsoft's (MSFT) advertising business, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
11:59 EDTMSFTGameStop surges after Q2 EPS, revenue beat expectations
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
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18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:44 EDTMSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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August 20, 2014
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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August 15, 2014
09:39 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony's PS4 beats out Xbox One in July, BGR reports
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