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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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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTMSFTGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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13:23 EDTMSFTEnd of Windows XP support could spur adoption of Chinese OS, WantChinaTimes says
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13:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft continues Windows XP support for select customers, Re/code reports
For most customers, support for Windows XP ended yesterday. However, for select customers and governments, Microsoft is providing paid custom support, Re/code reports. Reference Link
12:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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April 8, 2014
13:27 EDTMSFTGoogle, Citrix to collaborate on Chromebooks
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12:12 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTMSFTNokia advances after securing Chinese approval for Microsoft deal
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09:09 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft ending support for Windows XP today, AP reports
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05:45 EDTMSFTNokia, Microsoft receive approval from China for Devices & Services transaction
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April 7, 2014
10:10 EDTMSFTAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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09:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft May volatility increases; shares near 14-year high into Q3
Microsoft April weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 25, July is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 24.
06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft starts developing 4th-generation Surface, DigiTimes reports
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