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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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September 21, 2014
12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays China launch of its Xbox One console, Reuters says
Microsoft announced that it has delayed the launch of its Xbox One game console in China, says Reuters. Microsoft, which has recently faced setbacks in China related to anti-trust probe involving its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, said that it will launch the Xbox One game console in China by the end of the year, added Reuters. Reference Link
September 19, 2014
11:51 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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08:53 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to visit China, China Daily says
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is set to visit Beijing next week, according to China Daily. Nadella's visit comes as China conducts an anti-trust probe of the tech giant. The CEO is likely to visit high-ranking Chinese officials during his time in the country ,the newspaper added. Reference Link
September 18, 2014
12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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September 16, 2014
19:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO Teri List-Stoll, Visa CEO Charles Scharf to board
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19:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share
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18:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to add Kraft CFO List-Stoll, Visa CEO Scharf to board, Bloomberg says
Microsoft board members Marquardt and Dublon are retiring from the board, according to Bloomberg, citing an emailed press release from the company.
18:54 EDTMSFTMicrosoft raises dividend 11% to 31c per share, Bloomberg says
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14:02 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat, shares near fresh 14-year high
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10:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft weighs German-only cloud platform, Datacenter Dynamics reports
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09:59 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to launch Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 in Q4
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, as well as updates to its Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Microsoft Dynamics Marketing services, will be generally available in the Q4.
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07:19 EDTMSFTCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
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