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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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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Docker for container applications
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Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
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