Summary: Micron (NASDAQ:MU) shares dropped almost 8% after posting quarterly results below Wall Street expectations. Micron reported quarterly earnings of $0.08/share ($63.5mm), below analyst expectations of $0.14/share. During the same period last year, Micron reported quarterly earnings of $0.07/share ($43mm). Micron’s quarterly revenue of $1.37 billion, although up 9% from last year, failed to meet analyst forecasts of $1.41 billion. Aside from continued strong demand for memory from cellular phone manufacturers, Micron anticipates robust demand for memory when Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) releases its upcoming Vista operating system. Vista requires significantly more memory to operate effectively than Microsoft’s current XP operating system.
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