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  • Mar. 4, 2013, 9:49 AM
    Will Microsoft buy Barnes & Noble (BKS +5.8%)? The bookstore chain shoots higher in early trading after a Barron's article pitches the case that the retail business is worth $19 a share alone. The crux of the argument is that Microsoft (MSFT -0.2%) would be smart to buy the company to jumpstart its retail business and set up a store-within-a-store concept to boost sales of its tablets.
    | Mar. 4, 2013, 9:49 AM | 8 Comments
  • Feb. 6, 2013, 5:37 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) +2.3% AH after announcing a non-exclusive display ad deal with Google (GOOG). Targeted Google AdSense Web ads and AdMob mobile ads will be shown on Yahoo properties; Yahoo (given its size) will presumably get a more favorable revenue cut than most Google partners. The deal is a major feather in Google's cap - its display ad ops have been growing quickly, but face tough competition from Facebook and others - and should strengthen its mobile ad leadership. Yahoo search partner Microsoft (MSFT) can't be pleased.
    | Feb. 6, 2013, 5:37 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jan. 29, 2013, 3:47 PM
    Dell (DELL +1.8%) spikes to $13.26 after the FT reports Silver Lake is willing to pay $15/share. Would that be enough to satisfy shareholders who view a $13-$14/share offer as inadequate? (more) Update: The WSJ reports Microsoft's (MSFT) role in the deal remains one of several issues that need to be worked out. However, sources insist the deal remains on track.
    | Jan. 29, 2013, 3:47 PM | 5 Comments
  • Jan. 24, 2013, 10:31 AM
    Nokia (NOK -7.3%) remains lower following its Q4 report. The company said it received a fresh $250M payment from Microsoft (MSFT), but noted its agreement with Redmond requires "minimum software royalty commitments," and that these commitments will nearly equal Microsoft's payments over time. Devices & Services saw a 31% Y/Y drop in opex, and its gross margin fell only 190 bps in spite of a 36% drop in sales. North American sales +270% to €196M, but Chinese sales -79% to €213M. The 808 PureView will be the last Symbian phone. (Q1 guidance)
    | Jan. 24, 2013, 10:31 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 15, 2013, 1:57 PM
    Yelp (YELP -6.9%) has sold off as Facebook (FB -2%) shows off Graph Search; investors seem to to be fretting Yelp traffic will be hurt as Facebook's tool is used to search for businesses a user's "friends" have visited/liked. However, Graph Search is far from a direct rival. Google (GOOG -0.2%) has slipped a little after Mark Zuckerberg notes Bing (MSFT) will be a fallback option for searches. Zuck: "Graph Search is a really big project that will take years and years to index the whole map and the graph" (live blog)
    | Jan. 15, 2013, 1:57 PM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 20, 2012, 11:21 AM
    AMD (AMD -4.2%) is slumping, and Intel (INTC -0.5%) and Nvidia (NVDA -0.6%) are slightly off, after Evercore's Patrick Wang joins the estimate-cutting parade, and co-worker Rob Cihra offers mixed commentary about PC demand. While holding out hope Windows 8 and China will lead demand to stabilize in 1H, Cihra notes many industry suppliers appear to have under-shipped end-user sales (which themselves aren't great) in Q4 thanks to inventory drawdowns. "Early ultrabooks have been stymied by high prices and Win8 so far looks like a remarkable non-factor.," he adds.
    | Dec. 20, 2012, 11:21 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 17, 2012, 1:34 PM
    Nokia (NOK +4.7%) has cracked the $4 barrier today. Possibly helping is a Bloomberg report that HTC has shelved plans for a large-screen Windows Phone due to the fact WP8 doesn't currently support 1080p displays. HTC recently launched the Droid DNA, an Android phone with a 5" 1080p display.
    | Dec. 17, 2012, 1:34 PM | 28 Comments
  • Nov. 27, 2012, 3:44 PM
    Checks indicate demand for Nokia's (NOK -5.2%) Lumia 920 is "solid" at AT&T, but well behind demand for the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, says Raymond James' Tavis McCourt, who reiterates an Underperform. Moreover, McCourt thinks commentary from AT&T reps about the 920 "was very similar to the April launch of the Lumia 900, but with a lot more supply issues." He adds the 900 was on Amazon's top-10 bestseller list for 2 months, and that HTC and Samsung's Windows Phone 8 models also face supply problems. (previous: I, II, III)
    | Nov. 27, 2012, 3:44 PM | 27 Comments
  • Nov. 20, 2012, 8:05 AM
    For whom H-P's (HPQ) FQ4 results toll: Dell (DELL) -1.9% premarket, Intel (INTC) -1.6%, AMD -1%. H-P reported a 14% Y/Y drop in PC revenue and 12% drops in both desktop and notebook shipments. The drop in commercial PC revenue (13%) was nearly as bad as the drop in consumer PC revenue (16%).
    | Nov. 20, 2012, 8:05 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 19, 2012, 11:46 AM
    FuelCell Energy (FCEL +4.3%) gains after announcing a project utilizing a stationary fuel cell power plant to support Microsoft's (MSFT +0.7%) latest data center research project. The power plant will utilize renewable biogas generated by a wastewater treatment facility to generate ultra-clean and carbon-neutral electricity to power MSFT's Data Plant project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The project could be groundbreaking for FCEL to demonstrate the effectiveness of using it's biogas technology as an efficient source of sustainable power.
    | Nov. 19, 2012, 11:46 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 16, 2012, 12:12 PM
    Activision (ATVI +4.8%) registers a big gain after announcing it sold over $500M worth of copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in its first 24 hours of availability. GameStop (GME +2.9%), which reported strong initial sales for the game earlier this week, is also rallying. The solid early reception for Black Ops II and Microsoft's Halo 4 are fueling hopes the console game industry will cap what has been an ugly year with a decent holiday season.
    | Nov. 16, 2012, 12:12 PM | Comment!
  • Nov. 13, 2012, 8:18 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) -3.8% premarket after the departure of Windows chief and putative heir apparent Steven Sinofsky. As to the reason for his exit, the spin room is open. One source tells Owen Thomas, Sinofsky threatened to quit if not given the CEO nod, and Ballmer called his bluff. Maybe not helping are tepid sales of Surface, which reportedly may only reach 60% of company forecasts by year end.
    | Nov. 13, 2012, 8:18 AM | 15 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:05 PM
    Video game stocks closed higher as Microsoft (MSFT) announces it sold $220M worth of copies of the favorably-reviewed Halo 4 in its first 24 hours of availability, and expects to sell over $300M in in the first week. Though industry data remains bleak, hopes have grown that the holiday season will be relatively strong thanks to a healthy lineup of new titles. EA +1% ATVI +1.1%. TTWO +3.8%. GME +4.4%.
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 4:05 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 25, 2012, 10:16 AM
    Logitech (LOGI -10.5%) becomes the latest PC-centric name to fall after a weak earnings report. In addition to missing FQ2 estimates, the company warned its fiscal 2H sales and operating income will be down Y/Y. FQ2 OEM sales fell 27% Y/Y (weaker keyboard/mouse sales), echoing Microsoft's huge Windows sales drop, while retail sales fell 5%. Audio sales -14%, Video -17%, Harmony remote sales -14%, with units falling 31%. Gross margin was up 500 bps Q/Q and 210 bps Y/Y. (prepared remarks, slides - PDF)
    | Oct. 25, 2012, 10:16 AM | Comment!
  • Oct. 23, 2012, 12:51 PM
    Nokia (NOK -3.7%) has unveiled the Lumia 510, a ~$200 (unsubsidized) Windows Phone 7.5 model aimed at emerging markets. The 510, which sports a 4" display, 5MP camera, and 800MHz. Qualcomm (QCOM) processor, is the cheapest Lumia model yet. But it's still more costly than many of the low-end Android phones that have been eating into Nokia's sales in emerging markets. Nokia and Microsoft have said they want to eventually offer $100 Windows Phones. (debt offering)
    | Oct. 23, 2012, 12:51 PM | 23 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2012, 2:04 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT -2.3%) heads south as a harsh Barron's column is followed up by a flurry of media articles related to Windows 8, some of them critical. The NY Times becomes the latest to observe many early Windows 8 users have become confused by its radical, tile-based UI. Reuters, meanwhile, joins others in noting early corporate interest in Windows 8 is limited. Gartner predicts Windows 8's PC penetration within large organizations will only reach 20% at its peak. A shift towards subscription-based licensing could buffer Microsoft a bit.
    | Oct. 22, 2012, 2:04 PM | 12 Comments
Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones and other devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States