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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

  • Sep. 29, 2009, 6:39 PM
    Microsoft (MSFT) cut the total pay of its top five executives this year, and cut bonuses 29%, according to its proxy statement today. CEO Steve Ballmer - considered "underpaid" by the pay committee - got $1.2M and is not receiving stock compensation. The board approved a salary freeze for 2010 for the execs.
  • Sep. 24, 2009, 3:15 PM
    Dow leaders: MCD +1.4%. TRV +1.1%. PG +1.1%. VZ +0.9%. MSFT +0.8%.
    Dow laggards: AA -4.5%. GE -2.8%. CAT -2.4%. BAC -2.4%. DD -2.3%.
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  • Sep. 24, 2009, 10:59 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT -2.2%) pours cold water on speculation it's courting Electronic Arts (ERTS -3.4%). "We have no plans to acquire EA," Microsoft's Phil Spencer told Reuters. "They remain a very important partner to us. No acquisitions." Spencer wouldn't comment, however, on whether MSFT had held talks with ERTS. Analysts are also lukewarm to the deal's prospects.
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  • Sep. 24, 2009, 9:07 AM
    Nintendo (NTDOY.PK) is cutting the price of its popular Wii game console by 20%, a response to similar cuts by rivals Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). In the U.S., a Wii will now set you back $199.99, $50 less than before. PS3 and Xbox each cost about $300. Nintendo has so far outsold its rivals in this generation of consoles, but sales have tailed off in recent months.
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  • Sep. 23, 2009, 2:58 PM
    Takeover talk has boosted Electronic Arts (ERTS) today, as call options surge to a record on rumors of a potential acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT); ERTS now +8.9%.
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  • Sep. 22, 2009, 3:12 PM
    Dow leaders into final hour: JPM +3.8%. CAT +3%. AA +2.2%. BAC +2.1%. MSFT +1.6%. HPQ +1.4%.
    Laggards: HD -2%. MRK -1.3%. T -1.2%. KFT -1.1%. CSCO -1%.
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  • Sep. 22, 2009, 12:24 PM
    Bing (MSFT +1.1%) took 9.3% of the U.S. search market in comScore's August survey, with total searches up 6.7% from July, while Google (GOOG +0.9%) and Yahoo (YHOO -0.7%) were both down marginally. Goldman Sachs is impressed: "We believe that Microsoft will continue to build on these early gains to form a strong presence in the online advertising market, a potentially needle-moving success for the company."
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  • Sep. 21, 2009, 10:35 AM
    Bullish note from Collins Stewart fails to lift Yahoo (YHOO -2.3%). "We have been suggesting investors go Long YHOO more aggressively ever," firm says, noting YHOO's improvement story "is not fully reflected in the current stock price." The Microsoft (MSFT) search deal will deliver savings, Collins says, but so will work culture changes from silo-driven to operationally efficient.
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  • Sep. 17, 2009, 10:10 AM
    Dow leaders: GE +3%. AA +1.9%. KFT +1.7%. AXP +1.4%. DD +1.4%.
    Dow laggards: VZ -0.7%. MSFT -0.4%.
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  • Sep. 15, 2009, 8:49 AM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) newest Zune doesn't take pictures, lacks a full-blown app store, and ditches its largely-unsuccessful 'squirting' feature. But Microsoft says it has remained faithful to the device's original intent - as a media player - including a 3-inch screen, and HD radio and video playback.
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  • Sep. 14, 2009, 10:09 AM
    Dow laggards: AA -3.1%. BAC -2.3%. GE -1.2%. CSCO -1.2%. BA -1.1%.
    Dow leaders: MSFT +0.4%. PFE +0.25%.
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  • Sep. 11, 2009, 9:10 AM
    The Justice Department expands its review of Microsoft's (MSFT) search deal with Yahoo (YHOO), asking both firms for more details. Though this means the deal will be subject to extensive examination rather than immediate approval, Microsoft says it expected as much.
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  • Sep. 8, 2009, 9:39 AM
    Just 13 of the newsletters Mark Hulbert follows, or about 7%, managed to beat the market during both the bull and bear markets. These geniuses' top picks include Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Microsoft (MSFT), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
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  • Sep. 8, 2009, 7:27 AM
    The Open Invention Network, a group that includes IBM (IBM) and Sony (SNE), is nearing a deal to acquire 22 of Microsoft's (MSFT) patents in an effort to avoid any legal threats to Linux.
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  • Sep. 4, 2009, 3:11 PM
    Dow leaders: GE +2.8%. MSFT +2.4%. CAT +2.3%. DIS +1.8%.
    Dow laggards: WMT -0.3%. TRV flat.
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  • Sep. 4, 2009, 9:40 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT +0.3%) wins a delay on a court order that would have required it to change its Word program immediately or halt sales. The order won't take effect until an appeal of the underlying patent case is resolved, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 23.
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States