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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)

  • Apr. 9, 2012, 12:29 PM
    AOL's (AOL +44.1%) patent sale to Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) fetched at least three times the expected price, Benchmark says; most of Wall Street viewed the patents as worth a maximum of $300M, meaning AOL effectively pulled $7.63/share "out of thin air" to hand to investors. Benchmark hikes its price target on the shares to $28 from $18. (also)
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  • Apr. 9, 2012, 8:52 AM
    While shares of AOL and other patent-holding tech names (I, II) soar to such great heights, Microsoft (MSFT) trades roughly in-line with S&P futures after snapping up a billion dollars plus in new patents - down 1.1% premarket. The company's General Counsel says AOL's portfolio has been on the radar of Microsoft for years.
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  • Apr. 5, 2012, 12:49 PM
    Jim Cramer gives some love to Microsoft (MSFT +1.1%), noting on last night's Mad Money that the stock is a buy in front of a product refresh and both Windows 8 and the next-generation Xbox are slated to debut over the next year. MSFT's cozy 2.54% yield also catches the eye. (video)
  • Apr. 4, 2012, 1:08 PM
    Fodder for the technicians: Microsoft (MSFT -2.7%) crashes beneath its 50-day moving average at the same time its chart forms a nasty head and shoulders pattern. (h/t John Melloy)
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  • Mar. 22, 2012, 12:30 PM
    B. Riley is out with positive comments on Tivo (TIVO +1%) this morning, saying that Microsoft's (MSFT +0.3%) dismissal its lawsuit removes a cloud for any potential suitor of TIVO that saw it as a deterrent to acquire the company.
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  • Mar. 2, 2012, 10:29 AM
    Renren (RENN +7.8%) shares pop after announcing its social networking application is the first of its kind selected for Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows 8 app store. "Renren HD has adopted features such as tiled Metro-style user interfaces and creative content delivery, resulting in a significantly enhanced user experience," RENN says.
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  • Mar. 1, 2012, 11:50 AM
    As praise for Windows 8 (MSFT +1.4%) rolls in, hardware partner Nokia (NOK -2.2%) isn't sharing the love. “Mobile World Congress has been a big disappointment for Nokia," Nomura says, with a "very difficult Q1" on the horizon. But a Canalys analyst says NOK isn't getting the credit it deserves for delivering "four credible handsets on a new platform that are competitive in just over a year." (also)
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  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:10 PM
    More on Microsoft (MSFT): Bill Gates' divesting of shares necessitates the re-weighting, according to Morgan's Adam Holt. S&P calculations exclude shares held by insiders totaling over 10%. Once Gates' holdings drop below that level, his shares become part of the float, making an increased weighting necessary.
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  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:01 PM
    Microsoft's (MSFT) weighting in the S&P 500 will likely be increased, Morgan Stanley's Adam Holt has told clients, according to Bloomberg's Dina Bass. He expects the change - which would force index funds to up their holdings of Mister Softee - to take place in the fall. (earlier)
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  • Feb. 16, 2012, 4:23 PM
    Possibly helping Microsoft (MSFT +4.1%) make multi-year highs today are remarks from CFO Peter Klein at a Goldman conference (.doc). Klein suggested Microsoft might boost its dividend (current yield of 2.6%) should the tax situation for offshore cash change. He also claimed it will eventually be possible for older Windows apps to be rewritten for ARM-based (ARMH) systems - a point of concern for developers.
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  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:44 PM
    It's a multi-year breakout for Microsoft (MSFT +3.7%), trading at $31.19, its highest price going back to February 2008. The next stop on the charts is the $37 area, representing a 10-year high for the stock.
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  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:31 PM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS -2.8%) slumps after a new court filing (.pdf) related to its patent infringement/antitrust battle with Microsoft (MSFT) states Microsoft's attempts to obtain royalties on Android-based Nooks don't qualify as patent misuse, even if the attempts are carried out with the goal of "eliminating Android as a competitor." 2 weeks ago, the ITC granted a motion to dismiss B&N's antitrust claims against Microsoft.
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  • Feb. 13, 2012, 4:00 PM
    Majesco Entertainment (COOL +3.8%) gains after announcing the nationwide launch of Zumba Fitness Rush, the latest video game addition to the Zumba Fitness franchise. The game is exclusive on Kinect for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT +0.3%).
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  • Feb. 10, 2012, 9:29 AM
    U.S. retail video game hardware and software sales each fell 38% Y/Y in January, claims NPD, an ugly showing even after accounting for the ages of the major consoles, and likely further evidence of the impact made by mobile and social gaming. In December, the Y/Y declines were only 28% and 14%, respectively. The Xbox 360 (MSFT) was again the top-selling home console; its 270K shipments gave it a 49% share. GME -2.3%.
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  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:55 PM
    Barnes & Noble (BKS +3.9%) rallies after an ITC staff attorney says he will recommend a commission judge find that B&N didn't infringe any of the three patents asserted by Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) in an infringement claim. The judge's ruling is due on April 27. A loss by Microsoft could put some of its lucrative Android licensing deals at risk. (previously)
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  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:39 AM
    TiVo (TIVO) +6% premarket on a Barron’s weekend report that says the provider of digital-video recorders could be targeted for acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) or Google (GOOG). Software patent victories and advanced hardware also have made shares attractive again, the article says.
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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