Company Update: Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) – Nokia wins Chinese approval for Microsoft deal

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) [Reuters] – Nokia (HEX:NOK1V) has won approval from Chinese competition authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp (NSQ:MSFT) without having to change its main technology patent practices, it said on Tuesday. The Finnish company agreed in September to sell its flagship business to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro deal. Nokia’s announcement on Tuesday sent its shares up 3.1 percent to 5.49 euros as investors had feared Chinese regulators could demand tough future conditions for Nokia’s patents business. Nokia said it still expected the Microsoft deal to close this month but would not comment on which approvals were still needed before that.
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), valued at $328.00B, opened this morning at $39.71.
 
Looking at the stock, its one day range is $39.20 to $39.93 with its 52-week range being $28.47 to $41.66.
 
MSFT shares are currently priced at 14.74x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 13.33x forward p/e ratio.
 
And for passive income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.80%.
 
Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 25 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.63 per share, which would be $0.09 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.70 is a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
 
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $20.38 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.54% decrease over the year-ago quarter.
 
In terms of ratings, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy (Jan 23, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded MSFT from Equal Weight to Overweight.
 
Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $39.60, which is 0.28% below than it opened this morning.
 
Summary (NASDAQ:MSFT) :  Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, and hardware devices. Its Windows division offers Windows operating system; Windows Services suite of applications and Web services, including Outlook.com and SkyDrive; Surface RT and Pro devices; and PC accessories. The company’s Server and Tools division provides server software, cloud-based services, and solutions; and training and certification to developers and information technology professionals, as well as builds standalone and software development lifecycle tools for software architects, developers, testers, and project managers. Its products include Windows Server operating systems, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Intune, Windows Embedded, Visual Studio, System Center products, Microsoft consulting services, and Premier product support services. The company’s Online Services division offers online information and content, including Bing, Bing Ads, and MSN. Its Microsoft Business division provides software and online services, such as Microsoft Office system consisting of Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Yammer, and Microsoft Office project and office Visio; and Microsoft Dynamics business solutions, including Microsoft Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM, as well as Microsoft Office Web Apps and Microsoft Office 365, which are online service offerings. The company’s Entertainment and Devices division offers products and services designed to entertain and connect people. Its products include Xbox entertainment platform, including Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 video games, and Xbox 360 accessories; Xbox LIVE; Skype; and Windows Phone. The company markets and distributes its products through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and resellers, as well as online. It has a strategic partnership with DocuSign, Inc. and Ooyala. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.
 
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