[Reuters] – China Telecom Corp Ltd will sell Microsoft Corp’s Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country’s third-largest telecommunications company said on Friday. The Xbox One will be the first gaming console to be released in mainland China since the government banned console sales in 2000, citing games’ effects on mental health. The price has not yet been decided, China Telecom spokesman Ivan Wong told Reuters by telephone. Joanna Li, Microsoft’s China spokeswoman, said the console would be offered exclusively to China Telecom’s 30 million broadband customers.
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), with a current value of $366.84B, ended trading at $44.40.
Today’s price range has been between $44.30 and $44.56 per share with the price of the stock fluctuating between $30.84 to $45.71 over the last 52 weeks.
MSFT shares are currently priced at 16.26x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s -5.12x earnings multiple for the same period.
The company pays shareholders $1.12 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.70%.
Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 16 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.49 per share, which would be $0.13 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.16 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $2.73, which would be a $0.10 improvement when compared to the last year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $22.07 Billion. If realized, that would be a 19.10% increase over the year-ago quarter.
Recently, FBR Capital upgraded MSFT from Mkt Perform to Outperform (Jun 5, 2014). Previously, Deutsche Bank upgraded MSFT from Hold to Buy.
The average price target for MSFT shares is $46.81, which is 5.43% above where the stock 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 companys 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 companys 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 companys 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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