Background: Microsoft develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. The company was founded in 1975 and is based in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft trades an average of 39.5 million shares per day with a market cap of $243 billion.
52-Week Range: $24.30 to $32.95Book Value: $7.92 Investors aren't expecting an improvement in earnings. Analysts forecast per-share results below last year in the same quarter. The fiscal first-quarter earnings release is planned after the market closes on Thursday. The consensus estimate is currently 56 cents a share, dropping 12 cents from 68 cents during the matching period last year. The lowest analyst estimate this report is 47 cents per share, and the highest is 64 cents per share. TheStreet's Tim Melvin writes about Microsoft in
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