The consensus estimate calls for Microsoft to report earnings of 60 cents a share on revenue of $23.03 billion. Microsoft reported EPS of 68 cents on revenue of $20.4 billion in the third quarter.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is also set to face tough questions from investors on Tuesday, as he promised to provide more details of his plans for the company along with the earnings report. Nadella's recent announcement of 12,000 job cuts mollified investors for the short term and sent Microsoft to a 14-year high last week, but questions about his long-term vision for the company's future remain.
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The stock was down 0.23% to $44.58 at 11:27 a.m.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MICROSOFT CORP as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate MICROSOFT CORP (MSFT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."