Why Microsoft (MSFT) Is Down in After-Hours Trading on Tuesday

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft  (MSFT) fell slightly in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the tech giant reported mixed fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations.

The company reported earnings of 55 cents a share, which came up short of the consensus estimate of 60 cents a share. But Microsoft beat on revenue with $23.38 billion, compared to the consensus estimate of $23 billion.

The stock was down 0.38% to $44.66 at 4:12 p.m.

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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."

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MSFT Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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