Goldman Raises Estimates Slightly on Microsoft (MSFT), Maintains Neutral Rating

January 12, 2011 9:44 AM EST
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Goldman Sachs is maintaining their Neutral rating on Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) as the company shares noteworthy information with investors this past week. Some of that information includes things like; their shift away from Intel exclusivity for its next OS, continued executive departures, and above expected holiday sales data from the Kinect. As a result of the strong Kinect sales the firm is raising their FY11-13 EPS estimates to $2.45, $2.68 and $2.96, from $2.42, $2.67 and $2.95.

The firm reports that the Windows 8 announcement is a much-needed step in the right direction in a tablet world. They also state that the latest departure in the company by Bob Muglia, President of the Server & Tools division, following the departures of Ray Ozzie, Stephen Elop, and Robbie Bach in recent months, hints to the firm that Azure traction may be less than expected.

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Shares of Microsoft closed at $28.11 yesterday.


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