MORNING BID – Microsoft, up from the ashes

April 24, 2014

Microsoft heads into tonight’s earnings report coming in on a high, having recently breached the $40 threshold for the first time in forever (it’s all Frozen references this week, folks). The company pushed past $40 a share in early April for the first time in nearly 14 years, and spent most of that time ensconced in a tight range between about $22 and $35 a share, depending on what the overall market was doing. It tanked in 2008 with everything else, and then spent the 2010-2012 period putting together a cumulative 13 percent price loss in the midst of a raging bull market, if evidence of its sad-sack status couldn’t be more apparent.

MORNING BID – A week overflowing with earnings

April 21, 2014

Markets head into a busy week of earnings with a bit of uncertainty around whether the major companies out there will help continue the momentum in the stock market that was regained last week after some weeks of lackluster trading.

MORNING BID – Microsoft and opportunities

January 23, 2014

The parade of earnings releases continues Thursday, with bellwethers ranging from McDonald’s to Microsoft on tap. Discount airline Southwest was out before the bell, and Starbucks, Intuitive Surgical and Federated Investors are all due after the closing bell.