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Microsoft Stock Still a Buy After MSFT Q4 Earnings Loss

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Microsoft stock is suffering from a bad reaction to a Q4 earnings report that, at first blush, looks really awful.

MSFT stock plunged more than 4.5% in after-hours trading Tuesday, thanks to a one-time write-off of the purchase of Nokia's devices unit.

But the reality isn't nearly so bad. Backing out the Nokia charge, Microsoft's EPS was $0.62 - higher than analyst expectations for $0.58.

Here's why Microsoft stock is still a buy...

Expect a Microsoft Dividend Hike in September (Nasdaq: MSFT)

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The Microsoft dividend will rise again in September if the company follows a well-established pattern.

For the past nine years, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has announced a dividend hike in September to be applied to the next quarter's payout. Over the past 10 years, the MSFT dividend has soared by 287.5%.

The only question now is how big this year's Microsoft dividend hike will be...

Should I Buy Microsoft Stock?

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Whether to buy Microsoft stock is a question investors started to ponder last year as the iconic tech company shed its decade-long status as a perennial laggard.

As Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock soared nearly 40% from November 2013 to November 2014, investors were eager to jump on board.

But since then, investors have had reason to wonder if it's still a good idea to buy MSFT stock.

This question actually has a pretty easy answer...

Here's Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Recently Soared

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We've been telling you for a while now that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) trades like a small-cap - the kind of action investors dream about.

Recently, this old-guard tech company's share price surged - jumping 10.5% in one day.

Here's what fueling their recent (and future) success...

Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Is Not a Sell – Goldman and Citi Are Wrong

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Now that two of Wall Street's biggest names have put an unusual "sell" rating on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock, investors might be tempted to dump shares of the tech giant.

That would be a mistake.

Both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup have utterly misunderstood what's going on with Microsoft. Both have lowball price targets on Microsoft stock. Both ignored a string earnings beat last month.

They just don't get it.

Microsoft Stock Soars on Earnings Beat, Strong Cloud Growth (MSFT)

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Microsoft stock gained as much as 10% today (Friday) as the company's latest earnings report showed that its "mobile-first, cloud-first" strategy is gaining momentum.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) reported its fiscal Q3 earnings yesterday (Thursday) after the market close.

Even with a decline in Windows sales, one of the company's traditional cash cows, Microsoft handily beat Wall Street expectations.

And the areas that outperformed in Q3 clearly are Microsoft's future...

MSFT Stock Price Likely to Get a Push from Earnings

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Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Q3 earnings don't figure to offer many surprises, but even a small beat will drive up the MSFT stock price.

Microsoft reports earnings tomorrow (Thursday) after the market close.

Microsoft, like longtime partner Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and most PC makers, has suffered as PC sales have leveled off in recent years. Investors mainly want to know that Microsoft has a viable plan for future growth.

Here's why any sign of progress will have a big impact on the Microsoft stock price...

Low Microsoft Stock Price Today Provides Terrific Buying Opportunity

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The Microsoft stock price has taken a hit this year, down 11.8% on the year.

But don't be fooled by the current troubles of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock. It has fallen so much that at this point, it may well be oversold at around $40.65 today (Wednesday).

Here's where the Microsoft stock price is headed...

This Tech Sector Pioneer Just Bet on the Newest "10-Bagger"-Plus

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This tech sector pioneer has a virtual reality product guaranteed to excite and enthrall millions. And NASA, even Minecraft, are involved in its creation.

It's not the stuff of science fiction... anymore.

Let's grab some of its extreme growth below Wall Street's radar...

The New Wearable Tech That Lets You Walk on Mars

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We're in the very first stages of a leap in wearable tech that will rival the greatest breakthroughs in how we use computers.

It's called augmented reality. It's a type of holographic projection, but merged with the real world.

And the company at the cutting edge of this revolutionary wearable technology isn't Google, Apple, or Sony.

It's Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

Here's how Microsoft jumped to the lead in this next-generation wearable tech, and what it means for Microsoft stock.

Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Will Bounce Back

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Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock is due for a quick rebound. The company's Q2 earnings had investors and Wall Street slashing its share price by 10% on Jan. 27.

But Satya Nadella - Microsoft's new CEO - is a visionary. He knows what it takes to compete against the other mega tech firms out there... and win.

Here's why we can expect great gains from Microsoft's new boss - and MSFT stock...

Microsoft Stock Today: Five Ways Satya Nadella Woke a Laggard

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Microsoft stock today is up 14.5% from where it was exactly one year ago when Satya Nadella took over as CEO of the tech giant.

But that understates the impact Nadella has had on Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock in his rookie year.

The fact is, Nadella has breathed new life into a moribund company that had lost its way under CEO Steve Ballmer. Under Ballmer's 14-year tenure Microsoft stock became a laggard, with returns consistently lagging the market

Here are the five keys that explain Nadella's early success...

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Stock Is Our Oversold Pick of the Week

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Money Morning's can't-miss buy opportunity this week is tech giant Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

Our buy opportunities have been beaten down - but they're actually a great value.

A less-than-stellar earnings report earlier this week sent investors fleeing from Microsoft stock. Concerns that PC sales and a strong U.S. dollar would continue to drag on MSFT stock through 2015 triggered several analyst downgrades.

But anyone who sells Microsoft stock now is making a big mistake...

Why Microsoft Stock Will Provide Major Returns

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On January 26, software giant Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced a disappointing quarter that sent Microsoft stock reeling by 10% on three times its normal trading volume.

It was the second major technology "miss" Wall Street had to digest in the last week's time, coming after a disastrous earnings release by IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM).

In view of both Microsoft and IBM's earnings difficulties, questions arose about whether the "Big Tech" sector is in trouble...

... And just as importantly, is "Mr. Softy" the victim of the tech sector's difficulties, or is it simply muddling through some tough times?

The answer is actually quite simple if you know how to read the most important signs in the two tech giants' earnings reports and invest accordingly.

Indeed, making the wrong move on Microsoft stock could cost you big long-term profits in the end...

Tech Stocks Today: Who to Buy After the Dow Plunge

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Tech stocks today helped lower the Dow Jones - but a couple of them are still "buys."

Two tech giants, including Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), are good picks while one construction equipment company should be avoided.

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