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MSFT Stock Rises as Earnings Show CEO Nadella Is Succeeding

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Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) posted a strong beat on its first-quarter earnings today (Thursday), pushing MSFT stock up in after-hours trading.

Microsoft stock rose as much as 4% following the earnings announcement after the market close.

The solid Q1 Microsoft earnings should boost confidence in CEO Satya Nadella's leadership as he tries to steer Microsoft through a tough transition period.

Here are all the numbers that matter in today's MSFT earnings report...

Q1 MSFT Earnings Need Cloud to Overcome Transition Costs

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Transition costs will weigh down Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Q1 earnings, while continued strength in the company's cloud-based products could deliver enough oomph to engineer a beat.

The Q1 MSFT earnings are expected after the market close today (Thursday). Investors will find out how well CEO Satya Nadella is managing the transition to his "cloud first, mobile first" strategy.

Here’s what investors need to know about the Q1 MSFT earnings…

MSFT Stock Would Move if Windows 10 Includes This One Change

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Whatever the validity of Microsoft's grandiose claims for the next version of Windows, one major change could have big implications for MSFT stock.

To be sure, consumer reaction will affect the sales of Windows 10, which will have a direct impact on Microsoft stock.

But many suspect that a change to the way the software is sold - something Microsoft declined to discuss - could have a much more lasting impact on MSFT stock.

This will be the real legacy of Windows 10…

Microsoft Stock (MSFT): The Comeback Has Only Just Begun

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While the $2.5 billion acquisition of "Minecraft" game maker Mojang announced today (Monday) will benefit Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), that's just one of many reasons that Microsoft stock is making a comeback.

Since taking over in February, new CEO Satya Nadella has made all the right moves, and has reversed more than a decade of stagnation for MSFT stock.

But the movement we’ve seen so far is just a hint of what’s to come…

How Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Benefits from Buying "Minecraft"

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While it may seem an odd move by Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, a rumored deal that the tech giant is trying to buy the company that makes the popular Minecraft game could deliver some benefits for Microsoft stock.

It would be the first major deal initiated by Nadella since he took the CEO post, and it's one few would have predicted given the nature of the gaming company and Nadella's seeming disinterest in gaming.

And yet there are reasons the acquisition could be a smart move, and ultimately could help Microsoft stock.

Stock Market Today Will Move on GDP Numbers and Eurozone QE Talk

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Stock market today, August 28, 2014: This morning, the U.S. Commerce Department revised second-quarter GDP upward to 4.2% growth, while jobless claims slipped to 298,000 for last week.
Last week, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi affirmed his commitments to Eurozone QE. Despite the optimism, many analysts remain divided on whether the ECB will act as soon as next week or wait until some point in the fall.

Here’s what you should know to make your Wednesday profitable…

How to Play Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock as It Trades at 14-Year Highs

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Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock has climbed 42% in the last year and has reached its highest value in more than 14 years.

So how should investors play MSFT stock now that it's trading at such high levels?

Money Morning's Defense and Tech Specialist Michael Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." yesterday (Tuesday) and told investors why he's bullish on MSFT stock, and how they should play the stock now...

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Microsoft Stock Up on Job Cut News – and Headed for More Gains

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Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be cutting 18,000 jobs, a move that will eliminate 14% of the company's workforce. Following the news, Microsoft stock was up 3% in morning trading.

It's clear that the layoffs are meant to streamline Microsoft's business. Nadella also contends that the job cuts will help Microsoft modernize its engineering processes.

That has investors bullish on Microsoft stock. But where is it headed long term? Here’s how MSFT will perform for the next several months…

Apple Stock (AAPL) News: Bigger iPhone Screens to Satisfy Emerging Markets

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Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to talk Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Suppliers in China are set to start producing iPhones with bigger screens in July. In 2011 and prior, all iPhones had a 3.5-inch screen. Then, Apple launched the iPhone 5 and 5s, which sported 4-inch displays. But the newest offerings are reported to have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

Watch the video to see how high Robinson predicts Apple stock will climb from the larger iPhone display offering - and get the latest Microsoft news that's turned investors sour...

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Future of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Hinges on the Cloud

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In his first “report card” since taking the reins of Microsoft Corp. in February, CEO Satya Nadella showed why he was exactly the right choice to get MSFT stock moving again.

Microsoft beat expectations in when it reported earnings Thursday mostly on the strength of its cloud computing products – Nadella’s area of expertise, and the single most promising business segment for the Redmond-Wash.-based tech giant.

The small bump Microsoft stock enjoyed as a result is just the start, however. Here’s why MSFT could double from here.

Can Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Avoid the Microsoft Syndrome?

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Although Apple Inc. stock is up about 8% on the strength of an earnings beat and several shareholder-friendly announcements, the real question is whether the tech giant can keep the stock moving higher.

But Apple today could easily turn into the next Microsoft Corp. in the last decade - a company making mountains of money with a stock that stayed flat.

These similarities between Apple now and Microsoft then should be keeping Apple CEO Tim Cook up at night...

Why Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stock Is Going to $100

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It usually pays to heed the advice of Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani when looking for stocks to buy now.

Since Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, first recommended Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) stock last summer, MSFT is up about 16%.

But Gilani believes MSFT can get all the way to $100 a share.

In this Q&A with <strong><em>Money Morning</em></strong> Executive Editor William Patalon III, Gilani explains why....

Hot Stocks to Watch: Today's Biggest Gainers

U.S. stocks opened higher Friday, with all three major benchmarks comfortably in the green right out of the gate.

As has been the case over the last several Fridays, initial public offerings (IPOs) dominated market news, with six companies debuting today.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Advances on Today's Top Stock Market News

Stock market today, March 18, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.55% to finish at 16,336.19. The S&P 500 added 0.72% to end the day at 1,872.25, while the Nasdaq jumped 1.25% to close at 4,333.31.

The big news today includes a surge in U.S. food prices on the horizon, yet another U.S. bank settling for its bad behavior, Russia annexing Crimea, and a Microsoft swell to near-record levels not seen since 2000.

Here's what you need to know after the bell...