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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...

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Q2 MSFT Earnings Match Forecast, Show a Company in Transition

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The Q2 MSFT earnings were in line with Wall Street expectations on earnings and beat slightly on revenue.

The company reported after the market close today (Monday). Investors gave Microsoft the thumbs down. MSFT stock was down more than 3% in after-hours trading to $47.01

But several bright spots in the Microsoft earnings show the company is moving in the right direction...

Microsoft Earnings for Q2 Will Set the Tone for 2015 (MSFT)

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The Q2 Microsoft earnings are expected after the market close Monday.

Investors will be looking to see if Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) can maintain the momentum from its Q1 earnings. In its previous earnings, the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines.

The Q2 MSFT earnings will tell us if new CEO Satya Nadella's strategies are working as intended. They'll also give us a hint of what we can expect in 2015.

Here's what will matter most in the MSFT Q2 earnings...

Microsoft Stock Forecast 2015: Watershed Year Will Keep Price Climbing

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The Microsoft stock forecast for 2015 is for another strong year as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) continues to adjust to a tech landscape radically different from the one it dominated in the 1990s. 

Microsoft stock picked up momentum after new CEO Satya Nadella officially took over Feb. 4. Nadella's willingness to break with that past and focus on areas with the most potential to grow earnings, particularly the cloud, has re-energized the company.

Here's what Microsoft has at stake in 2015...

Is Microsoft Stock a Buy After Its 70% Gain? (MSFT)

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Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is a laggard no more.

After more than a decade of bobbing around the $30 mark, Microsoft stock is up 70% since April of 2013.

Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani recognized the surprising turnaround early on, and started publicly recommending MSFT stock in July of 2013. But now that it has hit $50, is Microsoft stock a buy? Or should investors take their profits and move on?

Gilani's answer may surprise you...

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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