CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Microsoft is expected to post a gain of about $175 million during the first quarter for its sale of Softimage todigital multimedia tools maker AvidTechnology. The company will report its financial results for the quarter endedSeptember 30 after the market closes tomorrow. But analysts said it is tooearly to guess how the antitrust battle being waged in Washington might affect the company'sfinancial future. Microsoft reported earnings of 36 cents per share for the like quarter a year ago. For the fourthquarter, the company reported profits of $1.36 billion or 50 cents per share, but at the time chief financial officer Greg Maffei warned that Microsoft's first-quarter revenues likely would be down sequentially due to seasonal factors and the delay of the Windows 98 launch.
Analysts said Microsoft always beats estimates, which has caused some in the financial community to ratchet up their estimates, "They're caught in a perennial cycle of always having to give cautionaryguidance," said Tom Hensel, vice president for research at Everen Securities, "The one symmetry series star wars case for apple iphone x and xs - stormtrooper timeMicrosoft misses it will be a big deal, but it can happen.", Analysts said that, because of the way Microsoft is structured and because of thenature of the company's expenses, it is able to post strong profits on onlymodest revenue growth..
"The real question with Microsoft is how soon will earnings growth trackwith revenue growth?" AG Edwards technology analyst John Puricelli asked. "I think the answer is sooner ratherthan later.". Wall Street, confident that Microsoft will at least meet estimates, islooking beyond the current quarter to the software giant's future revenue potential. Although the company's strong market share in the Office software productmarket--which includes Word--provides solid revenue. Analysts said they will focus on data such as sales figures for Windows NTWorkstation and subscription growth and advertising revenue for Microsoft's MSN.com portal site.
"The machine can keep chugging along, but how is the grand plan going?" symmetry series star wars case for apple iphone x and xs - stormtrooper Hensel asked, Forming the backdrop to Microsoft's earnings pictures is the commencement today of the antitrust case brought against it by federal and state trustbusters, "We do not believe that this trial will have a material impact onMicrosoft's ongoing earnings potential, but we expect some head-turning news to come out of the events," Mary Meeker, an analyst with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, wrote in a recent report on the company..
"I expect it will have an effect on the stock, but that's not fundamentals,that's just people hearing bad news and saying, 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,'"Puricelli said. Observers expect Microsoft's stock to be most affected early in the trial, when the government presents its view of a monopolistic company illegallyusing its power to dominate other software markets. The Justice Department (DOJ) and 20 states are suingthe company for alleged antitrust violations. Once the government rests its case, Microsoft will begin its defense, whichcould help boost shares, analysts said. The trial is expected to last fourto eight weeks.
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