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Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market
The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check. Shares ...
Microsoft beats Wall Street on new CEO debut
Microsoft Corp's (MSFT) new chief executive got off to a winning start with Wall Street on Thursday as the world's largest software company eased past analysts' profit estimates despite the pressure of falling computer sales. Microsoft shares are up about 8 percent since company veteran Satya Nadella took over as CEO in early February, and are up 19 percent since his predecessor Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire last August, easily outpacing the Standard & Poor's 500 (.SPX). Investors are excited about Nadella's focus on mobile and cloud, or Internet-based, computing, designed to take Microsoft beyond its traditional PC-based Windows business. "This quarter is a nice step in the right direction for Nadella and Microsoft," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.
Amazon's revenue increases even as spending climbs
Amazon.com Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches into new businesses. The Seattle-based company's overall revenue growth bested the average Wall Street estimate of $19.4 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Amazon reported earnings per share of 23 cents, in line with expectations. Shares of Amazon, which is rapidly expanding its lineup of devices and computing services to sustain its pace of growth, rose 1.6 percent to $342.56 in afterhours trading. Amazon is spending big on a wide range of projects as its core retail business comes under pressure.
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Amazon sees revenue beat but faces tough battles ahead
As growth in Amazon's basic online marketplace has slowed, CEO Jeff Bezos is looking for new opportunities. But whether its online video, tablets and phones, or cloud computing service, nothing is coming easy.
Microsoft sees strong Q3 earnings
This quarter has been very busy and eventful for Microsoft. Not only did the company announce the appointment of new CEO Satya Nadella but it also launched its popular Office suite for the iPad for the first time and came out with a major update to Windows 8.1.