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5 Dates to Watch This Earnings Season

It's been awfully quiet on the earnings front in recent weeks, and there's a reason: This is the time of year when accountants are nailing down the financials for the fiscal quarters that ended in September. Later this week, the conference calls will begin trickling in, and then it will be a deluge of quarterly reports until early November.

What Was Wall Street Thinking Last Week?

Some Street-related dispatches from last week's entry in the Human Comedy: Kim Kardashian filed a silly sounding but well-grounded lawsuit against Old Navy's use of a lookalike; gaming magnate Steve Wynn went all FOXNews on a conference call; and Barnes and Noble surged, nonsensically, on Borders' liquidation.

Microsoft's Quarter: One Big Tax Dodge

Microsoft delivers blowout earnings, and shares open lower the following morning. It seems bizarre, but it's part of a larger trend in technology stocks. And Wall Street's muted reaction is a sign that investors are finally catching on to Microsoft's game -- i.e., avoiding US taxes.

5 Things to Watch Next Week: Potter Mania, Earnings

There's no such thing as a summertime lull when earnings season is upon us. Next week will bring plenty of headlines -- among them box office receipts for the last Harry Potter film and quarterly results from Apple, Cintas, and Microsoft.

No, the iPad Is Not Killing Microsoft's Business

Investors are buying into the meme that Windows is dying -- and therefore Microsoft is as well. While tablets are clearly cutting into the giant's core PC business, Microsoft is also showing remarkable agility in building new franchises for the future, the Kinect for one.

This Week: Major Earnings and Reports Every Day

With corporate earnings season in full swing -- watch for McDonalds, along with Catepillar, Amazon and other -- and with the Fed meeting on interest rates, the GDP estimate and housing numbers coming out -- the week ahead is expected to be quite busy.

Microsoft Reports Big 51% Jump Quarterly Earnings

Microsoft Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings jumped 51% as the world's largest software maker boosted sales of its Office 2010 product and took share in the videogame-console market. Shares rose in after-hours trading after earnings and revenue both beat analyst estimates.

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Rolls On

Dozens of companies report earnings this week, and analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are anticipating lots of strong quarterly reports. Among those re ConocoPhillips, Microsoft and Visa. Likely to post losses are Eastman Kodak, Office Depot and Sprint Nextel.

Microsoft Earnings Top Estimates, Stock Stalled

Software giant Microsoft reported record revenue on strong sales of the company's Windows 7 and Office products as businesses upgrade their systems after sitting on the sidelines during the recession. But the solid results failed to impress investors looking for a growth catalyst.

Microsoft Earnings: Solid Growth on Tech Refresh

Microsoft is expected to report revenue Thursday of $15.3 billion on $61.7 billion in sales for the last year. Microsoft shares remain priced at about $25 per share, where they've hovered for the last three years, compared with Apple shares which have increased by over 60% over the last year.