&l;p&g;&l;img class=&q;dam-image getty size-large wp-image-950415112&q; src=&q;https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/dam/imageserve/950415112/960×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; data-height=&q;652&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g; NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES – 2018/04/22: Microsoft store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
&l;span&g;Microsoft is scheduled to release earnings after Thursday&s;s close. The stock just hit&a;nbsp;a record high of $97.24/share and is trading near $92/share. The stock is prone to big moves after reporting earnings and can easily gap up if the numbers are strong. Conversely, if the numbers disappoint, the stock can easily gap down. To help you prepare, here is what the Street is expecting:&l;/span&g;
&l;span&g;Microsoft&a;nbsp;&l;/span&g;is expected to report $0.85/share on $25.71&l;span&g;&a;nbsp;&l;/span&g;billion in revenue. Meanwhile, the so-called Whisper number is $0.91. The Whisper number is the Street&s;s unofficial view on earnings.
&l;span&g;Here is a brief company profile courtesy of&a;nbsp;&l;/span&g;&l;a href=&q;https://financial.thomsonreuters.com/en/products/tools-applications/trading-investment-tools/eikon-trading-software.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;nofollow noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Thomson Reuters Eikon&l;/a&g;&l;span&g;:&l;/span&g;
Microsoft Corporation, incorporated on September 22, 1993, is a technology company. The Company develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products, services and devices. The Company&s;s segments include Productivity and Business Processes, Intelligent Cloud and More Personal Computing. The Company&s;s products include operating systems; cross-device productivity applications; server applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and training and certification of computer system integrators and developers. It also designs, manufactures, and sells devices, including personal computers (PCs), tablets, gaming and entertainment consoles, phones, other intelligent devices, and related accessories, that integrate with its cloud-based offerings. It offers an array of services, including cloud-based solutions that provide customers with software, services, platforms, and content, and it provides solution support and consulting services. It also delivers online advertising to a global audience.
The Company competes with other large tech firm such as: Amazon, Apple, Google, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Facebook, just to name a few.
&l;strong&g;Pay Attention To How The Stock Reacts To The News&l;/strong&g;:
From where I sit, the most important trait I look for during earnings season is how the market and a specific company reacts to the news. Remember, always keep your losses small and never argue with the tape.&l;/p&g;