On July 19, software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is set to report earnings for the fourth and final quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. Last quarter, Microsoft delivered strong results. Revenue soared 16% to $26.8 billion, and diluted earnings per share popped 36%, reaching $0.95.
That performance wasn’t driven by strength from just one of its business units — every one of Microsoft’s reporting segments grew by a double-digit percentage, and each of its product categories delivered positive growth as well.
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Great earnings results have become the norm for Microsoft, which has no doubt helped the stock continue to notch new all-time highs.
Here are a few things investors should be on the lookout for when the company reports this week.
1. The revenue story
One of the reasons that Microsoft’s performance last quarter was notable is that the company managed to deliver 16% revenue growth off of an already enormous $23 billion-plus baseline. And in this latest report, momentum could build further with 18.2% year-over-year growth expected.
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