Stocks to Watch: Google, Morgan Stanley
NEW YORK -- Google(GOOG) , the Internet search giant, is expected by analysts Thursday to post fiscal second-quarter earnings of $10.05 a share on revenue of $8.42 billion.
Google posted a profit of $10.08 a share on revenue of $8.14 billion in the first quarter and earnings of $8.74 a share on revenue of $6.92 billion in last year's second quarter.
Google is expected to issue its report after Thursday's closing bell.
Shares of Google have fallen more than 10% this year, while the Nasdaq has gained 13%. Google's issues are well known, namely slowing revenue growth, margin pressures stemming from rapid expansion and a pricey acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to release second-quarter earnings before Thursday's opening bell and analysts expect the banking company to post earnings of 32 cents a share on revenue of $7.54 billion.
Microsoft(MSFT) said Windows 8, the upgrade to its operating system, will go on sale Oct. 26. The software is designed to work on both PCs and tablet computers.
The software giant also reports quarterly results Thursday and analysts expect Microsoft to post fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of 62 cents a share on revenue of $18.11 billion. The estimates don't take into account a write-down of $6.2 billion related to Microsoft's 2007 acquisition of aQuantive.
IBM(IBM) eased past Wall Street's expectations in its earnings Wednesday but fell short on revenue, mainly because of foreign currency pressures.
For the full year, IBM lifted its earnings outlook, saying it now expects a profit of at least $15.10 a share, up from a prior view of $15 a share and ahead of consensus at $15.06 a share.