Google, Microsoft, and what the Dell?

The soap opera for Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) continues with Michael Dell and Carl Ichan, the principal figures in this financial showdown. It's too early to say what's going to happen, but my money will be with Carl Ichan on this one. Michael Dell has had this time with the company and the stock which is what shareholders thought didn't do well under his stewardship. On the other hand, Carl Ichan has done very with his investments and has a track record of being a "disruptive force in the boardroom".

NEWS FLASH: Just this morning it was announced we are going to have to wait until the 24th of July when everyone is going to reconvene to have another meeting on taking Dell private.

Change equals opportunity and Mr. Ichan does represent change. He also has a successful track record and is holding substantial stakes in companies like, RJR Nabisco, TWA, Texaco, Phillips Petroleum, Western Union, Gulf & Western, Viacom, Uniroyal, Dan River, Marshall Field's, E-II (Culligan and Samsonite), American Can, USX, Marvel Comics, Revlon, Imclone, Federal-Mogul, Fairmont Hotels, Blockbuster, Kerr-McGee, Time Warner, Motorola, Netflix and Herbalife.

Can Mr. Ichan turn Dell around? Fortunately or unfortunately we are going to have to wait until the 24th of July to find out the fate of Dell.

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After the bell, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is expected to announce earnings of $10.78 per share vs $10.12 per share last year. I will be looking at that stock today and doing a quick analysis of what I think is going to happen after the earnings are announced.

Likewise, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to announce earnings $0.75 per share vs $0.67 per share last year. I will also take a look at that stock today and see if Microsoft has what it takes to compete in the new mobile world.

Enjoy the video, and every success in your own trading.

Adam Hewison
Co-Creator, MarketClub

What earnings reports have revealed about ads

By The Associated Press

Here are highlights of recent quarterly earnings reports from selected Internet and media companies and what they say about the state of spending on advertising:

April 12: Google Inc. says its revenue, after subtracting ad commissions, totaled $8.14 billion in the first quarter. Analysts were expecting revenue of $8.09 billion on this basis. Google's revenue was helped by a 39 percent increase in "paid clicks," but the prices of its search-driven text ads continued to decline. The so-called "cost-per-click" for these ads declined 12 percent from the same time a year earlier.

April 16: Gannett Co. reports a 25 percent drop in first-quarter net income, as advertising in its newspapers continued to decline. Broadcasting revenue rose, helped by advertising related to autos, the Super Bowl and political campaigns.
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Facebook sets $28 to $35 price range for IPO

(AP:NEW YORK) Facebook has set a price range of $28 to $35 for its initial public offering of stock.

At the high end, this could raise as much as $11.8 billion.

That's much higher than any other Internet IPO in the past, even Google Inc. in 2004.

The range came in a regulatory filing Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Thursday that the price range would value Facebook Inc. at $85 billion to $95 billion. Continue reading "Facebook sets $28 to $35 price range for IPO"

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