J.P. Morgan analyst cites weak Microsoft Surface sales in cutting earnings estimates
Overall, the analyst now sees Microsoft reporting $21 billion in revenue and earnings of just 68 cents a share for the December quarter. His previous estimate called for Microsoft to gross $21.4 billion in the three month period, and produce earnings of 72 cents per share. His fiscal year forecast for 2013 now calls for revenue of $77.8 billion and earnings of $2.62 a share. His original forecast was for revenue of $78.5 billion and earnings of $2.72 a share.
For fiscal year 2014, DiFucci now sees Microsoft bringing in $82.9 billion in revenue with profits of $2.91 a share. That compares with his original call for $83 billion in gross with a bottom line figure of $3.02 a share for that year.