Goldman dumps Microsoft off ‘Buy’ list on mobile weakness

“Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts cut Microsoft Corp. shares to ‘neutral,’ citing the world’s largest software company’s struggles to gain market share in mobile devices,” Matthew Campbell reports for Bloomberg.

“Microsoft was removed from the bank’s Americas Buy List, with a price target of $28 rather than $32, Goldman Sachs analysts including Sarah Friar wrote in a note to clients,” Campbell reports. “The company needs to win ‘a firmer foothold in the growing migration to mobile devices’ in order to improve investor sentiment, they wrote.”

Campbell reports, “Microsoft has struggled to match mobile offerings from rivals including Apple Inc… Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has yet to release a tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad, 3 million of which were sold in the first 80 days of its release.”

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30 Comments

  1. I would expect that MS will slide a lot more then to $28.00/share. Most MS Shares are held by Retirement and pension funds Mangers of these types of Funds don’t like for core value stocks to lose more then a few pennies with Goldman dropping the target price by $3.00 is likely to start a slow and growing Microsoft selling wave. MS shares are likely to trim $10.00 off the price before all is said and done.

  2. I would expect that MS will slide a lot more then to $28.00/share. Most MS Shares are held by Retirement and pension funds Mangers of these types of Funds don’t like for core value stocks to lose more then a few pennies with Goldman dropping the target price by $3.00 is likely to start a slow and growing Microsoft selling wave. MS shares are likely to trim $10.00 off the price before all is said and done.

  3. “If Windows Phone 7 isn’t a massive success (which it won’t be) Ballmer will be “looking forward to spending more time with his family”.

    Please don’t talk like that. Don’t you want to watch him ride the ship all the way to the bottom? Keep him on board until “Windows Zune Phone 13 – Special Clippey Edition”

  4. “If Windows Phone 7 isn’t a massive success (which it won’t be) Ballmer will be “looking forward to spending more time with his family”.

    Please don’t talk like that. Don’t you want to watch him ride the ship all the way to the bottom? Keep him on board until “Windows Zune Phone 13 – Special Clippey Edition”

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