Earnings Whispers: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) & United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL)

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The Country Caller examines into the whisper numbers for Microsoft and United Continental ahead of their respective earnings report scheduled today

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to report its fourth quarter earnings for the fiscal year 2016, today after the closing bell. Looking into the whisper numbers, it is expected for the technology giant to miss the Street on bottom line, while a top line beat is anticipated on the other hand. Meanwhile, United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL), which will report its second quarter earnings today, is anticipated to miss the Street on both top and bottom lines. The whisper numbers for both the companies are discussed as follows.

Microsoft Corporation

According to the consensus, Microsoft will report $0.58 in EPS for the fourth quarter. The company reported $0.62 in EPS for the same quarter last year, while for the third quarter also, Microsoft reported $0.62 in EPS, which reflects that a 6.45% annual decline is expected in earnings. As of estimate, the company would beat the Street on bottom line by 4 cents.

As of FactSet, the consensus expects revenue to come in at $22.14, while the Estimize estimate suggests a top line beat as they have estimated $22.203 billion in revenue. The $423 billion company reported $22.2 billion in sales for the same quarter last year, which indicates that the consensus expects a 0.2% annual decline in sales. For the previous quarter, Microsoft reported $22.1 billion in sales.

United Continental

According to FactSet data, the consensus expects $2.56 in EPS for United Airline’s Q2. In contrast, expects $2.47 in EPS, which hints toward a bottom line miss in earnings. For the previous quarter, UAL reported $1.23 in EPS. This figure suggests that the consensus is expecting 108.13% quarter over quarter growth in UAL earnings. For the same period last year, UAL reported earnings of $3.14, thus a 18.47% year over year decline is expected in earnings this time.

On the top line, United Airlines is expected to report $9.9 billion in revenue, as of FactSet. While Estimize suggests a top line miss in sales as it has estimated $9.36 billion in revenue. For 1QFY16, UAL reported sales of $8.2 billion, while for the same quarter last year, the company reported $9.9 billion in sales. This indicates that the consensus is anticipating revenue growth, 13.41% sequentially and 5.25%, annually

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