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TMCNet:  Downgrade Alert for Microsoft (MSFT)

[January 04, 2013]

Downgrade Alert for Microsoft (MSFT)

Jan 04, 2013 (SmarTrend(R) Upgrades/Downgrades via COMTEX) -- Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was downgraded from Buy to Hold at Argus Research today. The stock closed yesterday at $27.25 on volume of 47.9 million shares, below average daily volume of 52.3 million. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has potential upside of 25.0% based on a current price of $27.25 and analysts' consensus price target of $34.06. The stock should run into initial resistance at its 50-day moving average (MA) of $27.51 and subsequent resistance at its 200-day MA of $29.68.

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, sells, and supports software products. The Company offers operating system software, server application software, business and consumer applications software, software development tools, and Internet and intranet software. Microsoft also develops video game consoles and digital music entertainment devices.

In the past 52 weeks, shares of Microsoft have traded between a low of $23.65 and a high of $32.95 and closed yesterday at $27.25, which is 15% above that low price. The 200-day and 50-day moving averages have moved 0.28% lower and 0.51% lower over the past week, respectively.

SmarTrend recommended that its subscribers protect gains by selling shares of Microsoft on October 9th, 2012 by issuing a Downtrend alert when the shares were trading at $29.46. Since that call, shares of Microsoft have fallen 7.5%. We are now looking for when a new Uptrend will commence and will alert SmarTrend subscribers in real time.

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