Forecast 2012 revenue: $80 billion, up 8%
Forecast 2012 earnings: $23 billion, up 12%
Stock price: $27.81
Market cap: $233.94 billion
Microsoft (MSFT) is often criticized because of its stock’s abysmal performance in the past decade. But with strong results expected for 2012, its share may see some upward pressure. The Windows PC, Business, and Server franchises are still widely profitable.
The open questions about the company in 2012 are mostly tied to the operations of search engine Bing, and to its mobile smartphone handset business, which is now part of its joint venture with Nokia (NOK).