Investors sold off stocks Wednesday morning after Microsoft issued a lackluster earnings report and disappointing revenue forecast for the current quarter. After announcing plans to lay off 10,000 employees, Microsoft reported that its total revenue increased by 2% year over year in the quarter ending December 31, the slowest rate since 2016. Meanwhile, net income fell to $16.43 billion from $18.77 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Microsoft also called for $50.5 billion to $51.5 billion in fiscal third-quarter revenue, well below the $52.43 billion analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected.
During its earnings call on Tuesday, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said that the company is “seeing customers exercise caution in this environment, and we saw results weaken through December,” adding: “performance in the U.S. was weaker than expected.”
On Wednesday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 400 points, or 1.2%, while the S&P 500 declined 1.45% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 2%.
“If the company is bearish on its own future, why should investors be bullish,” Adam Sarhan CEO of 50 Park Investments, told CNBC. “That’s pretty much the message we’re getting from earnings season so far.”
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