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Facebook and Motorola Solutions Reporting; Broadcom Bleeds; VMWare Soars

Dan Berman
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Facebook and Motorola Solutions Reporting; Broadcom Bleeds; VMWare Soars

Facebook (FB) reports earnings after the closing bell. The company stock has done well of late, up 9% over the last month. However it's still down about 7% year-to-date as it searches for ways to monetize its billion-plus user base. Over the weekend the company announced it now has 100-million people using its mobile app, an encouraging sign in the larger shift away from desktops to mobile. The challenge remains integrating ads on smaller screens. Facebook is expected to post earnings of 14-cents a share up from 12-cents a year ago on $1.62 billion in revenue which would be more than a-third higher than last year's figure of $1.1.8 billion.

Motorola Solutions (MSI) reported this morning and is now trading almost 2% lower. The company missed on both the top and bottom lines. Earnings were 94-cents a share, a dime below estimates. and revenue was $2.1 billion, about $30-million short. Motorola shares are up a relatively modest 7% this year. That's largely because they took a 14% plunge after last quarter's report.

Broadcom (BRCM) has been down more than 5% since yesterday's close on top of a 4% drop during the regular trading day. The chipmaker beat earnings estimates with its quarterly report, posting 70-cents a share excluding items. Revenue missed slightly at $2.09 billion. Of more importance, the company lowered guidance for the current period. Prior to the report Broadcom shares were down about 8%. They're up about 3% since this time last year.

VMWare (VMW) is up 12% this morning. The software company just edged past estimates with its quarterly report, posting profits of 79-cents a share on revenue of $1.24 billion. But it also upped its guidance for the quarter now underway. Shares are down 24% year-to-date largely on a 21% plunge after the company issued its first quarter results.