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Microsoft is scheduled to announce its Q1 2015 results after the market close on October 23. Recent events include expansion of partnership with Salesforce and the launch of Windows 10 preview. Analyst consensus estimates earnings of 49 cents on revenue of $22 billion. An earnings beat could reverse the recent downward trend in Microsoft stock while a beat could hasten the sell-off.
Amazon is scheduled to release its Q3 earnings report on October 23rd. ChannelAdvisior's data shows a strong YoY growth in Same Store Sales. Amazon had slashed Fire Phone prices to boost its sales.
IACI management has put in a steep target for the dating business with a FY 2016 segmental EBITDA of $500 million. Usage on dating sites is rapidly rising with MAU's increasing 60% YoY in Q2 2014. Stabilization of app revenues and improvements in dating monetization could lead to huge upside in IACI stock.
With a dominant position in the Chinese internet market and after the Japan failure, Baidu is focussing on international growth in Southeast Asia, South America and Arab countries. After Baidu introduced a local site and development office in Brazil, Southeast Asia and Egypt it announced acquisition of the Brazilian local e-commerce site Peixe Urbano. Peixe Urbano will allow Baidu to penetrate the e-commerce market and compete with Amazon, eBay and Alibaba in Brazil. In the future, Baidu could use the Peixe Urbano platform to grow its e-commerce business globally.