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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nokia, Microsoft, Apple, Google and AT&T

CHICAGO April 20, 2012 Nokia Corp. NOK Microsoft Corp. MSFT Apple Inc. AAPL Google Inc. GOOG AT&T Inc. T

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Nokia’s Long Nightmare Continues

Nokia Corp. NOK Microsoft Corp. MSFT

$9,561 million $10,053 million $1,200 million 33 cents $300 million 12 cents 11 cents 6 cents

Apple Inc. AAPL Google Inc. GOOG AT&T Inc. T

On the other side, the company’s low-end offerings are facing intense competition from low-cost touch screen phones, predominantly from Asian manufacturers.

$1,742 million $571 million

$6,334 million

Devices & Services Segment

$5,520 million $2,215 million $3,004 million $301 million

$186 million $43

Nokia Siemens Network Segment

$3,831 million $191 million $5 million

Location & Commerce Segment

$360 million $47 million $21 million

Future Outlook

For the second quarter of 2012, Nokia expects its Devices & Services operating margin to be similar to that of the first quarter of 2012 or may be negative 3%. Nokia further expects to reduce the operating expense in this segment by more than €1 billion by 2013 from the 2010 level of €5.35 billion.

Recommendation

We remain quite skeptical regarding the success of the Nokia-Microsoft mobile venture. We believe the company will face margin pressure throughout 2012 mainly due to a highly competitive industry dynamics.

We, therefore, retain our long-term Underperform recommendation on Nokia. Currently, Nokia has a Zacks #5 Rank, implying a short-term Strong Sell rating on the stock.

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