NEW YORK, February 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, National Traders Association announced new research reports highlighting Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE:UAL), Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Merck & Co., Inc. Research Report
Merck has been going through a difficult time. While the company beat estimates, its fourth quarter profit fell 7%. Like all pharmaceutical companies, it faces competition from generic drug-makers as patents for its top-selling drugs expire. Furthermore, the company has decided to delay the FDA approval for an osteoporosis medication until 2014, showing difficulties in the drug's late-stage R&D progress. Merck has been cutting costs to moderate the effect of generic competition. It has also been developing new products, with five new products on the pipeline seeking for regulatory approval for 2013. The Full Research Report on Merck & Co., Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/d004_MRK]
Delta Air Lines, Inc. Research Report
Delta Airlines Inc. is soaring to greater heights with 4.3% year-over-year growth despite the $0.28 EPS it posted compared to last year's $0.45 EPS. According to some analysts and investors, the company's performance is acceptable because of the 9% increase in unit costs. Despite of this glitch, Delta's financial and operating performance for January 2013 showed an impressive revenue gain of 5.5% versus the same month last year. It seems to be a good start for Delta as the company reached a monthly completion factor of a solid 99.5%. The Full Research Report on Delta Air Lines, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/0a52_DAL]
United Continental Holdings Inc. Research Report
United Continental Holdings, Inc.'s weaker-than-expected fourth quarter and full year 2012 earnings. The decrease in passenger and cargo revenues may have significantly influenced the company's fourth quarter revenue which dropped by 2.5% year over year. United's $620 million net loss may affect some 600 employees who are given the option to voluntarily leave the company until the company starts laying off some managers and administrators. It seems like a high-time for United to rework their operations before more criticisms start to flood the company. After a series of operational problems, United seems to be repairing the damage by improving their quality of service. In January, the company awarded its eligible employees with a bonus of $100 for exceeding the 80% on-time domestic and international arrival performance goal. Recently, the company also received the 2013 Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois for embracing fairness and diversity. The Full Research Report on United Continental Holdings Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/4841_UAL]
Dell Inc. Research Report
The company will stick to its ongoing turnaround strategy away from PCs to IT services amid slowing PC sales in general. Shares of Dell suddenly boosted 18 percent in mid-January, after Bloomberg reported the still unofficial buyout plan. The company has slowly been losing value over the past 12 months, hence the current diversification strategy. It has also been losing market share to Asian rivals like Lenovo and Acer, who uses computer supply-chain management that was ironically pioneered by Dell. The deal would distance the company away from the scrutiny that comes with being a publicly-traded stock, and have less emphasis on quarter-to-quarter progress. Dell would be able to make the necessary investments and be able to stick to its strategy without the pressure of Wall Street. The buyout is expected to be completed before the end of Dell's second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The Full Research Report on Dell Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/c7d6_DELL]
Microsoft Corporation Research Report
Reporting a 4 percent drop in profits in Q4 despite releasing Windows 8, its underperforming office and entertainment divisions have been instrumental in the drop in profit, and total PC sales have been declining precipitously as more consumers lean towards tablets and smartphones. Windows 8 was not able to help boost PC sales, as shipments dropped 6.4 percent in Q4 of 2012, but total Windows sales grew 24 percent for the quarter at $5.88 billion. Microsoft believes that the more touch-friendly OS is selling poorly due to a lack of touchscreen computers like Ultrabooks. Nevertheless, the company's online services have been positive for them, posting 11 percent growth. The Full Research Report on Microsoft Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/04ec_MSFT]
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