Microsoft lower on Nokia report

Jun 01, 2011
Microsoft logo. Microsoft shares were down nearly two percent on Wall Street on Wednesday amid an unconfirmed report that the US software giant had agreed to purchase Nokia's mobile business for $19 billion.

Microsoft shares were down nearly two percent on Wall Street on Wednesday amid an unconfirmed report that the US software giant had agreed to purchase Nokia's mobile business for $19 billion.

Microsoft shares were 1.92 percent lower at $24.53 in early afternoon trading in a market that was down overall.

The website Boy Genius, or BGR.com, reported on Wednesday that according to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has struck a deal to purchase Nokia's for $19 billion, a claim dismissed by a Nokia spokesperson.

"Eldar's rumors are getting obviously less accurate with every passing moment," the Nokia spokesperson told the site.

Asked about the report by AFP, a Microsoft spokesman said "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or ."

Nokia shares fell 17.5 percent on Tuesday after the world's top sharply downgraded its second quarter outlook. They were down another 10 percent at one point on Wednesday, falling to their lowest level since 1998.

While it remains the world leader, Nokia has in recent years seen its dwindle amid tougher competition in the high-end smartphone sector.

In September, Nokia hired former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop to be chief executive of the Finnish company. In February, Nokia announced it was abandoning its smartphone platform to adopt Microsoft's mobile operating system.

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Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jun 02, 2011
Microsoft started to go down the tubes the day that Monkey Boy Ballmer took the helm.

It would have been funny if he actually had managed to purchase YouTube and driven Microsoft into the ground in one swell foop.

Well done Monkey boy... Well done...