Software Weekly Notes: Microsoft, VeriSign and Symantec

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This past week was harsh for the software sector as a whole. Most companies in the sector saw a drop in their stock prices with a only a few posting marginal gains. Here are a few important updates from the software sector, which could influence the stock of companies like Microsoft ( MSFT ), Verisign ( VRSN ) and Symantec ( SYMC ).

Microsoft

Microsoft's stock has seen a lot of movement this week and has ultimately ended up nearly flat. At the WPC 2011 event, it announced that it has sold more than 400 million Windows 7 licenses worldwide. It also announced that it has sold nearly 100 million copies of Office 2010 to businesses and retail customers.

It also hinted that Windows 8 might be launched in 2012. It will release an update to Windows Phone 7 - Mango - in the coming months.

We currently have a Trefis price estimate of $27 for Microsoft shares .

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VeriSign

VeriSign renewed its contract with ICANN early this month, and remains the exclusive .com and .net domain registrar. Yesterday, it increased the .com and .net registration fees by 7% and 10% respectively, which should boost its margins, at least in the short term.

We currently have a Trefis price estimate of $38 for VeriSign shares .

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Symantec

Symantec closed its acquisition of Clearwell Systems this week, for a purchase price of $390 million. The acquisition will enable Symantec to improve the scope of its product offerings, and offer better information management capabilities to its customers.

We currently have a Trefis price estimate of $22 for Symantec stock.

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Other Updates

Many companies including Microsoft ( MSFT ), SAP ( SAP ), Symantec ( SYMC ), Verisign ( VRSN ), Constant Contact ( CTCT ) and Shutterfly (SFLY) will be releasing their quarterly results in the next couple weeks.



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Referenced Stocks: CTCT , MSFT , SAP , SYMC , VRSN

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