A mid-week look at recent events and trends… In the wake of Microsoft's ( MSFT ) decision to purchase the online phone platform Skype for about $8.5 billion, we take a look at Microsoft's equity value by business line. For today's featured forecast, we examine the HD/DVR penetration of DirecTV's ( DTV ) subscriber base, a ratio that has seen a steady climb in recent years.
Microsoft - Company of the Day
Microsoft announced plans to buy Skype for around $8.5 billion. In a conference call yesterday, Skype and Microsoft laid out their visions of the union including Steve Ballmer's take on how well Skype could integrate with Outlook, Xbox and Windows mobile OS. Ballmer likes that Skyping is synonymous with Internet calling, and with Skype, Microsoft can make enterprise products more collaborative.
DirecTV - Forecast of the Day
We estimate that about 48% of DirecTV's U.S. subscribers had access to advanced services like HD and DVR in 2010 and were paying an average monthly fee of a little over $15 per month.
We expect the penetration to rise to 66% by the end of our forecast period as new subscribers continue to opt for these advanced services and existing subscribers upgrade.
Wal-Mart - Quiz of the Day
How has Wal-Mart's U.S. revenue per square foot trended over the past 2 years?
- Remained Flat
Lowe's - Today's Free Company Model
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