The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., General Electric Company, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Intel Corp.

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., General Electric
                 Company, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Intel Corp.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), IBM Corp.
(IBM), General Electric Company (GE), Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) and Intel
Corp. (INTC).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

Microsoft to Invest in Brazil

The world's largest software maker, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will invest $100.0
million in a new research center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The investment
will cover research and development, and other entrepreneurial programs.

This will be the fourth Microsoft Research Advanced Technology Laboratory
built by the company in Brazil (previously opened in Germany, Israel and
Egypt). The lab will house the Bing search engine as well as a business
accelerator that will support 15 startups in the following 2 years. The
startups will be funded from an investment fund, which is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Microsoft Brazil.

Microsoft's investment is critical for the success of the new startups, which
will lead to job creation and boost the nation's growth. Also, Microsoft's
initiative will open new avenues for the IT sector in Brazil, which may become
a critical part of the nation's overall development in the future. The Latin
American country can develop into a technology hub going forward.

Rio is an ideal choice for Microsoft's investments. Stalwarts such as IBM
Corp. (IBM) and General Electric Company (GE) have already opened research
centers in Rio. Moreover, Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) and Intel Corp. (INTC)
are planning to expand in the region as well.

Microsoft has been investing in the Latin American nation since 2008. Earlier,
the company started a project for opening cyber cafes throughout the country
and further including educational and job-training activities for the youth.

Microsoft's operating systems are installed on the majority of computers in
the world. The company has been innovating on many fronts and has many new and
exciting products lined up.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, Microsoft reported revenue excluding
deferrals of $16.01 billion, down 11.4% sequentially and 7.9% from last year,
missing estimates by 2.5%. The softness in Windows was expected, since
customers were delaying purchases ahead of the Windows 8 launch.

Microsoft Corp. has a Zacks #3 Rank, which implies a Hold rating in the short
term (1-3 months).

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