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Microsoft: Buy The Dips?

The Fast Money traders are taking a hard look at Microsoft after FBR Capital suggested buying the recent weakness.

Analyst David Hilal raised his rating on the software giant to Outperform from Market Perform, with a $32 price target.

And on the Halftime Report he told the desk he likes the stock as a beneficiary of a strong PC refresh cycle; also he considers it an attractive risk-reward.

Hilal’s bullish outlook comes in sharp contrast to the growing number of market mavens who are anything but optimistic about the company’s future.

Farhad Manjoo of Fast Company magazine is among the critics who are dissatisfied with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Manjoss is particularly critical of Ballmer’s leadership.

”Microsoft seems rudderless, without any real goals other than to react fretfully to whatever Google and Apple do in categories they already dominate,” he writes.

And he’s quick to point out Ballmer’s failures including Zune and Visa.

“Can you think of any other tech firm where the CEO could bungle the company's main product and still keep his job?” he says.

Considering the negative and positive commentary, how should you trade?

If Ballmer is jettisoned I think Microsoft stock could pop, muses Karen Finerman.

But long term there's trouble with Microsoft, adds Joe Terranova. I just don’t know what it is. It’s not a growth stock but what it is I can't tell you.


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