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Microsoft shares hit new all-time high

Microsoft shares hit new all-time highMicrosoft shares reached a record high on Thursday after the tech giant reported its revenues rose 3.1 percent to $22.33 billion in the July-September period.

Microsoft posted $21.66 billion in revenues during the same period last year. Net income jumped 11.3 percent to $5.99 billion, from $5.38 billion a year ago.

Those earnings helped shares jump 6.1 percent to $60.75 in after-hours trading on the stock market.

The previous climbing high for Microsoft shares was recorded right before the turn of the millennium as the entire tech industry was unease about a potential computer glitch that could have disrupted computer operations around the world knows as Y2K.

On December 30, 1999, Microsoft stock price had reached $59.97 in intraday trading before settling at $59.56.

Much of the highlights in the earnings report are owed to the growth in Microsoft’s cloud business that has offset losses in the company’s phone division and gaming revenues.

"Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $13.0 billion," the company said in a statement.

Revenues from personal computing, however, declined 2 percent, while phone and gaming revenues fell 72 percent and 5 percent, respectively.
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