Microsoft, Intel and General Electric Lead Major Stock Market Movers Jan. 20th

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) CEO Paul Otellini said last night that tablets running on Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 operating system are “being queued up for production,” according to Cnet. Otellini added that tablets running on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system can’t compete with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad right now. However, Android tablets will do better once they’re equipped with the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, the CEO said, the publication added.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): As previously announced by Intel’s board of directors, Andy Bryant will move from vice chairman of the board to full-time executive chairman at the company’s Annual Stockholders?Meeting in May. In anticipation of that change, Intel is promoting two senior executives, one of whom will take on much of Bryant’s prior responsibilities. The company has promoted Brian Krzanich to COO, reporting to Paul Otellini, president and CEO. Krzanich had previously been a senior vice president in charge of Intel’s worldwide manufacturing. In his new role, Krzanich will continue to oversee manufacturing and also take on responsibility for internal IT and human resources, functions that previously reported into Bryant.

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE): “GE’s portfolio demonstrated strength and resilience, delivering earnings growth for the seventh consecutive quarter while also generating substantial operating cash flow to support investment in our business and dividend growth,” said GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “We are confident in our 2012 framework to realize double-digit earnings growth in our Industrial and Capital segments, increase margins and provide dividend growth to our shareholders in line with earnings.” Immelt added, “GE Capital, like our Industrial businesses, is stronger and competitively positioned to win. GE Capital is poised to grow double-digit in 2012, while continuing to shrink its balance sheet and strengthen its capital and liquidity positions. GE Capital volume grew to $49 billion, up 13% from the third quarter and margins remained healthy at 5.4%. Tier One common ratios are now at 11.4% and 9.9% and remain a source of strength. As we have previously stated, we expect to restart the dividend from GE Capital to GE this year, subject to Federal Reserve review.” Immelt concluded, “We finish 2011 with momentum and are positioned for a strong 2012. Our Industrial businesses are positioned for growth. GE Capital is strong and profitable. We have substantial cash available to improve shareholder returns. The Company is positioned to perform for investors.”

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