Microsoft’s Ballmer Pays to Catch Up in Mobile Phone Race

So, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) claims that it shipped 1 million Windows (NASDAQ:MSFT) phones for the last quarter. During the same period Microsoft ponied up $250 million as payment to Nokia. You can see where this is going, each phone costs Microsoft $250. It gets better. Nokia’s license fee to Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) for a phone is approximately $20.

Previous reports have noted that the two companies are teaming up to gain market share from Google Android (NASDAQ:GOOG). The new Lumia 900 from Nokia was touted by several reviewers at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is certainly behind, but chief executive Steve Ballmer appears willing to pay to catch up to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).

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Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): NOK shares recently traded at $5.03, down $0.02, or 0.4%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.46 to $11.75. Volume today was 32,540,357 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 30,541,400 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.41 per share.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $29.46, down $0.15, or 0.51%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.95. Volume today was 22,272,075 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 54,909,000 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 10.68, while trailing earnings are $2.76 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $454.24, up $1.23, or 0.27%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $454.45. Volume today was 10,073,990 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 12,744,400 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 12.93, while trailing earnings are $35.14 per share.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $577.24, down $0.45, or 0.08%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $642.96. Volume today was 1,188,599 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,054,930 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 19.40, while trailing earnings are $29.76 per share.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): RIMM shares recently traded at $16.62, down $0.4, or 2.35%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $12.45 to $70.54. Volume today was 13,518,682 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,615,100 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.91, while trailing earnings are $4.25 per share.

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