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January 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Microsoft shares close at highest since May 2010

Coming off better-than-expected second quarter earnings Thursday, Microsoft shares hit a 52-week high, closing at $29.71 Friday.

That was up $1.59, or 5.65 percent. In after-hours trading, shares were up five cents to $29.76.

That’s the highest it’s been since closing at $29.85 on May 5, 2010.

Microsoft’s second-quarter earnings, announced Thursday, showed the company posted sales of $20.89 billion (a 5 percent increase from a year ago) and profit of $6.62 billion.

Earnings per share reached 78 cents.

Though Windows revenue was down 6 percent from a year ago — due largely to a decline in PC sales that’s expected to continue — other Microsoft divisions made up for some of it. Revenue in both the Entertainment & Devices and Server & Tools divisions grew in the double digits.

Analysts’ notes sent out today generally included positive marks for Microsoft’s cost-control measures, and analysts saw promise in the company’s 2012 product offerings including Windows 8.

But they also warned of a continuing softness in the PC market, noting Microsoft reported that PC units were probably down 2 to 4 percent over last year.

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