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Hang On, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Night: Yahoo Earnings Tomorrow, Microsoft Earnings Thursday

Yahoo and Microsoft are still seriously talking about a search and partnership deal, never-ending discussions that might or might not come to fruition. But most investors will be focused on real results this week, as both tech giants report quarterly earnings.

But, after a ho-hum performance last week from Google (GOOG), Wall Street is not expecting much from either, as the econalypse continues to take its toll on financial performance.

Yahoo (YHOO) will report its second-quarter earnings at 2 pm PDT tomorrow, while Microsoft (MSFT) will report on Thursday at 2:30 pm PDT.

The last quarter was weak for Yahoo, due to the depressed online advertising market, which is its biggest business.

And Wall Street is expecting more of the same, although perhaps with some signs of recovery and improvement after major cost cuts at the Silicon Valley icon by CEO Carol Bartz.

According to a round-up averaged by Thomson Reuters (TRIN), analysts think Yahoo will have revenue of $1.14 billion and earnings of eight cents a share, not including special charges due to recent layoffs and taking out commissions paid to advertising partners.

A search deal, if struck, could have a dulcet impact on Yahoo’s stock, which has been up strongly in the quarter.

And the industry is also hoping for some bump from the introduction of Yahoo’s redesign of its front page, code-named Metro, which it has been testing for a dog’s age now and will debut soon.

Shares of Microsoft have also been doing well recently, although it is not expected that any search deal will have much impact on its stock or, really, its actual business.

Search is a very small part of Microsoft’s portfolio, despite all the focus on its innovative new Bing search service. Instead, as always, the Redmond, Wash.-based company is squarely dependent on the performance of its dominant software products, Windows and Office.

Last quarter, Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell was very grumpy about the economic outlook and it is likely to be a repeat performance on Thursday, albeit with some encouraging signs of the lessening of the decline.

Still, analysts expect Microsoft to get hit from the continued weak sales of personal computers, which are chock full of its software.

On average, according to Thomson Reuters, analysts think Microsoft will have revenue of $14.38 billion in its fourth quarter, earning 36 cents a share. That’s off just over 10 cents in earnings from last year’s 48 cents per share.

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