RBC Likes Microsoft, Says Stock Now Worth $65
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) stock is now worth $65, according to analysts at RBC Capital Markets whom believe that sales, earnings and gross profits will pivot to growth in F2H16 and increase in FY17.
"MSFT is emerging from a number of headwinds (model transition, FX and Nokia) while managing operating expenses carefully and pivoting loss making businesses to profitability (e.g. Bing). Our conviction remains high that revenue, gross profit, earnings and cash flows can pivot to growth in F2H16 and accelerate in FY17," RBC said in a note.
The firm increased Microsoft's price target to $65 and reiterated its Outperform rating.
RBC commented that "Microsoft Office will shift through model transition headwinds and accelerate in FY17. Price remains an important lever for growth and GMs will decline due to mix shift toward subscription but gross profit dollar growth will accelerate."
Microsoft Windows 10 has also been gaining traction. "With the news that W10 is active on 200M devices in <6 months, the company appears to be well on track to achieve its 1B active W10 devices by FY18," the firm noted. "Bing queries per W10 active device are up 30%, suggesting the monetization model is also working. This remains an area of positive optionality for our model."
The company's stock is up 17.33 percent since June 2, 2015. Shares traded recently at $54.18, down 1.6 percent on the day.
Latest Ratings for MSFT
|Jan 2017||Tigress Financial||Upgrades||Neutral||Buy|
|Jan 2017||Wells Fargo||Initiates Coverage On||Outperform|
|Dec 2016||PiperJaffray||Initiates Coverage On||Overweight|
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