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Microsoft: From Bing To The Cloud, Making All The Right Moves

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Microsoft: From Bing To The Cloud, Making All The Right Moves
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Tigress Financial Partners has upgraded Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) from Neutral to Buy and believes management is pulling all the right strings with its strategic direction. In a new note, analyst Ivan Feinseth said the combo of improving business fundamentals and aggressive capital return is a recipe for outperformance from Microsoft.

Azure, Bing and Xbox

“We believe MSFT’s expanding cloud transition strategy including Azure, the subscription-based Office 365 model and the future integration with LinkedIn along with new initiatives in Artificial Intelligence (AI), search, gaming and other new products will begin to drive a new acceleration in Business Performance,” Feinseth explained.

He believes Microsoft Azure has closed the gap to become real competition with leading cloud services company Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).

Feinseth noted that Bing is also gaining market share from smaller search rivals and is benefiting from partnerships with Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), HP Inc (NYSE: HP) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB).

He noted that Microsoft’s Xbox has become much more than simply a gaming device.

“MSFT is also one of the largest publishers of video games and its Xbox console serves as a web-based household gaming and entertainment platform enabling subscribers to play multiplayer games and access non-gaming entertainment,” Feinseth wrote.

Microsoft's stock is off to a solid start so far in 2017, up 1.2 percent in the opening weeks of the year.

Latest Ratings for MSFT

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2018CitigroupMaintainsNeutralNeutral
Apr 2018BarclaysMaintainsOverweightOverweight
Apr 2018JP MorganUpgradesNeutralOverweight

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