Microsoft Is The Bellwether For Cloud Stocks

Microsoft Stock Analysis

This week, Microsoft’s (MSFT) earnings will shed light on whether the fear over cloud valuations is warranted or not.

Just last week, IBM results showed that its cloud segment grew by just 14%, boosted by its Red Hat acquisition. In more signs of trouble in the industry, Workday (WDAY) stock declined sharply last week after the company said that growth in its once-lucrative human capital management was slowing to 20%. This led to analyst cuts from Stifel, Deutsche Bank, and RBC. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Evercore ISI analysts have also rushed to downgrade the cloud industry ahead of the busy earnings extravaganza. Companies like Slack, Okta, Splunk, and Salesforce have dropped by 27%, 25%, 20%, and 8% respectively in the past three months.

This week, Microsoft earnings will be important because they will provide a picture about whether this sell-off and pessimism is warranted. Microsoft is important because it is the biggest cloud computing company in the world. It’s impressive growth in cloud has pushed it to become the second-biggest company in the world with a valuation of more than $1.07 trillion. Don’t be surprised if the sector ignores the market sentiment and reports impressive earnings.

Microsoft will provide a good indication of the cloud sector because of its broad offerings. The company has a large portfolio of cloud software (SaaS) and cloud infrastructure (IaaS) products. The IaaS and SaaS industries have grown to almost $40 billion and $95 billion in the past decade. This growth is expected to accelerate in the coming years as global corporation and governments embrace the efficiency of cloud. The industry revenue could double in the next three years. Although there will be many winners in the cloud race, Microsoft is well-positioned because of its scale and its approach of the industry. Just this week, the company acquired Mover, a small company that will help it simplify and speed migration to Microsoft 365.

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