Microsoft’s New Strengths: Cloud and Blockchain

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is a getting the attention of investors amid its expanding Cloud business and various futuristic opportunities, including Blockchain and machine learning. Microsoft ’s Azure platform brings in huge margins. The company’s Cloud segment earned $6.8 billion revenue in the third quarter. Earlier this month, investment firm said in a report that Microsoft will report better-than-expected results for its Cloud business amid high demand.

Unlike its rivals, Microsoft has a footprint in the blockchain industry, which is expected to have a net market value of $2.3 billion by 2021. Microsoft recently signed deal with Accenture in the digital blockchain segment.

Based on the analysts' consensus: both the revenue and the net result would be the highest in years. For this year Microsoft 's revenue will be around 96,24 billion Dollar. This is according to the average of the analysts' estimates. The expected revenue would be a record for the company. This is rather significant more than 2016's revenue of 85,32 billion Dollar.

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The analysts anticipate for 2017 a record net profit a 23,71 billion Dollar. The majority of the analysts expects for this year a profit per share of 3,03 Dollar. The price-earnings-ratio equals 22,6.

For this year the analysts expect a dividend of 1,6 Dollar per share. The dividend yield is then 2,34 percent. The average dividend yield of the software & services companies equals a low 0,78 percent.

Newest target prices around 76 Dollar

The most recent recommendations for the software & services company are from RBC Capital Markets, Barclays and Cowen and Company.

Microsoft 's market capitalization is based on the number of outstanding shares around 549,77 billion Dollar.

At 18.37 the stock trades 0,72 percent higher at 68,49 Dollar.

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