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Shares of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) came under pressure early trading on Wednesday, even after the company reported higher-than-expected quarterly results.

The results came amid an exciting earnings season. Here are some key analyst takeaways from the release.

BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman maintained an Outperform rating, while raising the price target from $420 to $455.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Rishi Jaluria reiterated an Outperform rating, while lifting the price target from $415 to $450.
Piper Sandler analyst Brent Bracelin reaffirmed an Overweight rating and price target of $455.
Truist Securities analyst Joel Fishbein maintained a Buy rating and price target of $600.
William Blair analyst Jason Ader reiterated an Outperform rating on the stock.

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BMO Capital Markets: Microsoft delivered another “solid” quarter, highlighted by Azure growth of 28% year-on-year in constant currency terms, “including 6 points from AI workload,” Bachman said in a note. “We view the 1-2 points of upside in the FY24 margin guide vs. the previous flat guide as the most meaningful positive surprise,” he added.

“Consistent with our preview, we think it will take some time for the benefits of Copilot to show up in Office/Windows growth,” the analyst further stated.

RBC Capital Markets: Microsoft’s quarterly results reflected “balanced upside to revenue and margins,” Jaluria said. “By our math, Azure AI is now $3.3B+ in annualized run-rate revenue, more than doubling sequentially,” he added.

“In terms of what drove the spike, Microsoft pointed to Azure OpenAI Service and GitHub Copilot (paid subs grew 80%+ sequentially to 1.3M),” the analyst further wrote.
Piper Sandler: The latest results “reinforced Microsoft’s first-mover advantage in AI applications with AI-related revenue doubling q/q to an estimated $1.1B or $4.4B annualized run-rate,” Bracelin wrote in a note.

Although AI is merely 1.8% of the company’s revenues, it is in “the early stages of helping accelerate top-line y/y organic growth to 14% (excluding Activision) vs. 13% last quarter,” the analyst said. “Despite elevated AI data center investments, we are pleased to see further margin expansion this year,” he added.

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