Microsoft price target raised to $150 from $140 at BofA/Merrill
BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan noted that the current macro outlook has some investors wondering how cyclical Microsoft is, but he sees its "Cloud-like growth, legacy-like margins and GAARP-like valuation" making the company unique. After a deeper evaluation of its five key growth segments - Azure/server products, Commercial office, Gaming, LinkedIn and GitHub - Rangan views 10-15% revenue growth CAGR as sustainable for 5-7 years, he tells investors. His proprietary survey suggests that near-term demand remain solid and Rangan believes the consensus view is underestimating a potential upgrade cycle from 2008/2012 server versions to 2016/2019 versions over the next 6-12 months, he added. He raised his price target on Microsoft shares to $150 from $140 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.