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RBC Capital Markets has raised its target price on Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock from $450 to $500, citing strong positive feedback from recent investor meeting

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RBC Lifts Microsoft Price Target as AI Remains Key Growth Driver

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RBC Capital Markets has raised its target price on Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) stock from $450 to $500, citing strong positive feedback from recent investor meetings with Microsoft's Directors of Investor Relations. The investment bank highlighted AI as a critical growth driver for the tech giant, noting Microsoft's substantial investments in this rapidly evolving sector.

Key Points from RBC's Analysis:

  1. AI as a Growth Catalyst: RBC underscored that AI continues to be a significant driver of Microsoft's growth. The company's investments in AI technologies, including advancements like GPT-4o and custom AI silicon Maia, are expected to help reduce costs and improve efficiency.

  2. CapEx and Margins: While capital expenditures (CapEx) are anticipated to increase and impact margins, Microsoft is responding to demand signals. The company is also focused on bringing down the cost curve through technological advancements.

  3. Cloud Services Leadership: Microsoft's expertise in cloud services is highlighted as a major advantage. RBC pointed out that the company provides a unified architecture for all AI workloads, enhancing its competitive position.

  4. Early-Stage Cloud Growth: Microsoft's core cloud business is still in its early stages, with a clear trend of companies moving more workloads to the cloud. RBC noted that Azure's growth, excluding AI, has accelerated in fiscal Q2.

Overall, RBC's updated analysis reflects strong confidence in Microsoft's strategic direction and its capacity to leverage AI and cloud services for sustained growth.

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