Microsoft is one of the world’s oldest and best known technology companies that exist. Microsoft has had to reinvent itself over the years to stay competitive. The person to thank for Microsoft’s success in recent years is no other than Satya Nedella. Satya took over for Steve Ballmer back in 2014.
Before becoming CEO, Satya was Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group and led the company’s transformation to cloud infrastructure and services, better known as Azure.
Gartner, a global IT research and analytics firm, predicts public cloud services will grow to $206.2 billion in 2019, up 17.3% year over year. The fastest growing part of the market is cloud infrastructure, which is predicted to reach $39.5 billion, up 27.5%.
According to Canalys, Microsoft’s Azure platform posted 82.4% revenue growth in 2018, giving it the second-largest market share at 16.8%.
Today I noticed unusual options activity in Microsoft. The Smart Money bought over 20000 of the April 26th weekly call options with a $126 strike price.
NOTE: price is closed today at $119.02.
I immediately went to see when they will announce their quarterly earnings and what do you know, the earnings are scheduled to announce April 24th and April 29th. And what do you know they beat expectations the last four quarters.
Should be an interesting next several weeks for Microsoft as earnings approach.
This post is my personal opinion. I’m not a financial advisor, this isn’t financial advise. Do your own research before making investment decisions.