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Microsoft Reports Strong Q2 Earnings – Cloud Services Segment Soars – $MSFT $DIA

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Microsoft (MSFT) reported fiscal Q2 earnings exceeding expectations with its cloud services revenue soaring 46%.

Highlights from the release:

  • Revenue stood at $51.7 billion versus $50.9 billion expected.
  • Earnings per share of $2.48 were reported to exceed expectations at $2.31.
  • Intelligent Cloud generated $18.3 billion versus $18.3 billion expected.
  • Productivity & Business Processes recorded $15.9 billion in line with expectations.
  • More Personal Computing reported $17.4 billion higher than $16.7 billion expected.
  • Azure and other cloud services revenue grew by 46%, which was slightly down from the first quarter when Microsoft reported a 50% growth in the category.

Last week, Microsoft announced plans to purchase Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The deal, which is expected to close in 2023 pending regulatory approval, will make Microsoft a gaming juggernaut, with Activision Blizzard’s library of games including “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.”

“As tech as a percentage of global GDP continues to increase, we are innovating and investing across diverse and growing markets, with a common underlying technology stack and an operating model that reinforces a common strategy, culture, and sense of purpose,” stated Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

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(Read Original Story: Microsoft tops analysts' expectations in Q2 as cloud revenue soars 46% in Yahoo Finance)


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