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What I Liked About Microsoft and Alphabet's Earnings

It continues to be an intense earnings week for many technology companies. In today's video I look at fundamentals and recent earnings for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and below I share a few highlights from the video.

  1. On July 27, 2021, Microsoft reported its Q4 2021 earnings, and Alphabet reported its Q2 2021 earnings. Microsoft revenue grew 21% year over year (YoY), driven by solid growth in its intelligent cloud segment. Alphabet's revenue grew 62% YoY, driven by the overall demand for advertisements as the world continues to open back up.
  2. Google advertisement business saw both strong YoY and quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) growth. YouTube advertisement revenue grew by roughly $1 billion compared to the previous quarter, representing approximately a 16% QoQ growth.
  3. Microsoft's gaming revenue grew 11% YoY, driven by the new generation consoles and Xbox gaming subscription service. The growth in the gaming segment could have shocked some investors as some believe gaming would slow down as the world reopens.

*Stock prices used were the premarket prices of July 28, 2021. The video was published on July 28, 2021.


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Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Jose Najarro owns shares of Alphabet (C shares) and Microsoft. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Microsoft, and Netflix. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. Jose is an affiliate of The Motley Fool and may be compensated for promoting its services. If you choose to subscribe through his link, he will earn some extra money that supports his channel. His opinions remain his own and are unaffected by The Motley Fool.


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