24-28 Jan. | Microsoft, Intel, SAP: Should You Invest In Tech This Week?

The tech sector just had its worst start to a year since 2016, largely due to runaway inflation around the world. So watch out, tech stocks are particularly volatile right now! As you know, however, the big US and European tech companies have the ability to surprise the markets. Several of them will publish their quarterly results in the coming days, which could present a unique opportunity for you and your portfolio.

Software companies are on cloud nine

Did you know that revenue for the cloud sector (all companies combined) reached €2.61 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021? The dizzying data says a lot about the growth prospects of large software companies, most of which now specialise in cloud services or related areas.

This is particularly the case for Microsoft, which will reveal its figures on Tuesday, January 25th. First, an important piece of news: Microsoft has just acquired the gaming giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. It’s a huge moment which puts Microsoft in the top three most powerful video game companies (it already owns Xbox and Minecraft).

This latest news makes the upcoming earnings call even more exciting for Microsoft, which has a history of beating analyst expectations. Earnings per share is estimated at $2.39, with revenue expected to grow by around 14% over the next year, and the year after.

Next up, if you work in a team, you’ve probably used Atlassian’s cloud collaboration software. The company will report its figures on Thursday, January 27th and it will likely be boosted by increased remote working through the Omicron wave.

Lastly, we’ll get figures for SAP, a German cloud software company. We’re expecting a 28% rise in revenue for the fourth quarter, so keep your eye on the results this Thursday, January 27th.

The ongoing nightmare for chip makers

We’re experiencing supply chain problems all around the world, but it’s particularly bad for semiconductor companies (those that make microchips and electronics for your smartphone and computer).

And the problem isn’t going away! American manufacturers worry that China’s zero-tolerance policy towards the coronavirus will put a brake on supply chains and the movement of goods again this year.

Despite everything, these companies still have reassuring prospects because semiconductors are essential to the manufacture of products on a day-to-day basis. Some have been investing in their own manufacturing process so they’re less affected by the supply chain problems. This is Intel’s strategy, for example. The company has injected up to $28 billion in its own factories to improve the manufacturing process.

Intel will release its results on Wednesday, January 26th. The company is expected to post earnings-per-share of $0.90, which is down 41% from the previous quarter. Revenue is expected to come in at $18.3 billion, a decrease of 8.38% compared to last quarter.

Back here in Europe, keep your eye on French chip company STMicroelectronics, which will present its profits on Thursday, January 27th. The group just ended 2021 with a record turnover of $12.76 billion.

The shift towards ‘car tech’ with Tesla

If you follow financial news, you’ll know that Tesla makes a new announcement almost every day! CEO Elon Musk said he will update everyone on the famous Cybertruck on the company’s upcoming earnings call, scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th.

Speaking of Tesla, the company said it delivered 308,600 cars in the fourth quarter, closing in on one million deliveries for the full year 2021. This data could translate into strong revenue at the next earnings event.

What to expect from Apple earnings?

Apple will reveal its earnings on Thursday, January 27th. Good news, we wrote a full analysis on Apple’s latest quarter. Read it here.

Economic and earnings calendar

Monday – Manufacturing and services PMI estimates for France, Germany, eurozone and United Kingdom (January). Quarterly figures from IBM, Halliburton, Philips.

Tuesday – Ifo Business Climate Index in Germany. Quarterly figures from Microsoft, Verizon, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson

Wednesday – Unemployment rate in France (December). Industrial profits in China (December). US Fed interest rate decision. Quarterly figures from Tesla, Intel, Abbott, Boeing, Aspen, Soitec, Levi Strauss, Kimberly-Clark.

Thursday – Unemployment rate in Spain (Q3 of 2021) and in the United States (weekly). Quarterly figures from Apple, McDonald’s, Mastercard, Visa, Starbucks, SAP, Atlassian, STMicroelectronics, Deutsche Bank.

Friday – Business climate in the Netherlands (January). GDP rate in France, Spain and Austria (Q4 of 2021). Unemployment rate in Germany (December). Economic sentiment and inflation estimates in the eurozone. Quarterly figures from Chevron, Caterpillar, Colgate-Palmolive.

We’ll be back next week with another edition of the BUX Breakdown. In the meantime, have a great week on the markets!

The BUX Breakdown was written by Clémentine Pougnet.

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