Microsoft Among The Trending Stocks Rated Top Buy This Week

Joe Biden is now the President, and eager investors are waiting to see what happens. The major indices all rose last week, most notably the Nasdaq, which seemingly hits a new record close every day. 13 Dow stocks and 111 S&P companies will report earnings this week and could potentially move markets. Judging by the earnings that have already been announced thus far, there are high hopes. Despite that, there are still some concerns of overheating, the return of inflation, potential difficulty in passing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, and a pandemic that continues to worsen. The deep learning algorithms at Q.ai have used Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) technology to rate the Top Trending Stocks this week.

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Top Buy

MSCI Inc (MSCI)

Investment research and finance firm MSCI is our first Top Buy. The company is a leader in equity research, and provides ETFs and indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and governance tools for institutional investors and hedge funds. Our AI systems rated MSCI C in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.6% to $411.88 on volume of 406,491 vs its 10-day price average of $427.71 and its 22-day price average of $432.41, and is down 5.89% for the year. Revenue grew by 6.45% in the last fiscal year and grew by 30.15% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 12.49% in the last fiscal year and grew by 46.63% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 1.64% in the last fiscal year and grew by 102.35% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $1557.8M in the last fiscal year compared to $1274.17M three years ago, Operating Income was $755.7M in the last fiscal year compared to $579.77M three years ago, EPS was $6.59 in the last fiscal year, and compared to $3.31 three years ago, and ROE was 84.6% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 9.18% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 49.67.

Microsoft Corp (MSFT)

Microsoft is once again rated a Top Buy this week. Long a staple in the tech industry, the company is one the largest providers of computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services in the world. The tech giant has also continued to innovate, grow, and adapt to any changes in the marketplace. Recently it has been in the news for its plans to develop a “digital passport” for proof of vaccination. Our AI systems rated Microsoft C in Technicals, B in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.44% to $225.95 on volume of 30,172,663 vs its 10-day price average of $218.58 and its 22-day price average of $219.79, and is up 3.79% for the year. Revenue grew by 2.87% in the last fiscal year and grew by 33.3% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 6.02% in the last fiscal year and grew by 60.16% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 7.62% in the last fiscal year and grew by 191.03% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $143015.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $110360.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $52959.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $35058.0M three years ago, EPS was $5.76 in the last fiscal year compared to $2.13 three years ago, and ROE was 40.14% in the last year compared to 19.45% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 2.48% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 33.5.

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Attractive

Facebook (FB)

Facebook is our first Attractive stock for the week. Facebook, and other tech stocks for that matter, have not seen any threats of tax hikes or regulatory increases under a Biden presidency just yet. However, the social media giant seemingly can’t stay out of the news due to censorship controversies, as well as transparency and privacy issues. Our AI systems rated Facebook C in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and B in Quality Value. The stock closed up 0.6% to $274.5 on volume of 21,954,042 vs its 10-day price average of $260.01 and its 22-day price average of $265.74, and is up 2.07% for the year. Revenue grew by 11.71% in the last fiscal year and grew by 94.27% over the last three fiscal years, while Operating Income grew by 17.58% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by 36.52% in the last fiscal year and grew by 62.85% over the last three fiscal years. Revenue was $70697.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $40653.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $23986.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $20203.0M three years ago, EPS was $6.43 in the last fiscal year compared to $5.39 three years ago, and ROE was 19.96% in the last year compared to 23.86% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 19.05% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 26.7.

Netflix (NFLX)

Netflix is our next Attractive trending stock. The streaming media giant was a major winner last year, and could have a strong year full of fresh content. However, despite claiming that it will provide weekly original movies in 2021, Netflix just lost nearly 1 billion hours worth of content after many of its licensing contracts expired. The stock popped last week on the back of stronger than expected earnings and more indications of its dominance in the streaming space. Our AI systems rated Netflix C in Technicals, B in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 2.53% to $565.17 on volume of 7,550,822 vs its 10-day price average of $524.35 and its 22-day price average of $522.57, and is up 8.09% for the year. Revenue was $24996.06M in the last fiscal year compared to $15794.34M three years ago, Operating Income was $4585.29M in the last fiscal year compared to $1605.23M three years ago, EPS was $6.08 in the last fiscal year compared to $2.68 three years ago, and ROE was 29.62% in the last year compared to 27.46% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 56.98.

Starbucks Corp (SBUX)

Starbucks is next Attractive stock this week. Starbucks, which is the largest coffeehouse chain in the world, operates over 30,000 locations worldwide in more than 70 countries as of early 2020. Although COVID could affect its earnings report this week, as the world reopens and recovers, it could have a strong second half of the year. Our AI systems rated the company A in Technicals, C in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.64% to $103.91 on volume of 5,231,584 vs its 10-day price average of $103.66 and its 22-day price average of $103.77, and is up 0.79% for the year. Revenue was $23518.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $24719.5M three years ago, Operating Income was $1599.9M in the last fiscal year compared to $3810.1M three years ago, EPS was $0.79 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.24 three years ago, and ROE was 136.23% three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 36.85.

Qualcomm Inc (QCOM)

Semiconductor giant Qualcomm is our next Attractive stock this week. Qualcomm is set to report earnings this week, and has high expectations after crushing its earnings report last quarter. With semiconductors in high demand, the stakes are high as competition is heating up and major tech companies such as Apple are aiming to build their own chips. Our AI systems rated Qualcomm D in Technicals, A in Growth, B in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.41% to $162.42 on volume of 5,062,340 vs its 10-day price average of $159.81 and its 22-day price average of $154.24, and is up 9.37% for the year. Revenue was $23531.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $22611.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $6227.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $3774.0M three years ago, EPS was $4.52 in the last fiscal year compared to $(3.39) three years ago, and ROE was 94.63% in the last year compared to (31.46%) three years ago. The stock is also trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 22.98.

Altria Group Inc (MO)

Altria Group, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of tobacco, cigarettes and related products is our final Attractive stock. Altria is also set to report earnings this week, and has gone on a nice run as of late as it aims to diversify its product offering and improve its pricing power. Our AI systems rated Altria C in Technicals, C in Growth, A in Low Volatility Momentum, and A in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.26% to $41.83 on volume of 5,525,746 vs its 10-day price average of $41.44 and its 22-day price average of $41.39, and is up 2.42% for the year. Revenue grew by 4.0% in the last fiscal year and grew by 5.61% over the last three fiscal years, Operating Income grew by 7.17% in the last fiscal year and grew by 16.3% over the last three fiscal years, and EPS grew by -154.9% in the last fiscal year. Revenue was $19796.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $19494.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $10810.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $9961.0M three years ago, EPS was $(0.7) in the last fiscal year compared to $5.31 three years ago, and ROE was (12.25%) in the last year compared to 72.46% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 1.62% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 9.24.

Unattractive

Boeing Co (BA)

Boeing is still on our list as an Unattractive stock. Boeing went on quite a rally to close off 2020, however the aircraft manufacturer is still faced with mounting concerns of its 737 planes, and its business model. Until the pandemic is brought under control, Boeing will simply not return to normal levels of production and revenue. Our AI systems rated Boeing A in Technicals, C in Growth, F in Low Volatility Momentum, and F in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.76% to $205.84 on volume of 7,492,166 vs its 10-day price average of $208.19 and its 22-day price average of $211.73, and is up 1.54% for the year. Revenue was $76559.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $94005.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $(2102.0)M in the last fiscal year compared to $10113.0M three years ago, EPS was $(1.12) in the last fiscal year compared to $13.85 three years ago, and ROE was 653.13% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is also expected to grow by 24.52% over the next 12 months.

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM)

Exxon Mobil Corp is our next Unattractive stock this week. Exxon Mobil is a multinational oil and gas corporation, one of the world’s largest companies in terms of revenue, and one of the largest oil companies in the world. The energy sector has rallied thus far in 2021. However, this remains a volatile and unpredictable sector- especially under a Biden administration that is expected to move away from fossil fuels. Our AI systems rated the company A in Technicals, F in Growth, D in Low Volatility Momentum, and F in Quality Value. The stock closed down 1.41% to $47.43 on volume of 23,254,302 vs its 10-day price average of $48.07 and its 22-day price average of $44.89, and is up 14.29% for the year. Revenue was $255583.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $237162.0M three years ago, Operating Income was $11631.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $14074.0M three years ago, EPS was $3.36 in the last fiscal year compared to $4.63 three years ago, and ROE was 7.43% three years ago compared to 10.78% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 24.29% over the next 12 months and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 33.6.

Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD)

Gilead Sciences is our final Unattractive stock this week. A pharmaceutical giant, Gilead initially gained attention this year for its remdesivir treatment for COVID patients. Anxious investors will be eagerly anticipating Gilead Sciences Q4 and full year earnings reports this week. Our AI systems rated Gilead F in Technicals, D in Growth, C in Low Volatility Momentum, and C in Quality Value. The stock closed down 0.06% to $66.94 on volume of 4,914,433 vs its 10-day price average of $64.39 and its 22-day price average of $61.23, and is up 11.36% for the year. Revenue grew by 3.11% in the last fiscal year, and was $22449.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $26107.0M three years ago. Operating Income was also $5087.0M in the last fiscal year compared to $14124.0M three years ago, EPS was $4.22 in the last fiscal year compared to $3.51 three years ago, and ROE was 24.28% in the last year compared to 23.3% three years ago. Forward 12M Revenue is expected to grow by 7.13% over the next 12 months, and the stock is trading with a Forward 12M P/E of 9.07.

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