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Alphabet, Microsoft and Meta close at all-time highs ahead of earnings next week

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Shares of Alphabet rose 2.1% to close at $151.87. Microsoft rose 0.6% to $404.87, closing with a market cap over $3 trillion. Meta gained 0.6% to $393.18. Apple

The rally comes ahead of quarterly earnings reports next week from the mega-cap tech companies. Investors are optimistic that a boom in artificial intelligence along with cost-cutting measures, broader economic growth, easing inflation and the prospect of lower interest rates will enable the companies to continue producing impressive results.

Analysts at Mizuho Securities maintained a buy rating on Alphabet in a note to investors this week, citing the company’s “strong position in the search and advertising market and sustained history of innovation and AI investments.”

Alphabet is expected to report revenue growth of 12% for the quarter, according to analysts surveyed by LSEG, which would be the fastest rate of growth since mid-2022.

Alphabet shares jumped 58% last year and are now up 8.7% to start 2024. Meta was the second-best performer in the S&P 500 last year, almost doubling and trailing only Nvidia

Microsoft leads Alphabet in the cloud-computing market, though it still trails Amazon

“We’re excited about the promise of Microsoft’s AI first-mover advantage but acknowledge this is still small at 1% of revenue and see cloud as the underlying demand engine turbocharging growth,” wrote the analysts, who recommend buying the stock.

Microsoft has eclipsed Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.

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