Why Microsoft Is Poised to Keep Rallying

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While Fools should generally take the opinion of Wall Street with a grain of salt, it's not a bad idea to take a closer look at particularly stock-shaking upgrades and downgrades -- just in case their reasoning behind the call makes sense.

What: Shares of Microsoft climbed 1.5% this morning after Jefferies upgraded the software behemoth from hold to buy.

So what: Along with the upgrade, analyst Ross MacMillan boosted his price target to $42 (from $33), representing about 22% worth of upside to yesterday's close. While value investors might be turned off a bit by Microsoft's solid return in 2013, MacMillan believes that there's plenty of room to run given several key developments that are likely to unfold in the not-so-distant future.

Now what: MacMillan thinks that Microsoft is perfectly set up for five positive catalysts over the next 18 months:

  1. A new operating structure with a better view into its "BestCo" assets,
  2. More emphasis on its cloud capabilities with Office 365/Azure,
  3. Possible upside to Windows fueled by Intel's improving competitive position,
  4. Rising value of its Google Android-related intellectual property, and
  5. The potential for a new CEO to improve the company's product portfolio and capital allocation decisions.

More important, with the stock still trading at a forward P/E of 12 and boasting a 3%-plus dividend yield, I'd agree that shareholders still have room to profit from those value enhancing events. 

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