Tech Sector Tailwinds Propel Salesforce to Strong Buy Rating by HSBC

By Don Francis, Editor
September 16, 2023 12:56 PM UTC
Tech Sector Tailwinds Propel Salesforce to Strong Buy Rating by HSBC

HSBC's Stephen Bersey initiated their coverage on Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) with a Strong Buy rating and a $267 price target.

Assuming coverage on 10 U.S. tech names, Bersey noted that the U.S. tech sector is experiencing tailwinds that will ramp up operating performance for some companies, but not all.

HSBC acknowledges "the promise of AI," but cautions that the timing remains uncertain, the analyst reported, adding that demand for cloud and digital transformation "remains strong."

Given that strong demand, Bersey said they prefer companies that are "at critical stages of their operations with leveraged operating models poised to deliver better operating performances than peers."

This rating comes as no surprise, as Salesforce has been a dominant player in the cloud-based software market. The company provides customer relationship management software and applications focused on sales, customer service, marketing automation, analytics, and application development.

Salesforce's offerings include Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Slack, MuleSoft, Tableau Analytics, and Trailhead. With a wide range of solutions, Salesforce has established itself as a leader in helping businesses streamline their operations and improve customer relationships.

According to WallStreetZen, HSBC analyst Stephen Bersey is ranked in the bottom 14% out of 4,329 Wall Street analysts, with an average return of -4.1% and a 25% win rate. Bersey specializes in the Communication Services, Real Estate, and Technology sectors.

Despite Bersey's ranking, 70% of top-rated analysts currently rate Salesforce as a Strong Buy or Buy, indicating a positive sentiment towards the stock. Meanwhile, 25% of analysts see it as a Hold, suggesting a more cautious stance. Only 5% of analysts recommend or strongly recommend selling the stock.

Looking at the consensus forecast among analysts, the expectation is that Salesforce's upcoming year will deliver earnings per share (EPS) of $2.51. If the analysts are right, this would represent a significant increase of 56.1% on a year-over-year basis.

In terms of stock performance, Salesforce has had a mixed result recently. Since the last quarterly report on July 31, 2023, the stock price has declined by 4.6%. However, on a year-over-year basis, the stock is up by an impressive 38.7%. During that period, Salesforce has outpaced the S&P 500, which has grown by 14.1%.

Investors will be keeping a close eye on Salesforce as they continue to navigate the ever-changing tech landscape. With their strong market position and a focus on cloud-based solutions, Salesforce has the potential to deliver solid returns for shareholders.

It's worth noting that analyst ratings are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to making investment decisions. It's important for investors to conduct their own research and consider multiple factors before making any investment choices.

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