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April 12, 2012
11:20 EDTGOOG, MMIEarnings Preview: Google's Q1 results could closely resemble Q4 numbers
Google (GOOG) is expected to report Q1 earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 12, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. The consensus estimate is $9.65 for EPS and $8.15B for revenue, according to First Call. Google reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results after its third quarter results beat expectations. The outlook for first quarter results is mixed, as Google's shares have pulled back a bit in the last few weeks. In fact, Google shares have slipped 1.54% this year, compared to the Nasdaq's gain of 15.79%. Last quarter, Investors were particularly concerned about an unexpected drop in prices for Google's Internet search ads. Some analysts believe the change reflects a shift to more searches on smartphones, where advertising rates are lower. Others are worried that the downturn in ad prices is a sign that Google is losing share to competitors, including Facebook (FB). Investors will be looking for clues in order to determine whether the drop in ad prices last year was an aberration or the start of a trend that could slow the company's growth. Google's Q1 expenses also are likely to be a focal point of the report, as CEO Larry Page has pledged to make expensive investments in employees and projects that he believes will boost the company's long-term returns. Analysts also will likely inquire about the status of Google's proposed $12.5B acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI). Needham's Q1 estimates are below consensus expectations, with the firm predicting that the company will be hurt by continued declines in cost-per-click, or CPC, rates and weakness in Europe. The firm expects Google to report Q1 net revenue of $8.043B and pro forma EPS of $9.26. Needham says that while the number of Google's U.S. core search queries increased 9% YoY in Q1, strong mobile growth should push overall query growth ahead of these expectations. However, the firm believes that CPC rates could decline 4%. Additionally, Needham believes that European search spending continued to slow due to the macro environment there. After conducting industry checks and evaluating YouTube trends, Nthe firm expects the growth of Google's display business to moderate in Q1. However, Needham expects advertisers to continue to allocate more of their budgets to Google, given its deep search relationships, large YouTube audience, and end-to-end display advertising ecosystem. Android activations reached 850,000 per day in Q1, Needham notes, and the operating system should continue to be the primary growth engine for Google's mobile advertising and app revenue, said the firm. Needham maintains a Buy rating on the shares with a $750 price target. Consensus estimates for Q2 and FY12 are: $10.01 on $8.43B in revenue and $42.60 on $35.45B in revenue, respectively.
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07:12 EDTGOOGGoogle in early talks to buy Skybox Imaging, The Information reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGAmazon Fire TV takes top spot on Amazon's best sellers list, TechCrunch reports
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14:18 EDTGOOGGoogle licenses booking software from Expedia-backed startup, Bloomberg says
Tech giant Google (GOOG), which has been bolstering its investments in travel, is now licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77, a startup backed by Expedia (EXPE), reported Bloomberg, citing a letter sent to Room 77 shareholders that was obtained by the news service. Other online travel agencies include Priceline Group (PCLN) and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW). Reference Link
07:55 EDTGOOGGoogle looks to appeal YouTube blackout in Turkey, WSJ says
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07:16 EDTGOOGRetailers muscle into competitive mobile payment market, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTGOOGApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility movement; GOOG XLK
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17:48 EDTGOOGGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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16:38 EDTGOOGGoogle files automatic mixed securities shelf
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07:43 EDTGOOGBaidu market leading search share in China rose in March, Marbridge Daily says
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07:42 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $1.4 fine regarding StreetView worries in Italy, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTGOOGNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
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