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April 12, 2012
11:20 EDTMMI, GOOGEarnings 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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May 19, 2015
14:05 EDTGOOGGoogle bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices
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11:52 EDTGOOGDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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10:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says 'no sacred cows' in rethink of Glass product, Financial Times says
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09:51 EDTGOOGYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
08:20 EDTGOOGVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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May 18, 2015
11:47 EDTGOOGAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
08:22 EDTGOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:46 EDTGOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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May 14, 2015
19:04 EDTGOOGMicrosoft announces mobile-friendly search result changes
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12:03 EDTGOOGVringo seeks Supreme Court review of reversal of judgment against Google
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11:01 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces product integration with Google's Nest
ADT (ADT) announced today a product integration with Nest (GOOG). Launching this summer, the integration will be another example of ADT’s continued desire to open up its ecosystem, paving the way for future opportunities.
09:34 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's PR chief Whetstone leaves for Uber, WSJ reports
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