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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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March 20, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTGOOGMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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09:27 EDTGOOGApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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09:07 EDTGOOGDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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09:05 EDTGOOGMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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07:42 EDTGOOGBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTGOOGAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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05:57 EDTGOOGChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
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