Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

Jeannie Matthews
April 24, 2018

The figure represents a revenue increase of 26% year-over-year, versus 23% 12 months prior, with total advertising revenue numbering $26.6bn during the period, with a global breakdown revealing that North America revenues totaled $14.bn; $10.5bn in EMEA, and $4.8bn in APAC. That's a fraction of the revenue Amazon Web Services pulls in each quarter. NY now owns 173 shares of the information services provider's stock worth $161,000 after purchasing an additional 37 shares in the last quarter. Glassman Wealth Services raised its stake in Alphabet by 0.8% during the 2nd quarter. The company has a market capitalization of $745,474.38, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.31 and a beta of 1.08. The top line was up 26% year-over-year, and thanks to some fortuitous accounting changes, the company's bottom line improved a whopping 72% from last year's $7.73 per share. Based on 27 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 25 rate a Buy on Alphabet stock while only two maintain a Hold.

Last year, for the first time, Google spent more than any corporation on federal lobbying, which was also a first for any Silicon Valley company. GM Advisory Group Inc. now owns 905 shares of the information services provider's stock valued at $841,000 after purchasing an additional 4 shares during the period. Vetr downgraded Alphabet from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $1,177.20 target price on the stock.in a research note on Wednesday, April 18th. The company now has an average rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $1,183.20. The company's stock price had dipped almost 10 percent in the past three months amid growing data privacy and regulatory concerns. Alphabet Inc. has a twelve month low of $866.11 and a twelve month high of $1,198.00. Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management boosted its holdings in Alphabet by 32.2% during the 2nd quarter. Stock buyback plans are generally an indication that the company's board of directors believes its shares are undervalued. Alphabet's first-quarter results again showed that advertisers' attraction to Google's powerful user targeting systems is strong, which could help it rebound from any privacy setbacks.

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GBH analyst Daniel Ives points out that while advertising revenues came in ahead of Street expectations, the bulls were hoping for a bigger beat around some of the underlying metrics with much angst around search and YouTube advertising revenues in light of recent regulatory swirls post Cambridge/Facebook. The company offers performance and brand advertising services. Google's business of selling targeted ads on other sites across the Web also contributed, Porat said on a conference call with analysts.

Revenue from other bets edged up slightly to $150 million, from $132 million a year ago.

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