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he U.K. parliament's Treasury Select Committee could launch an investigation into tax avoidance by major U.S. companies and look at how to recalibrate the law to end or at least reduce such avoidance.
Starbucks hasn't paid any U.K. taxes for three years, while Amazon , Facebook and Google have paid under £30M combined despite sales of £3.1B.
Mobile ads are "the only advertising medium available continuously all day," says Millennial Media CEO Paul Palmieri, making a bull case for a platform whose effectiveness has been questioned due to concerns about tiny displays and the ability to turn clicks into purchases. Palmieri notes mobile still only accounts for 1% of ad spend, in spite of accounting for 10% of media consumption - it might not be necessary for that gap to be eliminated for the market to grow rapidly
Google Inc.'s market capitalization recently pulled even with Microsoft Corp. for the first time, fueled by good news about Google's online-ad business and missteps from its top competitors. But as the Internet giant holds its annual partners meeting and reports quarterly earnings this week, several question marks hang over the company.
Whereas Apple's products need to be a hit to justify the company's expenditures on their development, Google's hardware need only produce experimentally meaningful feedback. The search and software company has the resources and strong OEM partnerships to make Nexus a global-scale field test in affordable mobile computing, and that's a frightening proposition for competitors whose product development strategies are based on more traditional revenue and profitability needs.
Since conquering the smartphone marketplace with Android OS, moving into the Near Field Communication or NFC market isn't a big stretch for Google.
With encouraging numbers including a profit margin of 22.20% and an operating margin of 28.06%,
Google has increased its budget for Google Ventures to $300M/year from a prior $200M/year. Google's VC arm, which invests in everything from alternative energy to mobile apps, has made some moderately successful investments such as HomeAway, but hasn't yet funded a smash hit on the level of a LinkedIn or Workday.
Ventures is taking an unconventional tack towards VC, relying heavily on data to make investment decisions and throwing Google's vast resources behind portfolio companies.
At the current valuations, Google is expensive as compared to its competitors, but it is trading below its industry P/E average. I buy the stock, because Google is correctly priced at present. Upcoming events, which could affect the stock price, include next month's earning release, and the launch of Microsoft 's Surface tablet.
When I look for value in a company, one of the most important aspects is a durable competitive advantage and a strong business moat.
I believe Google has built this over the past few years, and there are lots of positive catalysts for the company that can keep the stock moving upwards.
I think Google is a company definitely worth considering for your portfolio.