Google (GOOG) has been on a tear for quite some time.
Shares of the search-engine giant have risen 41% in the last six months, 46% in the last year and 77% over the past two years. Yesterday, stock topped $900 for the first time in its history.
Is $1,000 per share next? Perhaps. But Google could just as easily suffer the same fate as Apple (AAPL) .
Let’s compare where Google shares are now vs. where Apple was when it started retreating eight months ago:
Google Now Apple Then
- Over $900 for the first time ever Over $700 for the first time ever
- Shares up 26% year-to-date Shares up 73% year-to-date
- P/E: 27 P/E: 16.5
- Quarterly earnings growth: 15.8% Quarterly earnings growth: 23%
Right now, Google has a loftier price-to-earnings ratio, lower quarterly earnings growth and a higher share price than Apple did on September 18. Since then, Apple shares have tanked, falling 39% to roughly $430 a share as of this morning.
Does this mean Google is destined to suffer the same fate as its rival? Not necessarily. But the lofty P/E coupled with the potential sticker shock some investors might feel in seeing a $900 stock (a historical rarity) will make getting to a $1,000 a share – something no tech stock has ever accomplished – an uphill battle.
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