1,266.00 +10.00 (0.80%)
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|Bid||1,264.61 x 1400|
|Ask||1,265.99 x 1100|
|Day's Range||1,255.00 - 1,268.01|
|52 Week Range||970.11 - 1,273.89|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.16|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.74|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||1,352.50|
Forty-one percent of voice assistant users are concerned about trust, privacy and passive listening, according to a new report from Microsoft focused on consumer adoption of voice and digital assistants. In addition to the discovery that our A.I. helpers also have a human connection, there were concerns over the type of data the Amazon employees and contractors were hearing -- criminal activity and even assaults in a few cases, as well as the otherwise odd, funny or embarrassing things the smart speakers picked up.
Google's parent company Alphabet officially got the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate its drone delivery business called Wing Aviation in a rural part of Virginia. This is the first drone operator to ever win government approval and could open the doors for others like Amazon to soon jump in. The rigorous process now gives Wing the same certification as smaller airlines do. Yahoo Finance’s Dan Roberts, Heidi Chung, and Myles Udland discuss what this means for the future of delivery services.
Twitter is adding a dedicated report option that enables users to tell itabout misleading tweets related to voting -- starting with elections takingplace in India and the European Union
A SoftBank Corp business seeking to find a way to fly cellphone antennas high in the atmosphere to provide internet in underserved areas said on Wednesday it was investing $125 million (£96.8 million) in an Alphabet Inc spinoff working on the same problem. SoftBank's year-old HAPSMobile and Alphabet's Loon, which spun out last July from the research incubator of the Google parent, separately have been trying to fly networking equipment at high altitudes to provide high-speed internet where ground-based towers are unreachable. Despite internet coverage gaps in rural areas or during natural disasters, mobile network operators, governments and other potential customers have yet to demonstrate much enthusiasm for buying skyborne technologies.
New technology means that content creators can measure and act on fan engagement more than ever, and that's changing how online shows for platforms like YouTube and Facebook are made.
From National Landing to SoHa, neighborhoods often find themselves renamed by forces outside the community, from big companies to real estate firms.
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), which fell 34% off its highs last year, has recouped nearly all of those losses in 2019 and is within striking distance of regaining its $1 trillion market value. Whether Amazon rises higher may be determined by whether it reports robust first quarter earnings growth and solid revenue gains, as expected by analysts, after the close of trading on Thursday. In Q1 ended March, analysts expect Amazon to report that earning per share rose by 41% to $4.61 from $3.27 a year earlier, per Nasdaq data.
If you're merely looking at the numbers, you have to feel good about Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL). With a few days before its first quarter of 2019 earnings disclosure, GOOGL stock is up 22% year-to-date. At the same time, earnings season can pull some cruel surprises.Source: Shutterstock On paper, the vaunted tech firm should deliver the goods. Consensus estimates target earnings-per-share of $10.49. This is very much near the higher end of the forecast spectrum, which ranges from $7.99 to $11.80. In the year-ago quarter, GOOGL brought home an EPS of $13.33.On the revenue front, covering analysts expect the company to ring up $37.1 billion. Again, Wall Street is optimistic toward Alphabet stock, with sales estimates ranging from $30.6 billion to $37.9 billion. In Q1 2018, the internet stalwart delivered $31.1 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Tech Stocks With Too Much Risk, Not Enough Upside However, GOOGL stock isn't without its headwinds. Google has run afoul of European regulators, and back home, politicians are supporting a tougher stance on digital violations. Ahead of the pivotal Q1 report, investors should consider these three factors: Will the E.U. Fine Hurt GOOGL Stock?Last month, the European Union hit the internet search giant with a 1.5 billion euro fine, or approximately $1.7 billion. The reason? As usual, the E.U. frowned upon what they considered Alphabet's anticompetitive practices.Discussing the granularity would take up its own full-sized article or five. But to summarize, the E.U. accused GOOGL of forcing third-party websites who use the company's search bar to disproportionately display Google-linked advertisements. Effectively, this move shut out competitors within digital-advertising space, including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Yahoo.So far, the fine and associated controversy hasn't impacted Alphabet stock. As previously mentioned, shares are up 22% YTD. And while the tech firm did suffer some blows in the markets following the news, GOOGL still gained more than 2% in March.However, the issue isn't one to take lightly. In recent months, the shady dealings involving tech firms have alarmed American politicians. Popular presidential candidates have called for greater oversight in Silicon Valley, especially in light of Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) many scandals.In addition, the E.U. fine -- along with potentially stricter policies in the U.S. -- opens the door to competition. Obviously, advertisements represent the lion's share of Alphabet's revenues. If that dynamic absorbs a substantive hit, investors may shed GOOGL stock for protective reasons. Non-Advertising Businesses Under the SpotlightA key factor influencing GOOGL stock is the underlying company's "Other Revenues" segment. Essentially, this includes the bulk of Alphabet's non-advertising businesses. We're talking about their app suite, cloud platform and hardware.Like other dominant tech firms, Google's management team has prioritized revenue diversification. Clearly, its efforts have paid off. Over the last several years, Other Revenues, as well as Other Bets, skyrocketed exponentially. Past earnings reports reaffirmed this trend, boosting Alphabet stock.So, we're all good for Q1, right? Well, not so fast. While other segments within the Alphabet umbrella has grown, so too has the company's core advertising businesses. In fact, the situation is getting "worse," if you will.For instance, back in 2013, Google's Websites division represented 67.4% of total revenues. Last year, that metric bumped up to 70.4%. With the slight exception of 2017, Websites increased its share of all Google sales.That's not necessarily a cause for concern. This uptrend merely confirms that the Google search engine and its ad ecosystem is vastly superior to the competition. As I've said before, Alphabet owns the internet.But you can never get too comfortable in tech. Going back to our first point, harsh E.U. penalties and rising criticism back home may impact Alphabet's moat. Therefore, investors will be more comfortable if Alphabet's other segments pull more weight.That's not happening right now, and that's a growing concern for GOOGL stock. Other Bets Is a Longer-Term Dark HorseMost likely, Wall Street will focus on the above two points, as well as other nearer-term issues. As such, the direction of the GOOGL stock price depends on a combination of facts and perception.But on a longer-term outlook, I'm particularly interested in the company's Other Bets segment. Other Bets is exactly what you think it is: It's the experimental stuff that's technically compelling but isn't making money for Google. Driverless taxi service Waymo is a perfect example.On the revenue side, it's really a footnote or a rounding error. Last year, Other Bets rang up less than $600 million. But I'm excited about this division because it presents the company's longer-term dark horse. * 7 Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy for Sunny Long-Term Returns Sure, Alphabet will produce some whoppers from here, and I don't mean that in a good way. We're talking about letting the tech geeks have their way. But while the company focuses on its core business, something extraordinary could originate from here. That could possibly change the course of Alphabet stock over the next several years. Bottom Line on Alphabet StockOverall, I think Google is well-positioned for another earnings beat. Despite harsh headwinds, I believe they unintentionally confirm the obvious -- Alphabet is an unprecedented force in the digital space. Therefore, from a longer-term perspective, I'm bullish on GOOGL stock.Where it gets tricky is the nearer-term picture. A very real risk exists that shareholders who have grown rich on Google's consistent dominance will bail out. Lack of revenue diversification may be the catalyst. So don't be surprised if you experience some turbulence next week.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From * 7 Red-Hot E-Commerce Stocks to Consider * 4 Stocks Surging on Earnings Surprises Compare Brokers The post 3 Things to Consider With Alphabet Stock Before Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) stock is up 38% year-to-date, but Facebook may be looking over its shoulder a little more lately, as it's being challenged by TikTok, a short video app which is making waves among younger audiences. Source: Shutterstock InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTikTok may be the biggest app you have never heard of. This new app belongs to Bytedance, a Chinese startup valued at $75 billion last year.According to Sensor Tower, TikTok has been downloaded over 1 billion times, with 663 million downloads in 2018. And in October 2018, TikTok was downloaded more often than Facebook and Instagram. Venture capitalist Hans Tung notes that TikTok is "one of the few apps that has enjoyed wild popularity both inside and outside of China." It boasts 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States, with 60% of them between the ages of 16 and 24. Worldwide, TikTok and its Chinese sister app, Douyin, claimed 500 million monthly active users in June 2018. FB Stock Faces a New Rival … AgainFacebook took notice, and responded by launching Lasso, its own short video app, in November 2018. Now, if you've followed Facebook stock for more than two years, this story may sound familiar. This isn't the first time a rival app is challenging Facebook and winning over Generation Z. I discussed the same thing happening with Snap (NYSE:SNAP) in 2017. Facebook responded by copying some of Snap's features. * 10 Stocks to Sell Before They Give Back 2019 Gains Facebook (the app) still has trouble with young people. However, this isn't much of a problem for FB stock. Facebook also owns Instagram, which, according to a survey from Piper Jaffray, overtook Snap last year as the social network of choice for teenagers. Instagram claimed 1 billion monthly active users in June 2018, up from 800 million monthly active users in September 2017. Could TikTok overtake Facebook's family of apps? How will the rapid rise of this new app impact FB stock? TikTok's Background Zhang Yiming, a software engineer, founded Bytedance in Beijing in 2012. TikTok is not this company's first app; it has also released Jinri Toutiao (Today's Headlines), a wildly popular AI-powered news aggregator which boasts 200 million daily active users. Bytedance has catapulted Zhang onto Forbes billionaires list, where he currently ranks No. 70 with a net worth of $16.2 billion. TikTok was launched in China in September 2016 as Douyin. It began operating outside China a year later. Although TikTok and Douyin are very similar, the two apps are not exactly the same. Douyin is intended for use in China, while TikTok is the international version of the app. TikTok's Global ExpansionBytedance bought musical.ly, an app for lip-syncing music videos, in November 2017, merging it with TikTok in August 2018. Zhang made international expansion a priority last year, and said he wanted to have 50% of TikTok's users outside of China by 2021. TikTok told advertisers in January that it had 17 million monthly active users in Europe. In India, TikTok claimed 52 million monthly active users as of January. Compare that to Facebook's Instagram, which has 75 million monthly active users in the country. However, like Facebook, TikTok has run into some controversies around issues such as user privacy and obscenity. Indonesia banned TikTok in July, citing concerns around "pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy." However, the Indonesian government lifted the ban after TikTok agreed to delete such content. Bangladesh banned Tik Tok in February, citing similar concerns. The Indian state of Tamil Nadu recently banned the app and TikTok is now facing a ban in India. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have removed TikTok from their app stores in India.And in February, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission hit TikTok with a $5.7 million fine for illegally collecting data on children. Will TikTok Impact Facebook Stock?If TikTok succeeds in reducing the time spent on Facebook's platforms, Facebook stock would be negatively impacted. However, one more thing stands in TikTok's way: its low engagement rate. An app's engagement rate measures how often the app is used. As Apptopia explains:"100% Engagement rate means users open the app every day while 50% means every other day."Apptopia's chart shows that TikTok has a much lower engagement rate than Facebook or Instagram. Facebook and Instagram's engagement rates are close to 100%, meaning the average user opens these apps almost every day. TikTok's engagement rate is much lower, and suggests that the average user opens the app only two days per week. TikTok will also have to find a way to make money; according to an article from Social Media Today: "Vine seemingly attracted a similar audience to TikTok, but was unable to monetize effectively."TikTok will have to clear these hurdles before it can mount a serious challenge to Facebook stock.As of writing, Lucas Hahn did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Oversold Stocks to Run From * 7 Red-Hot E-Commerce Stocks to Consider * 4 Stocks Surging on Earnings Surprises Compare Brokers The post Will TikTok's Rise Impact Facebook Stock? appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The Madras High Court on Wednesday moved to lift a ban on popular video app TikTok in the country, two lawyers involved in the case said, in a boost for its developer Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. Earlier this month, the court in Tamil Nadu ordered the central government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography and could expose children to sexual predators. Acting upon subsequent instructions from the federal IT ministry, Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google last week removed TikTok from their Indian app stores.
In January, Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) self-driving car spinoff Waymo announced that it would be opening the world's first factory for the mass production of SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles. The company scouted for a location in the state of Michigan and has finally zeroed in on Detroit, where it will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing manufacturing facility and bring back the jobs lost in the recent automotive industry slump in the region. Waymo has invested $13.6 million in the facility and is expected to bring close to 400 jobs to the region.
An Indian state court on Wednesday moved to lift a ban on popular video app TikTok in the country, two lawyers involved in the case said, in a boost for its developer Beijing Bytedance Technology Co. Earlier this month, the court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu ordered the federal government to prohibit TikTok downloads, saying the app was encouraging pornography and could expose children to sexual predators. Acting upon subsequent instructions from the federal IT ministry, Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google last week removed TikTok from their Indian app stores.
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The two nations have unveiled an alliance designed to press governments and tech firms to unite against online extremism.