GOOGL - Alphabet Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
1,153.58
-37.94 (-3.18%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous Close1,191.52
Open1,185.17
Bid1,150.00 x 800
Ask1,156.31 x 800
Day's Range1,150.00 - 1,195.67
52 Week Range977.66 - 1,296.97
Volume1,813,141
Avg. Volume1,604,447
Market Cap799.221B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.98
PE Ratio (TTM)23.29
EPS (TTM)49.53
Earnings DateOct 23, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est1,411.37
Trade prices are not sourced from all markets
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Consider the following:* Alphabet's revenues have risen at a 20% compounded annual growth rate over the past decade, faster than the global digital ad market's ~16% growth rate during that same stretch (from 2008 to 2018).* Alphabet's operating profits have risen at a 17% compounded annual growth rate over the past decade, inclusive of 2018's depressed margins.* GOOGL stock is up more than 400% over the past decade.That's an impressive track record of consistent and robust revenue, profit, and share price growth for Alphabet. It lays the groundwork for continued success over the next several years.The digital ad market projects to keep growing for the foreseeable future, as global consumption continues to pivot into the digital channel. Despite rising competition, Alphabet projects to remain the global leader in that market, mostly because YouTube and Google Search are irreplaceable titans in the digital ecosystem.Beyond the digital ad business, Alphabet's cloud business will continue on its rapid growth trajectory as a continued surge in data volume globally will translate into increased data-center usage. The hardware business will gain traction with new products like Google Stadia. The self-driving Waymo business will start to produce meaningful revenue once self-driving taxi services become a real thing.The long term outlook supporting GOOGL stock remains broadly robust. Alphabet Stock Valuation Leaves Room For UpsideThe second part of the long-term bull thesis on Alphabet stock is that the current valuation leaves plenty of room for upside over the next several years.The global digital ad market is projected to slow over the next few years. But, into 2025, it is projected to grow at a 10%-plus annualized pace. Alphabet's ad growth rates will likely be slower, as the company cedes market share to up-and-coming digital ad companies like Snap (NYSE:SNAP) and Pinterest (NYSE:PINS). But, that lagging ad growth rate will be more than offset by 20%-plus growth rates from the cloud, hardware, and self-driving businesses.Assuming roughly 10% growth out of the ad business and roughly 20% growth out of everything else, Alphabet should be able to grow revenues at a 10%-15% rate over the next several years. Margins -- which are already stabilizing after several years of compression at the hands of a shift to lower-margin mobile advertising -- should move higher as the company's up-and-coming businesses gain sufficient scale to drive meaningful operating leverage.Alphabet very realistically projects as a double-digit revenue grower over the next several years with sizable margin drivers. That paves a visible runway for EPS to eclipse $100 by 2025. 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