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Shares surge at Google's Alphabet as it crushes forecasts

Shares surge at Google's Alphabet as it crushes forecasts

In the final minutes of trading on Monday, shares hit $1,211, a climb of 22 percent in the last 12 months. Several analysts lifted their price target on the stock.

Google also appears to be emerging from a period of doubt surrounding the transition to mobile, where advertising revenue is harder to come by. At the same point past year, its earnings per share were $8.90.

Europe can't stop the Alphabet profit machine. Google has said it will appeal the EC decision.

Googlechief executive Sundar Pichai said that it was too soon to speculate on how Android may be affected by the ruling but said the company would take a "constructive approach".

Google faced a record European Union antitrust fine of 4.3 billion euros over its Android smartphone system, in a ruling that risks a fresh clash between Brussels and Washington. Instead, comments made by Pichai suggest that Google may place greater focus on Maps for additional revenue opportunities.

On the face of it, the European Commission's massive fine hasn't really hurt Alphabet - at least not in the eyes of investors.

Areas outside of Google's core ad business saw the strongest growth.

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Reacting to another monster quarter from Google parent Alphabet Inc., a CNBC analyst wondered out loud if the tech giant has become more powerful than the USA government. After subtracting Alphabet's advertising commissions, revenue was $26.24 billion United States, also exceeding Street forecasts of $25.64 billion US.

Alphabet trails Facebook, Amazon.com Inc and Twitter Inc in valuation as measured by the ratio of enterprise value to expected earnings.

Pichai highlighted rising use of the company's digital maps, particularly in emerging markets.

The European Commission has demanded big changes to the Android platform, changes that once implemented could impact Google's huge gains in search revenues. That leap reflects a recent push by Google to get marketers buying across more of its advertising channels. "They're using the packaged deal, with all their properties, with a much stronger sell", said Marco Rimini, chief development officer at WPP's Mindshare media agency.

While second-quarter sales jumped, so did costs for the technology giant. The penalty is equal to about 40% of Google's $US12.62 billion profit in 2017. That's probably not a major concern to Alphabet, as the company doesn't expect those other bets organizations to be turning a profit immediately. Google's traffic acquisition costs - what it pays to partners - also went up, reaching $3.4bn, from $3bn in Q2 2017. This quarter, ads represented just 84 percent of Google's overall revenues.

"TAC came in lower than expectations which is a clear positive takeaway from the quarter", Dan Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights, wrote in a note to investors.

In context: Google has billions of daily users that could be generating significant amounts of revenue for the company. Google's Other revenues -which now includes the smart thermostat business Nest - were $4.23 billion.