Analyst Upgrades Alphabet Stock, Bashes Facebook

The NYSE halted trading Wednesday on key tech companies like Amazon and Alphabet.                  Spencer Platt Getty Images

The NYSE halted trading Wednesday on key tech companies like Amazon and Alphabet. Spencer Platt Getty Images

Since April 25, 2017 GOOG has risen 22.65% and is uptrending. The difference between the expected and actual EPS was $0.59/share, which represents an Earnings surprise of 6.3%. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has 85% bullish analysts.

Earnings Per Share (EPS) is the earnings made by a company divided by their number of shares. Alphabet had a net margin of 22.00% and a return on equity of 14.74%.

In analysts report sent to investors and clients on Tuesday, 24 April, The Overweight rating of Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shares was restate at Morgan Stanley, who now has a $1200 PT on the stock. Independent Research, meanwhile, moved its price target up to $1,160 from $1,130. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Alphabet from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $1,330.00 target price for the company in a research report on Monday, January 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating, thirty-eight have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Morgan Stanley's target would indicate a possible upside of 17.21 % from the last price of the company. (NASDAQ:GOOG) rating on Wednesday, August 12.

In the liquidity ratio analysis; quick ratio for most recent quarter was 5.10 while current ratio for time period was 5.10. The stock has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $1,106.43. Alphabet has a 12 month low of $885.15 and a 12 month high of $1,198.00.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the stock. Finally, CWH Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Alphabet by 8.5% in the second quarter. The stock has "Buy" rating by BTIG Research on Friday, August 14. Alphabet is still staring up at its January 29 record peak of $1,198, however, and during yesterday's trading it dropped back below the 200-day moving average. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 34.81% of the company's stock. FMR LLC lifted its stake in shares of Alphabet by 2.1% in the 2nd quarter.

Alphabet announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, February 1st that authorizes the company to buyback $8.59 billion in shares. After this sale, 353,939 common shares of GOOG are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $361,010,701. Argent Trust Co grew its position in shares of Alphabet by 3.7% in the 3rd quarter. To measure price-variation, we found GOOG's volatility during a week at 2.46% and during a month it has been found around 3.01%. The fund M. Kraus & Co has 2.88% invested. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) earned "Buy" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Thursday, February 1. This repurchase authorization permits the information services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 3,297 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $2,437,175.37.

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In 2017 Q4 Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) big money sentiment decreased to 0.6, according to filings.

Alphabet Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides online advertising services in the United States, the United Kingdom, and rest of the world. The firm offers performance and brand advertising services.57.19 is the P/E ratio. It operates through Google and Other Bets divisions.

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