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EBAY, FB, GM, CAT, GOOG Earnings Buzz in Stock Market News Today

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In stock market news today, April 23, 2015, U.S. stock futures forecasted a 21-point decline from Wednesday's close.

The DJIA slid 60 points as corporate earnings continue to show the effects of a strong U.S. dollar. The dollar has surged more than 9% year to date and punished companies with a broad international focus and reliance on overseas sales. The Nasdaq moved 19 points higher on news of a proposed biotech merger.

Here's what's in focus today as earnings reports continue to roll in...

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Earnings "All But Irrelevant" Despite Analyst Noise

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"Contrary to what the rest of the world believes, Google earnings are all but irrelevant except in the very short term."

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald knows Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) well. He has followed the tech giant since its founding in 1998. Just last week, Fitz-Gerald notched a successful prediction he'd made years ago when the EU filed antitrust charges against Google on April 15.

Instead, he recommends investors take action with this Google stock play instead of tuning into the earnings noise...

[CHART] See the Latest M&A Deals from AAPL, AMZN, FB, GOOG, and YHOO

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Tech M&A deals are so commonplace now they often come and go with little fanfare. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) alone has acquired 44 companies since 2000. Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) has gobbled up more than three times that, with 144 buys in the last 15 years.

These deals are actually changing our lives - perhaps more than we realize. For instance, Google bought mobile software Android in 2005. Now, Android smartphones account for 78.4% of global market share. There are 76 million Android users in the U.S. alone.

Here are five charts that show the recent M&A deals from American tech sweethearts Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo!, and Google.

In another year or two, chances are some of these buys will have changed the way we live...

GOOG's New YouTube Service Tops Stock Market News Today

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U.S. stock futures for Thursday, April 9, forecasted a 4-point gain from yesterday's close. The DJIA Index added 27 points on Wednesday following a busy day of earnings reports and the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in March.

For April 9, 2015, here are your stock futures, pre-market movers, stocks to watch, and top stock market news today...

Google's New "Euro Plan" Could Boost Shares by 50%
(or More)

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Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq: GOOG) plan to merge its European operations might look like a defensive pullback, but it's really a potential buying opportunity. In fact, Money Morning's Defense and Tech Specialist Michael Robinson thinks the stock could soar 50% over the next three and a half years.

The search giant said on February 25 that it would merge its two European divisions.

New FAA Drone Regulations Could Kill These GOOG, Amazon.com Projects

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New FAA drone regulations proposed Feb. 15 aren't what tech giants Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) or Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) had hoped for.

"...Once you spend some time looking at them, some of the things proposed would be devastating to the future of the industry," Small UAV Coalition executive director Michael Drobac said to The Wall Street Journal Monday.

Here's what GOOG and AMZN investors need to know...

How to Profit from Elon Musk's "Space Internet"

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More than 3 billion people on Earth still have no or poor access to the Internet. Elon Musk wants to build a network of hundreds of low-orbiting satellites that will deliver high-speed, low-cost Internet to the most remote places on Earth.

But he won't be building this "Space Internet" alone. One tech company is already helping him make his dream a reality.

Here's the company poised to reap big gains by helping Musk...

GOOG Earnings for Q4 Among the Most Remarkable in Company History

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GOOG earnings were released post-market today (Thursday)...

Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) reported fourth quarter earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88 - $0.20 under projections. Revenue came in at $14.5 billion (16.9% growth year over year), also under expectations by $110 million.

Our advice: ignore the bottom line miss. Ignore chatter about how Google's advertising has lost steam (the average price of Google's digital advertisements fell 3%).

This was one of the most remarkable Q4's in company history - and we'll show you why...

Earnings Bonanza in the Stock Market Today: GOOG, AMZN, BABA

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Stock market today, January 29, 2015: U.S. stock futures for Thursday, Jan. 29, forecasted a 33-point gain from yesterday's close. The Dow Jones shed 195 points on Wednesday following a U.S. Federal Reserve statement about interest rates issued at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting.

Today, investors will focus on a busy day of earnings reports that includes quarterly updates from Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA). Additionally stay tuned for earnings reports from these notables: Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAB), Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), and Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT).

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

When Should I Buy Google Stock?

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You may be wondering, "When should I buy Google stock?" - especially with all the excitement surrounding its new mobile deal.

Reports that came out yesterday (Wednesday) revealed that Google is planning to team up with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) to provide wireless service plans, challenging incumbent carriers like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).

Our expert weighs in on the right time to buy...

Google Mobile Service Plans Will Revolutionize Costs and Service in 2015

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Your next wireless cellphone service plan could be with Internet giant Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL)...

Google mobile service plans are in the works, according to a report this afternoon (Wednesday) from The Information. Google is almost ready to "sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network."

GOOG's mobile service project, codenamed "Nova," is likely to launch sometime in 2015. Some employees have already tested it.

Here's how Google cellphone plans will shake up the U.S. wireless market...

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