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Today (Thursday) is the first trading session for Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) following yesterday's 2-for-1 stock split, and shares were up nearly 3% in early trading.
The Google stock split yesterday means shareholders of record as of March 27 received an additional share for every share they previously owned, and share value was halved. Through the deal, investors who owned "Class A" shares were given "Class C" shares.
Class A shares were given the new ticker symbol "GOOGL," while the Class C shares inherited the original ticker symbol "GOOG."
Shares of GOOGL opened today at $573.39 while shares of GOOG opened at $569.85, due to premarket trading. GOOG stock had been trading near $1,125 per share prior to the split.
While GOOGL stock was up about 3%, shares of GOOG were up almost 4% in morning trading.
For investors wondering why GOOG and GOOGL shares are up today following the Google stock split, the answer is actually quite simple...
Why GOOG and GOOGL Stock Are Up Today
The first-day gains from Google stock are not surprising at all, as short-term gains are common following stock splits like the one Google finalized yesterday.
GOOG stock was very expensive before the split, at more than $1,125 per share. That price tag weeds out many everyday investors or "retail investors" who don't want to drop that much cash on a single share.
Now that the stock price is much lower, retail investors have a more affordable buy-in point. Technically, the value of the shares is the same since it was just split over two classes, but retail investors can now buy shares at a lower price.
Trading volume on Google stock has been very high today, and before 10 a.m. more than 500,000 GOOG shares had been traded. Previously, GOOG stock had a three-month average of just under 44,000 shares traded daily, according to Yahoo! Finance.
As the trade volume of the stock increases due to the new buyers, so too do the price and the volatility of the stock...
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