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Once again, Money Morning's Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson was spot-on - this time it was with his latest Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock prediction.
On Feb. 10, he compared Google's flurry of recent activity worldwide to scattered puzzle pieces.
"Many of the moves from Google have seemed like so many jigsaw-puzzle pieces dumped on the floor," Robinson said. "While many on Wall Street couldn't see it, Google was laying out its vision for the future - if you knew what to look for. Google is building the ultimate conglomerate of the near future."
Here are some of the puzzle pieces Robinson was talking about:
- On Nov. 10, 2014, Google signed a $1.16 billion, 60-year lease to take over NASA's Moffett Airfield in Silicon Valley.
- Google announced on Jan. 20, 2015 that it would invest $1 billion in Elon Musk's commercial space exploration company SpaceX. The two companies want to bring the entire world online.
- A day later, the company said Google mobile service plans for cellphones are in the works and likely to launch sometime in 2015.
- And on Jan. 27, 2015, GOOG announced it would rollout Google Fiber in four more cities (Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.).
Yesterday (Monday) marks the arrival of another important piece in the GOOG stock puzzle...
How the Mobile Deal Helps Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Stock
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Google announced yesterday (Monday) it will purchase the mobile payment company Softcard (formerly known as Isis).
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Essentially, the search engine company is buying Softcard's technology to use as Google Wallet.
The purchase also guarantees pre-installment of Google Wallet on all Verizon Communication Inc. (NYSE: VZ), T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: PCS), and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Android phones in the United States starting later this year.
One of the main reasons Google Wallet hadn't surfaced until now was because those very carriers blocked the technology from working on their phones.
Like Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) Apple Pay, Google Wallet will allow shoppers to tap their smartphones to pay at checkout. This step toward consumer convenience is indeed, as Robinson predicted, a nice piece of the puzzle that will bolster GOOG stock.
The Bottom Line: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock is both a play on exciting future tech and a foundational investment for today.
"Wall Street investors have caused Google stock to lag the overall market over the last year. But that's about to change as the puzzle reveals itself," Robinson said Feb. 10. "In the fourth quarter, Google's earnings per share jumped 40% to $6.91 a share. If it just had annual increases of half that amount, it could double earnings in about three and a half years. To be conservative, I'm projecting that earnings and the stock price could rise by 50% over that period." GOOG stock trades around $531 today.
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