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Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock may be down 4% in 2014, but that hasn't impacted Google's brand equity. Yesterday (Tuesday), Google was named the world's most valuable brand according to research firm MillwardBrown's "2014 BrandZ Top 100" ranking.
Google surpassed Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which had held the top spot the previous three years.
Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) already owns YouTube, which dominates online video. So why is Google buying Twitch, a Web site that mostly just live streams people playing video games?
While the deal isn't official yet, many news outlets have reported that Google wants to buy Twitch for $1 billion. What many don't realize is how big the live streaming of online gaming has become.
On April 2, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) unveiled a stock split - a 2-for-1 reapportionment that halved the price of the GOOG stock, so you can now snap up shares at a more affordable price.
Academics typically dismiss stock splits as "book-keeping" maneuvers, but retail investors often get pretty stoked about them.
This time it's the investor who has the right take on this.
A strong earnings report today would have gone a long way toward Google stock regaining its momentum. Unfortunately for shareholders, a strong report was not what they got.
Not only were revenue and EPS figures lower than expected, revenue generated from advertising was also disappointing.
That new flexibility comes thanks to the March 27 Google stock split that created a new class of nonvoting "Class C" shares.
Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) entered a licensing agreement yesterday (Monday) with online hotel-booking startup Room 77 Inc., as the Internet search company continues to strengthen its hotel-search business.
Travelers use Room 77 to search for discounted hotel rooms based on location, brands, amenities, and ratings. The company's software allows users to search for and book their entire stay without leaving the Room 77 site or mobile app.
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.
The Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock split happens tomorrow (Wednesday, April 2), meaning Google shareholders of record as of March 27 will own two shares tomorrow for every share they own today.
Following the split, Google will have twice as many shares outstanding than it currently does. Google's "Class A" shares will trade under the ticker GOOGL, while the company's "Class C" shares will remain on the company's current ticker GOOG.
Ahead of the Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock split that will take place on April 2, Standard & Poor's announced yesterday (Tuesday) that it will keep two classes of the company's stock in its indexes.
That's a change from how the index has handled such cases in the past, when Standard & Poor's would only allow a company to be represented once on its indexes.
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As I've mentioned many times in Private Briefing, resident technology expert Michael Robinson and I talk by telephone at least once every day - and often two or three times.
On more than one occasion, in fact, Michael has joked that we could save a lot of time if we were capable of the "Vulcan Mind Meld" technique that Mr. Spock regularly used in the classic sci-fi TV show Star Trek.
But because we do talk so frequently, I have to confess that Michael surprised me in late December: When I was interviewing our gurus to get their top stock picks for the New Year, Michael recommended a stock that we hadn't previously talked about.
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Today's stock market news, Jan. 31: U.S. markets rose on Thursday, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) reported strong earnings, and fourth-quarter GDP increased 3.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7% to 15,848, and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index jumped 1.1% to 1,794. U.S. stock futures were down Friday before the bell after Eurozone inflation levels unexpectedly fell by 0.7%.
Hot on the heels of a Jan. 23 deal with International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Lenovo Group Limited (LNVGY) is at it again, sending a bullish signal to investors.
Now Lenovo is gobbling up Motorola Mobility's phone unit from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) stock jumped nearly 4% early Thursday morning ahead of its Q4 earnings report on news that it is selling Motorola Mobility.
The Motorola Mobility division had continued to lose money for Google, most recently an operating loss of $248 million last quarter. GOOG purchased the division for $12.5 billion in May 2012 and will sell it to Lenovo for $2.9 billion.
Tech stocks like Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), and Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) are "where the action is" in tech. They make the most money and create the most innovative products and services.
These tech stocks also serve as good benchmarks for how the whole industry is performing.