Jul 25, 2017

Alphabet stock slips after EU fine puts big dent in Q2 earnings


Alphabet shares were down 3% in after-hours trading Monday, following news that the company missed on profits due to a massive European Union antitrust fine it faced in July.

Why it matters: While revenue and earnings per share beat Wall Street expectations (more below), the $2.7 billion antitrust charge caused profits to sink to $3.5 billion, withering down 27.7% from last years' $4.9 billion.

By the numbers:

  • Revenue jumped 21% year-over-year to $26.01 billion, slightly surpassing Wall Street analysts' expectations.
  • Earnings were $5.01 per share, which also beat projections of $4.44 per share.
  • Cost per click was up 23% year-over-year and "paid clicks" (basically paid Google ads) were up 52% year-over-year.
  • Revenue for "Other bets" (Google-owned side projects like Nest and Verily) increased 34% to $248 million.

Other big news:

  • Executives announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will join its board of directors.
  • Revenues from Alphabet's biggest business, Google, continued to steadily climb.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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