Feb 4, 2019

Google stock down despite positive earnings

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Google parent company Alphabet's stock was down roughly 4% in after-hours trading Monday after the company reported that it met Wall Street expectations revenue and earnings per share, but reported nearly doubled losses for its "other bets" category, which includes Alphabet-owned side projects like Nest, Waymo and Verily.

Why it matters: Investors are increasingly anxious to see how well Google is able to monetize areas outside of advertising, and high costs for "other bets" could be a signal that it still has a way to go in building out some of those revenue streams.

The big picture: Like its advertising rival Facebook, Google continued to meaningfully grow its advertising business last quarter, despite increased privacy concern from lawmakers. In total, its ads business grew 20% year over year last quarter.

Between the lines: Despite ongoing success in its advertising revenues, Google is still trying to diversify its business to lessen its reliance on advertising by moving into other areas like cloud computing.

  • Revenue around these new ventures, which also include hardware sales, grew 30% year over year to $6.487 billion.

By the numbers, per CNBC:

  • Earnings: $12.77 per share vs. $10.82 according to Refinitiv consensus estimates
  • Revenue: $39.28 billion vs. $38.93 billion according to Refinitiv consensus estimates
  • Traffic acquisition costs: $7.44 billion vs. $7.62 billion according to StreetAccount

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

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President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.