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        Alphabet Beats Analysts' Estimates with Strong Q1 Results

        Alphabet, Google’s$Alphabet-A(GOOGL.US)$ parent company, reported better-than-expected first-quarter results, with the tech giant’s search business and cloud unit proving to be major drivers of growth. The company's sales, excluding partner payouts, for the quarter were $58.07bn, beating analysts’ estimates of $56.98bn.
        Despite competition from Microsoft and OpenAI, Google's search advertising performed well. Search advertising has proved to be more resilient than social media advertising in times of economic uncertainty, with competitors like Facebook and Snap experiencing a sharp decline in demand. YouTube also performed better than anticipated, with $6.69bn in advertising revenue.
        On the other hand, Alphabet's cloud unit posted a profit of $191m, marking the first time it has turned a profit. While the cloud unit is much smaller than those of competitors Microsoft and Amazon, Google views it as a growth area as its core search advertising business matures.
        Despite this ongoing challenging macroeconomic environment, the company's net income was $15bn, or $1.17 per share, compared to Wall Street's $1.09 per share estimate. The company has also authorized share buybacks of up to $70bn. These results indicate Alphabet's ability to maintain its dominance in search, and the growth potential of its cloud unit.
        Overall, Alphabet’s financial results demonstrate the resilience of its business, despite economic challenges posed by the pandemic.
        The continued growth of the search business, as well as the profitability of the cloud unit, illustrate the success of Alphabet’s focus on developing innovative products and services that cater to the evolving needs of its customers. This positions the company well to continue to generate long-term growth and create value for its shareholders.
        Source: Bloomberg
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