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Is Google a Good Investment?

Google stocks in 2021 actually beat other “FANG” stocks. However, the Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) in addition to along with its Facebook-parent Meta Platforms (FB), (AMZN) and Netflix (NFLX) have been struggling through 2022 amid a deluge in tech stocks.

GOOGL stock surged by over 65% in 2021. So far in 2022 GOOGL stock has dropped around 25 percent.

Alphabet is announcing a 20%-for-1 split of its stock that goes into effect after the close of business July 15. The stock split could pave ways for the technology giant to join into the Dow Jones Industrial Average. GOOGL stock may be more attractive to retail investors.

Amazon’s 20-for-1 stock split came into effect June 6. AMZN stock has declined 13% since the split.

The big picture: Google shares are facing difficult comparisons of its growth rate year-over year in 2022 when the coronavirus outbreak slows down.

Bank of America recently cut its expectations for GOOGL stocks, with the reason of expectations of a U.S. economy’s growth will slow.

“We have reduced Q2’s consolidated net revenue by one percent to $58.2 billion from $58.6 billion, and we are reducing 2023 revenues by 6percent to $269 billion, according to in the BofA report. “We will reduce Q2’s EPS to $24.80 from $25.97 since we are cutting other income due to potential write-downs on investments. For 2023 EPS, key for valuation, we lower our estimates by 7% to $121.27 from $129.83 in the event that we assume that some growth in expense is moderate.”

Google announced first-quarter earnings and revenue that missed Wall Street targets.

Google Stock: An Investment In Growth

Investments and hiring continue to rise for the business. Alphabet anticipates to experience a “meaningful growth” in 2022’s capital spending that will include the investments in computer servers, data centers on the internet and the construction of office spaces.

The Google board of directors has approved $70 billion of additional stock buybacks.

For the quarter that began in January, the company repurchased $13 billion of Google stock vs. $13.5 billion during the quarter ending December and $12.6 billion during the first quarter of September.

Helping GOOGL stock have seen an increase in the use of digital ads after the coronavirus crisis has gone away. Google hopes to become a bigger player in online commerce, for instance in online travel. But macroeconomic concerns including the rise of currencies, create an issue for the search giant.

GOOGL Stock: The Institutional Ownership Declines

In the first quarter of 2018, capital gains, which often play a an important role in beating earnings for GOOGL stock in 2020 and 2021 amid an increase in stock prices, were turned around.

GOOGL stock at the beginning of 2022 formed a cup-chart pattern. However, the stock retreated in April when institutional ownership fell.

Under new Alphabet Chairman Sundar Pichai, Google has increased transparency. Google started releasing the financial metrics of cloud computing in its fourth quarter report in fiscal 2020.

But the cloud business isn’t yet profitable. The first quarter in 2022, the cloud business reported costs of operating losses of $931million as compared. a $974 million loss a year earlier.

Google’s cloud business plan to increase the cost of certain services by October.

GOOGL Stock: Is YouTube Profitable?

It is a possibility that Google will also publish books about YouTube. Whether YouTube will be cash-flow positive or not is an open question. Google says YouTube Shorts, a rival to TikTok is now home to 1.5 billion users worldwide. But YouTube Shorts is not yet an investment opportunity.

Investors still identify Google as Google, even though the search giant was reorganized as holding corporation Alphabet in the year 2015. The restructuring process separated Google’s core internet advertising business from moonshots, also known as autonomous cars and The Verily Life Sciences unit.

In March 2022, Google split off its quantum computing technology group as a separate corporation.

After a prolonged run, GOOGL stock has dropped from the IBD Leaderboard. The Leaderboard is IBD’s hand-picked listing of the top stocks that stand out in terms of fundamental and technical metrics.

Google Stock: Play Store Revenue To Fall

In addition, with the Android Mobile operating system built into devices sold worldwide and a steady increase in revenues from the Play Store is a bright spot.

A federal judge, however, decided on September 20, 2021, that Apple (AAPL) must allow mobile app developers to lead consumers to payment options that are not offered by Apple and granted an injunction requested by Epic Games in a year-long court battle. Google’s policies are also being scrutinized.

Google in 2021 stated that the fees for services offered by their Play Store would drop to 15% instead of 30%. The move will reduce revenue.

Google stock’s strength in artificial intelligence spans digital advertising and the Google Cloud Platform, YouTube and consumer hardware. GOOGL stock is just one artificial intelligence-related stock worth keeping an eye on.

At an Google developers conference held in May midway through the company showed the way it utilizes AI tools across a broad array of applications, such as Google Workspace, Google Maps, virtual reality, and voice-based search.

Large-cap internet stocks are facing regulatory obstacles.

The Justice Department in October 2020 filed an antitrust suit against Google. This Justice Department charged that Google has harmed competition and consumers by controlling internet search and other search-related advertisements. Because of its massive stock of cash, GOOGL stock has shrugged off three fines totaling $9.3 billion levied by the European Union on antitrust grounds.

The Justice Department, though, could require Google to alter its structure if the company wins in the court. Some analysts say Google stock will value higher if the company is divided. A legal fight could drag on for years.

Google Stock: Advertising Core Business

Although Google has expanded its reach into devices for consumer use and cloud computing, digital advertising continues to make up the majority of its revenue. Google has put off plans to have its Chrome internet browser stop supporting third-party cookies as of 2023, two years later than its initial timeframe.

Amazon is taking market shares from Google share in internet-related search advertising. With Amazon expanding its reach in the field of digital marketing, Google has made big modifications to the way it handles its e-commerce listings. Google has also deepened ties with Shopify (SHOP), a company that provides e-commerce software.

In December, 2019 Google founder Larry Page stepped down as Alphabet’s CEO. Pichai, who headed the Google unit, took over his place. Google co-founder Sergey Brin stepped down as the Alphabet’s President.

Google’s profit margins are an issue in the face of massive investments in data centers for cloud computing, artificial Intelligence, YouTube and consumer products. In early 2018 Google modified its methods of accounting. The company switched to reporting GAAP earnings, which is generally accepted accounting practices. GAAP earnings include stock-based compensation.

Bank of America forecasts that YouTube’s subscription revenue will rise to $18 billion in revenue by 2025, an increase of $5 billion in 2020. In addition, YouTube is benefiting as major brands shift their ad budgets away from linear TV and towards digital channels. In the final quarter of 2021 Google stated the fact that YouTube boasts more than thirty million songs and premium paid subscribers, while YouTube TV is home to more than 3 million subscribers.

GOOGL Stock: Fundamental Analysis

In the March quarter, the earnings fell by 6% to $24.62 per share. Google posted a loss of $1.07 billion in equity investments, cutting profits in 99 cents per share.

The company’s earnings are reported according to generally accepted accounting principles commonly referred to as GAAP.

Gross revenue also increased 23 percent by 23% to $68.01 billion. Analysts had predicted Google to earn $25.74 per share on revenues of $68.05 billion.

Google reported that cloud computing revenues increased 44% to $5.82 billion in comparison to. projections for $5.73 billion.

Additionally, YouTube advertising revenue rose 14% and reached $6.87 billion. Also, analysts had estimated YouTube advertising revenue of $7.21 billion.

The company reported that its net revenue without traffic acquisition expenses totaled $56.02 billion vs. estimates of $56.26 billion. Costs for traffic acquisition — which is the amount Google pays to have the traffic directed to its websites rose 23% to $11.99 billion. It was above estimates of $11.69 billion. TAC is rising. TAC is a bearish signal.

Waymo Autonomous Vehicle Business

One of the most important questions for investors is how much should Google’s self-driving cars venture Waymo as well as “Other Bets” such as The Verily Life Sciences unit figure into the valuation.

In the beginning of 2018, analysts predicted that Waymo’s future valuation in a range of anywhere between $75 billion and $125 billion. Autonomous vehicles are expected to be a huge hit, however, have been decreased recently.

Waymo in March of this year raised $2.25 billion of funding from outside investors. It included private equity firm Silver Lake, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala investment arm.

While Google did not reveal Waymo’s valuation in the funding round but reports claimed it was only $30 billion.

Waymo Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik, head of the autonomous vehicle department since 2015, resigned in early April. Alphabet said he would become the replacement for two CEOs — Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov. Mawakana had been Waymo’s chief operating officer while Dolgov was Waymo’s chief tech officer.

Waymo in December announced a new partnership in December with Chinese company Geely. They are planning to work together in the Zeekr brand, a self-driving vehicle.

Another thing to consider is how Google’s hardware business. It’s in competition with Apple in the smartphone market and Amazon in smart home appliances.
GOOGL stock: Cloud Computing Business

Also, Google’s acquisition the maker of smartwatches Fitbit was completed in January. The $2.1 billion purchase could assist Google gain traction in the fitness and health sector experts say.

On the “I/O” software developers conference in May, Google stated that Pixel watches to launch in late 2022 will incorporate technologies from Fitbit.

Google’s cloud computing business, meanwhile, faces tough rivals from Amazon and Microsoft (MSFT). Google brought in Thomas Kurian, a former Oracle (ORCL) executive, to improve performance in the corporate sector.

Bulls say Google Cloud Platform is taking part in the market as it concentrates on security open source software, as well as data analytics.

In 2019, Google purchased data analytics firm Looker for $2.6 billion in cash. Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Looker’s analytics platform is based on business analytics and data visualization tools.

Further acquisitions to help Google’s cloud services could be coming, according to analysts. Google on the 7th of March announced it would acquire cybersecurity firm Mandiant (MNDT) to pay $23 a share as part of a cash-only $5.4 billion deal.

Mandiant provides cyber-incident management and cybersecurity tests. FireEye has been split from Mandiant in the year 2000. After the completion of the acquisition, Mandiant will become part of Google’s cloud computing unit.

In the business market, UBS expects Google Workplace enterprise productivity tools to give an advantage in the computing cloud division.

Google Stock: Is It A Buy Now?

In contrast, Google’s Relative Strength Rating is just 44 of a 99. This is according to IBD Stock Checkup. The best stocks usually have an RS rating of at least 80 or better.

Google stock owns an Accumulation/Distribution Rating of E. That rating analyzes price and volume changes in a stock over the past 13 weeks of trading.

The score, based on the A+ to E scale, evaluates the institutional buying and selling of an investment. A+ means that there is a lot of institutional purchases; E indicates heavy selling. Consider that C-grade as neutral.

GOOGL stock is a holder of the IBD Composite Rating that is 66 out of the maximum 99.

IBD’s Composite Rating combines five distinct proprietary ratings into one simple-to-use rating. The most promising growth stocks have an IBD Composite Rating at least 90.

Google stock has an entry level of 3,031.03 on a daily chart.

Our Google stock forecast: GOOGL stock isn’t in a buy range amidst market volatility in the technology sector.

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