Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) stock jumped 2.13% on Thursday to $123.48 against a previous-day closing price of $120.90. With 40.8 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 35.36 million shares. During the session, the Internet Content & Information company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $125.32 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $121.97. The 52-week range on GOOGL shows that it touched its highest point at $126.43 and its lowest point at $83.34 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $130.89. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.08.
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Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of GOOGL was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 0.53%, but this was up by 19.06% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 38.54% while six-month performance rose 27.23%. The stock gained 16.52% in the past year, while it has gained 39.95% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for GOOGL yields 4.43 with Next year EPS estimates of 6.28. For the next quarter, that number is 1.34. This implies an EPS growth rate of -18.80% for this year and 17.77% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 17.61% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 23.30%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 6.82 billion GOOGL shares are outstanding with a float of 5.92 billion shares on hand for trading. On Apr 27, 2023, short shares totaled 47.25 million, which was 0.37% higher than short shares on Mar 30, 2023. In addition to Mr. Sundar Pichai as the firm’s CEO & Director, Mr. Lawrence Edward Page serves as its Co-Founder & Director.
Other institutions hold 42.12% of GOOGL, in contrast to 36.13% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 0.06%. As the largest shareholder in GOOGL with 7.77% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 461,552,542 shares worth 461,552,542. A second-largest stockholder of GOOGL, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 266,120,869 shares, controlling over 4.48% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in GOOGL, holding 216,873,828 shares or 3.65% stake. With a 3.13% stake in GOOGL, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF is the largest stakeholder. A total of 185,824,117 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard 500 Index Fund, which owns about 2.35% of GOOGL stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 139,796,964 shares valued at 15.01 billion. Fidelity 500 Index Fund holds 1.11% of the stake in GOOGL, owning 65,903,952 shares worth 7.07 billion.
An Overview of Recent Financials:
Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, GOOGL reported revenue of $69.69B and operating income of $19.45B. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $24.30B and diluted EPS was $1.21.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for GOOGL since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With GOOGL analysts setting a high price target of $190.32 and a low target of $100.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $130.64. Based on these targets, GOOGL could surge 54.13% to reach the target high and fall by -19.02% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 5.8% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded GOOGL stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 1 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 637 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 2 while that of sell transactions has risen to 38 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 1,281 while 5,812 shares were sold.