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Google a top pick for Wall Street despite weak Q1

Reuters  New York, April 19, 2014
First Published: 00:03 IST(19/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:06 IST(19/4/2014)

Google Inc’s disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the Internet giant’s ability to come to grips with the shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

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Though at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock, most analysts kept a “buy” rating or equivalent on the company’s shares.

“Despite an expectations-miss quarter, Google remains one of the best-positioned stocks for many of the secular growth drivers in the Internet space,” RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, who kept his “outperform” rating on the stock, said in a note.

Of the 46 analysts covering Google, 35 have a “buy” or equivalent rating on the stock. Nobody has a “sell”.

“Google remains a core internet holding and we reiterate our “overweight” rating,” Morgan Stanley said in a note titled “Keep calm and search on”.

Many also expect Google’s ad programmes and other products to improve monetisation from mobile advertisements.


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