Google tech giant adds instant $50bn to market value as shares soar

July 17, 2015 5:23 pm
shares soared to all-time
highs on Friday with the tech giant adding an instant $50bn to its
market value at the start of Wall Street trading.

Google’s shares rose 15% as investors cheered profit figures that showed strong advertising growth on mobiles and its YouTube arm.

The price rise took the company’s market size well above $400bn (£256bn).
The search giant’s market capitalisation makes it second only to Apple, which is valued at $745bn.
On
Thursday, after trading closed, Google reported that second-quarter net
income was $3.93bn in the three months to end-June, up from $3.35bn for
the quarter a year earlier.
Finance chief Ruth Porat highlighted the growth in mobile advertising and time people are spending streaming video’s on YouTube.
She
said YouTube has more than one billion users and that the number of
people in the key 18-49 age group who watch its videos on mobile devices
was greater than the number watching cable television.
Reuters
reported that at least 27 broking firms raised their price targets for
Google shares, with one predicting that the stock could rise as high as
$800. In late morning trading the price was $688.
Deutsche Bank issued a research note on the profit figures called “Dawn of a New Era?” – adding that it “feels like it”.

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