What to watch in today's Alphabet Q3 report

Earnings Estimates Google's Q3 Ad Revenues Could Soar

Alphabet shares were trading up almost 4 percent during after-hours trading on the quarterly beat.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had its price target upped by Axiom Securities from $990.00 to $1,000.00 in a research report report published on Monday morning. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $8.43 per share. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $969.84 and a 200 day moving average price of $952.09. If you are accessing this news story on another site, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of U.S. and worldwide trademark and copyright laws. Raymond James Financial Inc. restated an outperform rating on shares of Alphabet in a report on Friday. If you are accessing this story on another site, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of worldwide copyright law.

Diluted earnings per share came in at $9.57, which surpassed expectations, while net income rose from $5.1bn to $6.7bn. In terms of recent volatility, the average for the month is 1.26% and 1.26% for the past week.

Cost-per-click is how much advertisers pay Google for each user click.

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A corporate reorganization started two years ago created Alphabet, which has holdings including cash-engine Google and ventures devoted to innovative "moon shots" such as Waymo self-driving auto unit and a Loon project for delivering internet service from high-altitude balloons. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

Distribution payments increased 54 percent in the third quarter, accounting for 12 percent of ad sales. Finally, Macquarie reiterated an outperform rating and issued a $975.00 price objective on shares of Alphabet in a report on Wednesday, October 5th. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $8.42 EPS.

The internet search and advertising giant posted revenue of $27.77 billion in the period. All of Alphabet's other businesses, which include Google Fiber, its Waymo self-driving auto team, Nest and others, brought in just $307 million in revenue during the quarter.

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