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On Wednesday, Alphabet Stock Dropped by Over 10% For Unclear Reasons

Alphabet Stock (NASDAQ:GOOG)

As soon as Wall Street saw Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) results for the third quarter and overall company performance, it promptly slashed the Alphabet stock, sending it down by about 10% on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Google parent company announced a profit of $1.06 per share on sales of $69.1 billion. Thus the drop came as a surprise. Investors expected Alphabet (GOOG) to post $1.26 per share in earnings on $71 billion in revenue. Alphabet (GOOG) earned $1.40 per share on $65.1B in sales during the same time last year.

YouTube ad revenues dropped by 2% to $7.07B, below analysts’ projections of $7.1B. This was noted as a key factor hurting Alphabet’s performance. The advertising market saw a 2.5% increase in income to $54.5B. However, this was still lower than the predicted $56.6B.

Doug Anmuth, an analyst at J.P. Morgan, has said that Alphabet stock is suffering along with the rest of the Internet advertising sector.

Mr. Anmuth said Alphabet stock “substantial over-earned in 2021 due to a quickly reviving online ad market post-pandemic despite slowing workforce expansion. But now the opposite is happening, and sales growth is slackening very sharply.”

At the same time, Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:META), contributed to the Internet sector’s troubles on Wednesday when it reported disappointing profits for the third quarter and cautioned that revenue would likely be challenged in the next year.

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