Alphabet Inc (GOOG) Renames ‘Google X’ Simply ‘X’ As They Sharpen Its Focus

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It’s been five years since Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), then Google announced the launch of Google X, funding moonshot projects which other companies would never have imagined throwing money at. Google X has brought forth all sorts of crazy projects from Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) self-driving cars to their Project Loon, Project Glass, and much more. This week the company has decided to rename the unit, taking off the ‘Google’ moniker and shortening it to just ‘X”.

The move comes as Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) sharpens the focus of X as it now becomes a standalone entity and likely will be slimmed down a bit. The goal of the company will be to think big, take these ambitious dreams and projects and make them into profitable companies that can also impact millions of people. It will be very interesting to see how many of these projects end up becoming profitable, and just how far Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) allows X to expand.

The stock is down 2.65% or $19.23 following the news, hitting $706.84 per share. Approximately 1.63M shares traded hands. GOOG shares have risen 37.86% since June 9, 2015 and are currently uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 45.34%.

From a total of 28 analysts covering Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock, 24 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 4 a “Hold”. This means that 86% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $900 while the lowest target price is $700. The mean of all analyst targets is $826 which is 16.86% above today’s ($706.84) stock price. Google Inc. was the topic of 38 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Pacific Crest maintained shares on December 21 with a “Overweight” rating. Pivotal Research maintained shares with a”Hold” rating and a $740 target share price in their report from an October 23. UBS maintained GOOG stock in a recent report from October 23 with a “Buy” rating. Credit Suisse maintained the rating on October 23. Credit Suisse has a “Outperform” rating and a $850 price target on shares. Finally, Needham maintained the stock with a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on an October 23.

The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.67 in Q2 2015. It’s down 0.53, from 1.2 in 2015Q2. The ratio worsened, as 445 funds sold all their Alphabet Inc shares they owned while 412 reduced their positions. 109 funds bought stakes while 464 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 203.36 million shares which is 12.54% less than the previous share count of 232.53 million in 2015Q2.

Ancient Art L.P. holds 22.07% of its total portfolio in Alphabet Inc, equating to 213,887 shares. Jgp Global Gestao De Recursos Ltda. owns 38,052 shares representing 12.71% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Cantillon Capital Management Llc has 11.84% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 888,378 shares. The California-based Dalal Street Llc has a total of 11.16% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Glade Brook Capital Partners Llc, a Connecticut-based fund reported 50,799 shares owned.

Since February 25, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 41 selling transactions for a total of $586.61 million in net activity. Brin Sergey sold 16,670 shares worth $10.24 million. Page Lawrence sold 16,670 shares worth $10.34M. Doerr L John sold 5,269 shares worth $3.33M. Drummond David C sold 5,290 shares worth $3.39 million. The insider Mather Ann sold 6,000 shares worth $3.48M.

Alphabet Inc is a collection of Companies. The company has a market cap of $496.69 billion. The Company’s collection include Calico, Google’s health and longevity effort; Nest its connected home business; Fiber, its gigabit internet arm; and its investment divisions such as Google Ventures and Google Capital, and incubator projects, such as Google X. It has 33.25 P/E ratio. These will be managed separately in Alphabet.

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