Alphabet Inc (GOOG) & HTC Reportedly Will Release Two Nexus Smartphones This Year

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Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) typically uses their Nexus phones to show off the latest and greatest attributes provided through their Android operating system. Google isn’t a hardware manufacturer, nor are they pretending to be one. Instead, in the past they have relied on HTC to build their Nexus smartphones. This, has included the first edition, the Nexus One.

Now, even though the previous phones released by HTC have been far from being deemed a success, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) again is reportedly teaming with HTC for two more Nexus smartphones which will be available this year. This is a bit of a change-up after Google used LG and Huawei to build smartphones in the past.

This is an interesting move on behalf of Google, as HTC has been seen as a company almost falling away from smartphone manufacturing in the past. Perhaps they’ve requested one last chance to shine, and Google, being that they have had a close relationship with the company in the past, just couldn’t say “no”. Then again, we dont’ know the specifics, so we won’t even try and guess what went on behind closed doors.

Shares of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are up 1.76% in pre-market trading this morning. The stock decreased 2.84% or $20.27 during the last trading session, hitting $694.45. Approximately 1,867 shares traded hands. GOOG shares have risen 30.45% since June 12, 2015 and are currently uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 39.32%.

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 18.94% above today’s ($694.45) 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 is negative, 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 39 sales for a total of $542.73 million in net activity. Brin Sergey sold 16,670 shares worth $10.24 million. Page Lawrence sold 16,670 shares worth $10.34 million. Doerr L John sold 5,269 shares worth $3.33 million. Drummond David C sold 5,290 shares worth $3.39M. 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 $483.08 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 32.66 P/E ratio. These will be managed separately in Alphabet.

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