New Alphabet Inc (GOOG) Maps Update Adds ‘Driving Mode’ to Predict Your Destination


Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is clearly the leader when it comes to digital mapping. Their Google Maps application is used by hundreds of millions of people every day, and have become the go-to source for driving directions, even for many Apple iPhone users. Today the company has unvealed their latest verions, Maps v9.19, and there is one pretty interesting feature within it called ‘Driving Mode’.

Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) ‘Driving Mode’ feature will automatically try and figure out where a user is going without them punching it into their smartphone. Google uses a vast amount of data it collects about you and the area you are in to try and figure out your next move.

The feature has to be enabled, and audio is able to be toggled. While, this may not be for everyone, it could certainly come in handy quite often if you do a lot of traveling and chores throughout the day, as Google would be able to inform you of any road blocks or traffic congestion even if you weren’t planning on using Maps to get there.

Shares of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are trading up $3.60 or 0.5% in the pre-market this morning. The stock increased 1.40% or $10.04 during the last trading session, hitting $726.07. About 4,470 shares traded hands. GOOG has risen 37.86% since June 9, 2015 and is 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 13.76% above today’s ($726.07) 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 insider purchases, and 41 sales 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 $3.33 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 $498.26 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 34.15 P/E ratio. These will be managed separately in Alphabet.