Google makes most of it's money from search ads and it has 76% of the US market and even more of the rest of the world.
The number of clicks on ads rose 28% from the year ago period and the price they charge per click increased 5%.
Google +, Google's answer to the Facebook threat increased it's user base to 40,000,000 increasing from 10,000,000 in July.
Google is also grabbing a larger share of the smartphone marketplace with over 190,000,000 Android phones active worldwide.
Google's profit for the 3rd quarter was 2.3 billion on sales of 7.51 billion.This equates to profits of about 8.33/share. Google is a cash machine.
Market's are up on this good news continuing the positive momentum of the past 2 weeks. As of 8:00 AM PST the DOW is up almost 1%. The SNP 500 keeps bumping it's head on the 1220 level.
Market RecapCould this be the start of a new bull market in stocks??
The past six months have been pretty brutal in stocks. Since the market topped out on May 1st, 2011 at 137.18, the SNP 500 lost 21.7% of its value bottoming out at 107.43 on October 4th, 2011 indicating we are in a bear market. Since October 4th, the SNP has rallied furiously gaining 14.1%.
There is a technical indicator called the "Zweig Breadth Thrust"(credit to DeerIslander from Fidelity Family Forum for alerting me to this) that says we are in a new bull market. Basically, a bullish signal is triggered if there is an increase in the indicator from .40 to .615 in 10 days. After this indicator is confirmed, stocks have gained an average of 20% in the next 12 months. Today, the indicator was confirmed. The last Zwieg Breadth Thrust bullish signal was in March of 2009 which foreshadowed a 100% gain of the markets.
While the macro backdrop looks bleak, that is often the case when bull markets start.
Today was a very positive day in the markets. We finished right at horizontal resistance on the SPY chart breaking through the magical 1220 level near the close.
AAPL also had a very bullish day rising nearly 3% to close at an all time high. AAPL looks like it wants to go to 450 and I think it gets there. Press your bets on AAPL.
How to Read the Chart
Some people were asking how to read the chart. Basically, the chart measures the price of a stock over time. Each red or green rectangle is called a candlestick. Each candlestick measures the price movement of that particular day. For example, the red candlestick is a day where the stock price opened at the top of the body of the red candlestick and finished the day at the bottom of the body of the candlestick. Green candlesticks are the opposite. We opened at the bottom of the candlestick and finished at the top.
If you look at the candlestick for October 4th on the above SPY chart, you can see we opened at 108(the bottom of the body of the green candlestick), then went even lower to reach the low of the day at 107.43 and then zoomed back upward to finish the day at around 112.50 creating a green candlestick.
Also, the light blue lines represent the 50 day and 200 day moving averages. It would take a longer discussion than I could give here to discuss the significance of these price levels but trust me when I say they are important levels for a stock.
The light blue bars coming up from the bottom of the chart measures the volume of the stock for that particular day. The higher the bar, the more times the stock was bought or sold that day.
The red line is a line I drew on the chart which is a trendline. Oftentimes, stocks make these types of patterns on the charts and it is useful to note them because if the stock moves up past them or down from them it is significant. As you can see from the AAPL chart above, once we broke above the red downtrend line, we zoomed upwards.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this blog should be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell any securities! Please do your own due dilligence before buying any stocks or bonds!