Google Stock: Is It a Buy Today?

Looking at what makes Google such an enduring company even as it butts heads with the likes of Apple in an increasing number of technology markets.

Jun 26, 2014 at 10:30AM

Few tech companies this side of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) have had as successful and impressive a run as search and mobile powerhouse Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

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Google has been prescient in expanding its business model well beyond its wide-moat core search platform into a sprawling series of desktop and mobile software programs and services that all funnel users back into Google's multibillion-dollar advertising engine. It's an impressive economic model, and one that's helped fuel market-beating returns for Google investors over the long term.

However, Google's shares have stalled in 2014. So is the stock a buy today?

The case for owning Google
The core idea in owning Google is its uncanny ability to expand its software and service model to the ever-expanding number of areas that technologies touch in our everyday life.

Google's first real foray into software came with its open-source Android, the archnemesis and foil to Apple's "walled garden approach." And Google figures to continue to duke it out with Apple in the years to come in emerging areas such as wearables, the smart home, and beyond. However, Google and Apple make money in very different ways, and success in these new tech paradigms doesn't have to be mutually exclusive for Apple and Google, as we've seen in the global smartphone market.

However unlike Apple, Google is grappling with one key problem as it attempts to secure its place in tech's new frontiers that will undoubtedly have major implications for Google shareholders in the years ahead. In the following video, tech and telecom specialist Andrew Tonner shares his perspective on the pros and cons of owning Google today.

How to invest in the coming wearables boom (Hint: it isn't Apple)
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team" to guarantee that its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. But the secret is out, and some early viewers are even claiming that its everyday impact could trump the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts that 485 million of these devices will be sold per year. But one small company makes this gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and to see Apple's newest smart gizmo, just click here!

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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