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Google Stock: Is It a Buy Today?

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.

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  • Report this Comment On June 26, 2014, at 5:26 PM, JarJarThomas wrote:

    i would not think it is a buy.

    In fact the io shows me it is the best time to sell my stock.

    compare googles conference with apple.

    You see that they try to tackle all the things apple did a year ago.

    New modern ui system (with enough changes to be "original")

    android auto -> carplay

    health stuff

    tv stuff

    google play service

    even developer releases of their os.

    Was there any original concept or idea here ?

    Not one. Everything was already done by apple or is based on rumors of apple.

    No idea was there that says "Hey this is a new innovation, a new way, a new kind of thinking no one did before".

    So what they do is trying to desperately push android/chrome/google services to everyone ... to collect more data and fight privacy.

    And they have to do it ... because privacy gets more important every day. And if privacy is important again to users ... they have to leave google because google is the "antichrist" of privacy.

    I like to look at standard people in pubs.

    A year ago no one thought about privacy.

    Now even ordinary non technocool nerds talk alot about it. They even think about rooting their android phones to get cyanogenmod to be free of google.

    A group of old women meeted in the bar to help each other with installing cyanogen mod because

    "We don't want the third reich again"

    This is why google will fall ... very soon.

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Andrew Tonner is a tech specialist for The Motley Fool. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Finance.

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