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Earnings season is upon us
Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) announced earnings yesterday, beating expectations despite a hefty fine from the EU. Alphabet posted a net income of $3.195 billion for the three months ending in June, a figure that fell from the $3.52 billion recorded in the second quarter of last year thanks to the $5 billion fine levied last week by the European Commission for allegedly violating anti-trust rules linked to contracts with Android phone manufacturers. However, once the fine was stripped away, analysts focused on the $10.58 earnings per share figure for the Mountain View, Ca.-based group, which topped Street forecasts, and the better-than-expected $32.66 billion in revenue the group raked in, mostly from its dominant advertising business, which CEO Sundar Pichai said was "firing on all cylinders."
After this week most of the FAANG companies will have released earnings—all except Apple Inc. (AAPL) which is slated to release on Tuesday, July 31.
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Tesla loses another employee
Tesla Inc.'s TSLA head of sales stepped down on Tuesday. Ganesh Srivats took over the position in 2015 and was in charge of sales in North America and emerging markets.
Video games are looking hot, hot, hot
Acitvision has a price target of $82, EA was boosted to $166 and Take Two was upped to $142.
MKM believes that the video game sector, as a whole, has a "positive" outlook.
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