Alphabet earnings boom in Q2, boosted by ad revenues, cloud

Alphabet earnings boom in Q2, boosted by ad revenues, cloud
Javier E. David

Javier E. David·Editor focused on markets and the economy
Tue, July 27, 2021, 11:27 PM·1 min read

Alphabet, the parent company of search giant Google (GOOG, GOOGL) blew away Wall Street’s second quarter estimates on Tuesday, bolstered by strength in advertising and cloud computing.

Here were the main results from Alphabet’s report, compared to consensus estimates compiled by Bloomberg:

Q2 Revenue: $61.88 billion vs. $56.23 billion expected

GAAP earnings per share: $27.26 vs. $19.325 expected

Thanks to the tech giant’s linchpin, Google Search, ad revenues skyrocketed by 69% from a year ago. The stock jumped by over 2% after hours, which if those gains hold will propel its market cap closer to 2 trillion in Wednesday’s session.

In an exclusive sit-down with Yahoo Finance in May, CEO Sundar Pichai called Search his “ultimate moonshot,” even in light of the other projects the company is involved with.

“I see all the limitations. Even today, when people type in a complex query, we’re looking at keywords trying to match it,” he said.

“We still have a long way to go to actually understand what the user’s intent is, the context, where they are coming from, and giving the best answer. So that is still the moonshot,” Pichai added.

  • Google, along with other big technology like Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), have found themselves in the eye of a political storm, as lawmakers in Washington debate whether to tighten regulation on large technology behemoths.

Pichai has warned that internet freedom is under threat as governments move to safeguard user privacy and data, and block the dissemination of misinformation.