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What’s Happening with Tech Earnings?

July 31, 2017

2 min read

Some of the world’s largest technology companies reported their earnings last week. Among them are Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

An earnings report is a snapshot of a company’s health over a three-month period. Among the things you’ll find are reports about a company’s revenue and profit, which show how much money they’re making and how well they’re using that cash.

You can find out more about earnings reports here.  

What’s inside the report?

The tech sector has been on a growth tear for quite some time, and the NASDAQ, the market index laden with the biggest tech stock names, is up about 25% for the year. The stocks reporting this week are important bellwethers (or indicators) for the technology market, and in some cases for the broader economy.

Something else to keep in mind: the tech sector is volatile, which means the stocks of companies in these industries may be subject to sudden fluctuation. Stocks stumbled in June as investors sold stock to cash in on their profits.

(Lean more about tech stock volatility here.)

Here are some highlights from top tech company earnings reports this week:

Google is the biggest advertiser in the world, and the slip  in revenue is the result of a shift to mobile devices, where the search engine company charges less per click. Desktop ads are still the most profitable for Google. The company’s stock fell nearly 3.5 % after it reported earnings on Monday.

The generally positive earnings for these companies sparked stock market gains last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a composite index of 30 of the most prominent U.S. stocks, climbed to new heights.

Key takeaways:

Prominent tech companies reported their second quarter earnings this week. Quarterly earnings reports are important snapshots of business health. The tech sector is a rapidly growing part of the U.S. economy, and it continues to drive broader market gains. Tech stocks are volatile, which means they can fluctuate up and down suddenly.

Read more: What The Recent Tech Sell-Off Teaches Us About Diversification  

By Jeremy Quittner
Jeremy Quittner is the financial writer for Stash.

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