- by theguardian
- 21 Sep 2023
Alphabet stocks experienced a surge in after-hours trading on Tuesday, surpassing analyst expectations for first-quarter earnings and providing a glimmer of hope in the struggling tech sector.
The company's first-quarter revenue reached an impressive $69.8 billion, exhibiting a 3% year-over-year growth and outperforming analyst predictions of $68.9 billion. Notably, Alphabet's cloud business achieved a significant milestone by reporting a profit for the first time since its launch, generating $191 million in revenue.
While Alphabet had previously performed better than some of its tech counterparts like Meta and Twitter in earnings reports, it faced challenges in recent months. In August, the company announced a hiring freeze, and in January, it made significant job cuts, reducing its global workforce by 6% or more than 12,000 jobs. Additionally, an internal memo leak in March disclosed that Alphabet was scaling back on certain employee perks as part of its cost-saving measures.
Despite the positive overall performance, YouTube ad revenue experienced a minor decline of 2.6% in the quarter. However, the platform's ad revenue still exceeded analyst expectations, reaching $6.69 billion compared to the projected $6.64 billion.
Alphabet's uncommon success in beating expectations arrives amidst a broader downturn in the tech sector. Market watchers eagerly await the earnings reports of other tech giants, with Meta scheduled to release its own on Wednesday, followed by Apple's report on Thursday.
This unexpected bright spot in Alphabet's financial results has given investors and the tech industry a reason for optimism as they navigate the current challenging economic climate.
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