Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Near to Settle Antitrust Probe with FTC – GOOG, BIDU, YNDX, BCOR

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will finish a 20-month antitrust lawsuit of the world’s biggest search engine giant’s business practices by United States watchdogs without any enforcement action being taken, according to 2 persons with knowledge about the issue.

The person reported on Sunday that Mountain View, California based Google, which has been under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, is preparing a letter mentioning it was not copy content from competitors’ websites without permission and will permit advertisers to contrast data from ad campaigns with their performance on other Internet search engines.

The people, who refused to be identified as the matter is secret, stated that the FTC is anticipated to done its antitrust inquiry without filing a court case or reaching a deal.

Shifting reader’s focus to broader market, let us consider market performance of other stocks that significantly affect same sector. Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) rose +2.25% to settle at $97.40, Yandex NV (NASDAQ:YNDX) moved down -2.64% to end at $21.37 while Blucora Inc (NASDAQ:BCOR) jumped +2.30% to finish at $14.66 on Friday.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) last session’s volume of 2.13 million shares was lower than its average volume of 2.20 million shares. The stock after opening at $699.17 hit high price of $707.82 and then closed at $701.96 by scoring -0.10%.

GOOG generated revenue of $47.54 billion in the previous twelve months and earned $10.56 billion. The Company showed a positive 22.20% in the net profit margin as well as in its operating margin which remained at 27.00%. Company’s annual sales growth for the past five years was 29.01%.

The GOOG’s past twelve months’ price to sales ratio was 4.85 and price to cash ratio remained 5.04. As far as the returns are concerned, GOOG’s return on equity was recorded as 17.18% and return on investment increased 15.58% while its return on asset stayed at 13.29%.

The stock showed weekly upbeat performance of 2.59% which was maintained for the month at 7.57%. Likewise the negative performance for the quarter was recorded as -0.58% and for the year was 12.20% while the YTD performance remained at 8.68%.

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