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Alphabet and Snap: A Tale of Two Tech Giants 

Updated 26.7.2023 15:39

Tech Stock Earning Reports Are in And These Stocks Are Soaring and Tanking, Respectively, After Hours. 

Q2 has brought us some surprises in today’s earnings reports with Alphabet and Snap in Q2 2023.

Alphabet Surpasses Expectations, Announces CFO Transition

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has reported a second-quarter profit that exceeded Wall Street expectations. The tech giant’s success can be attributed to steady demand for its cloud services and a rebound in advertising. Alphabet’s shares jumped nearly 5% in after-market trading, reflecting the positive response from investors.

In a significant development, Alphabet announced that its long-time CFO, Ruth Porat, will assume a new role as chief investment officer and president starting September 1. Porat, who has overseen tremendous growth at Alphabet since being hired in 2015, is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent female executives.

Snap Beats Estimates but Faces Challenges Ahead

Snap Inc., the owner of the popular Snapchat app, also beat Wall Street targets for quarterly revenue and user growth. However, the company gave a softer third quarter outlook than analysts had expected, causing its shares to drop a whopping 19% in after-market trading.

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Snap has been working hard to compete with tech giants for advertising dollars. Despite its success in attracting hundreds of millions of users with its photo filters and AI-powered chatbot, the company has struggled to consistently grow revenue and catch up to rivals like Facebook-owner Meta Platforms.

The Impact on Investors: A Comparative Analysis

For investors, these developments present a mixed picture. Alphabet’s strong performance and the transition of CFO Ruth Porat to a new role suggest a stable and promising future for the company. On the other hand, Snap’s weaker Q3 outlook and ongoing struggles to compete with larger tech companies may raise concerns about its long-term profitability.

However, it’s important to note that Snap is making strides in improving its advertising model and increasing user engagement. The company’s AI-powered chatbot, My AI, has already facilitated over 10 billion messages, and Snap is beginning to test sponsored links in My AI’s responses. This could potentially lead to more relevant ads and increased revenue in the future. However, currently the company has been struggling to get their feet off the ground. 

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Justin Hopper

Justin Hopper is an editor of the digital media at Wealthy VC and TCI. If you have questions don't hesitate to reach out! Twitter | Email

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