Shares of GOOG and GOOGL fell about 9.5% on Wednesday, wiping Google's parent company's market value by USD 166.64 billion, the fifth-largest decline in capitalization history, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
It is noteworthy that the drop occurred as a result of the publication of a report that turned out to be better than expected:
→ earnings per share: actual = USD 1.55, forecast = USD 1.45;
→ gross income: actual = USD 76.69 billion; forecast = USD 75.95.
Why did Google's stock price collapse? Among the reasons may be the fact that revenue from cloud-based services has shown a decline. It amounted to USD 8.41 billion, which is about 2% below expectations of USD 8.6 billion, although in the same quarter last year it was equal to USD 6.87 billion, that is, an increase of 22% over the year.
However, Dan Ives of Wedbush Securities said the stock's negative reaction was "overblown." And according to analysts at Mizuho Americas, the decline in cloud revenue will be "temporary," based on what they've seen in rival Amazon's cloud business.
If the price decline continues, how deep can it be?
From a technical analysis perspective, there has been a bearish breakout of the contracting triangle (bearish wedge pattern, shown in blue lines). Having estimated the width of the wedge at points A and B, approximately = USD 126 - USD 106 = USD 20, we can plot this distance down from the breakout point C to get a guideline for point D = USD 134 - USD 20 = USD 114. That is, presumably, the price is aimed at the May gap zone.
However, to reach this level, the bears will have to overcome support around the USD 126 level, where the price now lies, having found support during yesterday's history-making decline. This support comes from a line (shown as a dotted line) parallel to the upper boundary of the bearish wedge, as well as from the $126 horizontal, which has interacted significantly with the stock price in the past. It is possible that the bears will be helped by a negative political and geopolitical background.
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