A lack of growth, weak consumer spending, softer-than-expected advertising "click-through" rates and now the rise of regulatory scrutiny have helped put Google shares in a funk.
On Wednesday, adding to the woes in Google's search ad business, European regulators started to look at charges that the search giant may be treating competitors unfairly.
And though the probe is merely an informal review by the E.U., some analysts say it's just the beginning of an era for Google that is very much akin to the persistent regulatory slaparound Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) has earned over the past two decades."Due to Google's dominating position in search, the regulatory scrutiny will likely surface more often," Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal wrote in a research note Wednesday.
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