Revenue climbed 14% from a year earlier, after slumping in the second quarter for the first time in the company’s history.
Alphabet shares recently traded at $1,671.40, up 6.7%. They'd gained 17% year to date through Thursday.
Jefferies analyst Brent Thill lifted his share-price target to $2,000 from $1,850, affirming his rating at buy.
Alphabet’s earnings represent the “biggest upside surprise” of the many huge technology companies that have reported in recent days, he said in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.
Thill was impressed with the ad-revenue gain and the strength in cloud services. He sees the stock as cheap.
Guggenheim analyst Michael Morris also raised his share-price target to $2,000 from $1,850. Alphabet’s varied operations and focus on “high-utility, trusted experiences” will help the stock, he said in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.
KeyBanc analyst Justin Patterson increased his share-price target to $1,970 from $1,955, maintaining his rating at overweight.
“Digital acceleration is driving strong growth at search, YouTube, and Google cloud,” he wrote in a commentary. “This causes us to raise 2020 and 2021 estimated revenue by 3% and 2%.”
In addition, “Google cloud disclosures in fourth-quarter 2020 will drive increased focus on sum-of-the-parts value.”
BMO analyst Daniel Salmon boosted his share-price target to $1,950 from $1,900.
Alphabet’s strength in the search category widened profit margins, he said in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.
He also noted the advertising results. Investors were “overly negative” ahead of the report, Salmon said.