The search engine giant's emergence into the mobile device world through its Nexus One and Android software stack, which includes an operating system, has been a hit. Google recently announced that 60,000 cell phones equipped with Android are shipping on a daily basis.
Additionally, advertising on the Android continues to increase. According to advertising firm AdMob, U.S. ad impressions on Android devices have increased to 42% in February from 27% in November and worldwide ad impressions have increased by 2%. What makes Google even more appealing on this front, is that it appears to be taking advertising share from
iPhone, which has seen declines of ad impressions to 44% from 55% during the same time frame. Furthermore, Google's mobile phone can be found on
A second factor that is likely to support Google's strength is its upgrade to its online package of word processing and spreadsheet programs, Google Docs. The changes, which were introduced on Monday, include several editing tools for word processing and quicker ways to fill cells in spreadsheets, which will enable it to directly compete with
Office. The beauty behind Google Docs is that all of its applications are hosted over the Internet, whereas Microsoft's software is typically installed on individual's computers or workspaces.
Another factor likely to bolster Google's attractiveness is the recent talk about developing a tablet device based on its Android operating system software. The
New York Times
recently reported that Google has been working with numerous hardware makers to construct the perfect tablet device to compete against Apple's iPad and the
Lastly, from a fundamental perspective, Google is highly attractive. The technology giant is trading at 18 times forward earnings, a far cry from the average price-to-earnings ratio of 29 seen in 2008. From an earnings yield perspective, Google's forward earnings yield is 5.5%, an attractive yield. To further bolster its appeal, the Mountain View, Calif. firm has a hoard of cash on its balance sheet.
A combination of the aforementioned enabled the stock to close at $572.73 on Monday. Some other ways to play Google include the following:
- First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index (FDN) - Get Report, which boasts Google as its top holding. FDN closed at $27.51 on Monday.
- iShares Dow Jones US Technology (IYW) - Get Report, which allocates nearly 7% of its assets to Google. IYW closed at $59.84 on Monday.
When investing in technology equities it is important to keep in mind the volatility and inherent risks involved. To help mitigate these risks, the use of an exit strategy which identifies price points at which an upward trend could come to an end is important.
According to the latest data at
, an upward trend in Google could come to an end at $553.44. As for FDN and IYW, their price points are $26.38 and $57.69, respectively.
Written by Kevin Grewal in Laguna Niguel, Calif.
At the time of publication, Grewal had no positions in the securities mentioned
Kevin Grewal serves as the editorial director and research analyst at The ETF Institute, which is the only independent organization providing financial professionals with certification, education, and training pertaining to exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Additionally, he serves as the editorial director at SmartStops.net where he focuses on mitigating risks and implementing exit strategies to preserve equity. Prior to this, Grewal was an analyst at a small hedge fund where he constructed portfolios dealing with stock lending, exchange-traded funds, arbitrage mechanisms and alternative investments. He is an expert at dealing with ETFs and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California along with a MBA from the California State University, Fullerton.