What Anxious Investors Need to Know About Alphabet Stock

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Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report is off to an inauspicious start to the week as a number of internal and external factors weigh on Alphabet shares.

The scrutiny Alphabet faces from investors on Monday is likely focused most on the effect that the Google cloud outage had on consumers and some of its most prominent customers.

During the weekend outage, cloud-reliant companies such as Shopify (SHOP) - Get Shopify, Inc. Class A Report , Uber (UBER) - Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report , Sony (SNE) - Get SONY GROUP CORPORATION SPONSORED ADR Report PlayStation Network, and Snapchat (SNAP) - Get Snap, Inc. Class A Report   went down alongside Alphabet's myriad of services such as YouTube and Gmail.

"We are experiencing high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple service in Google Cloud, GSuite and YouTube," the company said on Sunday. "Users may see slow performance or intermittent errors."

A source of the issue was not identified and took four hours to come to a resolution. The company said it is investigating the cause of the service outage.

The results of the investigation will be pivotal as the outage could encourage customers to evaluate alternative cloud options, such as the dominant Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report Azure or Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report AWS cloud products.

While more speculative, the possibility of an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet by the Department of Justice is potentially more damning in the long term if it materializes.

The WSJ reported on Saturday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed to give the Justice Department jurisdiction over Google, threatening to bring a heavier hand down on the company's lucrative position in online advertising. 

The potential for domestic interference in the company's business model adds to the company's problems abroad, which has led to billions in fines from European regulators over breaches of GDPR rules and restrictions handed down by Chinese officials.

As the Sino-American trade war progresses, the company could well appear on the forthcoming list of "Unreliable Entities" being prepared by the Chinese government in an effort to respond to the U.S. blacklisting of Huawei Technologies last month.

"Foreign enterprises, organizations and individuals that do not comply with market rules, violate the spirit of contract, block or cut supplies to Chinese firms with non-commercial purposes, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises, will be added to the list of unreliable entities," Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said Friday.

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