Alphabet shares drop as cloud miss overshadows better-than-expected overall results
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reported an 11% increase in revenue for the third quarter, driven by a rebound in advertising. This marked the first time in over a year that the company experienced double-digit expansion. However, the company's shares dropped nearly 7% in extended trading as its cloud business missed analysts' estimates. Earnings per share came in at $1.55, surpassing the expected $1.45, while revenue reached $76.69 billion, slightly exceeding the expected $75.97 billion. Google's advertising revenue increased to $59.65 billion, up from $54.48 billion the previous year, while YouTube advertising revenue exceeded expectations, reaching $7.95 billion. The company's cloud revenue fell short of estimates at $8.41 billion, highlighting the increasing competition with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Despite this, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai noted that YouTube's TikTok competitor, Shorts, now receives 70 billion daily views.
Jamie Dimon rips central banks for being ‘100% dead wrong’ on economic forecasts
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, warned about the dangers of making steadfast predictions about the economy, citing the poor track record of central banks like the Federal Reserve. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dimon cautioned against relying on a single course of action, emphasizing the need to prepare for various possibilities and probabilities. He criticized the central banks' recent projections, highlighting their incorrect forecasts from 18 months ago regarding inflation and interest rates. Dimon expressed caution regarding the economic outlook for next year, urging a more realistic and flexible approach. He also criticized the belief in the ability of central banks and governments to manage economic challenges, calling it an "omnipotent feeling." Dimon's warnings coincide with concerns about potential rate hikes by the Federal Reserve and a shaky financial landscape.
Israel-Hamas war live updates: UN warns fuel in Gaza will run out by tonight; Israel says Hamas is stockpiling existing supplies
Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, has stated that Israel's ground incursion into Gaza could have consequences for the oil market and set the tone for a Western response against Iran, who supports Hamas. Croft believes that the United States is attempting to delay the Israeli ground operation in order to evacuate Americans trapped in Gaza. However, she suggests that people are expecting some form of escalation in Gaza. The oil price reaction to the Israel-Hamas conflict has been relatively stable so far, but Croft believes that this could change if there is a ground incursion. Additionally, a wider conflict in the Middle East could affect the crude supplies of Iran, an OPEC member. Despite historically supporting Hamas, Iran has denied involvement in the recent attacks against Israel. At present, Brent futures for December are trading at $87.78 per barrel.