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Electronic scooters and Smart bikes are taking off and the world will be cleaner and healthier

Lime is now teaming up with Uber to make the world smarter. The electronic scooter rental company Lime will be founded by Uber Technologies Inc as part of a $335 million financing round, Lime said on Monday.

The idea is led by Alphabet Inc`s vemtire arm GV, and they values the scooter business at $1,1 billion. Uber plans to promote Lime in its mobile application and slap its logo on the scooters.

This is an idea I came up with about twenty years ago, and a few months later it was a hit. At that time it was without a vehicle. Electric scooters have been on the market for a long time, but now it seems to be a hit worldwide.

Lime was focused on the idea that mobility can be smart, equitable, and fun. By connecting cities and improving the way people experience first and last mile transportation, we aim to leave future generations with cleaner, healthier planet, Lime said.

From smart bikes to electronic scooters and beyond, Lime said they are committed to building strong social bonds, lasting community relationships, and the worlds most versatile smart mobility fleet.

I also came up with the idea of making City Bikes about twenty years ago. It`s funny because nobody had City Bikes at that time. I gave the idea to a friend of mine, and he worked on it. Now, it is everywhere. Even more fun is that Uber has started with the same idea. Twenty years later.

Uber took a huge stake with a startup called Jump Bikes, which rents electric bicycles, before acquiring the business for more than $100 million in April this year. Uber are planning to roll out more City Bikes in many cities around the world.

Lime is only 18 months old but released its e-scooters in Paris last month. The «free-floating» electric scooters are out on the streets and they are controlled with a mobile app. So far, they have been very popular in Washington DC and San Francisco. Now, they take Europe by storm.

The scooters are lightweight, easy to spot to their bright green motors and nippy, with a maximum speed of 15 miles (24 km/h). You locate the nearest one with the app and turn it on by scanning the QR code on the handlebars.

At this point you are charged €1 in Europe and $1 in the U.S. Then you will be charged 15 cents for every minute of ride time. Now, as the weather is fine, it can be cheaper to rent a scooter than taking the crowded bus to the town.

Paris has a chaotic time for its transport network, so Lime is coming in at the right time. It wont be less chaotic when Tour de France is coming to an end in about three weeks. Serving cities is at the core of Limes mission.

From electric scooters to smart bikes, Limes dock free mobility solution reduce traffic congestion, promote healthy living, and solve the all-important challenge of the first and last mile. And thats just the beginning.

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The Search giant can soar thanks to a growing number of searches and YouTube

I have been watching Google since day one. The stock price was around $50 in 2004, but take a look at it now. The stock price is nearly $800! What a ride since 2004, and it doesn`t want to stop any time soon.

The name Google is still there and people are familiar with that name, but for traders, the new name is Alphabet Inc. A newly founded holding company for the Google group of businesses. Under the new operating structure, its main Google business will include search, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and Android to name a few.

Analysts have upgraded their price target to $930 per share.

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In addition to YouTube and Play, they will benefit from Enhanced Campaigns and other products like app install ads and higher ad loads on mobile and desktop SERP. Cloud on top of that can make greater and greater contributions in the future.

The internet behemoth came out with incredible Q4 2015 results. Earnings per share increased 26% and their sales went up 19%. And we are not talking about a small-cap company. We are talking about a company with a market cap of $538 billion! Can you belive that?

The fourth quarter release was the first to break out Alphabet`s Other Bets division, made up of self-driving cars, health care, Google-X and smart homes, among other things, which grew 37% YoY. In addition to YouTube and Play, search and programmatic advertising is the drivers for Alphabet.

The stock market had a terrible start of the year and investors are not expecting a good first quarter. According to FactSet, Companies in the S&P500 are projected to report a 9,1% decline in first quarter profits. That would be the worst YoY decline since 2009.

But some companies will continue to rise up, and I think Alphabet is one of them.

Alphabet can beat-the-Street with positive earnings results on Thursday. The Search giant can soar thanks to a growing number of searches on mobile devices and the continued success of YouTube, plus keeping a lid on costs.

The Estimize consensus calls for EPS of $8,03 compared to the Streets expectation for $7,92. Revenue are estimated to come in at $16,612 billion vs. the sell-sides $16,499 billion. Since last report, estimates have only increased by 2% on the bottom-line and 1% on the top. Compared to the same period last year this represents a projected 22% for EPS and 19% for revenues.

Alphabet Inc will report on April 21, after the bell.

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Google will deliver milk to your door

Google are expanding and  have a new strategy to make a huge impact into customers daily life. They want to deliver milk on your door. Yes, milk and other perishable goods like meat, tomatoes, bread and eggs, and the first delivery starts next Wednesday.

Google have become the worlds most valuable company, and earn money on ads, internet-connected thermostats and high-speed service. They have the worlds best search engine and almost everybody in the world can use the site, but what about the grocery delivery?

That`s not so easy as a search engine and of course it will be impossible to deliver to the whole world, so they will start in Los Angeles and parts of San Francisco. This delivery service is part of Google Express, which partners with retailers in some U.S cities.

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We know that Wal-Mart will expand their e-commerce business and Amazon Fresh is already in the same business and have taken a great stake in the market. Other competitors are Fresh Direct, Safeway and Instacart Express, but this business is complicated and not so easy.

Many of the companies are struggling to earn money because the margins are too small with about 2% on grocery sales. In addition to low profit margin you have high delivery costs and sometimes more expensive food.

Google said they will take advantage of holding inventory in costly warehouses and keep the cost down by making deliveries from there. Amazon deliver from their own. Online grocery shopping is a $11 billion business with 9,6% annual expected growth, but the margins are low.

Annual membership for Google Express will cost $95 and fresh-food deliveries will cost $2,99 per order. Non-Express members will pay $4,99 an order.  They also have bold goal which is to deliver within two hours.

Google will collaborate with Costco Wholesale Corp, Whole Foods Market and Smart & Final Stores in San Francisco. Furthermore, they will deliver from Smart & Final, Costco and upscale grocer Vincente Foods in Los Angeles.

A good friend of mine started a similar project 18 years ago. He is innovative and smart, but the concept was short-lived and he lost millions. It`s not because the concept was bad, but I think he was way to early in the market.

The same happened with Webvan Group. They went bankruptcy in 2001 and lost nearly one billion. Timing is important, so Google are launching Google Express in right time I think. So is it with my friend. He started with the same project last year.

Google Express has been around for a while, and this is a coming competitor to Amazon. You can order from many stores on Google Express, like Staples, Toys R Us, Target and Barnes & Noble to name a few. They deliver in Manhattan, Chicago, San Jose, Boston and Washington DC.

Google Express is a pilot project and if it works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, they will expand to other cities near you.

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Alphabet can be the largest company very soon

The most valuable company in terms of market capitalization is Apple with a market cap of 523,90. Alphabet`s market cap is 508,76, which means there is only 15,14 that separates them, which means Alphabet can be the largest company very soon.

66% of Apples sales comes from iPhone and Apples new release for iPhone 7 is in September. That is a very long time to wait. Before that, the sales can slow down, and so can the stock. It can go in the other direction for Alphabet.

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Alphabet will come out with a new report after the bell close today. Wall Street`s estimates for EPS is expected to come in at $8,17, with revenue of $16,9B.

Last summer, they changed the name to Alphabet Inc, but Google will continue as the company`s legacy business and include core properties such as search and advertising. Alphabet will continue to invest in self-driving cars, health care, Google-X and smart homes.

So, this will be the first quarter to see how both segments are doing it. Alphabet`s shares rose 46% last year after cost cutting initiatives and a lot of reorganizing. We will probably hear more about that later today.

Alphabet is focusing on innovation and growth and their search division has contributed to the recent robust growth. They introduced YouTube Red and will continue with acquisitions. They succeeded with their strategic mobile initiatives, so it should be a good quarter for Alphabet (GOOGL).

Alphabet can be the largest company very soon.

 

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Alphabet Inc near all-time high

I remember the tech boom in the late 90`s. It was so many great tech companies and we all knew that this was the future. Investors were buying tech stocks with both hands, and we all know the results; A BIG FAT Bubble.

We can see some similar things going on today. Twitter was a hype when they went public in 2013 at a share price of $26. Investors liked the stock and it soared to about $75, but it all stopped there. Wednesday this week, Twitter traded at an all time low at $15.

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Twitter is not alone in this bubble club right now. Many other tech stocks has suffered lately and I think there is different reasons for that. The main reason for the smaller tech companies is easy money because of the rock-bottom interest rates.

Together with inflated tech stock prices we can also see sky-high Silicon Valley real estate prices and rents. Just like we saw in the late 90`s tech boom.

BlackRock slashed its valuation on Snapchat by 24% last year, while Fidelity slashed its valuation on Dropbox by 31%. So things are about to change. Easy money will not be so easy now, which means it will be more difficult for many tech start-ups.

But some tech companies are still going strong.

 

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One of my favorite stock since 2005, are trading higher on friday. Alphabet Inc (GOOG) is up +2,59% on friday, trading at 745,46. EPS for Alphabet Inc is 21,26 with a market cap of 493,21 Billion.

Alphabet Inc was a big Monster last year, adding nearly 47% in 2015 and traded just below $800 in late December at an all-time high!

It is revealed that Google, in 2014, had paid Apple a sum of $1 billion in order to keep their search bar on the iPhone. Google obviously understand how important it is to have their own operative system on Apple`s iPhone.

Alphabet Inc is a collection of companies like Calico, Google`s health and longevity effort; Nest its connected home business; Fiber, its gigabit internet arm; and its investment divisions such as Google Ventures and Google Capital, and incubator projects, such as Google X.

Many investors have a buy rating with a target price of $850. Others up to $900. I look forward to Apple`s quarterly earnings report next Tuesday, and Alphabet Inc will report on February 1, 2016.

Shareholders are holding their breath to see if today`s rallies will continue.

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