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Googling a Trade on Alphabet. Which Way?

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Shares of Alphabet Inc. (Ticker: GOOGL) exploded to new all-time highs in recent weeks after positive guidance and exceeding expectations in their latest earnings report. Does this portend positive omens for the stock going forward, or are there signs that the company is getting in over their head?

Hungry for Acquisitions

A series of recent reports have surfaced, indicating Alphabet is pondering a takeover of customer relationship management (CRM) firm, HubSpot. Granted, it is still a rumor, but given the size and scope of HubSpot as a company, would represent a significant acquisition.

If this acquisition goes through, it could add over $2 billion in subscription revenue to Alphabet’s already impressive cash flow. Not to mention, Hubspot has over 200,000 customers, and would add a nice new layer of potential buyers of other company products and services.

The acquisition would give Alphabet a bit more diversification with respect to its customer-base, including a large number of small and medium-size businesses. Given Alphabet’s growth in artificial intelligence and cloud services, this could provide a rare opportunity for a company of its size to compound existing growth even further.

Traders that think Alphabet’s desires for acquisitions can add value to top and bottom lines could find a trade with Direxion’s Daily GOOGL Bull 2X Shares (Ticker: GGLL), which seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 200% of the performance of Alphabet Inc. Class A shares. Below is a daily chart of GOOGL as of May 9, 2024.

Source: TradingView.com

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The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The slanted blue lines represent an uptrend. An uptrend describes the price movement of a financial asset when the overall direction is upward.

What if Economic Headwinds Spoil the Acquisition Party?

Although stocks were mostly lower in 2022, the economy never actually went into recession. This presents a problem with respect to the lateness of the current economic cycle, because the longer we go without a recession, the more likely it may be to occur.

Keep in mind that the Q1 GDP report showed the economy grew slower than expected. A revision will be issued on May 30, and if the updated report confirms that the economy is underperforming, it could highlight underlying recession risks in this market.

In that scenario, stocks overall may suffer, but bull market’s leaders like Alphabet may be especially affected. Direxion’s Daily GOOGL Bear 1X Shares (Ticker: GGLS), which seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 100% of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of Alphabet Inc. Class A shares, may offer an opportunity to capitalize on some downside price action in such a situation.

Originally published 29 May, 2024

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The Funds have derived all disclosures contained in this document regarding Class A shares of Alphabet Inc. from publicly available documents. In connection with the offering of each Fund’s securities, neither the Funds, the Trust, nor the Adviser or any of its respective affiliates has participated in the preparation of such documents. Neither the Funds, the Trust nor the Adviser or any of its respective affiliates makes any representation that such publicly available documents or any other publicly available information regarding Class A shares of Alphabet Inc. is accurate or complete. Furthermore, the Funds cannot give any assurance that all events occurring prior to the date hereof (including events that would affect the accuracy or completeness of the publicly available documents described above) that would affect the trading price of Class A shares of Alphabet Inc. have been publicly disclosed. Subsequent disclosure of any such events or the disclosure of or failure to disclose material future events concerning Class A shares of Alphabet Inc. could affect the value of a Fund’s investments with respect to Class A shares of Alphabet Inc. and therefore the value of the Funds.

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Alphabet Inc. Class A Investing Risk — Alphabet Inc.’s Class A shares face risks associated with reliance on advertising revenue and the effect that loss of partners or new and existing technologies that block advertisements online may have on its business; intense competition for its products and services; investments in new businesses, products, services and technologies that may harm its operating results; slowdowns in its revenue growth rate; the ability to protect its intellectual property rights; the ability to maintain or enhance its brands and its impact on the ability to expand its user base, advertisers, customers, content providers and other partners; manufacturing and supply chain issues; interruptions to, or interferences with, its complex technology and communication systems; its international operations; failure to evolve with the advancement of technology and user preferences; data privacy and security concerns; problematic content posted by users; and regulatory, legal and litigation issues.

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