Big Tech is In Trouble, But That Doesn’t Mean Your Money Is

Shah Gilani | Oct 22, 2020

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a 64-page lawsuit against Alphabet Inc. (NasdaqGS:GOOG)’s Google division under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

The Complaint aims to “restrain Google LLC (Google) from unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct.”

The lawsuit, 15 months in the making, brought by “The United States of America, acting under the direction of the Attorney General of the United States,” was joined by the States of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas.

Google called the complaint “dubious” and “deeply flawed.”

What’s at stake is Google’s stock market valuation and, to a lesser degree, Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS:AAPL)’s.

Here’s what the Complaint alleges, where the lawsuit might go, and how it could impact big tech…

Beware of Selling Ahead of the Election

Shah Gilani | Oct 19, 2020

Believe it or not, last week was a positive week for stocks. It didn’t feel that way, but it was.

The Dow rose 0.1%, the S&P rose 0.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite rose 0.8%.

It was easy to think equities were slipping last week because of waning optimism in the face of virus spikes across 26 U.S. states and across some major cities in Europe, and because two drug giants, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE:LLY) had to stop vaccine trials on account of “reactions.”

If that news wasn’t disheartening enough, jobless claims rose unexpectedly, and there was no movement on a stimulus package.

While the “superficial” news and narrative-drivers were apparent as headlines, what was more interesting was what stocks were doing day to day last week – they were churning.

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