Google stock tanked Thursday after Google released its third-quarter results a few hours early – an apparent mistake on the part of the Mountain View company.
Worse yet, the results were widely viewed as a disappointment: Google's net income is down from $2.73 billion this time last year to $2.18 billion Thursday, while operating expenses have climbed from $3.28 billion to $4.81 billion.
As Blodget points out, Google's core business delivered $11.4 billion in gross revenue – just shy of the expected $11.5 billion mark – while Motorola's numbers were way down across the board. "Most of the disappointment came from a business that was almost certain to disappoint – the dying elephant known as Motorola," he concludes. "Google's core business, meanwhile, came in just below expectations."
Other analysts pointed to shrinking revenue from online advertisements.
"The average cost per click decreased 3 percent from last quarter and 15 percent from last year, a steeper decline than analysts expected, in part because of the growth of mobile ads, which tend to cost less," writes Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times.
In related news, Google has distributed invitations to a major press event on Oct. 29, in New York. Oct. 29, of course, is the same day Microsoft is expected to officially roll out Windows Phone 8 – a fact that Google reps must certainly have been aware of. Google hasn't said exactly what products it intends to highlight at the event, but smart money is on the Key Lime Pie mobile operating system and a new Nexus phone.