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News Byteafter Bank of America/Merrill Lynch said it was more optimistic about the company’s performance and investors’ increased appetite for public companies with developing businesses models. The company is expecting earnings of up to $162 million before some expenses on quarterly bookings of up to $1.1 billion.
We still view GOOG’s acquisition of the football coaching headphone equipment company as highly risky, but given signs that Amazon & Facebook may also enter the Smartphone market, GOOG’s move isn’t unprecedented.
– Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, who is upgrading his Google rating to “buy” from “neutral,” despite his lack of enthusiasm for the $12.5 billion Motorola deal. On the bright side, he adds, if regulators approve the purchase next year, it will “still provide GOOG with patent support, & it’s an accretive deal.”