Shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -0.48% rose 0.2% in premarket trade Thursday, bucking the broad selloff in the technology sector, after Wedbush Securities started coverage of the internet and search giant with a bullish rating a week before the company reports results, citing “compelling” valuation and an “unrivaled collection” of products and platforms. The SPDR Technology Select Sector ETF XLK, -0.46% dropped 0.9% ahead of the open. Analyst Michael Pachter initiated the stock at outperform and a stock price target of $1,350, which is 20% above Wednesday’s closing price of $1,127.59. “Google remains the global leader in the digital advertising market,” Pachter wrote in a note to clients. “Google’s dominant presence in search should help it maintain positive ad momentum for the foreseeable future.” He said Alphabet’s Android phone also positions Google to be a “key player in the expanding mobile ad market.” Alphabet is scheduled to report third-quarter results after the Oct. 25 close. The stock has shed 7.0% over the past three months, while the technology ETF has slipped 1.9% and the S&P 500 SPX, -0.03% has eased 0.2%.
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