1 Simple Reason the Google Stock Rally Will Continue

Each week, I endeavor to report the results of the Big Idea Portfolio, a collection of five tech stocks that I believe will crush the market over a three-year period. I've done it before; my last tussle with Mr. Market ended with my beating the index's average return by 13.35%.

Real money was on the line then as it is now, which means any one of the five stocks you see below could tip the scales in my favor. This time, Google stock rose 3.3% during the week of its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

Skeptics will note that the search king didn't announce much at I/O, and they're right. CEO Larry Page instead spent time describing how "sad" he was to see Microsoft embrace Google Talk in Outlook.com without opening up its own services for Google to connect to.


So why remain bullish? Star Trek.

At I/O, Google announced progress in making its signature search engine more intelligent and interactive on every device we use. Spoken questions will get spoken answers. Think less Siri, and more ship's computer from Star Trek.

"Soon, you'll be able to just say, hands-free, 'OK, Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?' and get a spoken answer," wrote Google senior vice president Amit Singhal in a blog post. "Then, you'll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with 'How far is it from here?' if you care about the drive, or 'How about Monterey?' if you want to check weather somewhere else, and get Google to tell you the answer," 

The point? Google is as focused as ever on organizing, presenting, and profiting from the world's data. Investors should love that.

What's the Big Idea this week?
The Google stock rally, combined with bigger gains from salesforce.com , came just shy of erasing losses elsewhere. As a result, the Big Idea Portfolio forfeited 82 basis points in our three-year contest to see who can do better for investors.

Once again, all four indexes gained. The small-cap Russell 2000 led the way with another 2.17% jump, followed by the S&P 500's 2.07% gain, the Nasdaq's 1.82% bump, and the Dow's 1.56% improvement, according to data supplied by The Wall Street Journal. Here's a closer look at where I stood through Friday's close:

Company
Starting Price*
Recent Price
Total Return

Apple

$413.52**

$433.26

4.8%

Google

$650.09

$909.18

39.9%

Rackspace Hosting

$41.65

$39.68

(4.7%)

Riverbed Technology

$25.95

$16.24

(37.4%)

Salesforce

$25.26**

$46.79

85.2%

AVERAGE RETURN

--

--

17.56%

S&P 500 SPDR

$124.39**

$166.94

34.21%

DIFFERENCE

--

--

(16.65%)

Source: Yahoo! Finance.
* Tracking began at market close on Jan. 6, 2012.
** Adjusted for dividends, splits, and other returns of capital.

Notable newsmakers
Among the other tech stocks making news last week:

  • BlackBerry announced plans to make the company's signature Messenger software available as a free iOS and Android app. The company also unveiled the Q5, a cheaper version of the high-end Q10 smartphone.

  • Cisco Systems saw its stock pop 12% after reporting better than expected fiscal third quarter earnings. Gross margin expanded 110 basis points as adjusted earnings per share came in $0.02 ahead of estimates.

  • Solar City saw its shares soar more than 50% after Goldman Sachs committed to a $500 million financing plan that would allow the company to install on the 110 megawatts of new projects in metropolitan areas.

  • Finally, mark your calendars: Salesforce reports results on Thursday, May 23.

What else caught your eye in the tech world last week? Would you buy, sell, or short Google stock now? Let us know what you think in the comments box below.

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The article 1 Simple Reason the Google Stock Rally Will Continue originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers  stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Apple, Google, Rackspace Hosting, Riverbed Technology, and salesforce.com at the time of publication. Check out Tim's Web home and portfolio holdings, or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.

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