Why Alphabet CEO’s $3.5M GOOG Stock Sale Is NOT an Exit Signal


  • An analyst feels that Alphabet (GOOG,GOOGL) is potentially doing “revolutionary” things with artificial intelligence.
  • Alphabet may charge for premium-level AI features.
  • Investors should consider owning a few shares of Alphabet stock if they don’t already have some in their portfolios.
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Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) stock is showing progress as the company develops its artificial intelligence embedded products and services. Consequently, investors can capitalize on the AI revolution by holding a few shares of Alphabet stock, and we’re giving the stock a “B” grade today.

At the same time, it’s smart for market participants to keep tabs on major insider-selling activity. This is especially true when it involves the leader of a famous company like Alphabet. So, let’s jump right into the need-to-know details right now.

CEO Sells $3.5 Million Worth of GOOG Stock

Here’s the scoop. On April 3, CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly sold 22,500 Alphabet shares for $3,502,575. This raises the question of whether retail investors should be concerned about Alphabet’s future.

Really, there’s no need for Alphabet’s investors to lose sleep over Pichai’s share sale. It’s hard to blame the CEO for taking chips off the table after Alphabet stock rallied from $90 to $150.

This isn’t necessarily a sign that Pichai sees trouble brewing at Alphabet. Remember, panic-selling every time a company’s CEO sells shares could result in substantial opportunity costs.

The most important thing is to conduct your full due diligence and consider the company’s growth opportunities.

With Alphabet, the growth opportunities involve AI technology. MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson sees Alphabet’s AI advancements as potentially being “revolutionary,” with YouTube being the “best discovery platform to find the best in user-generated AI.”

Alphabet Ponders Paywall for Premium AI Features

Nathanson’s argument is duly noted. Indeed, Alphabet should continue to add “revolutionary” and “user-generated” AI functionalities to YouTube.

Along with that, Alphabet can remain an innovator in AI-enhanced online search. For instance, Google is currently experimenting with generative-AI-powered search results in the United Kingdom.

Here’s an interesting development, though. Reportedly, Google is considering charging fees to access its AI-powered search features.

It might be considered a controversial move for Google to put premium, AI-enhanced search features behind a paywall. We’ll all have to wait and see whether Google actually does this or not.

Either way, Google would likely continue to provide non-premium search functionalities for free. Yet, Alphabet could gain a new revenue source if Google charges a subscription fee for AI-powered search features, so stay tuned for further developments on this.

Alphabet Stock: CEO’s Share Sale Shouldn’t Be a Deal Breaker

It’s not a bad idea to monitor insider selling activity. At the same time, you don’t have to draw hasty conclusions from the Alphabet CEO’s share sale. After all, Alphabet is still a search-engine market dominator and is also making strides in AI technology.

As for putting premium AI-search features behind a paywall, it might or might not be a mistake if Google actually chooses to do this.

In any event, Alphabet remains a tech giant to watch and possibly invest in, if you haven’t done so already. So, today we’re assigning Alphabet stock a “B” grade and recommending that investors conduct their full due diligence on the company.

On the date of publication, neither Louis Navellier nor the InvestorPlace Research Staff member primarily responsible for this article held (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

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