Standard & Poor’s cuts Google’s rating

Firm says investors should sell stock, downgraded rating from ‘Buy’ to ‘Sell’

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Standard & Poor’s cuts Google’s rating Standard & Poor's has said that investors in Google should sell their shares.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 17, 2011

Standard & Poor's is telling Google investors that they should sell their stock after news of the panned purchase of Motorola, according to the Press Association.

Standard & Poor's said that it believes the search leader's decision to buy Motorola Mobility increases the risk to the company and its shares.

Google revealed earlier this week that it will pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, one of the major makers of phones using the Google Android OS.

S&P said that although the acquisition would include a large batch of patents, this might not be enough to stave off intellectual-property issues relating to Google Android.

It downgraded its rating on Google's shares to ‘Sell' from ‘Buy', and said that the transaction will hurt Google's growth, margins and balance sheet.

S&P cut its price target for Google's stock by $200 to $500.

Google shares fell along with the overall market on Tuesday, slipping $18.23, or 3.3%, to finish trading at $539.

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