Google shares soar to record high, despite record high EU fine

Call it a day of records for Google parent Alphabet. After being hit with a record $5 billion antitrust fine by the European Union, shares of the giant search engine soared Wednesday to a record.

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European regulators say Google unfairly favored its own services by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Android apps. Google will appeal.

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The magnitude of the $5 billion fine wasn’t a complete surprise, and was well telegraphed to the market, according to analyst Brian White of Monness, Crespi, Hardt. Investors seem to agree, shrugging off news of the fine and bidding up shares to $1,844 in afternoon trading.

That puts the company's market capitalization at slightly more than $893 billion.