Baidu Vs. Alphabet: Which Stock Is A Better Buy?

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Baidu, Inc. (BIDU) and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) are two of the world’s top internet search providers. Chinese search-engine giant BIDU’s business consists of three segments — search services, transaction services, and iQiyi. And the world’s top search-engine company GOOGL operates mainly through two segments — Google and Other Bets.

As most businesses have shifted online or at least have an online presence, targeted advertising has become much more important in reaching consumers. As such, both BIDU and GOOGL have been experiencing growing demand.

While BIDU has returned 19.2% over the past five years, GOOGL has gained 139.5%. In terms of past-year performance, BIDU is a clear winner with 52.1% returns versus GOOGL’s 27.2%. But which of these two stocks is a better pick now? Let’s find out.

Latest Movements

BIDU is likely to form a new joint venture with Geely (GELYF) to make electric vehicles (EVs), according to a report by Reuters. While BIDU is expected to be the majority shareholder and focus on the software behind the EV, Geely is expected to be the minority holder, with responsibility for manufacturing the EVs.

The company released new intelligent vehicle solutions for automakers and several high-end intelligent driving products during the second Apollo Ecosystem Conference, held on Dec. 8.

According to a recent study published by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), BIDU holds the most AI-related patents and has filed the most AI-related patent applications of any company or organization in China. It has been granted 2,682 AI-related patents and, as of October 2020, had filed a total of 9,364 AI-related patent applications.

GOOGL announced on Jan. 5 that it will add App Store privacy labels to its Google applications using the iOS operating system from Apple Inc. (AAPL) by this week or next. The new policy requires developers to disclose how data is collected from App Store users and used to track them. The company is expected to invest in India’s ShareChat along with Snap Inc. (SNAP).

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