Earnings Watch: Alphabet earnings: Rocky quarter not expected to stop Google profit machine

Alphabet Inc. had a difficult quarter, tackling how exactly Google would handle a multibillion-dollar European Union fine, a significant hack of its little-used Google+ social network, presidential tweets and ongoing pressure from advertising rivals.

When Alphabet GOOGL, -0.02%GOOG, -0.04% reports third-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, though, the search giant’s quarterly profits are expected to continue to roll in like clockwork. What remains to be seen is whether it will be able to perform better than expectations, which investors have become accustomed to and led to record highs after last quarter’s earnings.

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