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Baidu earnings and revenue topped expectations

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
18 February 2021
The Chinese giant is looking to expand in the artificial intelligence semiconductor business

Baidu, the Chinese search engine company, reported fourth-quarter figures that beat forecasts.

The company announced an EPS of $20.08 on revenues of $30.26 billion. The markets were expecting an EPS of $17.78 and a revenue of $30.02.

The report came just days after CNBC revealed that it is in talks to raise money to create a stand-alone AI semiconductor company. This decision is seen as a way for the Chinse companies to secure their spot in the chip sector, and Baidu’s efforts to diversify beyond advertising. Since September, Baidu raised money for a biotech firm and an electric vehicle company.

Despite the results, the market reacted negatively, Baidu closing the session 5.37% lower. However, year-to-date, the company’s stock price went up 42%, while TECH100 added 8.36%.

Sources: investing.com, cnbc.com

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Miguel A. Rodriguez
Miguel A. Rodriguez
Financial Writer

Miguel worked for major financial institutions such as Banco Santander, and Banco Central-Hispano. He is a published author of currency trading books. 

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