Google emerges from FTC probe relatively unscathed

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Investors had already been anticipating Google would emerge from the inquiry relatively unscathed.

Google’s stock rose 42 cents Thursday to close at $723.67. Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, Wash., shed 37 cents, or 1.3 percent, to finish at $27.25.

In a research note Thursday, Macquarie Securities analyst Benjamin Schachter described the settlement as “the best possible outcome” for Google. “We believe that the terms of the agreement will have very limited negative financial or strategic implications for the company.” Schachter wrote.

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AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay in New York contributed to this story.

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