Google reported its quarterly earnings much earlier than expected Thursday, and the results missed analysts' expectations significantly.
After the earnings
announcement, the company's
shares fell sharply -- down almost
9 percent -- before being halted.
The company offered no
explanation as to why it released
The company posted third-quarter earnings excluding items of $9.03 per share, down from $9.72 a share in the year-earlier period.
The company was scheduled to report after the closing bell on Thursday and surprised investors with its early release.