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Google May Signal Trouble in Mobile: Analyst

Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 12:37 PM ET

Google's miss on quarterly earnings and revenues could be telling a larger story about the mobile space, Kim Forrest of Fort Pitt Capital said Friday on CNBC.

"You have to look at Google for the mobile story," she said on "Fast Money." "You have to look at consumer behavior."

(Read More: Google Miss 'About Mobile Shifting Quicker': Pro)

Forrest shared an anecdote about an informal poll among her friends, asking how many people make purchases on their smartphones: Only one person admitted doing so.

Google Providing a Sign for Mobile Space: Analyst
Google's earnings miss could be indicative of broader concerns, says Kim Forrest of Fort Pitt Capital.

"Advertisers aren't really willing to pay big bucks for mobile," she said. "I think that's Google's biggest problem."

(Read More: Google 'Better Than it Was 15 Minutes Ago': Baker)

Forrest didn't recommend buying Google on the drop.

"I don't think so, again, because the trends are down," she said. "I don't know where the low is, and I don't know that the stock price is telling us that."

Microsoft still held some potential in her view, but maybe not right now.

"we're looking really toward Win 8. Win 8 is going to be huge," she said. "Maybe I'd take a run at Microsoft today. I don't know."

IBM offered better opportunity, she said.

"I think I have a little more conviction on IBM today than any other stock we're going to mention," she said, adding that the company's move into the cloud was promising. "That's really what IBM can help existing companies do."

Written by Bruno J. Navarro, CNBC.com Producer.

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