Google is set to release quarterly earnings after the bell Thursday, and global currency fluctuations remain a big factor for the tech giant, according to Scott Kessler, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ.
"Google derives more than half of its revenues from overseas, so that definitely is something to watch," Kessler said on CNBC's "The Tech Bet."
A stronger U.S. dollar is a headwind and will be a major issue for Google's top-line growth, Kessler said. Investors should also expect to see Google grow more amenable toward a buyback or dividend, but don't expect them to announce either along with earnings, he said.
"We expect that the company perhaps is going to take, let's say, a more favorable tone when it comes to that topic, at least as perceived by the investing public," Kessler said. "I think the company is going to move in that direction.... They have the resources to make those types of things happen."
"As much as there have been questions and concerns about the company and the stock, Google shares have actually performed quite well notwithstanding the fact that people look at peers like Amazon, Apple and Facebook and see those stocks performing even better," Kessler said. "But look to the market or broadly to a name like Microsoft, and you've been better off in Google."