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  • Experimenting The Caffeine Experience

    By Somnath Guha - October 7, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DNKN, GOOG, PEET, SBUX

    Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), the largest coffeehouse company in the world, is experimenting the way people experience coffee.

    The community coffee shop

    Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality Arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. In 1992 the company was not a trenta-sized more »

  • How Green Was My Farm

    By Somnath Guha - October 6, 2012 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, ZNGA

    The Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) website portrays Farmville as - Everything Grows Your Way. Your farm’s as wacky as you wanna be! Plant and harvest crops, or buy zebra unicorns and play match maker to polka dot livestock. Your farm, your way.

    The farm, isn’t growing

    The irony is nothing seems to be growing your way. It appears the games that helped cruise to one of the largest tech more »

  • The Half Baked Cake

    By Somnath Guha - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, INTC, MSFT, SSNLF

    The Toothpick Test

    One of the most popular methods of testing a cake for doneness involves little more than a toothpick and a bit of patience. You can insert a clean toothpick into the center of the cake when the estimated baking time is nearly up. If the toothpick comes out clean or nearly so, the cake is usually done.

    Windows 8 will be released to the public before it more »

  • Search for the Most Lucrative Search Engine

    By Somnath Guha - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    The technology sector has been on fire this year, easily outperforming the S&P 500. Although companies like Apple and Facebook receive a heavy amount of attention, one major tech titan has quietly broken out to new all-time highs.

    The Birthday Jump

    Having celebrated its 14th birthday recently, Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG), the world’s leading search engine, has been trying to find a new all-time high since hitting more »

  • Look Through A New Window

    By Somnath Guha - October 5, 2012 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT

    Touching M softly

    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is redesigning MSN.com for its upcoming touch-optimized Windows 8 platform. MSN will be the landing page for Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. Microsoft is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month. Windows 8 is being tailored with touch devices in mind, so it should come as no surprise more »

  • Love means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

    By Somnath Guha - October 4, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is a line from the novel and 1970 film Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. As an ardent admirer of iPhone, the last thing I ever expected was a situation wherein Apple had to apologise for the iconic iPhone.

    Say sorry and move on

    In an open letter to customers, Apple CEO Timothy Cook said the company strives more »

  • Branding the Bubbles

    By Somnath Guha - October 4, 2012 | Tickers: BRK-A, KO, DPS, PEP

    The largest holding in the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) portfolio managed by investing titan Warren Buffet is Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO).  Over the years Buffet has amassed $15.7 billion dollars in Coca-Cola shares, representing an 8.9% stake in the iconic blue chip. But Buffet isn’t the only one who believes in Coca-Cola; 67.33% of the company is institutionally owned. The top five holders are Berkshire Hathaway, Vanguard more »

  • Marriage of Convenience

    By Somnath Guha - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: T, S, TMUS, VZ

    Merging for Strength

    Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA (privately held) and MetroPCS Communications (NYSE: TMUS) are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers. T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced they will merge in a move to combine two weaker wireless companies in an industry dominated by bigger players.

    T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telekom, announced that it has signed an more »

  • Rise and Shine - The Verismo ts Here

    By Somnath Guha - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: DNKN, GMCR, SBUX

    “A perfect Starbucks Latte at home. And at the push of a button,” promises Starbucks’ website.

    Starting of a brand new day

    The Verismo from Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is the first single cup machine that can make brewed coffee, espressos, and lattes with fresh milk. The Verismo retails for $199, although the single-serving coffee market has long been described as a razor/razor blade type model, wherein companies sell machines more »

  • The New FACE of E-Commerce

    By Somnath Guha - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, FB

    FACEBOOKing the holidays

    The holiday season is quickly approaching. From Halloween to New Year’s Day, consumers will spend billions of dollars on gifts. While shopping is not a difficult task for many Americans, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) is seeking to make the process a bit easier.

    Facebook has long noted consumers’ friends’ birthdays, anniversaries and other notable personal dates in the top-right corner of the home page under the more »

  • Home is Where The Heart Is

    By Somnath Guha - October 3, 2012 | Tickers: MTH, PHM, TOL

    The U.S. housing market, which fell into a deep rut six years ago prompting a recession in the economy, has been recovering this year. Home sales have risen, helped by higher rental rates and low inventory.

    Home sweet home

    Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased on a year-over-year basis by 4.6 percent in August 2012 compared to August 2011. This change represents the biggest year-over-year increase since more »

  • Shooting Stars in Indian Coast

    By Somnath Guha - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: DPZ, DNKN, PZZA, SBUX, YUM

    US coffee chain Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) will open its first store in India in Mumbai by the end of October.

    Tata Starbucks Ltd, the equally owned joint venture between Starbucks Corp. and Tata Global Beverages Ltd, will open the outlet at Horniman Circle in downtown Mumbai. In January, the company announced it will launch 30-50 outlets in India in 2012 with an initial investment of $78 million to be split more »

  • The Sleeping Tiger

    By Somnath Guha - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: CTSH, INFY, WIT

    India’s software industry is still a sleeping tiger waiting to be awakened. We all know that, even while resting, tigers are impressive - other animals are careful to give them respect. Yet only when a tiger is awake and engaged can we appreciate its force and majesty.

    Tiger on the prowl

    Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE: INFY), one of India’s largest software exporters, is expanding into management consultancy by acquiring more »

  • Chocolates Have A Feel Good Factor

    By Somnath Guha - September 29, 2012 | Tickers: KRFT, RMCF, HSY

    Chocolate is believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, which have an uplifting effect. The so-called 'chocolate high' is due in part to the substance phenylethylamine (PEA), which occurs naturally in the brain and is allegedly released at times of emotional arousal. Hence the traditional lover's gift of a box of chocolates, and the craving for chocolate that some people report when they feel depressed. No more »

  • Oiling the Economy

    By Somnath Guha - September 27, 2012 | Tickers: BTE, CEO, EGY

    As “crude” as Oil

    According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which provides official energy statistics from the U.S. Government, world crude consumption grew by an estimated 1.0 million barrel per day in 2011 to a record-high level of 88.3 million barrels per day. In 2010, oil demand increased by over 2 million barrels per day to 87.3 million barrels per day, which more than made more »

  • Let’s Wine and Dine

    By Somnath Guha - September 26, 2012 | Tickers: CBRL, DRI, CAKE

     Eating is healthy for your investments. The restaurant industry is moving at a very fast pace. The full-service restaurants make for interesting value opportunities compared to quick service restaurants in the stock market.

    Eating out is healthy

    Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI)’s stock price rose 4% on September 21st as the company announced 85 cents per share of earnings for the quarter ending in August 2012, the first quarter more »

  • Trying to Keep the SUN Shining

    By Somnath Guha - September 26, 2012 | Tickers: CSCO, IBM, ORCL

    Since acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) has been on the path to create high-performance machines to run its core database software products. Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, the world's No. 4 maker of server computers and also the developer of Java and Solaris software, for more than $7.4 billion in 2010. The challenge has been to win customers for its new data appliances faster than customers scrapped more »

  • Protests Over Gas Drilling Process

    By Somnath Guha - September 26, 2012 | Tickers: APC, CHK, DVN

    Protests could not hold back the oil and drilling industry stocks from soaring.

    Environmental activists in the US and several other countries held protests over the last weekend against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of rock to release natural gas trapped in underground formations, demanding a ban on the process which potentially causes groundwater contamination and air pollution.

    Worldwide, opposition to drilling and fracking has escalated dramatically over the past year, and more »

  • Beware of Wrong Turn

    By Somnath Guha - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, NOK

    Beware - following the Apple maps can lead you to wrong destination.

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) always seems to know the secret desires of its customers. As Apple prepared its stores for the first sales of the iPhone 5, the company faced vociferous complaints from consumers over the mapping application it released this week, which replaces the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) maps that have been part of the iPhone since the device's more »

  • Innovation - Key to Growth in Insurance

    By Somnath Guha - September 21, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, PGR, ALL

    Innovation in marketing and product packaging is important for any industry.

    The insurance industry has managed to plod along without the major upheavals seen in many other sectors, but that is about to end. The direct result is that companies that seize the opportunity to innovate first will have a distinct advantage to survive and lead as the industry goes through the predicted upheaval. Insurance industry should learn a few more »

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