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  • Too Much Weight Hard To Handle For Weight Watchers?

    By Ashley Sales - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: NKE, NTRI, WTW

    While investors consider companies, being torn down by the upsurge of tablets and smartphones, they generally tend to concentrate on PC manufacturing companies like, Hewlett-Packard and big box retailers like, Best Buy.

    However, a week ago, Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW), fell prey to the mobile revolution, blaming the ascent of mobile technology as a major contributor to its folding bottom line. The company, eminently noted for its weight loss more »

  • Intel - The Second Quarter Revelation

    By Ashley Sales - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ARMH, INTC

    Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) reported its financial statement for the second quarter of 2013 with a revenue of $12.8 billion and operating income of $2.7 billion. As observed, the revenue did grow 2% from the first quarter but on the downside that revenue had fallen by 5% year-over-year. What amazed Wall Street the most, however, was the nearly 30% decline in operating income from the year-ago quarter. For Intel more »

  • Is BlackBerry Still Worth the Risk?

    By Ashley Sales - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, SSNLF

    Android has grown many-fold in terms of popularity among the competing mobile platforms with only Apple putting up a semblance of a competition, relying mostly on its hardware capabilities. Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android, accounting for nearly 75% of all smartphone devices, has instigated renewed initiatives from Microsoft and BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) to carve their niches in the market for their platforms.

    To begin with

    Keeping a tab on the more »

  • FTC’s Warning – A Wake Up Call For Search Engines

    By Ashley Sales - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, IACI, MSFT

    The fact that a majority of internet users today have turned to smartphones and tablets for web search has hurt the profitability of internet search engines, including that of giants in the industry like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). What made things worse for these “know it all” companies is a recent warning that came up from the Federal Trade Commission itself.

    Apparently, the FTC wants search engines more »

  • Investing in Your Choice of Music

    By Ashley Sales - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, P, SIRI

    With the World Wide Web expanding day by day, giving consumers a big bunch of online entertainment services, there is certainly one such service to watch out for -- Pandora Media (NYSE: P). Yes, it is an extremely popular online music service, but there is competition everywhere.

    Music sharing

    Going back a decade or more, when I had to leave my computer on for many hours to download music through either more »

  • The Race For Future Cloud Computing

    By Ashley Sales - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, NFLX

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) invests $677 million in a single Iowa data center? This is a sign that they have misunderstood the direction cloud technology is heading towards, because the future is heading towards redundancy. Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) gets cloud technology, and their use of Amazon.com resources and OpenConnect software lets it experiment with the market and distribute their resources over a wide area.

    Where Netflix is heading

    Netflix does more »

  • A Small-Cap Pharmaceutical Company With 2014 in Its Sights

    By Ashley Sales - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: AZN, BMY, MDCO

    A few months back, Barron's featured an intriguing pharmaceutical company that goes by the name The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO). This stock is said to have strong catalysts that could lift the share price over the years. The company was at $20.40/share in November 2012 and is now trading at $31.60. The company has reported a 52-week high of $37.40.

    The biggest catalyst for a more »

  • Keep This Stock on Your Radar

    By Ashley Sales - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: DHX, LNKD, MWW

    Among the various online job portals, Dice Holdings (NYSE: DHX) might be one of the biggest underdogs. With just above 500 employees to its name, Dice Holdings is competing against giants such as LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW). The company recently hit a 52-week high and looks set to climb higher. Here’s a take on why this company would be a class apart as compared to more »

  • The Daily Journal Corporation Insight

    By Ashley Sales - July 1, 2013

    The newspaper industry has been facing a lot of challenges ever since the "internet news sources" came into the picture. Many companies are going through lawsuits and are at the edge of bankruptcy. The Daily Journal Corporation (DJCO) might be one of the best companies in the newspaper industry at this very moment. The stock and book value of this company has been showing consistency. Let's try and analyze more »

  • Are Tech Companies a Threat To Banks?

    By Ashley Sales - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EBAY, GOOG

    It's about time for banks to start monitoring companies like Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), Amazon and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Why? Well, a significant amount of online purchases are being made through the websites of these giants. As of now, banks have no reason to worry as credit cards and personal accounts are linked to purchases made online. However, it won't be long until all these four more »

  • Will Google Reward Investors Soon?

    By Ashley Sales - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG

    It was not long ago when a majority of investors wondered whether Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) had peaked. Though the amount of paid clicks increased, the cost per click declined, and we wondered whether Google was still a company with growth potential.

    Well, this quarter confirms that Google is still "the" company to watch. As far as dividends are concerned, Google is in an interesting position. The stock price has been more »

  • Stocks to Profit From the E-Commerce Boom

    By Ashley Sales - April 11, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, GRPN

    Even in recessionary times, online commerce seems to be delivering double-digit growth year on year since 2010. In 2012, a year when the overall U.S. GDP growth was 2.2%, the e-commerce sector increased 15%.

    As investors, there are a couple of options available to capitalize on. Let's take a look at a few companies that facilitate e-commerce.

    Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN)

    Among the long list of companies that more »

  • E-Commerce Moulah? These Companies Are Worth It

    By Ashley Sales - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, GRPN

    Even during recession, online commerce seems to be delivering a double digit growth figures year on year since 2010. In 2012, a year where the overall US GDP growth was 2.2%, the E-commerce sector sales increased by 15%.

    As investors, there are a couple of options available to capitalize on. Let's take a look at a few middlemen companies that facilitate E-commerce.

    Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN)

    Among the long more »

  • Nope, Apple Is Not the Apocalypse of Gaming Consoles

    By Ashley Sales - March 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, NTDOY.PK

    There are rumors circulating about Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) entry into the gaming console world with its gaming-enabled Apple TV. There’s also this one very interesting post claiming that if Apple does enter this market segment, then big time players like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Sony and Nintendo (NASDAQOTH: NTDOY.PK) would not only be negatively affected but could meet their demise. 

    While those claims are strong, they do pose a more »

  • The Blackberry Revival: It’s On!

    By Ashley Sales - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF, SNE

    I know it’s only been just 3 months into 2013, but so far, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is having a good year. They've renamed themselves along with launching new smartphones that looked very promising from the start. In February, they finally launched their Z10 smartphone to rave reviews and a good sales number. In March, they announced that they received an order for a million smartphones from one prospective more »

  • Invest In The Cloud

    By Ashley Sales - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT

    Cloud computing seems to a major trump card for IT companies. Investors have to keep their eyes wide open for any major moves in this sector in the next few years. Reports suggest a growth from $40.7 billion in 2011 to a staggering $241 billion in 2020, no wonder every IT company is taking cloud computing very seriously.

    A recent study conducted by IDC shows an estimated annual compound more »

  • Apple's Fluctuating Share Price Is Not A Concern

    By Ashley Sales - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    There’s a lot of opinions with regards to Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock, is it over priced? Is it fluctuating too much?  Is it a safe bet like it was once upon a time?  In short, the biggest concern investors have is - has Apple overplayed its hand?

    Ok, enough of questions. Let’s try and dig into Apple's performance and address all the concerns mentioned above. $450 in more »

  • What Next for Nokia - Tablets?

    By Ashley Sales - March 5, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NOK

    The Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2013 held at Barcelona saw Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announcing four new lower tier devices, which will again run on the Windows Phone 8 OS. While this is will give better reach to customers looking for Android alternatives, the announcement did leave a hinge of disappointment since there were a few rumors of a Nokia Windows 8 RT tablet in works.

    Even though strategy analysts recently more »

  • Will China Take a Bite of Cook's Apple?

    By Ashley Sales - March 1, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, CMGE, GOOG

    Recently, Morgan Stanley claimed that if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) managed to launch an iPhone that’s priced for $330 in China, then Apple stands to triple its market share in China. Also, in January Tim Cook announced in an interview that China would be Apple’s number one market very soon.  Although this looks very promising from one angle, investors have to understand that this may lead to a steep more »

  • Return of the Berry?

    By Ashley Sales - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, MSFT

    If there’s one thing everyone loves- it’s a great comeback story. From the heights of success to mediocrity to reclaiming success again, a comeback story is only complete if the audience share their fair share of reservations on whether the subject of the story can make it back to the top. Examples of famous comeback stories include Ford, Best Buy, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) … and Robert Downey Jr. So more »

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