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  • How Attractive Is Tesla’s Secondary Offering?

    By Rita Chattaraj - May 18, 2013 | Tickers: GM, HMC, TSLA, TM

    What does one need to do to become the talk of the town? Ask Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA). With a phenomenal performance in the recently ended first quarter of 2013, Tesla has become an investor’s delight. For the first time in a decade Tesla has reported a green bottom-line, courtesy Model S. Now, the company is getting ready to shift its gear and zoom ahead in its path to more »

  • Which Underdog Is More Likely to Become a Top Dog? (Part II)

    By Rita Chattaraj - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK, VZ

    A couple of months back, through my article “Which Underdog is More Likely to Become a Top-Dog?”, I had expressed  how I felt about Nokia (NYSE: NOK) recovering faster than BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY). How wrong I was! Since then, a lot has happened and I am now forced to change my stance as already evident from my recent articles on BlackBerry.

    The Canadian phone maker launched the BB10 platform and more »

  • Cheaper, Not Bigger, Is What Apple Needs

    By Rita Chattaraj - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) came out with its second quarter earnings release on April 24, and despite sporting a growth in the top-line, the plunge in the bottom-line and EPS brought a lot of criticism on the iPhone maker: And the mix of products sold during the quarter has to be blamed for this fall. It is obvious that net income will fall when a company sells more low-margin products and more »

  • This Will Aid BlackBerry’s Growth

    By Rita Chattaraj - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), earlier known as Research In Motion, had been struggling for a long time, but was recently able to see the light after posting a better-than-anticipated yearly result. Since then, things have been moving up and down for the phone-maker. However, these two latest developments can finally set things rolling smoothly for BlackBerry again. 

    The latest Canadian connection

    After reporting shipments of over one million Z10 devices, an more »

  • Things Are Looking Good for This Retail-cum-Technology Giant

    By Rita Chattaraj - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG

    Amazon.com's (NASDAQ: AMZN) success in the tablet market is known to all, and all versions of the Kindle Fire have been immensely popular among consumers. At the very beginning, though the company started selling the devices at a price lower than its production cost, the product ultimately added to both the top-line and the bottom-line.

    While the Kindle Fire grabbed my attention big time, I also kept on more »

  • Testing Times for Yum! as Taco Bell Gets Caught in Horsemeat Scandal

    By Rita Chattaraj - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, TESO, YUM

    After taking measures to settle the chicken scare in China, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) got caught in UK’s horsemeat scandal. British food regulators undertook tests that revealed horsemeat in Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Yum!. The company accepted that some of its batches of ground beef contained traces of horsemeat, and is extremely disappointed to find such adulteration. This is bad news for the company, particularly at a time more »

  • Yum! Ends Ties With Chinese Suppliers to Regain Reputation

    By Rita Chattaraj - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), the owner and operator of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, announced that it would undertake steps to monitor its poultry suppliers in China to ensure food safety in its KFC outlets. The fast food giant recently got hit by a controversy involving its chicken suppliers using inappropriate levels of antibiotics. This made Yum!’s China KFC sales tumble drastically, though a company spokesperson said that more »

  • Boeing Shares Dip on Dreamliner Issues--Good Time to Buy?

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: TXT, BA, UA

    After a series of glitches, such as fuel leaks, problems with the battery, electrical fires, cracked windows, and problems with brakes, the plane giant Boeing (NYSE: BA) got a red signal from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday. Boeing’s flagship aircrafts, the 787 Dreamliners, have been witnessing technical and electrical mishaps, and the regulator and airlines using the airplanes have decided to ground the Dreamliners and review more »

  • HP Decides to Take the Obvious Path, Finally!

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, HPQ, MSFT

    Almost two and a half years ago, Steve Jobs, the late Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO, made a comment where he compared traditional computers to trucks. In the words of the iconic CEO,

    When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that's what you needed on the farms. Cars became more popular as cities rose, and things like power steering and automatic transmission became popular. PCs are more »

  • This Recent Development Might Add to RIMM’s Sorrows

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, INTC, NOK

    Strong winds of change are breezing across the smartphone space. With the entry of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android, Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK), who were once the undisputed champions in their respective target markets, were tossed from the top to the bottom of the pyramid. However, things have changed a little since then. Nokia very recently started recovering from more »

  • Withstanding the Test of Time

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 18, 2013 | Tickers: DELL, NOK, SNE

    The feeling is a very sad one when big multi-national corporations, known to everyone as pioneers of their respective business areas, are forced by the test of time to take a step back or exit the game altogether. Are companies like individuals? An actor or a sportsman has a limited career span. One, who is at the top of the game today, will surely be replaced by someone younger with more »

  • Analyzing Nokia’s Possible Entry into the Android Ecosystem

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, NOK

    It’s amazing how pumped up the rumor mill is in 2013. It’s been a couple weeks since we celebrated New Year and already we've heard major rumors regarding mighty corporations such as Intel and Apple. While Intel is thinking of jumping into the living rooms with its set-top boxes, Apple might be looking at launching a mini iPhone soon. And now, it’s the Finnish phone maker more »

  • Dish Makes a Move on Clearwire

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: CLWR, DISH, S

    The third largest US telecom player Sprint (NYSE: S) has chalked out bold plans to combat the biggies of the US telecom space and is aggressively looking forward to acquiring the rest of Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), especially after the Japanese telecom giant SoftBank acquired a controlling interest in Sprint. However, this deal has been facing oppositions from various angles, and this doesn’t surprise me a bit as I never more »

  • 4 Reasons Why Apple Shouldn’t Launch iPhone Mini

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, NOK

    Every now and then new rumors start circulating related to a new product that the Cupertino, California-based tech giant Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) might launch. The rumor mill gets excited and starts talking about loads of possible inventions. But, that doesn’t mean Apple will actually make that, and even if it makes that, it doesn’t mean the product will be good for the company.

    When rumors about the iPad more »

  • This Carmaker Is Ready to Turn the Corner

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 8, 2013 | Tickers: F, GM, HMC, TM

    The recent past of the Japanese auto giant, Toyota (NYSE: TM), hasn’t been a smooth one as the company tried to cope with financial troubles, economic troubles, as well as supply chain difficulties because of a natural calamity. The company reported its biggest ever loss, suffered due to a strong Yen, the devastating Japan earthquake and the Thailand flood caused heavy and lasting damage to the company, and the more »

  • Analyzing Sprint’s Entry Into the Pre-Paid Mobile Space

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: T, S, TMUS, VZ

    It’s the third largest US telecom giant Sprint (NYSE: S) that has been grabbing all the limelight of late. First of all, recently Japan’s Softbank acquired a controlling interest in the company. After the arrangement, both Sprint and Softbank started taking measures to rigorously improve US operations and entered into talks with Clearwire to acquire its remaining 50%, thus getting a hold on Clearwire’s 133 MHz of more »

  • Intel Plans to Jump into the Living Room

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, INTC, MSFT

    There are very few industry spaces that are gaining momentum fast. One such space is online streaming and cable television. Major names of the tech industry, such as Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) have entered the market and are working towards improving their offerings by adding innovations every day. These titans have been trying to convince users to shift from traditional cable television and move more »

  • To Be or Not To Be the Spectrum King

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: T, CLWR, S, VZ

    Lately there have been huge discussions about Sprint’s (NYSE: S) prospects after it gets its hands on Clearwire’s (NASDAQ: CLWR) abundant spectrum by acquiring the wireless service provider. Recently, the Japanese telecom giant Softbank acquired a controlling interest in Sprint, and now both the firms are looking at rigorously improving the US operations, bringing us to spectrum. Spectrum is of utmost importance for the growth of a wireless more »

  • Nokia’s Entry Into the Tablet Space Is Only Good News for Microsoft

    By Rita Chattaraj - January 2, 2013 | Tickers: T, GOOG, MSFT, NOK

    I keep on saying that the consumer electronics space is very radical and dynamic in nature. Strange things happen here: Enemies become friends and friends become enemies. No friendship is permanent here and neither is rivalry. After facing a number of tough years, the Finnish phone maker Nokia (NYSE: NOK) found a way to make its entry into the highly competitive smartphone space, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) was Nokia’s more »

  • Google Has a New Focus Point in its Growth Strategy

    By Rita Chattaraj - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    The world’s most popular smartphone OS maker Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) seems to have found a new focus point that will help the company gain omnipresence and pave the path for further growth and adoption of the already immensely successful Android. The Mountain View, California-based  company is working on bringing Google Now to Chrome, and this might just be THE move Google needs to set its growth on fire.

    Google more »

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