BA McKenna

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  • Tesla Motors: 3 Bear Arguments That Should Hibernate

    By BA McKenna - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: DDAIF.PK, NSANY.PK, TSLA, VLKAY | Editor's Choice

    While I agree there are some solid bear -- along with bull -- arguments for Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA), these three common bear arguments should hibernate:

    1. The Model S is more expensive than other EVs (and hybrids)

    This argument goes like this: "The Model S is more expensive than its main competition, the Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY.PK) Leaf and GM's Chevy Volt." The writer then goes on to conclude that Tesla more »

  • A 3-D Printer Is Blasting Off to the International Space Station

    By BA McKenna - June 6, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS | Editor's Choice

    If you already think 3-D printing sounds like an out-of-this-world technology, you'll be literally right in October 2014. That's when spacecraft company SpaceX – with a 3-D printer in tow -- launches on a cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

    Earlier this year, Made in Space, a California-based private company, was awarded a Phase 3 Small Business Innovation Research contract with NASA's Marshall Flight Center to more »

  • iPad-Controlled Self-Driving Car in Development at Oxford

    By BA McKenna - May 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG | Editor's Choice

    One has to wonder if the Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) guys kept a stiff upper lip when they learned that the U.K.'s Oxford University is working on developing a self-driving car controlled by Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. The project is called "Auto Drive" and involves a modified Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.  

    First, a brief look at the driverless vehicle landscape, before we hone in on the Oxford project more »

  • Voice: The User Interface for the Personal Assistant Age

    By BA McKenna - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NUAN | Editor's Choice

    The activity in the voice technologies space continues to heat up, making it loud and clear that voice, particularly natural language speech, is fast becoming an increasingly important user-interface mode.

    Tech Crunch reported last week that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) acquired True Knowledge, a British company that developed a personal assistant app for Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android called “Evi” using its internally developed natural more »

  • Bezos' Amazonian Wall Street Leash

    By BA McKenna - February 4, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL | Editor's Choice

    In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of fierce warrior women. By most accounts, the Amazon River -- which is the second (after the Nile) longest river, but, by far, the most powerful in terms of water flow -- was named after the mythological warriors. 

    Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock price, as well as the company itself, continues to live up to the company's name. Like both the River and more »

  • Dear Santa: A "Santa Portfolio" for You

    By BA McKenna - December 7, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, NVO, PII, HSY | Editor's Choice

    Dear Santa, 

    I know your gig is giving, but surely you must also like to receive? As a thanks for my childhood gifts, I’ve constructed a ‘Santa Portfolio’ just for you.

    1. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)

    I chose Apple because, like you, it is peerless in delighting. While children may have visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads this holiday, there are good reasons you should have visions of adding more »

  • Which Recreational Vehicle Maker is Best Positioned to Win a Stock Price Race?

    By BA McKenna - October 22, 2012 | Tickers: ACAT, HOG, HMC, PII | Editor's Choice

    Last week's stock market was akin to a Demolition Derby, full of big name revenue and/or earnings misses, including IBM, McDonald’s, and -- in its early release fiasco -- Google. However, a seemingly unlikely company left revenue and earnings estimates in the dust, and saw its stock price cruising in the green while most of the market was wrecked on the sidelines  Polaris Industries (NYSE: PII)

    I say "seemingly more »

  • K-Cup's D-Day on Sept. 16 = Green Mountain Under Attack

    By BA McKenna - September 24, 2012 | Tickers: GMCR, KRFT, SBUX, WMT | Editor's Choice

     Note: This article had an incorrect piece of information, which is now corrected.

    I hope your experience with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) this summer just involved using a Keurig to brew coffee or whip out a cold beverage, rather than investing in its stock. While the dog days of summer have ended, GMCR's dog days bark on with new ferocity -- the stock plunged 9.6% Thursday on more »

  • 3 Reasons Bears Don’t Like Apple – and Why They’re Bull

    By BA McKenna - September 3, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT, NOK | Editor's Choice

    What say you? Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) bull or bear? There are almost always some solid reasons for both bullish and bearish stances on most companies, Apple included. However, it seems many Apple bears cite reasons that have little to no relevance, in my opinion.  

    Here are 3 common bearish arguments and my takes: 

    1. iPhone has significantly smaller market share than Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android-powered phones

    There are holes more »

  • Don't Confuse Bits & Bytes with Dollars & Cents

    By BA McKenna - July 24, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    Are you an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) devotee? Can't stand Apple, it's Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Android all the way? Perhaps Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) floats your tech boat?

    Perhaps, like me, you read a good number of stock market focused articles on tech companies, especially the ones I named above. Perhaps you also read a decent number of articles on the same companies, but on tech-focused outlets. While a more »

  • Are Irrigation Stocks Raining Profits?

    By BA McKenna - July 20, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR, LNN, VMI | Editor's Choice

    Some like it hot. I'm not referring to the classic Marilyn Monroe comedy, but to the weather and companies, such as Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) and Lindsay Corp (NYSE: LNN)that produce and sell irrigation systems for the agricultural industry.

    They're not the only ones, as there are a few investment plays on the longer-term US warming trend:

    • Irrigation Systems Manufacturers
    • Water Utilities
    • Fertilizer Companies 

    Of the three more »

  • The Race to the Bottom

    By BA McKenna - July 18, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CAJ, SNE | Editor's Choice

    It seems to me that most consumer electronics companies – Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) being a notable exception – would do well to borrow one from Bill Clinton strategist’s playbook and post “It’s The Commoditization, Stupid!” sign in their boardrooms.

    Surely, the devil can be in the details, but most of these companies seem to get lost in the details and forget the big picture. Speaking of big pictures, they could more »

  • Apple: The Potato Chip Effect Outweighs the Cannibalization Effect

    By BA McKenna - July 13, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    You might be familiar with the saying, “You can’t eat just one potato chip.” Well, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is the potato chip (or fill in your addictive food) of the consumer technology menu. Its competitors might leave consumers content, but most don’t delight or leave them craving more. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the others might be spuds, perhaps.

    The results of this survey illustrate how Apple delights, the more »

  • Just How Important is Apple's Chinese Market?

    By BA McKenna - July 12, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CMGE, GOOG, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    

    China this. China that. If you're like me, you've come across many articles on industries ranging from consumer technology, most notably about Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), to food that include a sentence about the "growing importance of the Chinese market." Then, NOTHING -- or, perhaps one or two stats, if you're lucky. You might feel like screaming:

    "Don't leave me hanging. Show me the numbers!"

    Well, I'm more »