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  • The Truth Behind This Tech Giant's Mysterious Fall

    By Maxwell Fisher - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, SSNLF | Editor's Choice

    Does Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have a problem? The stock has taken a plunge going from $514 per share to under $450 in less than a week after releasing its latest earnings report. The downsides of the report included a sales miss on the company’s iPad, a shortfall caused by production in its iPhones, and falling margins. 

    While the company beat analysts’ expectations on earnings, coming in at $13.81 more »

  • Will These Musically Inclined Stocks Hit Higher Notes In 2013?

    By Maxwell Fisher - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG | Editor's Choice

    There is little doubt that cloud storage is the future of media in general and music in particular, and a number of companies are looking to this trend as way of generating revenues in 2013.

    The Players

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) are looking to provide cloud-based services, even though they already have flourishing and successful music download businesses. There are many benefits for companies, such as the more »

  • Apple: Are Its Glory Days Finally Over?

    By Maxwell Fisher - February 11, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently released its first quarter earnings statement for 2013. What I find most particular is the fact that no one is talking about two critical factors that have glaring implications for Apple. Apple has posted the slowest growth figures in fourteen quarters and its year-over-year earnings, for the same quarter (December), are flat. I believe that we are seeing the beginning-of-the-end for Apple in what I predict more »

  • Tech Darlings Or Disappointments?

    By Maxwell Fisher - December 14, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, IBM | Editor's Choice

    Tech industry darling Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) seems to have lost its way. Since September, the company has lost about $150 billion of market capitalization, or about 23% of its value. The issue of course, is whether this presents a buying opportunity, or whether Apple has further downside risk. There is some debate that the decline in stock price is largely attributable to profit taking in light of a likely hike more »

  • Is This Tech Giant's Strategy Killing Its Stock?

    By Maxwell Fisher - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, HPQ, INTC, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) largest revenue sources are its Windows operating programs and the Office productivity software.  These were great revenue sources up until the early 2000s.  Since then, PC sales have taken an absolute dive and the industry appears to be on the brink as consumers turn to tablets and other “new” technologies.  Take a look at Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) just to see how bad the PC market really more »

  • A Look At The Capital Levels Of 5 Big Banks

    By Maxwell Fisher - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, RF, WFC | Editor's Choice

    With the Federal Reserve's 2013 Capital Review, aka “Stress Test” underway, I thought I would take a look at the capital levels, for better or worse, of some noteworthy banks and situations. Suffice it to say, it is never as simple as it first might seem.

    The main focus on the stress test is whether, under a series of scenarios, the most severe of which involves a worldwide economic more »

  • Are Patent Litigations Skewing Earnings Reality?

    By Maxwell Fisher - November 12, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DSS, GOOG, VHC, VRNG | Editor's Choice

    All industries have litigation as a part of their business environment, but none more so these days than personal technology. With patent issues having developed an industry of its own, current issues can affect valuations to an almost absurd degree. I am going to look at some technology companies that have been affected mightily, though not necessarily logically, by patent litigation.

    The big news right now concerns Vringo (NASDAQ: VRNGmore »)

  • 3 Retail Giants Focusing on Virtual Shopping to Stay Ahead

    By Maxwell Fisher - October 27, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, SHLD, TGT, WMT | Editor's Choice

    With iFever spreading over the globe and technology becoming a way of life, it is apparent that there must be a strategy shift for businesses in order to survive, let alone compete. The world of retail in particular faces several key challenges with a consumer base that is becoming more and more virtual in their shopping experience.

    When one considers the companies that have been the foundation of America, those more »

  • First Solar: A Bright Spot In a Cloudy Sector

    By Maxwell Fisher - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: FSLR, SPWR, STP | Editor's Choice

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been grappling with the notion that its crude oil assets will not last forever. Domestically, when one thinks about renewable energy images of giant, white windmills come to mind. Yet, in any  number of 100 square mile swaths in the American Southwest, enough solar energy falls to provide for current power needs in all of America. Saudi Arabia is even a step above more »

  • Clean Energy Doesn't Need To Be A Partisan Issue

    By Maxwell Fisher - September 6, 2012 | Tickers: FSLR, GE, SPWR, STP | Editor's Choice

    As the Republican Convention rolls along from Tampa, I wanted to take a look at the alternative energy issue, focusing on the solar area. I want to demonstrate why clean energy does not need to be a partisan issue. It makes all the economic sense in the world to support technologies that minimize tangential and secondary damages that are caused by fossil fuel mining and use, the costs for which more »

  • Citigroup Downgrades Several Large Regional Banks

    By Maxwell Fisher - June 18, 2012 | Tickers: C, PNC, STI, WFC | Editor's Choice

    So, analysts at beleaguered Citigroup's (NYSE: C) investment banking unit have downgraded many of the large regional banks, citing revenue struggles stemming from the low interest rate environment. I have highlighted numerous times how banks have struggled on the revenue side due to sustained low rates, which show no real sign of rising any time before 2014. But there is another side of this; not only have banks been more »

  • Yahoo: Can it Get the Respect it Deserves?

    By Maxwell Fisher - May 16, 2012 | Tickers: MSFT, YHOO | Editor's Choice

    Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) seems to be stuck in a bad impression of a Rodney Dangerfield routine. No matter what it is does, it cannot seem to get any respect. Yahoo!’s lack of respect may be its own fault or simply the market’s refusal to see the value of the business. What is known is that the company has not helped its own cause. Its approach to the firing more »

  • Best Buy Will Plummet Due to Amazon's Online Dominance

    By Maxwell Fisher - April 13, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBY, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Is it harder for virtual stores to become brick and mortar businesses or for big-box retailers to become an online presence?

    To be honest, it’s a crapshoot. Some businesses are doing remarkably well jumping into the competitions’ sandbox, while others make investors and consumers alike wonder what’s going on and is there a solid future in it? Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Ebay are both titans of the more »

  • Apple Ready To Rocket Higher From New Products

    By Maxwell Fisher - April 13, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    When it comes to game-changing ideas and must-have products, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is in a category of its own. I can think of no other company with such a dedicated and loyal base of customers. The company’s annual events are part rock concert, part revival meeting. The introduction of a new Apple product invariably leads to lines formed around the block to be one of the first to own more »

  • McDonald's: Still Golden, Despite Tougher Market

    By Maxwell Fisher - April 12, 2012 | Tickers: MCD, WEN | Editor's Choice

    The leading fast food company in America, and most likely the world, is facing vast adjustments among its top level of management along with rising competition. Yet, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) still seems to be a popular pick for investor groups and stock analysts.

    McDonald's CEO, Jim Skinner, is set to retire come July, with Chief Operating Officer Don Thompson set to take his place at the top of more »

  • Citigroup: How Will The Volcker Rule Impact Profits?

    By Maxwell Fisher - April 9, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, C, GS, JPM | Editor's Choice

    The Dodd - Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was written to “create a sound economic foundation to grow jobs, protect consumers, reign in Wall Street and big bonuses, end bailouts and too big to fail, (and) prevent another crisis.” It is the Dodd – Frank legislation that brought down debit card fees, costing banks mightily in their non-interest income. That one step has been estimated to have cost banks more »

  • Oracle: Steady Growth, Despite Legal Challenges

    By Maxwell Fisher - April 4, 2012 | Tickers: GOOG, IBM, ORCL | Editor's Choice

    Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) has always been the quiet success. Many people link the name only to software and database technology from ‘back then’, but the company's impressive market share has sustained over time. Ranging from enterprise resource planning software (ERP), to customer relationship management software (CRM), and even supply chain management (SCM) software, Oracle has been and continues to be a leader.

    Perhaps that is why some of the more »

  • Google: It's About Strategy, Not Products

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 30, 2012 | Tickers: GOOG, MCD, YHOO | Editor's Choice

    Remember when Michael Jordan left the basketball court to play baseball? As an avid Bulls fan, I was a little perturbed. Not that I thought he shouldn’t retire – after all, the man had helped them win three championships at that point and had every right to go out on a high note. It was more about him doing something different rather than considering the same game in a different more »

  • Look To Canadian Banks For Better Profits

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 28, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, BMO, RF, RY | Editor's Choice

    It occurred to me, why is the banking and mortgage landscape so much different north of the border in Canada, than it is here in the United States? Then it hit me that residential mortgages, the scourge of the domestic banking system late last decade, is run so fundamentally differently in Canada that must account for something.

    Despite retrenchment, many American banks in all size categories have large exposures to more »

  • High Expectations For Royal & Toronto Dominion

    By Maxwell Fisher - March 26, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, C, RY, TD | Editor's Choice

    If Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY) were based in the United States, it would rank as this country's fifth largest bank by assets, with some $760 billion. It is the largest bank in Canada. Global Finance ranks Royal Bank as the 10th safest banking company in the world; the highest ranking American bank being Bank of New York Mellon (BK) at 25th. The highest ranking non more »

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