Chris Moore

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  • Social Media and the Hunt For Revenue

    By Chris Moore - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, YELP | Editor's Choice

    When rumors of a Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) IPO first hit, the primary concern was revenue. A secondary concern, mostly amongst its users, was whether an IPO would change the social network they’d grown to love. Has the hunt for revenue manifested itself in ways detrimental to the user base? A recent post from New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton raises the question again, pointing to a potential grey more »

  • What does Surface Mean for Microsoft?

    By Chris Moore - June 20, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, MSFT, NOK | Editor's Choice

    On Monday Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) borrowed a play out of rival Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) playbook, hosting a mysterious press conference for an unannounced product. Microsoft even went so far as to keep the venue a secret until the day of. Granted, the press was pretty sure beforehand that it was a tablet announcement, but the effort was admirable.

    Also admirable was the tablet on display, the Microsoft Surface, which more »

  • Should Apple Fear a Smartphone Subsidy Revolt?

    By Chris Moore - April 11, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, T, CHA, CHU, GOOG, NOK, S | Editor's Choice

    Earlier this week Walter Piecyk of BTIG Research made headlines by cutting his rating on Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) from “buy” to “neutral.” The call attracted lots of attention being one of the only negative calls on Apple. Last week an analyst gave Apple a $1,001 price target; this week Piecyk is forecasting a revenue miss driven by a subsidy revolt, which is a bold call indeed. His reasoning is more »

  • Dell’s Software Binge Continues

    By Chris Moore - April 6, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, IBM, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is one of the most recognizable hardware companies in the PC space but has recently turned its attention toward conquering software and services. On March 5, the company appointed John Swainson as the head of their newly formed software group and began acquiring software companies at a breakneck pace. The company has already acquired multiple software companies and the pace has accelerated with three acquisitions coming more »

  • Microsoft Beats Apple to the Living Room, Does It Matter?

    By Chris Moore - March 29, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, T, CMCSA, MSFT, TWC | Editor's Choice

    It’s no secret Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is targeting your living room. The company has made multiple efforts to gain a foothold, but so far hasn’t gained much traction. Apple’s most recent attempt, Apple TV, has been little more than an afterthought for most, taking a backseat to Apple’s much flashier iPhone and iPad lines. Apple has been rumored to be producing a full-blown smart TV, equipped more »

  • Nokia Launches Lumia 900 and a Price War

    By Chris Moore - March 28, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, T, GOOG, MSFT, NOK, S | Editor's Choice

    The phone pictured below might represent Nokia’s (NYSE: NOK) best shot at gaining ground in the U.S. smartphone market. The Lumia 900, which runs Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Phone OS, is a high-end smartphone that has won several awards, including the coveted “Best of CES” for all smartphones this year at the Consumer Electronics Show. It comes equipped with a slew of features, including:

  • Zynga Buys Competition, Highlights Weakness

    By Chris Moore - March 23, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    I’ve been skeptical of the social gaming platform since day one and Zynga’s (NASDAQ: ZNGA) latest move confirms my skepticism is well placed. Zynga announced that it had acquired New York-based social game developer OMGPOP, maker of recent hit Draw Something. While I applaud Zynga for adding another hit to its stable, it really highlights the weakness of social gaming and game development in general. Barriers to entry more »

  • Intel Gearing Up to Enter the Cable Market

    By Chris Moore - March 14, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, INTC, NFLX, TWX | Editor's Choice

    Yes, you read that right. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), a leading chip manufacturer, is gearing up to enter the internet TV  business according to the WSJ. Intel has been trying to diversify its businesses, and rightfully so, though I’m not sure going down the path to become a TV provider is their best idea. Intel already has its hands full tackling the mobile device market, though as I recently posted more »

  • Apple Takes a Bite Out of the Law of Large Numbers with Launch of New iPad

    By Chris Moore - March 8, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, ARMH, GOOG, MSFT, QCOM | Editor's Choice

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), the world’s most valuable company by market cap, has launched its latest device, a more powerful version of their iPad tablet. Interestingly the current model, the iPad 2, will be getting a $100 price drop and continue being sold. Also making an appearance was an updated Apple TV, though not the full-fledged smart TV some expected. It will support 1080p, however, which is a nice more »

  • What Do AT&T and BofA Have in Common?

    By Chris Moore - March 2, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, T, BAC, JPM, S, VZ | Editor's Choice

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), the second largest U.S. carrier, announced it was restricting its unlimited plan yesterday, openly recognizing their practice of throttling high data consumers. The company is staggering under the weight of smartphone data demands, and throttling their heaviest users offers a reprieve and, potentially, additional profits. AT&T’s failed bid for T-Mobile has left it scrambling for new ways to squeeze money out of more »

  • Facebook Facing Challenges from Two Internet Veterans

    By Chris Moore - February 29, 2012 | Tickers: SCOR, GOOG, NWSA, ZNGA | Editor's Choice

    Social media has swept the internet, pushing internet veterans like Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) to the wayside and catapulting social media darling Facebook Inc. to the forefront of investor minds. Facebook has helped upend the order of the internet, capturing a large swath of internet traffic and users, boasting an impressive 845 million user count. Facebook’s success, particularly in display advertising, has forced search titan Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to take more »

  • Dish Anxious to Join Mobile Wireless War – Is this a Turning Point?

    By Chris Moore - February 24, 2012 | Tickers: T, CMCSA, DTV, DISH, VZ | Editor's Choice

    Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) is nothing if not bold. They purchased Blockbuster Inc. in bankruptcy for $228 million last year and now they’re making rumblings about building their own wireless network. The Blockbuster play was clever, providing 1,500 stores and a new way to market its services. Dish has used its Blockbuster assets successfully and as of this most recent quarter has stopped hemorrhaging subscribers. Dish started offering more »

  • Sears Up on Turnaround Plan But Is It Enough?

    By Chris Moore - February 23, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, GGP, SHLD, TGT, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) posted earnings this morning and they were strikingly dismal. The retailer reported their fifth consecutive decline in quarterly revenue and experienced declines across all key metrics, yet the stock is up more than 20% on the newly announced turnaround plan. It is always nice to see management provide a turnaround plan, but I’m not convinced it is enough. Healthier retailers like Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMTmore »)

  • Comcast Poised to Challenge Netflix in Streaming War

    By Chris Moore - February 22, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, CMCSA, NFLX, OUTR, VZ | Editor's Choice

    It seems like this trend just won’t end: Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) announced today that they well be launching their own Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) competitor. In many ways Comcast’s announcement is a much bigger threat than others, particularly since Comcast is set to launch its offering Thursday. This differs greatly from the joint venture announced by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Coinstar’s (NASDAQ: OUTR) Redbox, which as of yet more »

  • Competition and the Economy Squeezing Wal-Mart

    By Chris Moore - February 21, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, DG, DLTR, WMT | Editor's Choice

    Retail giant Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) released earnings this morning and fell short of some analysts’ expectations. The company is showing signs of strain from increasing competition, both from online retailers and its brick and mortar counterparts. Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) retail presence has had a significant effect on most retailers and even Wal-Mart isn’t immune to its reach. Amazon’s online-based model allows it to run on a razor-thin more »

  • Google Testing the Hardware Waters

    By Chris Moore - February 10, 2012 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, MMI | Editor's Choice

    Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has never been afraid to test the waters in new markets and today is another example of that.  Reports are circulating that the search engine giant is working on a home-entertainment system that streams music, but that’s not a shock.  Google has repeatedly made efforts to break into the home entertainment market with its various smart-TV partnerships, but this time is a bit different.  This more »