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  • Dell and the Slump in PC Sales

    By Nate Wooley - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, HPQ, MSFT

    So suddenly Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) isn't looking like a win, is it?

    The decline of PC sales in general seems to have cooled off the passion that alternative asset management firm Blackstone had for the ailing technology firm. Citing a 14% drop in PC sales – though I just bought two for my kids – the firm pulled out of its tens of billions of dollars, non-binding offer to take over more »

  • BlackBerry Hot off the Post and Playing to (Sort of) Win

    By Nate Wooley - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT

    As I've written in the past, mobile devices ARE growth.

    The hard part – for investors – is figuring out which ones. Back in the 80s and 90s there was more than one operating system, after all, but Windows ended up owning everything. There are real and good reasons why a single OS is best for most applications. It makes it easier for people to move between locations and platforms and more »

  • The Future of Radio: All We Hear Is...

    By Nate Wooley - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: ETM, P, SIRI

    Here's a secret most insiders aren't going to spill to you: radio is in trouble, real trouble.

    Understand me, I adore radio. The babbling disc jockeys, the friendly and comforting music and even – as I get older – the informative talk radio of NPR and the BBC. Radio has stood by me, comforted me and often encouraged me to become a stronger person just by playing music and keeping more »

  • Why Earnings Season Is Bad for Investors

    By Nate Wooley - April 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NOK

    Earnings season is a terrible idea built for newsies and harms the average investor.

    There's no secret to it, really. Publicly held companies are required to make their financial information public every three months and the market reacts to it. But that's not all it is. At this point, it's a media-driven event (at least for most) that becomes more about a horse race and quick response more »

  • Boeing's Back With a Future

    By Nate Wooley - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: ERJ, LMT, BA

    It's really unfair to say that Boeing (NYSE: BA) is back, when it never really left.

    It's true that Boeing has had some problems recently. The flap with the batteries in the 787 Dreamliner was the sort of news that public relation's disasters are made from: high profile, good imagery for the networks, and an issue (air safety) that always grabs the public's attention. As a more »

  • Gun Control Is Good for Gun Ownership

    By Nate Wooley - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ATK, SWHC, RGR

    Increased efforts to control firearms are good for those who like guns.

    Leaving aside that debate itself is a good thing, the very discussion spurs gun sales. That increases gun makers' profits and leads to higher share prices. That's why those who have invested in gun companies have spent the last several months seeing their portfolios increase in value. The over-the-top debate style of officials from the National Rifle more »

  • Investing in the Face of Obama's Budget

    By Nate Wooley - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, COST, MCD

    For the first time in a long time, there's a small ray of hope over the federal budget.

    It's a small one, to be sure, but it's there. There is an actual prospect that a federal budget might be passed and it might represent a compromised between entrenched interests on both sides of the aisle. A year ago I would not have put any faith in that more »

  • Ron Johnson and the J.C. Penney Fiasco

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, JCP, TGT, YHOO

    Ron Johnson may well have killed a century-old company.

    Johnson – who only lasted 17 months as the CEO of J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) – came into his role with a rock-star persona. He built the wildly successful Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) store brand for the electronics giant; its stores generated more than a billion dollars in revenue, and broke the sales-per-square foot record with an astounding $4,032 per square foot more »

  • Yahoo! and Apple: How Tangled Is This Going to Get?

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    Is is betrayal when a former Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) executive starts partnering with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL)?

    Maybe, maybe not. But that seems to be where former Google VP Marissa Mayer is taking search engine Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO). Rumors abound that Yahoo! is seeking ways to work much more closely with Apple. It appears that the search engine wants to become a greater force for providing data for Apple's Siri more »

  • Advanced Micro Devices and Next-Gen Gaming Consoles

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, INTC, MSFT, SNE

    Quietly but steadily, chipmaker AMD (NYSE: AMD) has been maneuvering itself into a great position.

    News has leaked that the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will be powered by AMD chips. The system, code-named 'Durango,' will use established chips and design systems to lower the cost of both the new hardware and the games themselves. That makes it easier and more affordable for users to buy the system, and more »

  • Can Cable Be Nimble Enough to Survive?

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: CVC, CMCSA, TWC

    When you can't sell what you have, sell what you can.

    Cable companies are in a tricky situation. Their traditional model of the subscriber who buys television is going – slowly – away. Competition from media's traditional enemy – the Internet – is wearing down the need for the public to watch shows on specific channels or with any commercials. Both cable and content providers are scrambling for ways to keep the more »

  • Who Cares If the Market Had a Bad Week?

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, CVX, GIS, HD, MRK

    A bad week for the S&P shouldn't worry you at all.

    Seriously, as a retired broker – and a retired reporter – I had to make this case all the time. Reporting on the markets is terrible. Media is overly focused on the simple numbers that don't tell the whole story. As an investor, you should be more aware of what you can do to cope with bad reporting more »

  • Immigration Reform and Technology Investments

    By Nate Wooley - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN, LNKD, YHOO, YELP

    Mark Zuckerberg wants to alter the way the United States handled immigration.

    The social media entrepreneur – and co-founder of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) – recently announced the formation of a new lobbying group designed to promote immigration reform in the United States. The firm hopes to use its influence – read that: money – to build on the growing consensus on Capitol Hill that immigration reform needs to show movement.

    In the announce, Zuckerberg more »

  • Microsoft Slaps the Facebook Phone, Apple, Google Smirk Quietly

    By Nate Wooley - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is publicly slapping Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) in the … well … face.

    In a blog post, Frank Shaw, head of corporate communications for Microsoft, openly mocked Facebook's new phone. Shaw claimed that Microsoft has been focused on promoting a social media phone since it began developing the Windows Phone more than seven years ago.

    While I certainly agree that the Facebook announcement isn't worth all the fuss more »

  • Fox, Traditional Television and the Losing Battle

    By Nate Wooley - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, NWSA

    Traditional television is circling the drain.

    That television – as represented by the long-dominant broadcast networks – is facing a crisis should be obvious. Last month Nielsen introduced the 'Zero TV' household to its tracking systems. These are households which don't fit the traditional model of television watcher. Either they don't own a television at all or, like me, they have one, but only use it for Internet-connected television watching more »

  • Sony, Toyota, Apple, and The Bank of Japan

    By Nate Wooley - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GM, HMC, PCRFY, SNE, TM

    The Bank of Japan's decision to inflate the yen is a strong move, but one with the potential to backfire horribly.

    It's also an unpredictable strategy ... with the potential to set two countries that should be partners at each others' throats.  Can every nation afford to follow the same policies and expect worldwide growth?  That's silly and counterproductive. 

    Inflation? Who worries about inflation?

    Unfortunately, I think the more »

  • Fox, Traditional Television and the Losing Battle

    By Nate Wooley - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, IACI, NFLX, NLSN, NWSA

    Traditional television is circling the drain.

    That television – as represented by the long-dominant broadcast networks – is facing a crisis should be obvious. Last month Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) introduced the 'Zero TV' household to its tracking systems. These are households which don't fit the traditional model of television watcher. Either they don't own a television at all or, like me, they have one, but only use it for Internet-connected more »

  • Samsung, Best Buy Team to Fight Apple

    By Nate Wooley - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBY, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT

    Samsung is taking Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) ever more seriously.

    The South Korean tech giant is moving aggressively into the U.S. retail business. Samsung will open more than 1,000 mini-stores inside existing Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) stores around the country. Called “Samsung Experience Shops,” the firm intends these efforts to directly compete with Apple's stores.

    The idea is to allow customers to get their hands on Samsung's more »

  • Does Privacy Threaten Tech Values?

    By Nate Wooley - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FB, GOOG, LNKD

    Do you know what your technology knows about you. Do you want to?

    Do you even have the right to know? A new law proposed in California is meant to give people that right. The “Right to Know Act” intends to require companies that gather users personal data online to disclose that info. A user could go to a company and make them report what data they have on that more »

  • Can Cable Be Nimble Enough to Survive?

    By Nate Wooley - April 7, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CVC, CMCSA, NFLX, TWX, DIS

    When you can't sell what you have, sell what you can.

    Cable companies are in a tricky situation. Their traditional model of the subscriber who buys television is going – slowly – away. Competition from media's traditional enemy – the Internet – is wearing down the need for the public to watch shows on specific channels or with any commercials. Both cable and content providers are scrambling for ways to keep the more »