• Bet Against Apple? That Depends

    By Godiyal .S - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, EBAY, GOOG, MSFT

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) invigorating summer continued the first week of August broke above $470 recently, but looked a bit extended based on short-term moving averages. It is currently building a base around the $498 area with some traders seeing support closer to $506. Apple was buoyed in part by an overturning by the White House of a legal defeat by the Samsung company (SSNLF.PK). A quarterly report on tablet more »

  • Rackspace Hosting: The Dunder-Mifflin of the Cloud?

    By Sean Fox - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, RAX, VMW

    The difference between Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) and larger cloud computing providers such as VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is comparable to that of fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin (NBC’s The Office) and the big-box retailers they compete against. Both Rackspace and Dunder Mifflin offer a product similar to their counterparts at somewhat competitive pricing models, but their bread is buttered through exceptional customer service. However, while more »

  • Amazon and Same Day Delivery

    By Jay Yao - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, WMT

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has come a long way from 2001 when it was largely written off as another dot com bust. The web retailer's stock is up more than 20 fold from twelve years ago and near all time highs. Amazon now dominates the book sector that it originally specialized in, and has moved into many tangential sectors with equal success. Can Amazon do the same to one day more »

  • One of the Best Retailers, But a Little Too Expensive

    By Matthew Frankel - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, PETM, WMT

    As the leading retailer in a growing market, PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) has taken full advantage of the pet-products market expansion over the past couple of decades. In fact, while it is estimated that the market for pet products almost doubled over the past decade, PetSmart’s revenue has risen by even more--about 130% over the same time period. I do believe that PetSmart will continue to grow, but will the more »

  • Amazon Winning the Market

    By Hina Amjad - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT

    What is Amazon?

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has never disappointed its stakeholders in terms of return on innovative strategic decision making for competitive products launch in the market. However considering the emphatic 250% rise in the price of the stock over the past five years, it has been a bit difficult for the investors to trust Amazon with its projects. The gigantic increase in the stock price has surpassed the likes more »

  • It’s Time to Bid Up Online Retailers

    By Marie Palumbo - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, PCLN

    Have you ever been to a live auction? The fast-paced environment is the closest some of us might ever get to the floor of the stock exchange. At the center of every auction is an auctioneer. These gifted gabbers are some of the fastest talkers in the world. If you’re not listening intently, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on.

    Last month eBay (NASDAQ: EBAYmore »)

  • 3 Pieces of Investment Advice From This Retailer

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, WMT

    It’s not unusual when a troubled company reports earnings to find out more about its competition than the company itself. In fact, investors should continue to follow troubled companies, not only to see if they can turn themselves around, but also to get tips on how their competitors might continue to grow. For this reason, I would argue that (NASDAQ: AMZN) shareholders should follow the troubles of more »

  • China Doesn't Make Any Sense

    By Hyuncha Cho - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BIDU, DANG, WMT

    China is known to harbor all sorts of issues. The most severe has been Chinese reverse mergers, inflationary spirals, and lack of enforcement of intellectual property laws. Because of this, U.S. investors have to be cautious when investing into Chinese companies as they pose a lot of challenges.

    Does it make sense to own Baidu at these levels?

    Speculators currently believe that it’s Baidu’s (NASDAQ: BIDU) mobile more »

  • Why I Still Like Cisco

    By Diane Alter - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CSCO, VMW

    Despite uninspiring fiscal fourth quarter numbers, Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO) is still a friend of mine.

    Yes, the Silicon Valley networking equipment giant announced it is slashing headcount by 4,000 (5%). Yes, orders from Asia and China were weak. And yes, CEO John Chambers said improvement in product lines from particular countries like Asia and China are “not at the pace we want.” But yes, I still like Cisco.

    In more »

  • This Leading Video Rental Business Looks Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR), formerly known as Coinstar, has delivered a good long-term gain to its shareholders in the past 10 years. Its stock price rose from around $15 per share in 2003 to more than $60 per share, marking an annualized gain of 15%. The company has a leading position in the video rental market.

    Because more and more people are using streaming services these days, the video rental business more »

  • Should You Bet On This Acquisition?

    By Brian Nichols - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBRY, FB

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) has soared higher by 11% in the last three days behind news of a special committee being formed at the company. This committee has one job: to seek strategic alternatives, including joint ventures or a sale of the company. But how will this story end?

    A Run-Down Of Events

    Essentially, 11% has been added to BlackBerry’s stock in anticipation of either a takeover or a partnership more »

  • A Better Growth Play Than Amazon

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    With its massive growth and market-share-stealing prowess, (NASDAQ: AMZN) looks like an appealing investment. But over each company's time on the market, a similar stock has outperformed the internet retailer's share-price gains. It's also shown shown more consistency than Amazon on its annual top and bottom lines -- and this rival might even have more growth potential going forward.

    A quick look at the scorecard

    If more »

  • Why This Little Company Will Change the Concept of Retail

    By Adrian Campos - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NFLX, OUTR

    Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) is the company behind well-known Redbox movie and video game rental kiosks and the popular Coinstar kiosk, a $1.71 billion company in the business of offering automated retail solutions to make retail more convenient for both customers and sellers. The company has seen EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) from its Redbox unit grow from $50 million in 2008 to over $400 million expected more »

  • Generating Fast Profits From Industrials

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FAST, GWW

    The manufacturing and construction industries should no doubt be big beneficiaries of the rising economy. What's one of the best ways to play the industry? Fastenal (NASDAQ: FAST) is the leading distributor of fasteners and industrial supplies in the U.S. One of the big reasons I like the stock is because the company pays a modest 2.1% dividend yield, but boasts a 27% return on equity. 

    Sales more »

  • Best Buy Is Facing Too Many Headwinds

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, WMT

    Best Buy’s (NYSE: BBY) stock has appreciated 167% year-to-date. You might be upset that you missed it, but this meteoric ascent likely had a lot more to do with the broader stock market’s rise than Best Buy’s real-world performance. Now we must look at what the future holds for this once-dominant consumer electronics retailer.

    External factors

    By selling products and services primarily related to electronics, Best Buy more »

  • Great Company, But A Not-So-Great Investment

    By Matthew Frankel - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, HGG

    Over the past year, I have written several times about Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) and why it made sense as a long-term investment. However, my tune may be changing on this one.  It’s not that I don’t believe in the company anymore. On the contrary, I think that Best Buy will continue to successfully adapt their business model to the changing retail environment, which it has already begun more »

  • Amazon: A SWOT Analysis

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, GOOG

    A SWOT Analysis gives a much deeper glimpse of a business in terms of its strengths and weaknesses, which are mostly internal, as well as its opportunities and threats, which are largely external.  Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is making a number of long-term investments to expand its moat across the board, and here's a deeper breakdown of the company's business model which points to a stellar durable competitive advantage more »

  • European Austerity Good for These E-Tailers

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY

    Britons are so concerned about paying their bills they are selling their possessions (46%), buying lottery tickets (12%), entering competitions (42%),  and more darkly, getting involved in unethical practices (6%) according to the J.Walter Thompson austerity index released August 8.  It's not just bad in the UK, 90% of the Spanish and French worried about making ends meet.

    Bad times could be good for business

    However, two giant more »

  • Is a "Cheap" iPhone Destined for China?

    By Jason Hall - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CHL

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) manufacturing partner Pegatron recently gave projections of 40%-50% growth in its "non-computing" segment for the 3rd quarter. This points squarely in the direction of a much-rumored "cheap iPhone" being a reality. And with domestic demand of the iPhone remaining robust, many think that this new product will be aimed, at least in part, at the Chinese market. This brings one question to mind: Will this restart more »

  • Yahoo's Golden Egg Is Alibaba

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, YHOO

    Yahoo's (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares have been going higher recently. The company's investment portfolio mainly comprised of two marquee holdings, Alibaba and Yahoo Japan have both seen robust top-line and bottom line growth. Investors and analysts alike have stated that the value of Alibaba can be north of $120 billion. Yahoo's share repurchases along with the rising value of Alibaba have been major contributors in the recent run more »

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