• GOOGLE; Taking lead in the Technology stocks

    By Hina Amjad - August 28, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    In the meager span of 5 years I myself have witnessed a drastic shift from PCs to Laptops, from Laptops to tablets and now finally to smart phones. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) made fortunes by selling its operating system while the demand for personal computers was at its peak. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) initially introduced its revolutionary search engine, however the company did not lose its long term focus and kept innovating more »

  • 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 »

  • PCs End is Near?

    By Hyuncha Cho - August 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, INTC, IBM, MSFT, NOK

    There are massive problems looming for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), and I can’t imagine it to be an easy path to growth anytime soon. The most prevailing and alluring idea going forward is this idea of “universal computing.” The concept is simple, stick a chip in anything.

    Shift in the use of computing

    The idea of having separate devices capable of the same computing functionality has been played around with more »

  • Riding Apple: Then and Now

    By Olek Kovalyov - August 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL

    A Painful Ride

    If you have been following Apple, you would in fact realize that buying Apple at 460 was the beginning of a painful, mostly one-directional rollercoaster, where the g-force often felt too much to bear. Yet I had faith, and after each and every drop, I did what any faithful value investor would do: I bought more. Admittedly, the rollercoaster became even more one-direction and even more painful more »

  • Fantasy Football Meets Million Dollar Reality

    By Drew Schrader - August 22, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, AAPL, SBUX

    Without looking, name 5 quarterbacks you'd like for your fantasy team this year? Now name the CEO of 5 companies in your current investment portfolio, or 5 stocks for that matter.  With individual participation in the stock market at an all-time low and  fantasy sports continuing to rise in popularity, smart money says you did better on the former than the latter.

    That's why for the first time more »

  • Is it safe to invest in Samsung?

    By Dalton Opiyo - August 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, SSNLF

    A brief history

    Since its founding in 1939, Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) has been involved in very many and very diverse areas of technology and is known all over the world. From household electronics to industrial machinery, we all know something from Samsung. It is therefore hardly likely that a company with such deep roots will die or become irrelevant anytime in the near future. That said, a quick perusal of more »

  • How to Stop Your Savings from Going Extinct

    By Alex Colman - August 21, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, CVX, DAL, PG

    As regulators contemplate and begin to take action on climate change, it’s practically inevitable that the price of carbon is headed north within the next decade, either through new taxes, caps on emissions, or both. And since fossil fuels are a staple in the supply chains of many industries, carbon price volatility can ripple quickly throughout the global economy.

    How might this happen? Let’s take a quick look more »

  • Pandora’s Competitors Are Getting Aggressive

    By Darspal Mann - August 21, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, P

    If you are either a follower of the music industry or Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P), it’s hard to ignore the news coming out every day. Concerned investors are looking for signs of pricing pressure, especially from competitors, or slowing revenue growth rate of Pandora, which might affect the stock valuation.

    Recently, more news came out of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), which is planning to launch its own streaming more »

  • A Winner in the Mobile Revolution

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, QCOM, SSNLF

    The mobile computing revolution is here to stay; and this trend will generate plenty of opportunities for growth going forward. While industry giants like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) fight each other over dominance in devices, Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is in a position of remarkable strength to benefit from the mobile boom as a leading supplier to the major industry players.

    In the right places
    Qualcomm is a more »

  • 2 Super-Growth Trends You Shouldn’t Miss at Google

    By HL Chin - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG

    Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) stock price hit a new high of $928 last month, signaling investors' confidence in its future plans. At that level, it sports a P/E of 26  – suggesting that its growth needs to keep up with its valuation. Google’s ambitions, though, are huge. Two super-growth trends in mobile, and the new potential revenue they may hold, present sizable markets to match this online giant's more »

  • Samsung's Galaxy Gear Could Determine Its Relationship With Google

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) will reportedly unveil its smartwatch on Sept. 4, six days before the rumored announcement of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) next iPhone.

    SamMobile reports that the watch (which will be called the “Galaxy Gear”) will be unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event, along with the next iteration of its popular phablet, the Galaxy Note 3.

    While the success (or failure) of the device will no doubt affect Samsung more »

  • One IT company That Is Still In The Doghouse

    By usman iftikhar - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MM

    Millennial Media (NYSE: MM), one of the leaders in mobile advertising and data, has announced plans to acquire Jumptap, a leader in mobile performance advertising.Currently, Jumptap has more than 20 data partnerships and processes more than 2 billion ads per day.

    The acquisition will strengthen the position of Millennial Media as a clear market leader among independent mobile advertising providers. The pro forma combined market share will be 28 more »

  • Apple Maintains Its Edge Over Android with Plants vs Zombies 2

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EA, GOOG

    Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) has finally released the long-awaited sequel to the indie smash hit, Plants vs Zombies.

    The sequel, Plants vs Zombies 2, was released on Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL)  iOS last week, and already, it has risen to become the top free app in the store, beating out Candy Crush.

    With the sequel, EA has embraced a free-to-play model, and this decision could reap rewards for the struggling more »

  • Micron Technology Has Plenty Of Upside To Offer

    By Piyush Arora - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MU, SSNLF

    According to a recent report by IC insights, the ASP (Average Selling Price) of DRAM modules could soar by 40% this year. The report suggests that the constrained supply of DRAM modules, and limited investments in production capacity expansions, are the main culprits. On the other hand, a couple of research reports suggest that NAND flash are in short supply, due to which, average prices of NAND contracts could increase more »

  • Nokia: Like Catching a Falling Knife?

    By Godiyal .S - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, NOK, SI

    Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has been losing money in recent years; lots of it. Net income applicable to common shares converted from a $1.8 billion gain in 2010 to a $1.9 loss in 2011, then dropped off the table with a $5 billion loss in 2012. Faced with such big losses, and moving to strengthen their liquidity, the company decided against paying dividends to shareholders for 2012.

    In response more »

  • Leaked Surveillance Documents No Threat to US Software and Internet Giants

    By Daniel Jennings - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    The National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of Internet traffic will have little or no impact on the profits or share value of U.S. technology companies. Even though some tech giants such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) have been caught up in the scandal, a quick analysis of search engine and browser usage indicates that U.S. companies still own the Internet.

    The theory being advanced by critics of more »

  • Facebook Makes Revenue Easier with New Payment Processor

    By Stephanie Faris - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EBAY, FB

    Ad revenue isn't the only way Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) makes money these days. The company has long realized the value of apps to its customer base, striving to find a way to encourage the use of those apps through its site.

    So it should surprise no one that the company intends to make it easier to purchase those apps. With a new payment method that was initially rumored to more »

  • Apple is a Strong Buy: Why?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF, SNE

    Out of 13 Wall Street analysts evaluating Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), ten recommend a Buy, two indicate an Outperform rating, whereas the one prefers the neutral Hold rating. What is a reason for giving Apple a Buy rating now?

    Declining pricing power and decelerating sales

    I believe the Apple is slowly but surely losing its pricing power. Both the iPad and iPhone have faced consistent declines in their prices and both more »

  • Market Still Favorable to Dell despite Weak Second-Quarter Earnings

    By Boniface Murigu - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL

    Two important events happened this week to Dell, Inc.(NASDAQ: DELL) in close succession: the second-quarter earnings call followed by the denial of fast-track treatment, by the Delaware Court of Chancery, to Carl Icahn’s request to have the proposed Dell buyout vote pushed back. Despite the ugly second-quarter earnings which saw revenue remain about flat and earnings slashed a massive 72%, the market did not react as badly as more »

  • Should Microsoft Acquire This Handset Maker?

    By Ramesh Malayappan - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, NOK

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), recently introduced Windows 8, an operating system that powers desktops, phones, and tablets alike. While this software giant simultaneously introduced its own Windows 8-powered tablet, the Microsoft Surface, it chose not to unveil a similarly Microsoft-branded smartphone.  Instead, it relied on its traditional model of partnering with hardware manufacturers to introduce the new Windows Phone to the market.  Was this an oversight -- or a deliberate strategy with more »

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