• Is It Time to Sell Apple?

    By Keith Noonan - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    Apple (AAPL) is an American tech giant famous for its iPod, iPad, and iPhone devices. These products helped to reshape the consumer electronics landscape and have spurred Apple to tremendous growth.

    The company’s pioneering role in the development and marketing of smartphone and tablet technologies allowed it to carve out incredible mind and market share, but there is evidence to suggest that the company will not be able to more »

  • There Is No Such Thing as a Crash-Proof Stock

    By Timothy Green - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMGN, AAPL, CVX, XOM

    Over on MarketWatch an article entitled "Three crash-proof blue-chip stocks" was published on Monday, in which the author put forth three big-name stocks that he believed could weather a pullback better than the rest. The three stocks put forth were Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), and, believe it or not, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).

    But there is no such thing as a crash-proof stock, and for a long-term investor more »

  • Should You Follow These 2 Legendary Investors Into Apple?

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, INTC, MSFT

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and its long-suffering shareholders finally got a positive catalyst to come their way when news broke that legendary money managers Carl Icahn and Leon Cooperman had taken long positions in the stock.

    It’s no small accomplishment to count two of the world’s most famous investors in your corner, and not surprisingly, Apple has rallied on the news.

    Is now the time for investors to buy more »

  • Apple: A More Balanced Perspective

    By Boniface Murigu - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL

    Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) followers have had quite an eventful week. While considerable price upswings for Apple are not uncommon, what is unusual is for the share pricing to respond so vigorously and move so aggressively riding on the back of so little real-news. A 140-character tweet from Carl Icahn that had the billionaire activist investor declare he had ‘‘opened large positions’’ in Apple and that the shares were ‘‘extremely more »

  • Why Apple Needs to Keep Carl Icahn at Bay

    By Mark Hibben - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, IEP, MSFT

    Carl Icahn has launched a new crusade to relieve Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) of some of its excess, and unused, cash. After tweeting that he had taken a "large" position in Apple, Apple's stock price jumped above $500 the following day. Should Apple investors be happy? That depends on your investment time frame. In the short term, Icahn's interest in Apple pumps up the stock price, but in the more »

  • David Tepper Sells Apple, Microsoft, and AIG

    By Sam Mattera - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, MSFT

    David Tepper runs Appaloosa Management, one of the largest and most successful hedge funds.

    Tepper’s fund has an impressive track record -- he recently said that $1 million invested in the fund in 1993 would be worth $149 million today.

    According to his fund’s recent 13F filing, in the second quarter, Tepper made a number of major adjustments to his equity holdings. In particular, his fund sold large chunks more »

  • The Fall Of Bureaucracy Will Be The Green Light To Invest In Microsoft

    By Lennox Yieke - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, YHOO

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is arguably the best innovator in the tech sector. Tech pundits actually argue that the problem with Microsoft is that it is always too early to the party, not the other way around. Microsoft was among the earliest players to advance the idea of a smartwatch and a smartphone. However, the things that held Microsoft back and prevented its great innovations from being reflected in the stock more »

  • Apple Buyback

    By Mark Morelli - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, IEP, WMT

    Talk about a reversal of fortune. Over the course of six months (Sept. 2012 to April 2013) the price of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock had fallen from $705 to $385 a share. Since then it has changed course and risen to about $500.

    I believe that occurred for two main reasons:

    1. The company is returning more value to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.

    2. The market is anticipating the more »

  • How Can Apple Still Grow Its Bottom Line?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares have rebounded off of lows but are still undervalued according to some investors. Others argue that earnings and margins will flatten and contract in terms of the latter, making the shares fairly or even overvalued. The risk/reward on Apple at this point looks somewhat attractive. It does not appear the Street is very aggressive in pricing in success from upcoming production introductions and cost reduction more »

  • Are Chip Makers Hoarding Your Cash?

    By Callum Turcan - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, NVDA, QCOM

    What would you do with $30 billion? Qualcomm's (NASDAQ: QCOM) CEO says it needs to keep its cash to maintain its dominance in the mobile phone chip market.

    Qualcomm pays out a 2.1% dividend yield with a payout ratio of 28.65% which could easily be raised to a higher level. While the CEO Jacobs has stated that Qualcomm needs to keep its massive cash balance sheet to 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 »

  • The Market Hasn’t Recognized This Stock’s Potential Yet, but You Should

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, RFMD, SSNLF

    Radio frequency components maker RF Micro Devices (NASDAQ: RFMD) has been growing at a rapid pace, but sadly, its share price performance so far this year does not reflect the same enthusiasm. The stock is up just 10% this year, significantly lagging the performance of the NASDAQ Composite index.

    One would be surprised at such a muted performance, especially considering that the company’s revenue in its recently reported first more »

  • Why Investors Need To Sit On The Sidelines For These Stocks

    By Jayson Derrick - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EMC, FIO

    One of the biggest mistakes investors make is jumping in to a long term investment too quickly. These three companies have potential to pay off in the long term, however there still a lot of question marks today that need to be answered first.

    Carl Icahn bought shares but you should hold off a bit

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn tweeted that he had accumulated a large position in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPLmore »)

  • Three High-Quality Companies With Attractive Valuations

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AIG, AAPL, F

    Major market indexes are trading near historical highs, and some stocks are starting to look a bit pricey, but that doesn´t mean that each and every company in the market is overvalued. On the contrary, there are plenty of opportunities around if you know where to look. These high-quality names offer compelling valuations and plenty of upside potential.


    Investors in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) have suffered a serious setback more »

  • What Are Blackberry's Options After Its Long, Painful Decline?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    Although it did not come as much of a surprise, Blackberry's (NASDAQ: BBRY) recent announcement that it would explore "strategic alternatives" nevertheless made headlines on both sides of the border. As the darling of Canada's technology industry, Blackberry's slide into irrelevance has been lamented and memorialized thousands of times over. At this point, its very ability to turn itself around on its own has come under serious more »

  • Finding Profits in Brand Loyalty

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, GOOG, MSFT

    Every long-term investor dreams about investing in companies with durable competitive advantages. However, with over 15,000 companies traded publicly, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    In my article, A Formula You Can Profit From, I explain the linkage between pricing power and profit. Having unique selling point is crucial, but sustaining pricing power is complex, and few companies have been able to do it more »

  • Windows Stores: A Win-Win Development

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBY, MSFT, WMT

    Have you ever been to an Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) store? You walk in, computers are on one wall, tablets on the other, iPhones and iPods in the middle. Every device is functioning and ready to be experienced by curious customers perusing through the non-aisle layout. Apple makes you want its products before you walk in, and it turns out that another company is after the same aura.

    Last week, Best more »

  • Is This Stock "Back"?

    By Brian Nichols - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    With Carl Icahn’s twitter disclosure, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has exploded, and fears of future loss may be a concern of the past. Now, investors turn their attention to past recoveries such as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Netflix as a guide of what could happen next. However, what’s more alarming is what could happen with its competitors.

    A Great Rotation Of Capital

    Apple’s closest competitors are Samsung more »

  • Apple Drops in China; China Mobile Looms

    By Christopher DeSousa - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, CHL

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has tried to pursue a distribution deal with Chinese telecom operator China Mobile since 2009, but both companies have yet come to an agreement because of conflicting business models. Investors have watched Apple's sales growth in China plunge against low-priced smartphones from local brands this year. A partnership with China Mobile offers Apple a large distribution channel to attract new consumers, while China Mobile can expand more »

  • Google Is Worth A Lot More

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is increasingly becoming more dominant. The company is now the leader in not only search but also on online video as well as on Mobile operating systems. Google's out-sized market share in all these categories puts the firm in pole position to grow its top and bottom line for a long-time. The company is reasonably valued, and but is worth a lot more due to its more »

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