• 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 »

  • Why Microsoft Shouldn't Buy BlackBerry

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, MSFT

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is up for sale and now everyone is speculating as to who might be a potential suitor. Preston Gralla, a contributor to ComputerWorld magazine, has suggested that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) step up and buy the troubled company. But I actually can't think of a worse use for Mr. Softie's cash than buying BlackBerry. Let's break down his argument point by point. 

    2 + 2 = 3 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 »

  • Will BlackBerry Go Private?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, MSFT, SSNLF

    It is no secret that BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is troubled. While the company's phones are still used by corporations, BYOD is causing the company to lose its grip on that sector, as well. The market share of BlackBerry's OS has dropped to 2.9%, officially placing it below the Windows Phone.

    The drop has many in the industry wondering if BlackBerry could be snatched up by another smartphone-maker--perhaps more »

  • What Are BlackBerry's "Strategic Options"?

    By Robert Baillieul - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, IBM, MSFT

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is up for sale. On Monday, management announced that it was setting up a committee to explore the company's "strategic options." But what does this mean for the troubled handset-maker. 

    No turnaround coming
    For BlackBerry, the turnaround that was always on the horizon remains just out of reach. Earlier this year, the company released its BB10 operating system in a last ditch attempt to regain relevance more »

  • Pay Attention to China’s Sector Shift

    By Marie Palumbo - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, BP, CVX, NOK

    When China experienced double-digit economic growth, multinationals probably felt like there was plenty of market share to be had. The pie kept getting bigger. But now that China’s growth is slowing, the pie has more definite boundaries.

    In an International Finance Discussion Paper, Dr. Jane Haltmaier, senior adviser to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, presents the following breakdown of Chinese GDP growth (notice the single-digit more »

  • BlackBerry Is Looking for a Sucker

    By Sam Mattera - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, LNVGY.PK, MSFT

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) said on Monday that it’s looking at strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company.

    This should come as no surprise. BlackBerry hired JPMorgan and RBC to review business operations last year, and BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins has said on numerous occasions that the company is open to “strategic alliances,” including the sale of the company’s hardware unit and the licensing of its software 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 »

  • Nokia Will Get a Free Push from Google’s Moto X Phone

    By Lennox Yieke - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is spending $500 million to market the new Moto X Phone. This is significantly, if not suspiciously, high, considering that Apple and Samsung spent a total of $333 million and $401 million, respectively, to market their entire lines of devices in 2012. Why spend so much on just a single smartphone that doesn’t even stack up (spec-wise) against existing flagship products in the market? It is 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 »

  • Amazon Should Get in This Tornado

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, BBRY

    As we all know, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is in a crisis and in need of some help. Conversations on going private, acquisition, and more of the like, does this company have a clue as to what it should do? At one point or another, it was a stock market honeybunch, but now it has been oozing out market share to the likes of smartphones utilizing Google's Android operating system more »

  • Don't Count On Any BlackBerry Buyout

    By Robert Baillieul - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, DELL

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is up for sale. On Monday, the company announced that it had formed a special committee to explore “strategic alternatives,” including the possible sale of the company. But this isn't the first time buyout rumours have circulated around the troubled handset maker and investors shouldn't count on any sale this time around either. 

    Not an attractive private equity target

    Yes, private equity is known for more »

  • Technology And Smartphones – Where Not To Invest

    By Awais Malik - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK

    The smartphone revolution is forever volatile with technological improvement occurring at an exponential rate. At the same time, smartphone stocks are also the most easily influenced by news and speculation – in other words, investor confidence drives these stocks to a large degree. Recently though, the industry has hit somewhat of a stagnation, with some companies considering going private while others seek shores anew to keep their growth up. From a more »

  • Will Going Private Save BlackBerry?

    By Diane Alter - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, DELL, HPQ

    In a year when the initial public offering calendar is once again white hot (129 companies have debuted year-to-date, the most since 2007) going private is the “in” thing to do.

    The latest company considering the go-private move is smartphone maker BlackBerry (Nasdaq: BBRY). Reuters was first to break the story that sent shares of the Canadian based company soaring nearly 6%. Apparently CEO Thorsten Heins and the BlackBerry board more »

  • Should You Get Out of BlackBerry?

    By Gayron Wainwright - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF

    Many companies go public to decrease debt or to obtain financing externally, instead of using the banking system. A company has many other reasons to want to go public instead of staying private, like public credibility, the ability to offer stock and stock options to attract top talent, and the ability to offer securities instead of 100% capital for acquisitions of other companies. BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is thinking of going more »

  • A Story of Success (and One Mess)

    By Marie Palumbo - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, TMUS

    Last month, both T-Mobile(NYSE: TMUS) and Blackberry(NASDAQ: BBRY) began new chapters that will alter the stories of their respective corporations. For T-Mobile, recent events point towards a story of resurgence, hope, and excitement. For Blackberry, it seems that a harrowing tale of lost focus and a bleak future is on the horizon. Authors often use specific events to foreshadow coming actions. This past month, both companies held their more »

  • The World's Biggest PC Vendor Is Ridiculously Cheap

    By Adrian Campos - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, DELL, LNVGY.PK

    At around $18 per share, the world's no. 1 PC vendor, Lenovo (NASDAQOTH: LNVGY.PK), is extremely cheap at the moment. It's so cheap that you might consider going long, even after acknowledging that the PC world is shrinking. With a 15.3 times price-to-earnings multiple, increasing attempts to diversify its portfolio, an emerging server business and significant strides to capture new users with Android handsets, the new Lenovo more »

  • 3 Reasons the Forecast is Gloomy for Yahoo!

    By Marie Palumbo - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, YHOO

    If you were savvy enough to buy Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) stock a year ago when Marissa Mayer took over the CEO reigns, my hat is off to you. That move made over 70% in gains, as the stock price soared over the last year. But when taking a closer look at the increase, and what is ahead for the internet giant, times may not be as advantageous for investors. Here more »

  • Who Will Win the Smartphone Wars?

    By Ryan Peckyno - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    Back in 2009 there were a handful of lawsuits filed between the major smartphone manufacturers.  Today they are commonplace.  In fact, it appears that many of the smartphone companies now treat litigation as a separate line of business. 

    That helps to explain why (according to Wikipedia) the number of "major events" (suits, countersuits, etc.) increased from 3 in 2009 to 35 in 2010 to 57 in 2011 before tapering off more »

  • Can Nokia Defeat Apple in the Smartphone Wars?

    By Victor Alagbe - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    The digital camera is no longer a necessity on a trip out with family and friends unless you are a professional photographer. More so, the fact that you cannot upload pictures to social media sites from most digital cameras is not helping the cause of the digital camera. Of course, the best camera is the one in your hand right now, probably the one on your smartphone. This is probably more »

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