• Could This Be a Game-Changer?

    By Zain Zafar - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, MSFT, NOK

    In recent times, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has struggled to compete with the Android-iPhone duopoly, especially when it comes to high-end smartphones. With the launch of the much-hyped 41 megapixel PureView phone, the Lumia 1020, Nokia hopes to give competitors something to think about. However, as an investor, I don’t think that this phone would be able to live up to its hype as an integral step in the company more »

  • 3 Can't Miss Quotes for Technology Investors This Earnings Season

    By Robert Baillieul - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, FB

    It was a rough earnings season for technology investors. Once again the headlines proclaimed the end of the personal computer and rehashed the boom in smartphone sales. However, hidden within company conference calls are comments foretelling emergent trends. Sometimes careful listeners can catch a peek at a new industry development giving you the investment edge. Here are three of my favorite quotes and what they mean for investors. 

    The revolution more »

  • Apple: Dead Money Through November?

    By Bill Shamblin - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, MSFT, NOK

    One key to successful long-term investing is learning to manage short-term expectations. Many Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) investors expect Apple's stock price to move up when new product(s) are announced in the fall. History however, shows it may be wise for Apple investors to temper their short-term expectations for the stock.

    The market is rarely impressed with Apple's new products

    Here's how the market responded to Apple more »

  • 2 Reasons Why This Tech Firm Is Still a Sell

    By Marie Palumbo - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, SSNLF

    Just when investors thought BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) couldn’t go any lower, its stock took another plunge.

    The stock dropped 30% in June, leaving it down 95% since its high of $230 way back in 2007. Now that BlackBerry has hit this new low, it can only go up, right? Wrong. The name change isn’t going to save the firm and I think it still has plenty of room more »

  • Is BlackBerry Still Worth the Risk?

    By Ashley Sales - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, SSNLF

    Android has grown many-fold in terms of popularity among the competing mobile platforms with only Apple putting up a semblance of a competition, relying mostly on its hardware capabilities. Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android, accounting for nearly 75% of all smartphone devices, has instigated renewed initiatives from Microsoft and BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) to carve their niches in the market for their platforms.

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    Keeping a tab on the more »

  • Struggling BlackBerry Does...OK

    By Mandy Seay - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    Amidst fairly neutral consumer reviews of its two flagship handsets the Z10 and Q10, newly-rebranded BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) restructures because of fears from inside and out that it will lose the battle to maintain popularity among consumers. With early discounts on the company's two newest handsets and a recent major fall in share prices, this suggests that its hopes for better fortunes from the new handsets and operating system more »

  • Should You Invest in These Turnaround Stocks?

    By Sarfaraz Khan - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GRPN, MTG

    Turnaround stocks represent companies that are on the verge of a possible u-turn, or a revival of their fortunes. Due to their inherent volatile nature, they are pure contrarian plays and are therefore not ideal for the fainthearted. While they lure investors with a possibility of monumental returns in the long run, they can also turn sour -- as in the case of investors who bought into the US Airways’ turnaround more »

  • Why Apple Trades Like a Mediocre Company

    By Ryan Peckyno - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, MSFT

    A lot of analysts blog about how Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is super cheap.  From their perspective, Apple has a premium brand, a dominant position in the market, and trades at a price-to-earnings ratio that is less than the market's -- actually much less if you take out the billions of dollars of cash that Apple has on its balance sheet.  In fact, reducing Apple's share price by its cash more »

  • Will Apple Go the Way of BlackBerry?

    By Ted Cooper - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    Companies come and go in the technology sector; companies at the top one decade may be facing bankruptcy in the next. The rise and fall of BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is illustrative of the turnover at the top of the technology sector.

    Given this general pattern, many investors are asking whether the same thing that happened to BlackBerry will happen to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). This article explores whether Apple has any more »

  • 3 Can't Miss Quotes From Apple's Earnings Report

    By Robert Baillieul - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY

    On Tuesday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) reported its latest quarterly results. There were plenty of nuggets in there for both the bears and the bulls. Here were the three quotes from Tim Cook that I found most illuminating. 

    Peak smartphone

    Analysts peppered CEO Tim Cook with questions regarding the strength of Apple's smartphone business.

    "I don't subscribe to the common view that the higher end if you will of more »

  • Where BlackBerry Went Wrong and Why It Should Reverse Strategy

    By Lennox Yieke - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    From a tech standpoint, BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) still presents one of the best products in the market. However, its business edge is waning. As indicated in the past earnings report, the handset maker posted larger than expected losses. While analysts had expected BlackBerry to post earnings of $0.05 per share, it posted losses of $0.16 per share. Worse still, it expects to dip even further in the current more »

  • Why Nokia Is a Historical Turnaround in the Making

    By Adrian Campos - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, NOK

    Believe it or not, the same company that had to pay the enormous consequences of missing the smartphone revolution for years is now having an amazing 52-week performance. In fact, with an unbelievable 135.1% price increase, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is by far the best performing stock among the most popular mobile device manufacturers, which include Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Blackberry (NASDAQ: BBRY).

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    Nokia, ladies and gentlemen, could soon make more »

  • BlackBerry's Next Hail Mary

    By Robert Baillieul - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, FB

    BlackBerry's (NASDAQ: BBRY) BB10 launch has been disappointing. Last quarter, the company moved only 2.7 million BB10 handsets which was well below Wall Street's conservative expectations. Now many analysts are wondering if the company even has a future in mobile devices.

    Could BlackBerry survive without its hardware business? It's a long shot - but it's possible. Here're three ways the company could reemerge if BB10 more »

  • Is Apple the Best Value in Technology?

    By Ken McGaha - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, HPQ

    Great businesses that are valued like a weak one offer investors who act the opportunity to reap fantastic returns as share prices return to fair value. The recent dramatic decline in the share price of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) appears to provide just such an opportunity today.

    The competition

    Yahoo! Finance lists Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), and BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) as the main competitors to Apple. Ironically, Yahoo! Finance more »

  • Handset Maker Admits Mistakes Were Made: Stay Away

    By Reuben Brewer - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, MSFT

    BlackBerry's (NASDAQ: BBRY) launch of the BlackBerry 10 was bungled from day one. At the shareholder meeting, CEO Thorsten Heins basically admitted as much, suggesting the company is a work in progress. That might be true, but is it one worth waiting around for?

    Mistakes were Made

    BlackBerry's first mistake, under previous management, was failing to change along with competitors in the handset market. It let Apple's more »

  • Is This Struggling Tech Company Finally Ready for the Picking?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, GOOG, NOK

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) has been in survival mode for a while now, but that mode may be switching to panic among some investors -- perhaps including fund manager Andreas Halvorsen -- as the company posted a very disappointing May quarterly earnings report, just three months after posting a better-than-expected report for the February quarter. It is pretty clear at this point that BlackBerry is at the crossroads in determining its future...if more »

  • Nokia? No Thanks

    By Jayson Derrick - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, MSFT, NOK

    Nokia (NYSE: NOK) recently released quarterly results that appear to be positive, but in reality, aren't that great. I believe that Nokia’s management hasn’t been able to stabilize the company’s overall business and has only managed to cut costs. This is not enough to help the company in a highly competitive environment. While sales of its smartphones continue to lag, investors are continuing to lose confidence more »

  • The End of the Smartphone Boom

    By Robert Baillieul - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    Is the smartphone boom over? Recent signs suggest growth is slowing and margins are shrinking. In many ways the industry is developing an uncanny resemblance to the personal computer and television busts of yesteryear. This could spell trouble for the major mobile players.

    Disappointing results

    It's been a tough year for smartphone manufacturers.

    Last week Samsung's preliminary financial results failed to meet the street's expectations due to more »

  • iOS 7: A Nightmare for the Competition?

    By Bill Shamblin - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG

    iPhone and iPad users will no doubt delight in the lively, dynamic look, feel and functionality found in Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) revolutionary new mobile operating system, iOS 7.  Apple investors, however, are likely to find their delight in the problems Apple's competition will face if they try to duplicate the iOS 7 UI.


    Apple's iPhone, introduced in 2007, caught the smartphone competition flatfooted. While smartphone OEMs more »

  • BlackBerry & Nook: An Accretive Opportunity for this Software Giant?

    By Bob Chandler - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: BKS, BBRY, MSFT

    BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) seems to be on the outs with investors again. The shares, after jumping to $18 from $6, fell back sharply when the company recently reported disappointing quarterly results.

    Barnes & Noble’s (NYSE: BKS) Nook business seems to be in a worse predicament. After losing $475 million last fiscal year, the CEO recently fled and the company announced it would stop manufacturing the Nook tablet.

    Given the news more »

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