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  • What does $1,000 Per Share Mean to You?

    By Evan Buck - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-A, GOOG, PCLN, SPY

    A fairly common and rather tragic misnomer is that the stock market is rigged in favor of Wall Street executives and fat cats, the quintessential "1 percenters." Individual investors supposedly have no business trying to compete with the likes of Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-A) Warren Buffet, or George Soros, or Carl Ichan.

    However, this misnomer mistakenly pits individual investors like you and me against the "big boys" on Wall 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 »

  • Millennial Media Gets Cheaper

    By Mark Holder - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, MM

    Another quarterly report and another major selloff of the Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) stock. Investors not reading the report would probably suspect that the leading independent mobile advertising company released earnings that didn’t meet estimates. The nearly 19% loss on top of an 8% loss on the day earnings were released undoubtedly must’ve been due to extremely negative numbers.

    The sell off was actually caused by a couple 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 »

  • An Android Tsunami to Wash Away the Video Game Establishment

    By Sam Mattera - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, NVDA

    First it was indie projects like the Ouya. Then a major tech company, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA),  stepped into the market with its handheld SHIELD. Next came reports that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) was working on a console of its own. And now, Internet retailer Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is said to be preparing a console to be released this year.

    All these devices have two things in common: they’re designed to more »

  • Is Google Really to Blame for Weak Ad-Tech IPOs?

    By Mark Holder - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MRIN, TRMR, YUME

    The recent weakness in advertising technology-related IPOs has reached a level where other firms will likely delay IPO plans. Typically, companies don’t go public when pricing below the original mid-point, yet the sector has seen several IPOs price anyway. Even worse, these stocks have performed badly after pricing, further compounding the problem.

    While Bloomberg suggests the online ad dominance of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is the leading cause of the more »

  • 4 Stocks to Play the Mobile Ad Market

    By Chris Moore - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MM, YELP

    Facebook’s (NASDAQ: FB) recent earnings release confirmed one thing that investors have suspected all along: mobile is the future. More precisely, monetized mobile is the future, which usually means serving quality ads to mobile devices. Facebook isn’t the only company to be interested in tackling this monumental task, with competitors ranging from tech giants Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) all the way to smaller niche competitors like Yelp (NYSE: YELP 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 »

  • NVIDIA’s Tegra Is Losing Its Wheels

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, NVDA, QCOM

    When chipmaker NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) recently released its second-quarter results, it became clear that the company is struggling. It was not surprising to see the company’s revenue and earnings fall from the year-ago period, given the fact that the PC market has been on shaky ground and NVIDIA’s mobile initiative has failed to take off -- rather it’s going downhill at the moment.

    While investors might rave about 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 »

  • Is Facebook Ahead of Itself?

    By Joshua Bondy - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BIDU, FB, GOOG

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is one of the most volatile large-caps, and it looks like investors have forgotten basic online economics. A recent study of almost 250 brands found that Facebook creates around 40 times fewer new customers than search engines, and customers acquired through social media properties like Facebook are worth less than customers acquired through search engines.  Right now Facebook looks too expensive, given its lack of ability to 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Is the Surface a Problem for Microsoft?

    By Chris Moore - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, INTC, MSFT, NOK

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has put together a few wins recently, even in the face of a declining PC market. The Surface was supposed to be the company's big break into the tablet space, but unfortunately it seems to have fallen short.

    Despite being an impressive demonstration of the company’s innovation capabilities, its lack of sales forced the company to take a $900 million inventory write-down. In addition to more »

  • Tablet Wars: Changing Industry Dynamics Catch up With Microsoft

    By Sarfaraz Khan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    One of the world’s leading tech companies, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), recently released quarterly results that disappointed investors. The company missed both top- and bottom-line estimates on the back of weakness in the global PC market and poor sales of its flagship tablet computer. The PC market has been in recession for more than a couple of years, but Microsoft was too late to react. It is now trying to more »

  • What Long-term Individual Investors Should Know About Apple

    By Lennox Yieke - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, DELL, GOOG

    Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has seen a significant rally after a 6-month pullback that saw it lose close to 18% in market value at a time when US markets were hitting unprecedented highs. Richard Ross, Talking Number’s contributor and Global Technical Strategist at Auerbach Grayson, argues that the 200-day moving average in Apple’s stock chart presents a visible launch pad for a text book correction. In view more »

  • Aggressive Acquisitions Could Hamper Future Growth

    By Harriet Tramer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, UL, WM

    Investors might purchase stock in a company that is “going green” not only because they want to support environmentally friendly practices but also because they view these practices as being an indication of all around sound management.

    But does that mean they should be attracted to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Waste Management (NYSE: WM) or Unilever (NYSE: UL) which have all been lauded for showing concerns about their environment? Not necessarily more »

  • Can More Online Advertising Increase Profits?

    By Erik MacLennan - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AOL, FB, GOOG

    With ever-increasing popularity in the internet and social media, the big companies behind these services are trying to up their profits without keeping the consumer's best interests at heart. Being subject to advertisements online has been a fact of life for many internet users, and has been working for companies for many years. For many internet-based companies, this method of money-making has been crucial to their success. It is more »

  • Can Groupon Keep the Growth Going?

    By Diane Alter - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN

    For investors who bought shares in the online daily deals site Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) prior to second quarter earnings, they certainly got a deal.

    Shares soared some 22% following its second quarter earnings release and the announcement of interim CEO Eric Lefkofsky as permanent CEO. It was indeed an impressive one-day gain for the struggling company, but it’s way too early to call Groupon a true turnaround story. “I more »

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