• Exchanges Will Never Be Flawless

    By Hyuncha Cho - August 30, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NDAQ, NYX

    Welcome to the 21st century, where automation involves transitioning everyday responsibilities to computers. Recently, the NASDAQ OMX Group (NASDAQ: NDAQ) had a lot of negative backlash for shutting down the exchange for three hours.

    Talk about, difficulties in execution, right? Is this the new norm, and the answer is… of course. Remember – code is made by humans, and humans are prone to error, so it wouldn’t be surprising more »

  • 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 »

  • Nokia: Like Catching A Falling Knife?

    By Godiyal .S - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Microsoft Makes a Play with Xbox One FIFA Bundle

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: EA, MSFT, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American tech giant best known for creating the Windows operating system and ushering in the computer revolution. The company also produces videogame hardware under the Xbox brand and is set to release its new Xbox One console this holiday season.

    The Xbox One received a scathing reception upon its unveiling, prompting Microsoft to implement a number of changes to the product. Recent news and the extent more »

  • Disney and Microsoft are Compulsive Gamblers

    By Marie Palumbo - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, DIS, ZNGA

    The lights and glamour of Las Vegas emerge as the sun sets in the Nevada desert. Roulette wheels begin to spin, hits are called, bets are placed, and the whirl of slot machines fills the air. Thousands of people come to the strip every night, and if you’re not watching closely, you’ll miss two of Las Vegas’s biggest gamblers: Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).

    These more »

  • Amazon Winning the Market

    By Hina Amjad - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT

    What is Amazon?

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has never disappointed its stakeholders in terms of return on innovative strategic decision making for competitive products launch in the market. However considering the emphatic 250% rise in the price of the stock over the past five years, it has been a bit difficult for the investors to trust Amazon with its projects. The gigantic increase in the stock price has surpassed the likes more »

  • What a Pack-in Headset Says About the Future of Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft(MSFT) is an American software giant that helped usher in the computer age. The company has also branched out into hardware manufacturing, creating devices such as the Zune, the Xbox console line, and the Surface Tablet.

    In planning and debuting its upcoming Xbox One videogame console, Microsoft has made a number of costly errors. Now, its recent decision to include a headset in every box portends bigger changes for more »

  • The Kinect Camera Is Still a Problem for Microsoft's Xbox One

    By Keith Noonan - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE

    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is one of the biggest companies in the tech industry. Its software helped to spur the personal computer revolution and the establishment of the Internet age.

    The company plans to debut a successor to its popular Xbox 360 console this fall, the Xbox One. The soon-to-be-released console has gotten off to a turbulent start, having to reverse course on a number of features, policies, and strategic visions more »

  • Why Microsoft Shouldn't Buy Nokia

    By Robert Baillieul - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NOK

    Is a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) led takeover of Nokia (NYSE: NOK) in the cards? Probably not - with the brightening future of Windows Phones, there's no longer a pressing need for Microsoft to buy the Finnish handset manufacturer. 

    No longer a pressing issue

    There was a time months ago when such a deal made sense. Windows was a fledgling mobile operating system, mired in stagnation, and Nokia was the only more »

  • Returns up in the Clouds

    By Callum Turcan - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, CRM, WDAY

    Do investors have their heads in the clouds or is their logic grounded in good statistics? It appears to be the latter, as a June Information Week survey stated that 60% of respondents are using or considering using a cloud app platform, up from 52%. This is a very bullish sign for (NYSE: CRM) which offers those services through its Heroku and websites.

    46% of respondents 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 »

  • ARM Holdings Caught Between Microsoft Surface and Intel

    By Raj S - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: ARMH, INTC, MSFT

    ARM Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH) singlehandedly provides the biggest competition to Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC) and the impact of the company’s position is clearly evident on its stock price. ARM Holdings stock is up more than 80% in the past 52 weeks. Despite this astronomical growth, there are some concerns cropping up for the British company. While stock markets are speculating that the scrip is overvalued, analysts are also apprehensive 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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