• Is it safe to invest in Samsung?

    By Dalton Opiyo - August 22, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, SSNLF

    A brief history

    Since its founding in 1939, Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) has been involved in very many and very diverse areas of technology and is known all over the world. From household electronics to industrial machinery, we all know something from Samsung. It is therefore hardly likely that a company with such deep roots will die or become irrelevant anytime in the near future. That said, a quick perusal of more »

  • A Winner in the Mobile Revolution

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, QCOM, SSNLF

    The mobile computing revolution is here to stay; and this trend will generate plenty of opportunities for growth going forward. While industry giants like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) fight each other over dominance in devices, Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is in a position of remarkable strength to benefit from the mobile boom as a leading supplier to the major industry players.

    In the right places
    Qualcomm is a more »

  • Samsung's Galaxy Gear Could Determine Its Relationship With Google

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) will reportedly unveil its smartwatch on Sept. 4, six days before the rumored announcement of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) next iPhone.

    SamMobile reports that the watch (which will be called the “Galaxy Gear”) will be unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event, along with the next iteration of its popular phablet, the Galaxy Note 3.

    While the success (or failure) of the device will no doubt affect Samsung more »

  • Micron Technology Has Plenty Of Upside To Offer

    By Piyush Arora - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, MU, SSNLF

    According to a recent report by IC insights, the ASP (Average Selling Price) of DRAM modules could soar by 40% this year. The report suggests that the constrained supply of DRAM modules, and limited investments in production capacity expansions, are the main culprits. On the other hand, a couple of research reports suggest that NAND flash are in short supply, due to which, average prices of NAND contracts could increase more »

  • Breaking Down This Google Glass Play Into Pieces

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, HIMX, SSNLF

    Himax Technologies (NASDAQ: HIMX) has been on a tear this year, appreciating more than 150%. The stock suddenly came into the spotlight earlier this year after it was revealed that it would be supplying a key component to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for the Google Glass. And then, Google agreed to finance its display business last month.

    It would be an understatement to say that shares have taken off after these more »

  • Choosing The Best Memory Stock

    By Adrian Campos - August 18, 2013 | Tickers: MU, SSNLF, SNDK

    The memory industry is known for being always in transition. We have seen many memory cycles since Dr. Masuoka invented the NOR & NAND types of memory for Toshiba in 1980. The market has also changed its memory preferences.

    To give an example, in the mid 90s, DRAM technology was the most popular memory format. By 1995, 15 companies were developing DRAM technology, attracted by the possible high returns that a more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Making Money with Ultra-High Definition

    By Frédéric Lambert - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMBA, SSNLF, SNE, TSLA

    Over a decade ago, the high definition television (HDTV) with a 720p resolution revolutionized the TV industry and stimulated TV sales considerably. HDTV is regarded as the biggest thing that happened to TV technology since color. When it started, it was about 3 times more precise than standard definition (SD) and since then, HDTV evolved into a 1080p resolution which is about 6 times more precise than SD.

    We are more »

  • Is This Company Stuck on a Sinking PC Ship?

    By Joseph Harry - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, SSNLF

    Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares recently fell over 10% after the company reported a terrible quarter, missing earnings estimates by a large margin. Microsoft took a $900 million charge related to Surface RT inventory adjustments, indicating that one of its big bets on mobile had "flopped" severely. To make matters worse, Microsoft also acknowledged that the PC market contracted by 9% during its fiscal year. But even as those sales more »

  • Re-thinking Apple's "Thermonuclear War" Against Android

    By Mark Hibben - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    Incensed by what he deemed to be blatant theft of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) innovations, Steve Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." Far from destroying Android, the years since this declaration have seen Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android become the top mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets.

    IDC more »

  • Is It Time to Sell This Flash Memory Supplier?

    By ANUP SINGH - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: MU, SSNLF, SNDK

    SanDisk (NASDAQ: SNDK), the leading flash-memory developing company, shared its quarterly results last month and performance was marvelous. The company effortlessly surpassed the consensus estimates. After the stellar performance in the previous quarter, I believe the company may have maxed out its profits and will be unable to show similar returns in the future. Why? I will let you know. But first, let’s take a look at the factors 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 »

  • Sony Rejects Loeb's Proposal

    By Sam Mattera - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, SSNLF, SNE

    Sony (NYSE: SNE) has decided to ignore the prodding of hedge fund activist Dan Loeb. The firm won't be selling a stake in its entertainment division -- at least not anytime soon.

    Sony shares slumped nearly 5% on Tuesday, following the news of Sony’s refusal. Given Loeb’s recent track record, Sony shareholders might've been better off if the board had listened to his advice; regardless, Sony remains more »

  • A Few Reasons Why This Stock Was Unfairly Punished

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BRCM, SSNLF | Editor's Choice

    One of the most frustrating experiences in life can be when, as an investor, you see your investment go under. The frustration multiples when the company that you’d invested in had good prospects, solid clients, and great innovation; but still, it fails to do well as an investment.

    A similar thought would be running through the minds of Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) investors, the semiconductor company which, according to me more »

  • An Underperforming Stock That You Shouldn’t Sell

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, FCS, SSNLF

    Around the end of April, I’d suggested that readers take a look at chipmaker Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), primarily a supplier of power management chips. The stock was trading pretty close to its 52-week low when it posted a loss while the Street was looking for a profit. However, it had issued bright guidance, and it looked like its end-markets were picking up steam and orders were flowing in more »

  • Why Now Is a Good Time to Sell This Stock

    By Harsh Chauhan - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, ATML, MSFT, SSNLF

    Semiconductor company Atmel (NASDAQ: ATML) is well-known for two things -- the first is making microcontrollers and the second is inconsistency. However, shares have been up close to 30% so far this year as its performance has alternated between the bad and then, the good. Investors’ faith and management helped the stock appreciate this year.

    But, true to its character, Atmel yet again proved that it cannot stick to one path more »

  • The Moto X Is a Phone No One Should Buy, But Many Will

    By Sam Mattera - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, SSNLF

    Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) subsidiary, Motorola, just unveiled its new flagship phone -- the Moto X.

    Despite being technologically inferior to its Android-based competition, the Moto X is priced competitively with other flagship smartphones like Samsung’s (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF) Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One.

    Nevertheless, the phone should be expected to sell well, and that should benefit the search giant.

    Smartphone: tooty-fruity edition

    Last year, in an interview with CNBC more »

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