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  • Smartphones Are Fast Becoming Indispensable, And Here’s How You Stand To Profit From It

    By Awais Malik - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, QCOM, ERIC

    The communications equipment industry is paradoxical. It is booming but also largely unpredictable. The latest turn of events have left some investors confused. While others are disappointed even with some of the best results ever in companies’ history. Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) are all amongst the headlines this week. So what should you read into the news rolling out of this industry?

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  • Alcatel Lucent: A Minnow in a Pond of Sharks

    By Mandy Seay - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    French telecom equipment company Alcatel Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is in the midst of a major corporate restructure, has bad debts, and its share value is just over 14% of what it was when the two companies merged in 2006. Despite its large size in 2006, it is a minnow in a pool of sharks now, and will not have high profit margins if it is to compete with its much more »

  • Promising Stocks in the Communication Equipment Industry

    By usman iftikhar - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, ERIC

    The communication equipment industry has started showing signs of recovery after declining for the past five years.

    Despite the rising demand for its products and services, the industry is still facing a tough time due to the growing imports from low-cost countries. This trend is decreasing the total revenues of the industry players.

    In response, industry players are focusing on acquiring new technologies and managing their product and service lines more »

  • Another Reason to Buy Nokia

    By Mohsin Saeed - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: NOK, SI, ERIC

    For the last couple of years, investors of Nokia (NYSE: NOK) have been on a roller coaster ride. Apple and Samsung have obliterated its market share but Nokia, to some extent, bounced back with its Lumia series. The real issue with Nokia has always been the enormous downside risk. The recent purchase of NSN gives investors some downside buffer but this comes at the cost of much needed cash.

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  • Should You Invest in These 3 Communications Equipment Makers

    By Madhukar Dubey - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: HRS, MSI, ERIC

    The global communication equipment industry is expected to reach $185 billion by 2015, a nearly 34% rise as compared to 2010. The key factor for growth in the industry is the increasing demand of advanced network technology in different sectors. Three companies from this industry recently signed major contracts to meet this increasing demand of advanced network technology.

    Let us find out how these contracts will impact their revenue in more »

  • Alcatel Lucent Revival Plan: Should You Jump In?

    By Vikas Shukla - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    Alcatel Lucent's  (NYSE: ALU) newly appointed CEO, Michel Combes, recently announced plans to cut costs. Combes said he aims to raise 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) by 2015 through job cuts and asset sales.

    After Combes joined the French-American telecom networking equipment maker in April, he has been trying to refocus the company on strengthening its position in the wireless broadband equipment business. Alcatel Lucent already has one more »

  • Alcatel-Lucent: Is “The Shift Plan” the Answer?

    By Nicholas Kitonyi - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    The telecom industry is one of the most promising in the market mainly due to the rapid growth in sales and usage of smart devices.

    Network equipment providers such as Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) are bound to profit from this paradigm shift, along with the smartphone developers.

    However in order to fully capitalize on the shift from feature phones and traditional mobile devices more »

  • Cutting Costs Should Not Be Part of This Company’s Plan!

    By Brian Nichols - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    Telecom equipment company Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is on pace to post its first year of gains since 2009. In 2013, the stock has rallied 35% -- but during the last seven months the stock is higher by 87%.

    These large gains are not due to any fundamental improvements – rather a plan on behalf of the company to monetize its industry-leading IP portfolio and divest the problem areas of its business.

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  • A Modest Industry Leader: Cisco

    By Mihir Mehta - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    Born to address the need of a husband and wife located in different office buildings to communicate with each other, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) has, since inception, catered to the needs of small and big enterprises with viable and innovative networking products and services. Cisco’s growth has slowed down slightly in the recent past owing to a challenging macroeconomic environment but nonetheless, it has been successful in beating street more »

  • This Telecom Giant Faces Tough Challenges Ahead

    By Nur Tarkak - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CSCO, ERIC

    Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is going through a rough period. The company faces tough challenges ahead. Its cash flows and income are declining. The last fiscal year was a very bad one for the company. Its net income tremendously dropped from net positive earnings to net losses. Its debt is rising whereas cash flow from operations turned negative.

    On top of that, it is also facing tough challenges in the market more »

  • Billionaire Activist Zeroes in on Sony

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, SNE, ERIC | Editor's Choice

    Sony (ADR) (NYSE: SNE) has been a perennial under-performer since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. The stock peaked in 2000 at around $156 a share and has been a terrible investment for investors ever since. The collapse and similarities I see in the chart reminds me of the BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) collapse in 2008.

    In many ways I ask myself how did this company miss so many technological changes more »

  • This Wi-Fi Solutions Provider Is Too Hot to Touch

    By Anh HOANG - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: ARUN, RKUS, ERIC

    On May 6, Ruckus Wireless (NYSE: RKUS) experienced a significant decline of as much as 17.4% to $15.70 per share in after hours trading after it reported sluggish results. Ruckus Wireless investors might not be happy, as the company has dropped more than 32% since the beginning of the year.

    Interestingly, several famous institutions are big Ruckus Wireless shareholders, including Sequoia Capital and Google. While Sequoia holds 5 more »

  • Buy Cisco Systems: Right Time, Right Stock

    By Marina Avilkina - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, QCOM, ERIC

    Editor's Note: Cisco sold Linksys early 2013. This version, along with Cisco's dividend yield has been corrected.

    Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) designs, manufactures, and distributes networking equipment. Cisco makes digital TV boxes. In 2012 the company derived about 55% of its revenue from enterprise networking switches and services. Routers and network security and miscellaneous products made up another 30%. The consumer business accounted for around 9% of Cisco more »

  • Microsoft’s old is gold policy…

    By Rakesh Anand - April 19, 2013 | Tickers: MSFT, NTDOY.PK, SNE, ERIC

    Microsoft (MSFT:NASDAQ) sells its newest and arguably the most exciting offer - IPTVsolutions to Ericsson (ERIC:NASDAQ). This procurement is a bilateral agreement between both parties for maximized mutual benefits. Now Microsoft plans to focus entirely on the consumer TV strategy with Xbox.The world's biggest software company said that it will now focus its TV ambitions on its popular Xbox gaming console, which is a medium for all more »

  • Billionaire Ken Griffin Gets Bullish On Communications

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CIEN, CSCO, JNPR, ERIC

    Billionaire Ken Griffin now owns over 5.17 million shares of one of the most under rated communications companies around, Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN). In a filing with the SEC, Griffin disclosed that he and his hedge fund, Citadel Advisors, upped their stake in Ciena by five fold and now owns 5.1% of the company. Ciena, is well positioned in the telecommunications equipment industry to meet the rising demand more »

  • Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel Has Taken a 5.1% Stake in This Tech Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 20, 2013 | Tickers: ALU, CIEN, CSCO, JDSU, ERIC

    A 13G filed with the SEC has revealed that Citadel Investment Group, a large hedge fund managed by billionaire Ken Griffin, owns 5.2 million shares of Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN), a $1.7 billion market cap communications equipment and software company. This comes out to 5.1% of the total shares outstanding. We track quarterly 13F filings from hedge funds such as Citadel as part of our work researching investment more »

  • 5 Tech Stocks for Your Income Portfolio

    By Shas Dey - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: ADI, EMR, STX, STM, ERIC

    Out of all investment styles, income investment is one of the most popular, and there are good reasons for its popularity. Income investment focuses on stocks with high dividends. However, it would be folly to go after a stock with high dividends without paying any heed to other metrics like dividend yield ratio, dividend payout ratio and dividend growth rate. A good income portfolio makes sure that it contains stocks more »

  • Sony Fighting to Define its Future

    By Chris Moore - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: AMD, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, SNE, ERIC

    At some point things went wrong for Sony (NYSE: SNE). So wrong that Sony’s next few devices might end up making or breaking the company’s future success. It is clear Sony is paying attention, breaking its old habits to deliver a mobile line and an update to its Playstation line designed to impress. The question is, can either make a big enough impact to let Sony chart its more »

  • Does Nokia Have a Silver Lining?

    By Lior Cohen - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, MSFT, NOK, ERIC

    Note: A previous version of this article erroneously referenced Nokia's dividend, which the company has recently eliminated.

    Despite the hype over Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and its Lumia smart-phone, the company wasn't able to impress its investors as shares of the company tumbled down by nearly 4.8% in 2013 (year-to-date). Moreover, Nokia's sales didn't grow in the last quarter of 2012. Will Nokia be able to more »

  • Achieving Investing Efficiencies

    By David Mercer - February 8, 2013 | Tickers: ERIC, VTI

    In today's increasingly complex financial arena, it's important to stress certain fundamental investing principles. Among these, first and foremost simplicity is often best. Moreover, we'll examine some strategies that support this concept and are suitable for comfortable, worry-free long-term investing. In brief, there are specific axioms which each successful investor should utilize, sometimes with some variation, to excel in often turbulent markets.

    So, let's examine a more »

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