What’s the Deal, PC? Tablets Got Your Sales?
April 11 2013 10:44 AM
IDC and Gartner have released their quarterly trackers of PC shipments worldwide and in the U.S., and while both are mostly negative, there are some discrepancies between the two firms. According to IDC, global PC shipments declined 13.9 percent year-on-year to 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, nearly doubling the firms predicted decline. The deep slide is the worst recorded since the firm began tracking shipments in 1994.
Is FedEx a Good Defensive Play?
April 11 2013 10:37 AM
With shares of FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) trading at around $97.96, is FDX an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: C = Catalyst for the Stock’s Movement On the positive side, FedEx is expanding higher margin operations, it’s undergoing a strategic cost-cutting program, and revenue has been solid. However, there are many negatives as well, which include:
Wells Fargo Earnings Preview
April 11 2013 9:02 AM
A Warren Buffett favorite, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) will report earnings on Friday, April 12 before the opening bell with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 AM EST. Along with being the first bank to offer online account access in 1995, the bank is known for adhering to a more traditional banking model relying on traditional loans and deposits although highly levered to mortgages.
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April 11 2013 8:50 AM
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UPDATE: Nomura Downgrades Microsoft to Neutral on Weak PC Demand
April 11 2013 8:39 AM
In a report published by Nomura, analyst Rich Sherlund downgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) from Buy to Neutral and maintained a $32.00 price target.
Can Starbucks Break Out?
April 10 2013 3:35 PM
Starbucks is a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee operating in 60 countries. The company purchases and roasts coffees that it sells, along with handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of fresh food items, through company-operated stores. It also sells a variety of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks through other channels, such as licensed stores and national food service accounts. Through its stores and other channels, Starbucks is able to provide the convenient items that many consumers around the world are demanding.
Does Wal-Mart Support All-Time Highs?
April 10 2013 2:24 PM
Wal-Mart operates retail stores in various formats around the world. Pricing items at a low price everyday is the company’s pricing philosophy. Wal-Mart operates in three business segments: Walmart U.S. segment, Walmart International, and Sam’s Club. Through its segments, Wal-Mart is able to provide the products demanded by consumers and businesses across the globe at very competitive prices.
Apple's Q2 Earnings Foreshadowed by Weak Foxconn Results
April 10 2013 2:08 PM
Is Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) about to a report a disappointing quarter? The Cupertino, California-based tech giant will report its fiscal 2013 second quarter results on April 23. This is exactly three months after the company reported a record-breaking first quarter, selling 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads. Apple's first quarter sales (which encompasses the holiday shopping season) are often higher than the company's second quarter results. Even so, the Mac maker increased its sales during the last three Q2 periods: 2010, 2011 and 2012.
14 Stocks to Watch if Marijuana Becomes Legal
April 10 2013 2:02 PM
The 2012 elections witnessed the first two states to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Since then, other states have taken action toward legalization and most polls now show more than half of Americans in favor of legalizing recreational use of marijuana and regulating it similar to alcohol and tobacco.
What Do These Factors Say About Philip Morris?
April 10 2013 9:50 AM
Philip Morris, through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products. The companys portfolio of international and local brands include Marlboro, Merit, Parliament, Virginia Slims, L&M, Chesterfield, Bond Street, Lark, Muratti, Next, Philip Morris, and Red & White. The company sells its products in approximately 180 countries in the North and South America, European Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The products provided by Philip Morris are a staple in many lives so look for the company to see profits well into the future.
Will Costco Continue to Explode?
April 09 2013 10:06 AM
Costco engages in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Australia, and through majority owned subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco buys the majority of its merchandise directly from manufacturers which allows it to sell at very low prices. As consumers opt to shop for larger items with more discounts, look for Costco to lead this market.
Apple and Google Are Killing BlackBerry and Microsoft in App Sales
April 09 2013 9:51 AM
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) continue to reign supreme when it comes to mobile app purchases, according to a Canalys report issued on Monday, while Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) are more paupers than princes in this court. Google Play and Apple’s App Store are dominating app and in-app purchases, but Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry World are struggling to get their footing, despite a growing smartphone market and a double-digit increase in app downloads in the last three months.
iPad 5 Production Rumored for Mid-Summer Start
April 09 2013 8:56 AM
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) long-awaited iPad upgrade could go into production in just a few months. According to DigiTimes, volume production for the fifth-generation iPad will begin in July or August. This would enable the company to ship the new device before October, which will mark the one year anniversary of the fourth-generation model.
Alcoa Kicks Off Earnings Season By Beating Expectations
April 08 2013 5:04 PM
Alcoa (NYSE:AA), the world’s third-largest producer of aluminum and Dow Jones Industrial Average component kicked off earnings season on Monday after the markets closed. The stock closed the day up 1.82 percent, although it gave up nearly all of that gain early in post-market trading.
Can Nike Continue This Bullish Run?
April 08 2013 4:57 PM
Nike is engaged in the design, development and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. The company sells its products to retail accounts, through Nike owned retail stores and internet sales, and through a mix of independent distributors and licensees, in approximately 190 countries around the world. Nike focuses its product offerings in seven key categories: running, basketball, soccer, men’s training, women’s training, Nike sportswear and action sports. As the staying active movement is on the rise, Nike is poised to see profits well into the future. T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong Nike has seen a tremendous uptrend over the last decade. The stock is currently trading at all-time highs, something that has been very familiar over the last few years. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Nike is trading above its risking key averages which signal bullish price action in the near-term.
Analyst: Here’s How Many iPhones Apple Sold Last Quarter
April 08 2013 2:39 PM
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) earnings are just over two weeks away. On average, analysts are looking for earnings to contract about 17.5 percent to $10.13 per share, and revenue to increase 9 percent to $42.70 billion. Apple, for its part, guided revenue in a range between $41 and $43 billion.
Does Morgan Stanley Have Upside Potential?
April 08 2013 1:03 PM
Morgan Stanley has been extremely volatile over the past two years. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict where this stock is likely to go next. However, we can take a quick look at the situation and do our best to form an opinion.
Will Apple Scare Samsung Out of the Smartphone Business?
April 08 2013 10:50 AM
Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is in crisis mode, or at least it should be, according to chairman Lee Kun-hee, and could be looking at a major shakeup and directional change in the coming months. Troubled by ongoing litigation with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Lee may seek to cut Samsung’s “reliance on its mobile business,” according to a Korea Times report citing company insiders. Lee just returned from a three-month trip to Japan and Hawaii, and has a history of taking lengthy trips overseas only to return to Samsung with ideas for major changes, including new directions for the business and managerial shakeups.
- AZZ Up on Successful Earnings
April 08 2013 10:37 AM
AZZ Incorporated (NYSE: AZZ [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) is up on Monday after topping fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 earnings estimates. The Fort Worth-based firm's fourth quarter EPS grew 13 percent to $0.52 and topped analysts' expectations of $0.48. Fourth quarter revenue finished up 13.6 percent year-over-year at $140.4 million, but fell short of the $142.69 million analysts hoped for.
Alcoa Earnings Preview
April 08 2013 8:35 AM
Here we go. The official start of earnings season begins with Alcoa (NYSE: AA [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) reporting Q1 earnings after the bell on Monday. The stock is the Punxsutawney Phil of the stock market. If Alcoa reports solid earnings, investors look forward to a positive earnings season. If it doesn’t, expect disappointment as companies announce.