Will Apple Scare Samsung Out of the Smartphone Business?
April 08 2013 10:50 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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.
Apple's iRadio Could Sink Pandora - But Not Spotify
April 05 2013 3:02 PM EDT
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) may be gunning for world domination of the streaming music industry, but a new report indicates that it may only have what it takes to lead online radio. According to CNET, Apple is inching closer to a deal with Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.
A Perfect Storm of News Causes Netflix to Tumble 11 Percent
April 04 2013 10:36 AM EDT
Apparently, exoneration by the Securities and Exchange Commission isn’t the cure-all one would think it would be. At least not for Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]). Despite the fact that the government agency absolved Netflix CEO Reed Hastings of wrongdoing after Hastings used a Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) post last summer to announce June 2012 online-streaming stats, the stock fell as much as seven percent Wednesday. The stock recovered, ending the day down almost four percent, representing the fifth straight day of decline for the company.
Disney Drops a Death Star-Sized Bomb on LucasArts
April 04 2013 10:31 AM EDT
Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could have saved this game studio. When Disney (NYSE: DIS [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) acquired the entire Star Wars franchise last fall, many wondered what would become of the beloved saga. The studio quickly announced that three new Star Wars films were in development. JJ Abrams, famous for directing two Star Trek films and for creating a number of hit TV shows, will helm the new trilogy.
Can Sprint Nextel Extend Its Rally?
April 03 2013 4:24 PM EDT
With shares of Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) trading around $6, is S an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
Apple and Microsoft Lay This Dispute to Rest
April 03 2013 4:12 PM EDT
Following a dispute from last December, it appears that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have put disagreements aside and moved on, and evidence of this could be in the appearance of a Microsoft SkyDrive app in Apple’s iOS app store.
Should Panera Be In Your Portfolio?
April 03 2013 3:47 PM EDT
With shares of Panera (NASDAQ:PNRA) trading around $175, is PNRA an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
Apple's Highly Anticipated iTV May Still Come in 2013
April 03 2013 2:57 PM EDT
iTV, the Holy Grail of mysterious Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) products, is getting a boost of hype Wednesday after Topeka Capital Markets issued a new report. According to the Associated Press, Topeka's Brian White believed that Apple will definitely release its first television this year.
Starbucks CEO Says 'If You Don't Support Gay Marriage, Feel Free to Sell SBUX Stock'
April 03 2013 1:11 PM EDT
Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) CEO Howard Schultz firmly defended his company's support of same-sex marriage at the company's annual shareholder meeting on March 20. Schultz understood that his open support of gay marriage would hurt company earnings, but with over 200,000 people employed in the company, he stated, “we want to embrace diversity,” and that “This was not an economic decision.”
Google to Launch Android-Powered Notebook in Q3 2013
April 02 2013 1:07 PM EDT
In an attempt to gain greater control of the notebook market, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) may release an Android-powered laptop in the third quarter.
Is Arch Coal a Dangerous Investment?
April 02 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Was it over for Arch Coal when the market sank in 2000? No! Was it over when the financial crisis sent Arch Coal into a nosedive in late 2008? No! Is it over with Arch Coal trading at just above $5 per share? No! The stock has always made a comeback – no matter how gloomy the situation. The point here is that history tends to repeat itself. However, there are still several concerns, which include:
UPDATE: Goldman Sachs Removes Apple from CL-Buy List After Most Recent Product Cycle
April 02 2013 8:46 AM EDT
In a report published by Goldman Sachs, analyst Bill Shope downgraded Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) from Conviction List Buy to Buy and lowered the price target from $660 to $575. In the report, Goldman Sachs wrote, "We continue to believe Apple's platform-centric business model makes its cash flows and installed base loyalty far more resilient than traditional hardware-centric companies.
Should This Announcement Scare YouTube Fans?
April 01 2013 3:19 PM EDT
The days of such YouTube videos like the Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style are over — at least that is what Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) announced Monday on its YouTube blog.
Derma Sciences Surges on Successful Earnings
April 01 2013 11:54 AM EDT
Derma Sciences (NASDAQ: DSCI [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) is riding high after reporting successful fourth quarter and 2012 earnings. The Princeton, New Jersey firm posted a loss of $0.27 for the fourth quarter, down 17 percent year-over-year. However, it beat the Wall Street consensus of a $0.31 loss per share on this front. Fourth quarter revenue closed up 22 percent at $20.1 million, topping analysts' estimates of $19.73 million.
Tickers, Articles & Keywords: Why Should Your Portfolio Care About 3D Printing?
April 01 2013 8:32 AM EDT
Question: What can you print with a 3D printer? Answer: Almost anything. Still skeptical? Consider this. Four years ago, restaurant manager Eric Moger, lost almost the entire left side of his face due to emergency cancer surgery. Now, according to The Province, thanks to cutting-edge, three-dimensional printing technology, Eric has his face back.
Nokia Is Facing This Hefty Charge
March 29 2013 4:46 PM EDT
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has been asked to settle up on a multi-billion rupee (equivalent to around $383 million) tax demand in India, but the company says it is going to continue to fight the claim and will not pay, for now.
Will Hewlett-Packard Seek Higher Prices?
March 29 2013 4:27 PM EDT
With shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) trading around $23, is HPQ an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
Wal-Mart’s New Shipping Idea is Crazy…Or Is It?
March 29 2013 3:50 PM EDT
Drastic times call for drastic measures, and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) is facing stronger competition than ever from the likes of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). In efforts to speed up delivery times and save on shipping costs, the Bentonville-based low-cost king is proposing a truly drastic measure: shipping online orders to customers via shoppers who are in the store anyways.