Can Merck Keep Growing?
March 14 2013 10:53 AM
With shares of Merck (NYSE:MRK) trading around $44, is MRK an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: Merck provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products worldwide. With an increasing amount of people living longer, healthcare is becoming a main concern for many. Merck is a giant in this industry so they are well-positioned to capitalize on this movement. Look for Merck to continue its dominance as a provider of healthcare solutions worldwide.
Will Twitter Use Apple to Combat Pandora?
March 14 2013 10:48 AM
Bloomberg is reporting that social media site Twitter has been working to get into the Internet music streaming business, and an anonymous source has said that the company is hoping that the new program will allow users to listen and share songs via Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices.
- BlackBerry Surges on Big Sale – Takeover Rumors Continue
March 14 2013 10:23 AM
Sometimes success is as simple as a sale. BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) shares surged Wednesday after the smartphone maker said it had received an order for 1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones, with shipment set to begin immediately. According to Reuter’s, the company did not disclose either the location of the "established partner" who placed the order or the period for the device sales. BlackBerry also did not disclose whether the order is for just Z10 devices or both Z10 and Q10 devices.
The Stock Market Trend & Hot Sector ETF’s
March 14 2013 7:56 AM
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Is Google Swamped in Lawsuits?
March 13 2013 2:34 PM
These days, it seems hard to be a big business in the tech industry without getting taken to court one way or another — or in Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) case, one way and another. Many U.S. states have joined forces to challenge Google’s data collection methods, especially in regards to its mapping service, and force Google’s hand.
Will PC Sales Ever Rebound?
March 13 2013 2:29 PM
There seems to be a flood of bad news for the PC industry every month. First the economy was blamed. Then the shift to tablets and the anticipation for Windows 8 (consumers were thought to have held off on making a purchase until the new OS arrived) took center stage.
Lenovo’s BlackBerry Acquisition: Debunked Again?
March 13 2013 1:27 PM
It’s the same story once more. Rumors of an acquisition of BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) by Lenovo have surfaced once before and were quickly rebuffed, and a recent round of rumors received the same treatment. They surfaced briefly only to be put on the back burner again. In January, Lenovo CFO Wong Wai Ming hinted at the possibility of an acquisition of BlackBerry — then still known as Research In Motion — by referring to the company’s mergers and acquisitions strategy. But, that comment was dismissed by Lenovo as speculation and possible misinterpretation. The company was simply open to the consideration of a deal, not actively pursuing one.
Microsoft Contradicted by Nokia on Smartphones & 2 Dow Movers to Follow Midweek
March 13 2013 1:13 PM
Microsoft has publicly maintained that it does not intend to introduce its own smartphone, but its biggest Windows Phone partner Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) has said in regulatory filings that it “may face increased competition from other manufacturers, including Microsoft, who already produce or may produce competing Windows Phone based products,” according to Business Insider, which cited previously filed Securities and Exchange Commission documents.
Short Interest Swings in Defense Stocks (FLIR, GD, HXL)
March 13 2013 1:07 PM
The short interest in defense companies was mixed during the weeks leading up to the federal budget sequester. The number of shares sold short in Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), Boeing (NYSE: BA), L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), Textron (NYSE: TXT) and United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) increased somewhat between the February 15 and February 28 settlement dates.
Will Amazon Prime’s Success Attract These Top Institutional Shareholders?
March 13 2013 11:24 AM
Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy, believes that Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) could have up to 10 million Prime customers. The Prime subscription service has a $79 annual fee and offers streaming video service for popular TV shows and movies and shipping benefits. Hottovy believes that Prime could possibly be contributing up to one third of Amazon’s overall operating income. This information was taken from a survey of Amazon shoppers that was conducted by market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners during November 2012. Reportedly, Prime received an increase in subscribers when Amazon began a 30-day trial membership along with its Kindle Fire tablet in the fall of 2011.
Rumored BlackBerry Acquisition Unlikely to Ever Happen
March 13 2013 11:19 AM
Earlier this week BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) gained a much-needed boost after the company announced the domestic release date for the Z10. The smartphone maker also benefited from renewed speculation of a Lenovo takeover. Lenovo and BlackBerry have been rumored to merge since last year. While the company had wholeheartedly dismissed the rumor that it would acquire Nokia (NYSE: NOK), Lenovo execs seem much more interested in taking control of the BlackBerry empire.
Tablets Will Own the App Economy, Not Smartphones
March 13 2013 9:05 AM
Recent findings from technology market intelligence firm ABI Research suggest the global app economy will reach $25 billion in 2013. Of that, $16.25 billion, or a commanding 65 percent, will belong to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). By 2018, the combined app revenue from tablets and smartphones is projected to reach $92 billion, a 268 percent increase.
Greenberg Still Determined to Bite the Hand That Fed Him
March 12 2013 3:57 PM
Former American International Group (NYSE:AIG) CEO Maurice Greenberg is leading a campaign to sue the federal government for its methods in handling the firm’s bailout in 2008, even though AIG stated back in January that it would not participate in the case. Despite AIG backing out, Greenberg — through his Starr International firm — and shareholders of AIG have achieved class action status against the government.
Gunderson on Apple: Good Stocks Don’t Fall Forever
March 12 2013 2:42 PM
In order to get anywhere these days, market participants have to put their heads down and not just run, but sprint. Every now and then, perhaps when they are winded or run into something, investors get to pick their heads up, survey the landscape, and decide what direction to sprint in next. As anybody with a buy-and-hold position knows, this can be tremendously stressful.
Can Tesla Break Out?
March 12 2013 2:35 PM
With shares of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) trading around $39, is TSLA an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework. Tesla Motors designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components. With the rise of the green vehicle movement, Tesla participates in an area that is poised to see increasing demand. Not to mention, the vehicles that the company is outputting are aesthetically pleasing. Look for the company to continue to take market share in a new automobile industry.
JC Penney Denies Rumor of Johnson Exit
March 12 2013 2:10 PM
Shares of JC Penney (NYSE: JCP [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) spiked Tuesday, rallying nearly 3%, after rumors swirled that CEO Ron Johnson was set to resign. The rumors were significant enough to solicit a response from the company, which said that Johnson had “no plans” to leave. Despite the denial, JC Penney shares were still up on the session.
Can Yum! Brands Continue Its Bull Run?
March 12 2013 12:18 PM
With shares of Yum (NYSE:YUM) trading around $67, is the stock an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework: Yum is a quick-service restaurant company that operates KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide. As consumers become increasingly more time-sensitive, Yum stands ready to provide fast, easy, and inexpensive food options. Look for Yum Brands to continue its dominance in the fast food industry.
Is the Era of Wal-Mart Domination Coming to an End?
March 12 2013 12:11 PM
With shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) trading at around $72.98, is WMT 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 is refocusing on what originally led to phenomenal success. The refocus of domestic sales and price cuts should lead to improved results, but the phenomenal era for Wal-Mart is over. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad investment.
Can Apple Profit From This Dominance?
March 12 2013 11:56 AM
There’s something of an inversion when it comes to smartphone ownership and use of smartphones to watch videos, and it could be to the benefit of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Worldwide, Apple had a 19 percent share of the smartphone market for 2012. Meanwhile, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) was far more prevalent, with a 68 percent market share. Despite the Android’s expansive presence, there’s a big divide between its users and iPhone users.
Why is LinkedIn Courting This News App?
March 12 2013 11:52 AM
According to sources, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the social media site geared for professionals, has been in talks to arrange the acquisition of Pulse, a mobile-based news reader app.