Technology

(AAPL) Will Your Investment Stand the Test of “T.I.M.E.”?

Last year, the S&P 500 index was up 31.8%. The forecast for 2014 varies, but most analysts seem to think gains will be in the 10% range.

There are four sectors that I believe are poised for gains similar to last year. My acronym “T.I.M.E.” is an easy way to remember them.

The...

13Mar2014 | | Comments Off on (AAPL) Will Your Investment Stand the Test of “T.I.M.E.”? | Continued

(CRM) How to Invest in a Bipolar World, Part II

On Friday, I argued that the biggest challenge facing investors today is our “bipolar world.”

In the public sector, for instance, we have stifling regulations that cost Americans $1.8 trillion a year. That’s $14,768 per household. And we have a federal budget deficit and unfunded liabilities...

17Feb2014 | | Comments Off on (CRM) How to Invest in a Bipolar World, Part II | Continued

(BRCM) Broadcom Launches New Product

Broadcom Corporation (BRCM), recently launched its first 5G WiFi combination chips with 802.11ac technology that can be used in PCs, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and other connectivity devices.

The new wireless single chips...

18Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (BRCM) Broadcom Launches New Product | Continued

(CTL) CenturyLink Gets $90 Million Under Connect America Fund

One of the leading integrated telecommunications service providers, CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) has been announced eligible to receive a minimum of  $90 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s  (FCC) Connect America...

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(FTE) France Telecom Orange Expands Flexible Computing

France Telecom (FTE) intends to provide a secure end-to-end platform for passing business applications to the cloud infrastructure by expanding Flexible Computing service offering.

The company expects to draw benefits like rapid...

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(USM) United States Cellular Completes Business Sale – Pays Dividend

United States Cellular Corp. (USM), subsidiary of Telephone & Data Systems Inc. (TDS) has successfully completed its spectrum sale in its Midwest markets to Sprint...

8Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (USM) United States Cellular Completes Business Sale – Pays Dividend | Continued

(NVTL) Novatel Wireless Remains Neutral

We reiterate our long-term Neutral recommendation on Novatel Wireless Inc. (NVTL) as we believe that the stock is currently fairly valued. The company posted mixed financial results for the first quarter of 2013. While the total revenue...

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(TTWO) Video Game Sales Plunge in April

Video game retail sales plunged in Apr 2013. According to market research firm NPD, sales decreased 25.0% to $495.2 million from $630.0 million reported in Apr 2012. However, sales in dollar terms were almost half from $992.5 million reported in March and declined massively from $810.0 million reported...

1Sep2013 | | Comments Off on (TTWO) Video Game Sales Plunge in April | Continued

(VZ) Verizon Communications Shares Still in Neutral Lane

On May 22, we maintained our Neutral recommendation on Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), owing to its growth opportunities within the telecom sector, strong subscriber additions and expansion of the business line. However, the company...

23Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (VZ) Verizon Communications Shares Still in Neutral Lane | Continued

(ATML) Atmel Powers Smart Watch

Atmel Corporation (ATML) recently announced that Secret Labs, a manufacturer of electronic platforms for software developers, have launched the AGENT smart watch, which delivers better power efficiency by using its SAM4S and AVR microcontrollers...

23Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (ATML) Atmel Powers Smart Watch | Continued

(HRS) Norden Extends Contract with Harris

Harris Corporation (HRS), a leader in the public safety and professional communications market, announced that Denmark-based Norden AS has extended its agreement with it to provide broadband communication to its global fleet of 39...

21Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (HRS) Norden Extends Contract with Harris | Continued

(T) AT&T to Connect Republic Services

AT&T Inc. (T), the second-largest telecom operator in the U.S., will connect Republic Services Inc.’s (RSG) waste management employees with its Enhanced Push-to-Talk...

21Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (T) AT&T to Connect Republic Services | Continued

(ADI) Analog Devices Preview: Will It Miss?

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) is set to report third quarter 2013 results on May 21. Last quarter, its results were in line with our expectations. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Growth Factors...

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(JCOM) j2 Global on a Buying Spree

j2 Global Inc. (JCOM), a leading provider of unified messaging capabilities, is continuing with its buying spree as its subsidiary Ziff Davis Inc. announced the acquisition of NetShelter from inPowered. NetShelter is the biggest technology...

5Aug2013 | | Comments Off on (JCOM) j2 Global on a Buying Spree | Continued

(CPWR) Compuware’s Covisint Files S-1

As a part of Compuware’s (CPWR) earlier announced restructuring initiatives, the company’s fully owned subsidiary Covisint Corp recently filed an S-1 statement with the Securities and Exchange...

30Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (CPWR) Compuware’s Covisint Files S-1 | Continued

(WIN) Windstream Wins Service Deal

Windstream Corporation (WIN) secured a service-render contract from the General Services Administration (GSA) of the U.S. Federal Government. The GSA is involved with operational efficiency and enhancement of federal and government...

29Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (WIN) Windstream Wins Service Deal | Continued

(S) Softbank Softens Sprint Deal Terms

Japanese cellphone company SoftBank Corp. has finally loosened its proposed terms with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), providing the latter a scope to consider DISH Network’s (DISH)...

20Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (S) Softbank Softens Sprint Deal Terms | Continued

(YHOO) Yahoo to Open Office in Times Square

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) recently announced that it will open a new corporate office in New York’s Times Square and also introduced a new design for its photo-sharing service Flickr.

The company announced a lease agreement with...

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(T) Streaks, Observations and Notes

I have a few observations and notes to share this week.

The first is the streak of winning Tuesdays. Until two days ago, the Dow Jones industrial average rose on 20 consecutive Tuesdays. According to Bespoke Investment Group, this was the longest such streak since at least 1900. It may be the...

15Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (T) Streaks, Observations and Notes | Continued

(CSCO) Cisco Systems Announces ASR 5000 Series for T-Mobile

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) announced that it’s ASR 5000 Series multimedia services platform has been selected by T-Mobile to manage T-Mobile’s mobile data traffic from its new long-term evolution (LTE) network and its 2G/3G networks...

14Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (CSCO) Cisco Systems Announces ASR 5000 Series for T-Mobile | Continued

(SINA) SINA Posts Narrower-Than-Expected Loss

SINA Corp (SINA) reported first quarter loss of 6 cents per share (including stock-based compensation), much better than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 11 cents per share. First quarter results significantly...

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(AMAT) Applied Beats, Guidance Looks Soft

Applied Materials’ (AMAT) fiscal second quarter pro forma earnings of 17 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4 cents, or 30.8%. Revenues were also ahead, beating by 3.5%. Increased demand in the SSG and Display segments and...

7Jul2013 | | Comments Off on (AMAT) Applied Beats, Guidance Looks Soft | Continued

(MSFT) Business Houses Adopt Office 365

The world’s largest software maker, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), is gaining popularity among companies like Sensia Halsovard AB, Arysta LifeScience and SEPCOIII.

Previously, all these organizations deployed Google...

30Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (MSFT) Business Houses Adopt Office 365 | Continued

(CSC) Computer Sciences Corporation Fourth Quarter Earnings Beat – Revenues Fall Year over Year

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) reported fourth-quarter 2013 earnings per share of $1.27, way ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 96 cents. The company has been able to control its cost and expand its margins.

Revenues

The...

27Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (CSC) Computer Sciences Corporation Fourth Quarter Earnings Beat – Revenues Fall Year over Year | Continued

(ARRS) Arris Group Restructures Business Model

Yesterday, in a major strategic move, Arris Group Inc. (ARRS) announced that it has restructured its business model and provided the future financial guidance. The restructuring was necessary after its acquisition of the Home businesses...

27Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (ARRS) Arris Group Restructures Business Model | Continued

(NOK) Nokia’s New Lumia 925

In order to gain market traction, Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia Corporation (NOK) continues to expand its Lumia flagship phones by launching a new Lumia 925 smartphone.

The Lumia 925 is a Windows 8-based smartphone with...

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(AMD) Advanced Micro Devices Launches Fastest Notebook GPUs

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) recently launched its latest notebook graphics processing units (GPUs), AMD Radeon™ HD 8970M. The GPUs are specially designed for ultra thin notebooks or ultrabooks as well as desktops.

AMD’s...

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(TXN) Texas Instruments Launches LDO Linear Regulators

Texas Instruments (TXN) or “TI” recently launched two low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulators, 250-mA LP5907 and 800-mA LP38798.

TI’s 250-mA LP5907 LDO comes with unique features such as ultra-low noise, high power...

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(AAPL) T-Mobile Hikes iPhone Rates

The fourth-largest carrier in the U.S., T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS) recently decided to hike the installment payment rates of Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 by $50,...

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(S) Sprint Gets a Boost From Institutional Shareholder Services

Sprint-Nextel Corp. (S) – the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. – gets Institutional Shareholder Services’ (ISS) support for its plan to completely acquire its subsidiary, Clearwire Corporation (CLWR).

ISS...

2Jun2013 | | Comments Off on (S) Sprint Gets a Boost From Institutional Shareholder Services | Continued