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Shankar Iyer

Shankar Iyer has been working in the investment banking and financial services domain for over 13 years. He has completed his CA Inter (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and CFA Level I exams. Shankar is also a certified blockchain consultant.

In the past, Shankar has worked with Lehman Brothers – Investment Management Division, Deutsche Bank AG – Global Transaction Banking Division, and Coalition Services (amalgamated with Crisil) in the Corporate Wallets Division. Shankar has also co-authored academic content covering financial markets and regulatory bodies in India.

Disclosure: I am in full compliance with all ethics and other policies for Market Realist research analysts. I am not invested in securities that I cover on Market Realist.

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    Investments & Deals

    Facebook Stock Touches All-Time High in January 2020

    Facebook stock performed well throughout the second week of January 2020. And, the stock gradually moved to a new 52-week high.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Can Alibaba’s Cloud Revenues Increase with Blockchain?

    Alibaba Group’s fintech subsidiary could soon release an official launch of Blockchain as a Service, backed by Alibaba Cloud.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Xuperchain by Baidu, the Digital Yuan, and Blockchain 3.0

    Baidu has successfully launched a public beta version of Xuperchain. It’s the first of its kind: a cryptocurrency that operates on a centralized network.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Crypto Regulation: Bakkt and the Crypto Act of 2020

    In 2019, the US took two steps that could cement growth in crypto markets this year: approving Bakkt and drafting a bill for the Cryptocurrency Act of 2020.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Did the US-Iran Conflict Drive Crowdstrike Up by 9%?

    As US-Iran tensions escalate, oil and petroleum products could be impacted. We could also see an indirect impact on the tech sector.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    FAANG Stock Price Summary in Week 1 of 2020

    Can FAANG stocks drive the tech sector in 2020? Which of the five FAANG stocks will lead? Here’s a review of how they started the year.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Crypto Scams: An Advanced Guide to Cryptocurrencies

    Many scams and phony cryptocurrency schemes have scared investors. Here’s a deep dive into crypto scams and how to avoid them.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Crypto ICOs: An Expert’s Guide to Crypto Investing

    In October 2019, there were close to 3,000 cryptos in circulation. The market cap of all these virtual currencies combined totaled over $220 billion.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Tencent Is Buying 10% of Universal Music

    China is seeing a rise in streaming entertainment—from esports to music streaming—and Tencent (TCHEY) is the biggest beneficiary.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    EU Crypto, the French ICO, and Common ICO Mistakes

    The US House recently introduced a draft bill to define digital assets. The Cryptocurrency Act of 2020 could lead to a new revolution in crypto trading.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Poloniex Sounds the Alarm after Customer Account Leak

    Can a simple password reset be the solution to securing a complicated digital asset? Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex thinks so.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Bitcoin’s Outlook as the Year Draws to a Close

    Could bitcoin soon touch $8,000? Although it’s hard to say what could happen in the near future, BTC could rise in the long term. Here’s why.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bitcoin versus Blockchain: All You Need To Know

    Blockchain is not a currency like Bitcoin. It is tech that makes Bitcoin possible. All the countries around the world are trying to adopt blockchain tech.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Why Bitcoin Gained 10% and the Chinese Crypto Scam

    On December 18, when the New York Stock Exchange’s trading hours began, 1 Bitcoin (BTC) was quoted at an average price of around $6,600.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Cryptocurrency in 2020: A Beginner’s Guide to Trading

    Are you considering investing in cryptocurrency in 2020? This post is a guide for anyone who wants to know more about the virtual currency space.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Healthcare

    Blockchain and Healthcare Data Management in 2020

    In 2019, many companies adopted emerging technologies, such as blockchain, the cloud, AI, and machine learning, to improve their operational functions.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    Can Blockchain Change e-Commerce in 2020?

    Blockchain technology is much more than just a platform for cryptocurrencies. It’s also a technological platform that could transform e-commerce.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Apple Revenue and iPhone Demand in China Drop

    The US-China trade war has impacted Apple’s (AAPL) regional revenue figures. Apple shipments have been declining in China.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Blockchain Goes beyond Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

    Typically, most discussions about blockchain technology lean toward bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. There is an enigma that surrounds cryptocurrencies.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Esports Championships Could Drive these Three Stocks

    In the digital age, could virtual gameplay or esports engage more fanbase worldwide than some of the traditional sports? Probably in a couple more years.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    eSports Streaming with Amazon, Alibaba, and Tencent

    No one—neither gaming enthusiasts nor business enterprises—could have imagined two decades ago that esports would become a worldwide streaming phenomenon.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Alibaba in 2020: Why Esports Are the Next Big Thing

    Alibaba (BABA) has bagged the exclusive rights to stream media content from the English soccer club, Manchester United (MANU), in China.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Amazon Scores Streaming Rights for Major League Baseball

    Cloud technology and cloud computing services hold enormous potential. In the next year, Amazon Web Services could see an incremental rise in revenue.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Alibaba, Exclusive Partner for Manchester United in China

    Recently, Alibaba Group (BABA) became Manchester United’s digital partner in China. Fans are using cloud technology to stream sports online.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Amazon Stock Dropped 3% in December

    In December, Amazon (AMZN) stock opened above $1,800 but dropped by 3% during the week to close at $1751.6. In addition, its YTD returns dropped to 14%.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Crowdstrike Beat Earnings Estimates and More in Q3

    Crowdstrike released its fiscal 2020 third-quarter earnings results after the market closed on December 5. It beat earnings estimates for the quarter.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai: The New Alpha in Alphabet

    Google stated that Larry Page and Sergey Brin would step aside as Alphabet’s CEO and president, respectively. Google CEO Sundar Pichai would lead Alphabet.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Cloud Faces Heat for Storing Biometric Data

    Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is facing a class-action lawsuit for providing cloud infrastructure services to facilitate biometric data storage on its servers.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Reports

    AWS CEO Laughs Off Amazon Spin-Off Question

    Will we see an Amazon Inc (AMZN) and AWS (Amazon Web Services) spin-off in 2020? “No” was the quick response by AWS CEO Andy Jassy.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Cloud Data Laws Could Define Tech in 2020

    Gartner predicts that the global cloud business could cross $266 billion in 2020, 17% over its 2019 forecast. But, what’s being done in terms of security?

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Investments & Deals

    Softbank’s Journey from Alibaba to Uber and WeWork

    In 2017, Softbank (SFTBY) created a pool of $100 billion to promote new business ventures. The company provided seed funding to entrepreneurs worldwide.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Consumer

    Can a Startup Upstage Amazon in One-Day Delivery?

    Could a new startup called Ohi overtake Amazon (AMZN) with a much more cost-effective solution for one-day deliveries? Let’s take a closer look.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Alibaba Sets Record, Up 6.5% on First Day in Hong Kong

    Alibaba’s secondary listing on the Hong Kong Exchange yesterday was a roaring success. On its debut day, Alibaba stock closed 6.5% higher.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    HPE Stock Down 9%: Is Poor Revenue Growth to Blame?

    Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) stock opened at -6% today and then dropped further to around -9% in the first two hours of trading.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Cisco Restructuring: Why Its Stock Was Flat Last Week

    Cisco Systems (CSCO) is coming up with a plan to reorganize some of its business segments in order to combat stiff market competition.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Amazon Dealt with Regulators Last Week

    Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook have been fending off probes about corporate governance policy for managing user data.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Pharmacy, AWS Data Exchange, and JEDI

    According to Gartner’s research published in April 2019, the estimated share of the cloud business segment could cross $300 billion by 2022.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Did Amazon Stock Fall 2% Last Week?

    Last week, Amazon stock fell -2.16%. On a year-to-date basis, the stock has grown 15.5% in value with a market cap of $862 billion at the end of the week.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Microsoft Take On Amazon in Cloud Computing?

    Microsoft recently secured a $10 billion Pentagon contract. It beat out cloud computing leader Amazon, which is contesting the results.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Alibaba’s Hong Kong Listing Could Outperform

    Alibaba stock has seen turbulence throughout the year, as the US and China have often been at odds. It fell around 2.4% on November 13.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Google’s Nightingale Project: A Boon or a Curse?

    Alphabet stock closed 0.08% lower yesterday after news of privacy concerns about Google’s healthcare initiative, Project Nightingale.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal’s Q4 Shifts to Top Gear with Xoom and Venmo

    After its Q3 2019 earnings release on October 23, PayPal (PYPL) stock has climbed 6.23% through November 11. The stock opened at $102.97 on November 12.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Square’s Q3 Results Reflect Strong Transaction Revenue

    Square closed at $63.79, 2% higher than the previous day’s close, on November 11. It nearly touched $100 in September 2018 but has corrected since then.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Last Week: Conflicting Drivers and a Slight Fall

    Last week was slightly downbeat for Amazon (AMZN), which fell 1%. The stock was at its weekly high of $1,815 on November 4 and its weekly low on November 8.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon: The Secret to Bezos’s Success

    Did you know that Amazon (AMZN) is the second publicly traded company in the US to cross the $1 trillion market cap? It did so in August 2018.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Baidu Stock Soars 13% after Q3 Earnings Beat

    Chinese tech company Baidu’s earnings results for Q3 of 2019 came in very strong yesterday. We break down the results—and what to expect in Q4.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Cloud Computing: What Investors Should Watch

    Currently, AWS is the market leader in the cloud computing sector. Microsoft Azure holds second place, and Google Cloud comes in third.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Consumer

    Alibaba Earnings Beat Q2 Estimates, Cloud Up 64%

    Alibaba Group (BABA), the Chinese technology company, beat analyst estimates today when it reported its second-quarter earnings results for fiscal 2020.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Samsung’s Q3 Earnings Reflect Mobile Phone Demand

    Today, Samsung released its September-quarter earnings results, failing to impress investors as much as Apple did with its release yesterday.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    WeWork Value: Fidelity Says -35%, Ackman Says Zilch

    The topic of WeWork’s valuation is back in the news again after talk of Fidelity Contrafund cutting its investment and Bill Ackman criticizing the company.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Consumer

    October Stock Prices: AMZN, NFLX, and GOOGL

    Market enthusiasts closely track FAANG stock prices, which have been volatile. Let’s see how AMZN, NFLX, and GOOGL did this month.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AT&T on the Defensive after Loss of Subscribers

    AT&T (T) released its earnings results this week. One of the highlights in the Q3 results was the loss of customers from the Entertainment Group segment.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Roku Stock Jumps as Value Increases 4.5x Year-to-Date

    Roku stock closed at $133.66 on October 25 and spiked almost 10% on October 28. On Monday, Roku shot up to around $143 within the first hour of trading.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Consumer

    How Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter Disappointed in Q3

    Netflix’s third-quarter results were good, but it’s expecting increased competition. Amazon and Twitter disappointed investors on the earnings front.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Earnings Roundup: MSFT, PYPL Up after Releases

    For most investors, the earnings season is a high-stake environment. Here’s a summary of Microsoft’s and PayPal’s performance in their last quarter.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsoft Scores JEDI Deal, Stock Gains 3%

    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) just overtook AWS (Amazon Web Services) to bag the $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud contract.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why PayPal Stock Opened 9.5% Higher Today

    After yesterday’s Q3 earnings release, PayPal (PYPL) stock opened at $105.91, up 9.5%. PYPL stock closed at $96.64 yesterday day.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    PayPal’s Impressive Q3 Beat Boosts Investor Confidence

    PayPal’s (PYPL) Q3 earnings beat analysts’ expectations when it announced its results yesterday. During the day, PYPL stock saw little to no volatility.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Why PayPal Could Be the Stock to Buy Today

    PayPal (PYPL) plans to release its Q3 earnings later today. In the last four quarters, its reported results were much better than the analysts’ forecasts.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    AWS Spin-Off: Should Bezos Split Amazon in Two?

    Amazon Web Services has been the crown jewel for Amazon. The company’s cloud computing segment has grown faster than its flagship e-commerce portal.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Roku Stock Could Gain Momentum

    Roku stock (ROKU) could gain on a $150 million acquisition. The digital media device manufacturer is purchasing Dataxu, a Boston-based company.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    TWTR, MSFT, and INTC Stocks in Focus This Week

    Is the technology sector due for a correction? Twitter (TWTR) and Intel Corporation (INTC) will release their Q3 2019 stock earnings on October 24.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Week 3 Highlights: Prices Get Close to $1,800

    During the third week of October, Amazon Inc. (AMZN) stock rebound. Compared to week 1 and week 2, the third-week patterns were somewhat different.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    American Express Stock Dips Despite Q3 Revenue Beat

    American Express Company (AXP), the New York-based financial services company, released its third-quarter earnings on Friday.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    Morgan Stanley: Investor Highlights from Q3 Earnings

    On Thursday, Morgan Stanley released its Q3 results, its highest Q3 results in the last decade. Its stock reacted positively and opened at $44.39.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ford Partners with Amazon to Charge Electric Cars

    Ford Motor Company (F) will be partnering with Amazon (AMZN) and Volkswagen in a bid to leverage the growth of electric cars.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why WeWork Is Losing OTC Investors

    The WeWork IPO has gained a lot of attention in the last few weeks. The company seems to be facing a severe cash crunch, and it’s losing OTC investors.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon and Roo Foods Deal Under Scrutiny

    Amazon’s investment in the UK-based Roo Foods is creating a major hurdle with regulators in the United Kingdom. Here’s what investors should know.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s Happened in the Libra Project This Month

    Although Zuckerberg was banking on Libra, the cryptocurrency project has landed on shaky ground. Here’s a rundown of its challenges this month.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Progressive’s Third-Quarter Earnings Highlights

    Auto insurance provider Progressive (PGR) filed an 8-K today, along with its unaudited financials for the period ended September 30, 2019.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Earnings Report

    How Abbott Stock Reacted to the Company’s Q3 Results

    Healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories announced its third-quarter earnings results before markets opened today. Its stock was trading at $83.66 midday.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    U.S. Bancorp’s Q3 Results Are Out: What to Know

    U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced its third-quarter earnings results today. Let’s determine whether the company’s stock is a “buy.”

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Amazon Stock Could Perform Well Today

    Based on trends for the first and second week of October, Amazon stock could open on a positive note today. The stock closed at $1,731.92 on October 11.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Stock Highlights: Week 2, October 2019

    In the last week, we looked at Amazon Inc (AMZN) stock trends. Here is another attempt to decode the same patterns for the second week of October 2019.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Twitch: Bezos Owns the Ace of Spades

    Even with Jeff Bezos bought the video game streaming company Twitch, he raised a lot of questions. At the time, his vision was unclear.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Trump Opts for Bezos’s Twitch and Amazon

    Bezos’s Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) stock closed on Friday, October 11, at $1731.92. In the extended trading hours, the stock was around $1,732.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Estimates $228m Loss in Q3 2019

    PayPal (PYPL) stock has been dipping since Monday. On October 7, the stock was priced at $102.03 towards the end of the trading session.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Consumer

    Delisting Woes: Make Trade, Not War

    If Shakespeare were an investor in today’s market, maybe he’d have said, “To delist, or not to delist, that is the question,” instead.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could One Medical Be Looking at a Q1 2020 IPO?

    Reports suggest that One Medical could be approaching banks to underwrite an IPO. The telemedicine company’s valuation is about $1.5 billion.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Web Tax: Europe Targets US Tech Companies

    The European Competition Commissioner could soon be promoted, and Italy’s Finance Minister could soon introduce a new web tax.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Could Microsoft Enter the Indian Banking Domain?

    Last week, Microsoft (MSFT) was the stock to watch. Jefferies Group LLC raised the target price for Microsoft shares to $160 this week.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon’s Monday: Kids’ Products and the Supreme Court

    On Monday, Amazon (AMZN) released its Kindle Kids Edition and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition suites. AMZN expects to ship these products at the end of the month.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Raises $5 Billion in Long-Term Debt

    On September 26, PayPal Holdings (PYPL) filed an 8-K form with the SEC, detailing the issue of four series of long-term notes totaling $5 billion.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Jeff Bezos, Where Is my Amazon Drone Delivery?

    Back in 2014, Jeff Bezos said that Amazon (AMZN) would use drones to deliver packages to customers. The idea was ingenious.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon: October Week 1 Investor Highlights

    Ranking among the top companies based on revenue, Amazon (AMZN) is probably one of the stocks that most dedicated investors track.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Microsoft Is the Stock to Watch

    Microsoft (MSFT) stock has risen 34.77% from January to October this year. It kicked off January at $101.12 and closed at $136.28 on October 3.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon’s Fourth-Quarter Challenges Continue

    Nydia Velázquez plans to invite Amazon, Google, and Facebook to appear before the House Small Business Committee, which could coincide with Q3 earnings.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Google: New Releases and London Court Ruling

    In response to data privacy concerns, Google plans to release new features in its Maps and Assistant apps, including an auto-delete feature in Assistant.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Tech & Comm Services

    PayPal Makes Chinese Acquisition: Highlights and Insights

    US-based PayPal announced on Monday that it plans to acquire a majority stake in Chinese company GoPay. On October 1, PayPal stock opened at $104.03.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Here’s How Amazon Is Gearing Up for Q4

    According to Amazon (AMZN), the Great Indian Festival sale started on a remarkable note. Sales on the first day were record-breaking.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Alibaba and Baidu Stock Movement amid Delisting Fear

    The Trump administration is focusing on Chinese firms listed on the US stock exchanges. Talk of delisting these companies has become a regular phenomenon.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Beyond Meat: McDonald’s Tests Vegan Burgers in Canada

    Beyond Meat starts its test run in 28 McDonald’s outlets in Canada today. The fast-food giant plans to test the P.L.T. burger for 12 weeks.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon’s VI Initiative: Which Stock To Invest In?

    Would you invest in a company that promises a technological utopia? It could be a simple answer – either you invest in it or you don’t.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VI: Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, and Others Sign On

    Amazon recently announced a significant partnership on the VI (Voice Interoperability) feature. The project will work with AI-driven virtual assistants.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Partners with over 30 Companies: VI Initiative

    On September 24, Amazon (AMZN) announced the Voice Interoperability Initiative. The announcement was one day before the Amazon hardware event.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon’s Q3: What Do the Trends Indicate?

    In the last five days, Amazon’s (AMZN) share price has been on a downtrend. The e-commerce stock started trading at $1,824.05 on September 20.

    By Shankar Iyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Facebook Privacy Piracy: What You Should Know

    The EU (European Union) is keeping a close watch on US tech companies like Google (GOOGL),  Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB).

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