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Must-know business overview: Hewlett-Packard in revival mode
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is one of the world’s largest information technology companies and a leading provider products, technologies, software, solutions and services. HP has seen its shares bounce back from their late-2012 lows, and the company beat street estimates in its latest quarterly results. For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, […]
PC Market Not Expected to Stabilize before 2017
In calendar 2Q15, PC shipments fell globally by 9.50%. This situation is likely to continue through 2016 and isn’t likely to stabilize before 2017.
Where’s HP in the PC Market Now?
Market research firm IDC has estimated worldwide PC shipments of 70.2 million units in 4Q16—a fall of 1.5% YoY.
IMF Provides a Positive Assessment of China’s Economy
In a press conference on June 14 on its annual Article Four Staff Report, the IMF provided a positive assessment of China’s economy.
IBM’s Hardware Segment Is Far from Reporting Revenue Growth
IBM’s Hardware segment was the worst-hit operating segment in fiscal 3Q15, registering a revenue fall of 39% on a year-over-year basis to $1.5 billion.
Western Digital’s Volatile Stock Activity in 2015
In June 2015, shares of Western Digital (WDC) saw a 19% drop, which was driven by overall falls in demand in its global PC segment.
An Analysis of the Guggenheim China Technology ETF (CQQQ)
The Guggenheim China Technology ETF (CQQQ) is a passive fund that looks to replicate the AlphaShares China Technology Index.
How Could Symantec’s Norton Benefit from LifeLock’s Buyout?
Continued sluggishness in computer market In the previous part, we discussed Symantec’s (SYMC) latest acquisition of LifeLock. PC (personal computer) shipments fell for the eighth consecutive quarter in 3Q16. Gartner said that this was “the longest duration of decline in the history of the PC industry.” Let’s discuss how this acquisition is going to enhance its […]
Why investors should be concerned about IBM
IBM (IBM) is known for its acquisitions, patents, and technology research. It has been criticized because of its lack of revenue growth for several consecutive quarters.
Why Microsoft Partnered with Lenovo
Microsoft has extended its partnership with Lenovo, a leading vendor in the PC space, because it generates the majority of its revenue from the PC market.
Why Did IBM Stock Fall after Its Fiscal 1Q16 Results?
Despite exceeding analysts’ estimates, IBM stock fell after the earnings announcement on April 18, 2016. It was IBM’s 16th consecutive quarter of revenue decline.
Why Microsoft Is Trying to Strengthen Its Presence in China
Microsoft partnered with Baidu (BIDU), China’s dominant search engine, to promote the Windows 10 OS.
Why Apple is blaming iPad’s longer upgrade cycle for lower sales
People’s love for iPads hasn’t decreased. The main reason for the decline in sales is that people hold on to iPads longer than phones.
Here’s How Fast Indonesia Is Becoming a Major Market for BlackBerry
In fiscal 2Q17, BlackBerry entered into a licensing agreement and JV with PT Tiphone, an affiliate of Indonesia’s largest mobile carrier, Telkomsel.
A Look at Microsoft’s More Personal Computing Segment in 1Q18
More Personal Computing revenue flat Previously, we discussed Microsoft’s (MSFT) Intelligent Cloud segment’s performance. In this part, we’ll look at how its MPC (More Personal Computing) segment performed in fiscal 1Q18. Microsoft’s MPC segment, as the name suggests, is highly dependent on the PC (personal computer) market, drawing close to ~50% of its total revenue […]
Did China End Its 4-Month Decline in Foreign Reserves in March?
China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange, or SAFE, released foreign reserve data for March on April 7, 2016. China’s foreign reserves rose $10.3 billion to $3.2 trillion in March.
Why Did Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Revenues Decrease?
Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) revenues for its Personal Systems segment fell 13% YoY (year-over-year) to $7.5 billion and 6% on a constant currency basis in fiscal 1Q16.
Phone Business Weighed on Microsoft’s PC Segment in 1Q16
The fall in Microsoft’s device revenue was due to a 54% fall in its phone business in 1Q16. This lead to a double-digit fall in the More Personal Computing segment.
Apple Manages to Capture First-Time Buyers in China
Apple reported that 68% of the iPad buyers in China were first-time tablet buyers, and 40% of them had never owned an Apple product before.
Smartphones to play an integral role in Microsoft’s growth
Smartphone sales in emerging markets are expected to grow at an exponential rate, while mature markets are expected to witness sluggish growth.
Why Samsung attributes its smartphone success to its marketing
Samsung attributed its success in the smartphone industry to its own marketing efforts and denied copying Apple’s design.
Intel’s Prolonged Supply Shortage Good News for AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) stock rose 12.8% between October 10 and 21 as concerns around the United States-China trade war ease.
HP Inc. Stimulates a Push for Workstation Revenues
HPQ registered a 14.2% year-over-year increase in revenues in fiscal 1Q18.
How Is HP Placed Compared to Peers in Global PC Market?
According to research firm IDC, HP regained its top spot in the worldwide PC (personal computer) space with a market share of 22.3% at the end of Q1 2019.
Lenovo Took HP’s Top Position in the Global PC Space
China’s Lenovo (LNVGY) has surpassed HP (HPQ) to reach the top position in the global PC (personal computers) market.
MSFT Has High Expectations for Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2
Microsoft (MSFT) has recently launched a number of devices that show it’s serious about capturing a fair share of the PC market.
Understanding How Intel and China Depend on Each Other
Intel announced $72.0 million in investments in 12 tech startups to drive its AI, cloud, IoT, and silicon technologies.
Examining the Market as Intel Works on 5G-Enabled PCs
Intel (INTC) announced in February that it was collaborating with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft to bring 5G (fifth generation) connectivity to Windows PCs.
Why Is HP Optimistic about Long-Term Growth in Personal Systems?
While total units rose 7% YoY, notebook shipments rose 8%, and desktop shipments rose 6% YoY in 1Q18.
Examining Sony’s Love for Google Assistant
Sony headphones getting a Google Assistant upgrade Sony (SNE) is gearing up to bring a portfolio of its older headphones to the fast lane of technology. The electronics giant recently announced that several of its older noise-canceling headphones would be made to support Google Assistant with a software update. Google Assistant, Alphabet’s (GOOGL) voice-based digital assistant, is […]
How Will HP’s Personal Systems Business Perform in Fiscal 2017?
According to market research company IDC, PC (personal computer) shipments rose marginally by 0.7% YoY (year-over-year) to 70.6 million units in 4Q17.
Will HP’s Profit Margins and Dividend Yield Improve in Fiscal 2018?
Analysts expect HP’s (HPQ) net margin to be 5.5% and its operating margin to be 7.6% in fiscal 2018.
Will HP Beat Analysts’ Estimates in Fiscal 1Q18?
HP (HPQ) plans to announce its fiscal 1Q18 results on February 22, 2018. Analysts expect it to post revenue of $13.5 billion for the quarter.
Can Google’s Smart Speakers Get a Boost from Built-In Screens?
Google launched its smart assistant, Google Home, much later than Amazon’s Echo speaker, which debuted in 2015.
Apple’s MacBook Segment: Its Fiscal 1Q18 Performance
Apple (AAPL) reported revenue of $6.9 billion from its MacBook segment, with shipments of 5.1 million units. Revenue and shipments fell 5% YoY each in fiscal 1Q18.
Can Apple’s iPad Revenue Continue to Rise in Fiscal 1Q18?
According to a DigiTimes report, global tablet shipments are estimated to rise to 45.6 million units in 4Q17, a rise of 7.8% QoQ (quarter-over-quarter).
How HP Is Improving Market Share in Personal Computer Segment
HP (HPQ) has grown its market share in the last two quarters in the PC (personal computer) space. It has displaced Lenovo (LNVGY) to become the largest PC manufacturer in the world.
How Hewlett-Packard Is Planning to Improve PC Sales
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is planning to open 1,000 retail stores in India by the end of 2018, which is far more than its current 490 stores.
What Impacted Apple’s iPad Revenues in Fiscal 3Q17?
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad revenues rose 2% year-over-year to ~$5.0 billion in fiscal 3Q17, up from ~$4.9 billion in fiscal 3Q16.
How Azure Stack Can Add to the Allure of Microsoft’s Azure
Azure Stack is expected to find a preference among companies and industries that prefer the hybrid cloud’s ability.
Will the New Tax Reform in India Drive Apple’s Sales?
On July 1, 2017, India introduced a GST reform. This reform led to a fall in Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, MacBook, and iPad prices across the country.
Apple’s iPad Series Leads the Tablet Market
Global tablet shipments fell 8.5% YoY from 39.6 million units in 1Q16 to 36.2 million units in 1Q17.
How IBM’s Systems Segment Has Been Performing
In this part of the series, let’s see how IBM’s (IBM) Systems segment performed in 1Q17. The Systems segment includes systems hardware and OS (operating system) software.
How Apple Can Benefit from an Expanded Presence in India
In order to set up its retail store in India (INDA), Apple needs to meet local sourcing targets as required by the Indian government.
HP Overtakes Lenovo as Leader in PCs
For the first time in four years, PC maker Lenovo has slipped to second place in the PC market behind HP Inc. (HPQ).
HPE Continues to Lead the Worldwide Server Systems Market
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continued to lead the worldwide server market with a share of 25.4% in 2Q16.
Why Is Apple Optimistic about Revenue Growth in India?
Smartphone market rose 20% in 3Q16 In 3Q16, India’s (INDA) smartphone market grew 20% YoY (year-over-year) to over 30 million units, according to a research report by Canalys. Samsung (SSNLF) continued to lead India’s smartphone market despite issues with the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung currently accounts for over 20% of the smartphone market in India. […]
Apple’s iPad Market Share Rises in Declining Tablet Market
According to research firm IDC, worldwide tablet shipments fell by 12.3% YoY (year-over-year) in 2Q16 to 38.7 million units.
Why Apple’s iPhone SE Isn’t the Most Popular Choice in India
India has become a very important market for Apple, as the firm has reported declining revenues in China in the last two quarters.
Apple’s Revenues from Sales in China Continued to Fall in 3Q16
Apple’s revenue from Greater China fell 33% YoY (year-over-year) from $13.2 billion in fiscal 3Q15 to $8.8 billion in fiscal 3Q16.
How Will Dell Benefit from the Merger with EMC?
Last year, Dell said it anticipates roughly $2 billion in revenue synergies from the EMC transaction.
How Has Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund’s Portfolio Changed in 2016?
The Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund invests 80% of its assets in stocks and bonds issued by companies located in the Pacific Basin.
How Will Strategic Alliances Drive Revenues for Juniper Networks?
Juniper Networks has selected six global strategic alliance partners to complement Juniper’s capabilities and portfolio.
Why China’s Official Non-Manufacturing PMI Slowed in April
China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index is an economic indicator that provides a snapshot into the non-manufacturing sector of an economy.
How Much Revenue Could the Apple iPhone SE Generate in 2016?
Apple launched the iPhone SE in India (INDA) on April 8, 2016. It commands a 36% price premium compared to the United States.
Why China’s Official Non-Manufacturing PMI Jumped in March
China’s official non-manufacturing PMI rose to 53.8 in March from 52.7 in February, indicating expansion in the service sector following stimulus measures.
Can the New iPhone Penetrate Emerging Markets?
Apple is looking to increase its penetration and market share in emerging markets like India. It accounts for less than 2% of the overall smartphone market.
Why Will Apple Resell Used iPhones in India?
According to India’s (INDA) telecommunications minister, Apple (AAPL) is seeking government approval to import and resell used iPhones in the country.
Helpful Facts about MAPTX
MAPTX has been in existence since September 1994 and has an expense ratio of 1.1%. A minimum of $2,500 is required to invest in this fund.
Fast Facts about CAJAX
CAJAX aims to invest 80% of its net assets in securities of companies located in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan.
Why China’s Official Non-Manufacturing PMI Was Down in February
China’s official non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (or PMI) is an economic indicator that provides a snapshot of the non-manufacturing sector of an economy.
Why Did Apple Discontinue the iPhone 4s and 5c in India?
According to The Economic Times, Apple (AAPL) has stopped selling entry-level iPhone 4S and iPhone 5C models in India (INDA) through official channels.
Meet the Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund (FPBFX)
The Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund (FPBFX) aims to invest 80% of its net assets in the common stocks of “Pacific Basin issuers and other investments.”
Your Introductory Rundown of the Parnassus Asia Fund (PAFSX)
The Parnassus Asia Fund’s (PAFSX) documents define it as a multi-cap fund that invests in well-established companies “domiciled or headquartered in Asia.”
Performance Breakdown of the Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund (FPBFX)
In terms of NAV (net asset value), the Fidelity Pacific Basin Fund (FPBFX) was the best-performing fund among the nine we’ll be looking at in this series.
Apple Alone Saw PC Shipment Growth in 2015
Apple (AAPL) was the only manufacturer to see its unit shipments grow YoY (year-over-year). Apple’s shipments grew 6.2% to 20.8 million units.
Apple, Lenovo, ASUS Saw Impressive PC Shipment Growth in the US
Apple, Lenovo, and ASUS saw their unit shipments grow year-over-year. Apple’s shipments grew 8.9% to 2.2 million units.
Apple and ASUS Saw PC Shipment Growth in 4Q15
Total PC shipments fell from 80.4 million units in 4Q14 to 71.9 million units in 4Q15. Apple and ASUS were the only companies to see their shipments grow.
Apple Was the Only PC Manufacturer to Experience Growth in 2015
In 2015, Apple shipped 21,000 Mac units, representing 7.2% of the global market share, compared to 20,000 units in 2014 at 6.2% of the market share.
Downward Trend in DRAM Prices Expected to Continue in 2016
According to DRAMeXchange, DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) prices fell in 2015 driven by weak demand and oversupply.
Why Did Apple Slash iPhone 5s Prices in India?
Apple (AAPL) has decided to cut the price of its iPhone 5s in India from $665 to $370 in order to increase market share in India where Apple is still a small player in the smartphone segment.
iPad Pro Expected to Help Apple Gain Market Share
Apple expects enterprises to favor the iPad Pro since more than 25,000 professionals can access financial data with its Bloomberg professional app.
DRAM Prices Fall Due to Weak Demand
DDR4 (double data rate 4) has been consistently gaining market share in overall DRAM (dynamic random access memory) production.
Apple and Xiaomi Compete as India’s Smartphone Market Heats Up
In 3Q15, Apple saw a 93% increase in iPhone sales in India, where sales outpaced China for the first time.
Can Symantec’s Consumer Security Software Segment See a Recovery?
In fiscal 2Q16, Symantec’s Consumer Security segment posted $420 million in revenues, a 13% decline on a year-over-year basis.
Microsoft’s Share Price Crossed Its 15-Year Barrier of $51
As we discussed earlier, Microsoft (MSFT) exceeded analysts’ expectations for fiscal 1Q16. This boosted Microsoft’s share price by around 8%.
Why China Helped Apple with Record iPhone First-Weekend Sales
China is an important market for major US technology companies like Apple, where recent iPhone sales reached record highs.
Impact of Apple’s iPad Pro on Mac Sales
The iPad Pro with a large display and productivity accessories—Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard—may cannibalize the sales of Mac, at least to some extent.
HP’s Personal Systems Performance in 3Q15
In 3Q15, HP’s Personal Systems revenue fell by 13% to $7.5 billion YoY. On a constant currency basis, the decline was 7% due to the strengthening dollar.
Intel’s Skylake a New Lifeline for the PC Market?
Intel’s Skylake will offer new wireless charging and data transfer for a wire-free computing environment. Thus, Intel’s Skylake should help the PC market.
Weakness in PC Market Haunts HP’s Performance in 3Q15
Debilitating demand and high inventory levels led to worse-than-expected PC sales in 2Q15. As a result, continued weakness in the PC market continued to haunt this segment’s growth.
Is the Indian 4G LTE Market Set for Rapid Growth?
According to a Strategy Analytics survey, by 2016 India would surpass Japan to become the third largest 4G LTE market in the world.
Why Tim Cook is Confident about Apple’s Performance in China
In a rare mid-quarter announcement, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that iPhone activations and App Store business has shown strong growth in China over the past few weeks.
Apple Watch Drives Revenue Growth of Other Products in Fiscal 3Q15
Apple said that the sales of Apple Watch during June was more than in the other two months of fiscal 3Q15. Apple Watch was launched in April 2015.
Apple Sees Solid YoY iPhone Sales Growth in Fiscal 3Q15
The iPhone is the biggest contributor to Apple’s revenue at ~63.2% of the total at the end of fiscal 3Q15. Apple’s iPhone sales grew at ~58.8% YoY to $31.4 billion during the quarter.
How Will China’s Yuan Devaluation Affect Apple?
China surprised the world on August 11, when China’s central bank announced the weakening of the yuan by 1.9% against the dollar.
Why Did Apple Lose Its Top Smartphone Position in China?
Apple was the top smartphone player in China in 1Q15, with Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung (SSNLF), and Lenovo (LNVGY) behind it.
Apple iPhone 6 making waves in China
The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were delayed in China because Chinese regulators had to scrutinize new security features on the devices.
Motorola deal to boost Lenovo’s presence in smartphone markets
he Motorola deal will help Lenovo overcome the threat from Xiaomi, which recently emerged as the third-largest smartphone player in the world.
Google looks to expand Android One’s reach
After its success in India, Google will be expanding Android One to other emerging markets such as Indonesia and Philippines.
Why Intel has failed to tap the mobile market growth
Better-than-expected PC sales helped Intel’s stock increase by 19% in the second quarter.
Why Samsung faces stiff competition for low-end smartphones
Here, we’ll discuss Samsung’s current position in emerging markets like China and India—especially in the low-end smartphone market.
Why Samsung predicts its profits will fall in the 2nd quarter
Samsung (SSNLF) announced its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2014. It mentioned that it expects its operating profits to decline.
Google looks to leverage wearable device growth with Android Wear
No wonder so many tech players are looking to enter this market—especially when the smartphone and tablet market is showing signs of a slowdown.
The real reason Google’s introducing Android One
With Android One, Google is aiming to capture the next billion people who don’t have smartphones—especially in emerging markets.
MacBook Pro and MacBook Air help Apple to gain PC market share
Apple came out with its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings on Wednesday. The company mentioned in the call that it managed to sell 4.1 million Macs, which was a growth of 5% over the same quarter last year.
Why Amazon will launch a smartphone to take on Apple and Samsung
The smartphone market is a competitive market led by Samsung (SSNLF) and Apple (AAPL), so Amazon will need to come up with a revolutionary product.
Why Samsung has made such rapid gains in the tablet market
Samsung’s success can be attributed to not only introducing cheaper tablets, but also expanding and improving its Galaxy tablet portfolio.
Why Apple still leads the tablet market despite market share loss
Although the tablet market has shown strong growth up to 2013, the forecast for 2014 is for slow growth. Here, we’ll discuss the individual players in the tablet market.
Why Google is expected to profit from its recent Motorola deal
Google entered into an agreement to sell the Motorola Mobility smartphone business to Lenovo for approximately $2.91 billion.