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Why the NASDAQ’s 5,000 Level Is Not Like the Dot Com Bubble
The NASDAQ hit the all-important 5,000 level on March 2, 2015, for the first time after the dot com bubble burst of 2000.
Why Oracle’s Marketing Cloud is integral to its growth
Oracle’s Marketing Cloud allows customers to run marketing campaigns and manage data related to those campaigns on web, social, mobile, and email.
Could the Model Y Change Tesla’s Profit Game?
This year, Tesla (TSLA) stock has fallen 21.3%, underperforming broader markets. Let’s look at how Tesla’s Model Y could turn things around.
How to Counter China: Steel Could Show the Way
China (FXI) exported 5.56 million metric tons of steel in December, a yearly fall of 1.9%.
Is the Worst Over in the Chinese Stock Market?
The Chinese stock market rose by 150% 15 months before June 2015. Approximately 12 million Chinese citizens opened trading accounts in May 2015 alone.
What S&P 500 Index Moving Averages Could Indicate
The S&P 500 Index is trading 1.2% above its 20-day moving average and 6% above its 100-day moving average.
FDN Sees Huge Fund Inflows in Trailing 12-Month Period
In the trailing 12-month period, net fund inflows were $2.3 billion. FDN’s fund flows in the trailing one week and trailing three months were -$105.7 million and $719.3 million, respectively.
Trump Thinks Fed’s ‘Ridiculously Timed’ Rate Hikes Hurt GDP
Last Friday, President Donald Trump in a tweet called the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes a mistake.
Why Does Comcast Expect Programming Costs to Rise in Fiscal 2016?
On March 8, 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast and the YES Network were locked in a dispute regarding the carriage fee for the YES Network.
How Vertex’s Revenue and Earnings Surprised in 2Q16
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) reported its 2Q16 earnings on July 27, 2016. VRTX surpassed Wall Street analysts’ projections and reported revenue of $431.6 million.
Where AMD Stands Today in the Tech Transition
Calendar 2017 was a turnaround year for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as it moved from losses to profits.
What margins, financials say about Nvidia’s growth prospects
PC gaming and accelerated computing played strong roles in the expansion of margins for Nvidia.
What’s Leon Cooperman’s Largest Position?
Alphabet reported its 3Q17 earnings on October 26, 2017. The company posted EPS (earnings per share) of $9.57, which beat analysts’ estimates of $8.33.
Why The US Saw Positive Fund Flows In 2014
The US saw positive fund flows in 2014 due to a relatively better economic position.
SanDisk Announced 3Q15 Earnings October 21: Reaction Is Positive
SanDisk (SNDK) announced its 3Q15 earnings on October 21, 2015. The market reaction was positive, which showed a marginal increase of 0.16% in after-hours trading.
How SMAC provides growth opportunities for Symantec
SMAC has led to increased security concerns and more global spending on cyber security, which is expected to reach $71.1 billion in 2014.
US Businesses Push Back against Trump’s Tariffs
Farmers for Free Trade’s campaign was rolled out on September 12 with the slogan “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.”
Rising Stocks: Why It May Not Be Time for the Jitters
Rising stocks have been buoyed by various factors, including the accommodative monetary policy of the Federal Reserve and robust US corporate earnings.
Microsoft Infiltrates the Mobile App Space: The Xamarin Acquisition
On February 24, Microsoft announced that it will acquire Xamarin, a mobile app platform provider. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
If BlackBerry Adopts Android, Its Security Standards Could Suffer
A comparative lack of security for Android shows that BlackBerry could do more harm than good to its image as a secure player by adopting Android as its operating system.
Is President Trump’s Friendliness with Markets Over?
The trade war that President Trump unleashed with the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs has taken a toll on market sentiments.
How Will the Fed Affect the Earnings Recovery Environment?
The dollar index (UUP) rallied about 22% between October 2014 to July 2016.
Microsoft Responds to Expected Surge in Enterprise Mobile Apps
The launch of PowerApps holds importance, as the enterprise mobile apps market is expected to surge significantly.
What Is Dish Network’s Wireless Spectrum Strategy ?
Dish Network (DISH) has filed an application with the FCC to participate as a potential spectrum bidder.
Music-Label Deals Could Also Help Facebook’s Video Ambitions
Facebook has been concentrating its efforts on video for a long time now. It has ambitions of becoming the number one player in the video ad market.
Dish Network: Recent Returns and Stock Trends
On October 28, 2016, Dish Network’s (DISH) stock was trading at $57.38. The stock was trading 0.7% above its 20-day moving average of $57.
Will We See a Recession within the Next 2 Years?
In a recent interview, Jim Rogers said, “I’m on record as saying that we’re going to have a recession certainly within a year or two.”
How Being Apple’s Only Foundry Partner Works in TXN’s Favor
For fiscal 3Q16, Texas Instruments (TXN) expects to report earnings per share in the range of $0.81–$0.91. This EPS range is higher than the $0.73 reported in fiscal 2Q16 and is in line with the analyst estimate of $0.86.
NFLX’s International Membership Additions Exceeded Expectations
On January 19, 2016, Netflix (NFLX) announced its 4Q15 results. Netflix recorded international streaming revenues of $566 million in 4Q15.
Why Larry Fink Thinks Markets Could See Some Setbacks
In a recent interview with CNBC, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock (BLK), shared his views on market movement, the US economy, and the dangerous impact of the lower interest rates.
What Stretched Utility Sector Valuation Means
Utility sector valuation appears stretched. 2014 was a great year for utilities, which gained 26.62% ex-dividends and were the best-performing sector.
Restricted Access Continues to Impact Praluent Sales in 2016
Praluent is one of the Regeneron’s key new additions in the cardiovascular segment. It’s a PCSK9 therapy approved for lowering LDL cholesterol in patients.
September Manufacturing Report: Are US Business Conditions Better?
The US September manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) report indicated an improvement in US (QQQ) (IWM) business conditions.
A Closer Look at NetApp’s High Cash-to-Debt Ratio
NetApp’s cash-to-debt ratio in 1Q16 was 3.33x—higher than the 1.36x industry median. Its operating income was -$26 million.
What Facebook Was Aiming for with Its Stock Reclassification
In this series, we’ll review updates in the US Internet space and discuss some of the current issues faced by companies in the industry.
Understanding Micron through Its Financial Stability
The financial stability of a company is determined by understanding its debt level and its capability to meet long-term and short-term debt obligations.
Key ADP Highlights: 135,000 Jobs in September
The ADP National Employment Report for September 2017 showed some weaker improvement in private sector employment to 135,000 in September compared to the market’s expectation of 125,000.
Why Media Networks Enter Amazon’s Streaming Partners Program
Netflix is the most popular service, with 49% of OTT subscribers. Amazon ranks second to Netflix when it comes to subscribers for its streaming video (or OTT) service.
Will Oracle Continue to Outperform the S&P 500 Index?
Earlier in this series, we discussed the factors that might impede Oracle’s (ORCL) dominance in the database space, which is also the company’s cash cow.
Can China Recover Like It Did in 2016?
In some aspects, 2018 looked like 2015 for investors. Like in 2015, China’s (BABA) slowdown spooked investors in 2018.
YouTube’s Live Video Streaming Service Takes on Amazon in May
Amazon’s Twitch drives the highest US live video streaming volume with about 44% share. With live video streaming service at 60fps, YouTube aims to give competition to Twitch.
How Did Markets Respond to April Jobs Data?
Non-farm payrolls in April showed a marginal improvement compared to March.
How Volatility Is Affecting Market Movement
The CBOE Volatility Index rose 0.6% in March 2018.
Market Rally: Will Trump Like Powell’s Comments Today?
On November 28, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech “appeared to signal a nearer end to the U.S. central bank’s interest-rate hikes,” Reuters reported.
Tough Sledding for AMD Stock since 2012
Intel owns more than 99% of the server chip market. AMD is looking to make inroads in this market with the new x86 Zen architecture, which is expected to be competitive with Intel.
Why China’s Uxin Has Surged 106% in 3 Days
The largest Chinese used car e-commerce platform, Uxin (UXIN), continues to rally after its strategic partnership with Alibaba Group’s (BABA) Taobao last week.
Bernstein: Tax Reform Is Bullish for the Equity Market
Tax reform On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed Donald Trump’s tax reform bill, and on December 20, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the bill. Afterwards, the S&P 500 (SPX-INDEX) (SPY) rose to a record high. Richard Bernstein on tax reform In an interview with CNBC, prominent investor Richard Bernstein stated that tax reform could be very helpful for […]
Election Over, Market Still Undecided
We know the nation is politically divided, and now the market is showing us its split personality as well.
Your Update on the FOMC July Meeting
In its July meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee decided to maintain its target range for the federal funds rate at 1%–1.25%, in line with the market’s expectations.
Surface Hub is Microsoft’s Priciest Hardware Offering
Surface Hub features built-in advanced sensors, cameras, NFC, and microphones. Through the welcome screen, users can call or connect a personal device to display content on the screen.
Why investor sentiment can show overvaluation in US markets
While valuation is important, investors should also pay attention to sentiment. The goal is to gauge how – to steal a phrase – “irrationally exuberant” investors have become.
A Look at Analysts’ Ratings for Dish Network
On August 26, 2016, Dish Network’s (DISH) stock was trading at $48.84. The stock was trading 4.2% below its 20-day moving average of $51.
How Apple Saved $533 Million and More
In early June 2017, Apple (AAPL) escaped a $533.0 million fine after a federal appeals court ruled in its favor. The ruling ended in a patent dispute that had dragged on for nearly four years.
Why HP Inc. Is Optimistic about Its Long-Term Growth
HP Inc. has valued its total available market (or TAM) at $560.0 billion.
Sports Titles Helped Electronic Arts Exceed Analyst Expectations
Sports titles led EA’s growth in 2Q16. In September 2015, EA launched FIFA 16 and NHL 16. According to the NPD Group, both games made the Top 10 Games list for September 2015.
Can China Manage Growth without Fueling a Debt Crisis?
While there is no denying that China (FXI) needs stimulus measures to kickstart its slowing economy, any propping up needs to be done in a way to avoid another debt-fueled crisis.
Overview: A key guide to investing in exchange-traded funds
This series is our attempt to educate our readers about leveraged and inverse ETFs, their structure, and their suitability for retail investors.
What Is Microsoft’s Strategy behind Windows 10?
Before the rollout of the Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft announced a free upgrade from the existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 operating system.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Stock Reacts to Earnings, CEO Departure
The US-based (SPY) Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced its fiscal 4Q17 results on November 21 and reported revenue of $7.8 billion for the quarter, which ended in October 2017.
Oracle’s Services Segment Performance in Fiscal 1Q16
Oracle’s Services segment is composed of consulting, customer support, and education services for its products and services.
How Analysts Have Rated DISH Network
On March 13, 2017, Dish Network (DISH) stock was trading at $62.05, 0.08% above its 20-day moving average of $62, 1.7% above its 50-day moving average of $61.
How Google’s Customer Match Product Benefits Advertisers
Late in 2015, Google launched its Customer Match product, which allows advertisers to provide Google with a list of customer email addresses. Google matches these customers with signed-in customers on Google Search, YouTube, or Gmail.
What Factors Make Nvidia Appeal to Investors?
In 1Q16, Nvidia’s gaming revenue stood at $587 million—an increase of 25% on a YoY basis. For 2Q16, Nvidia expects revenue of $1.01 billion.
Why Energy Could Spell Worry for Wall Street Bulls
US crude oil (USO) (USL) April futures fell 6.3% between March 2, 2017, and March 9, 2017. The fall in XLE corresponded with weakness in crude oil prices.
US Crude Oil Inventories Rose: What It Could Mean for Oil Prices
According to the EIA’s (Energy Information Administration) report on February 15, 2017, US crude oil inventories rose 9.5 MMbbls (million barrels) in the week ended February 10, 2017.
How Is Marvell Looking to Fuel Its Growth Going Forward?
Marvell is currently sampling a variety of products with customers worldwide. Its new product portfolio is expected to increase its revenue in fiscal 2017.
US Indexes Fell Sharply—Is a Trade War with China in the Offing?
On March 22, 2018, President Trump announced the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on up to $60 billion on China’s imports.
Investing in Nvidia? Key Points to Consider First
According to Nvidia, PC gaming represents approximately 40% of the global gaming market—more than phones, consoles, tablets, or any other single gaming segment.
February’s Inflation and Retail Sales: Impact on the Economy
Key important US indicators released last week are US inflation and US retail sales.
Juniper Networks’ Services Revenues Rose in 2Q17
Juniper Networks’ (JNPR) Services business segment generated revenues of $392 million in 2Q17, a rise of 9% year-over-year.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at the final US 2Q16 GDP reading, Japan’s retail sales for August, US consumer confidence in September, and US weekly crude oil inventories.
The FCC’s New Set-Top Box Proposal: Why All the Controversy?
In late January, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) put forward a proposal that would give a choice to pay-TV consumers.
Will the New Apple TV Taste Success?
Apple does not disclose unit sales for its Apple TV, which is a part of the company’s Other Products segment.
Google Could Put Self-Driving Cars on the Roads by Summer 2015
With a fleet of almost 20 self-driving cars, Google now averages ~10,000 self-driving miles per week. Google claims that its cars have 75 years of US adult driving experience.
How Analysts Are Rating Dish Network after 4Q16 Earnings
Of the 26 analysts covering Dish Network (DISH), 13 have given it a “buy” recommendation, and eight have given it a “hold.”
Why Buffett Believes US Businesses Aren’t Really Hurting from the US Corporate Tax
The US economy has been improving gradually, but some businesses in the US have suffered a lot over the years.
Apple could report robust earnings in fiscal 1Q15
Apple (AAPL) is expected to announce its fiscal 1Q15 earnings on January 27. We believe Apple will once again beat analysts’ consensus estimates.
Inside Celgene’s Revlimid: Strong Patient Demand in 4Q16
After the approval of the drug as a therapy for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, Celgene’s Revlimid has witnessed rapid growth in market share worldwide.
Market Rebound Causes Stretched Valuations
A market rebound of more than 12% from the depths seen in October has left investor sentiment buoyant.
Micron Targets 3D NAND to Raise Its Visibility in the NAND Space
Micron (MU) in its fiscal 3Q15 presentation stated that it plans to start volume production of 3D NAND by the end of 2015.
Google Starts Android Wear for Apple iPhones on August 31
As of August 31, 2015, Android Wear for iOS is operational on LG’s Watch Urbane.
Why Investors Are Pleased with PayPal
PayPal (PYPL) has done very well since splitting from its parent, eBay (EBAY), two years ago.
How Apple Views Fiscal 1Q18
In fiscal 1Q18, Apple expects revenues of $84.0 billion–$87.0 billion with a gross margin of 38.0%–38.5%.
Why Investors Are Watching Apple Stock Closely Today
On April 9, the shares of the US tech giant Apple (AAPL) were trading at their highest level in the last 21 weeks.
Why Have IBM’s 7-nm Chips Created Such Excitement?
With the development of 7-nm chips, IBM has surpassed Intel, which is still working on 10-nm chips.
Backwardation: What It Could Mean for Crude Oil Prices
When the crude oil futures forward curve to slopes downwards, the situation in the crude oil futures market is called “backwardation.”
Why J.P. Morgan Believes the Market Rally Could Pause
Various US indexes such as the S&P 500 Index (SPY), the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), and the NASDAQ Composite have performed well since the US election.
What Are Analyst Recommendations for Qualcomm?
Of the 35 analysts covering Qualcomm (QCOM), 18 have given it a “buy” recommendation, two a “sell” recommendation, and 15 a “hold” recommendation.
Facebook’s Q4 2014 earnings: Expect revenue growth and more
Facebook (FB) is expected to announce its Q4 2014 earnings on January 28, 2015. In this series, we’ll analyze how the last quarter of 2014 could turn out.
Soros Fund Management’s Major Picks amid Trade War
Soros Fund Management’s top five buys in the second quarter were Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), Alphabet, eBay, Symantec, and Red Hat.
July Jobs Report: Strong Numbers amid Trade Tension
The Department of Labor released the July jobs report on Friday morning. Amid the trade tensions, the July jobs report brought relief.
What Upside Does the Sale of Batu Hijau Provide to Newmont?
On June 30, 2016, Newmont Mining (NEM) announced the much-awaited stake sale in its Batu Hijau copper-gold mine in Indonesia.
Does Energy Contribute to Wall Street’s Gains?
On December 16, 2016, at 2:19 AM EST, US crude oil (OIIL) was trading at $51.07 per barrel—an 0.8% fall compared to its closing price on December 9, 2016.
Must-know: Dividends as a hedge against stock market bubbles
Dividends pay returns even during market recovery. Major market indices like the S&P 500 (SPY), Dow Jones (DIA) and NASDAQ (QQQ) can be seen surging to record highs during a bubble.
Why the S&P 500 Net Profit Margin May Predict a US Recession
Over a good four decades, the S&P 500’s net profit margin has fallen notably when the economy was on the verge of, or already into, a recession.
Why the Fed’s policy remains the key driver for US Treasuries
On August 15, yields on ten-year notes (IEF) and 30-year bonds (TBT) both fell by ten basis points to 2.34% and 3.13%, respectively. This was also their lowest level in over a year.
Amazon Enters the Online Travel Market with Amazon Destinations
The online travel market is consolidating. Expedia’s market share will rise to 75% with its acquisitions of Orbitz and Travelocity.
Retirement Investing: Yes, You Can Do It Yourself
Investing for retirement has its own unique characteristics. Your priorities change, and so should your investing strategies.
Inside Facebook’s Top 3 Priorities
Investment research firm Zenith estimates that worldwide spending on online video ads rose 23.0% to $27.2 billion in 2017.
Microsoft’s Purchase of Wunderlist Widens Its Mobile Presence
Since December 2014, Microsoft has been aggressive with its acquisition strategy, acquiring Acompli, HockeyApp, Aorato, Equivio, and Sunrise.