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    The PC refresh cycle helped Intel beat Q2 earnings expectations

    Intel (INTC) announced its Q2 2014 earnings recently. Its revenue of $13.83 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents beat analysts’ estimates.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Tech Sector Boasted High Cash but Saw Major Bond Deals in 2015

    As the majority of tech companies’ cash is parked outside the United States, they resort to bond issuance to borrow for dividends and buybacks.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intel’s Must-Know Internet of Things Strategy

    According to a survey by IoT Nexus, the two biggest challenges faced by the Internet of Things sector are interoperability and security.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why IBM sold its semiconductor division to Globalfoundries

    In its 3Q14 results, IBM (IBM) announced the sale of its semiconductor operations to Globalfoundries. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion over next three years.

    By Anne Shields
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    Consumer

    Why IBM announced a partnership with Apple

    In July 2014, IBM Corp. (IBM) announced its partnership with Apple Inc. (AAPL). IBM wants to make a space for itself in the enterprise mobility space.

    By Anne Shields
  • Consumer

    Why IBM announced its high-end “brain like” chips

    After divesting its manufacturing business, IBM (IBM) appears to be in a better position to focus on high-end servers, super computers, and technology research.

    By Anne Shields
  • Consumer

    Why IBM and Apple target “big data” and the mobile space

    Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) announced a global partnership that’s designed to push increased adoption for mobiles in the enterprise space.

    By Anne Shields
  • Consumer

    Why IBM continues its share buyback strategy

    In its 3Q14 results, IBM also announced that it doesn’t have the goal for EPS of $20 or more in 2015. Management acknowledged that the industry is shifting quicker than it expected.

    By Anne Shields
  • Tech & Comm Services

    Why Did HP Acquire Aruba Networks?

    Aruba is fast becoming a major player in this market, which is likely why HP would have been interested in buying the company.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Tech & Comm Services

    What Could Drive Apple’s Dividends?

    Apple’s PE of 16.9x and dividend yield of 1.6% compares to a sector average PE and a dividend yield of 36.2x and 2.8%, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Tech & Comm Services

    What’s Contributing to Promising Outlook for Lam Research?

    Lam Research’s (LRCX) revenue rose 12% and 36% in 2016 and 2017, respectively. It rose 52% in 1Q18.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Tech & Comm Services

    What Are Corning’s Key Growth Drivers?

    Corning’s gross margin grew 3% and 9% in 2016 and 9M17, respectively.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is IBM Ready to Take Off?

    International Business Machines (IBM), a leading enterprise solutions provider, has seen its revenue decline consistently for the past 22 quarters.

    By Peter Barnes
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why Apple’s Dividend Yield Fell in 2017 (Hint: Stock Performance)

    Apple’s (AAPL) net sales rose 6% in 2017 after an 8% decline in 2016.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Upward Sloping Dividend Yield Curve

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recorded a 4.0% fall in net revenue growth in 2016 compared to 6.0% in 2015.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Tech & Comm Services

    Why the Dividend Yield of Microsoft Has Taken a Downturn

    Microsoft’s (MSFT) 5.0% revenue growth in 2017 has been mainly driven by productivity and business processes and intelligent cloud, offset by more personal computing and other segments.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Miscellaneous

    Charts in Focus: Dividend Growth of Telus and Nielsen Holdings

    Telus Corp. (TU) recorded five-year annualized growth of 11%. However, it recorded three-year annualized growth of ~2%.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look into IBM’s Financial Performance in 2015

    IBM has attempted to revive its revenue growth through partnerships, acquisitions, and new launches. Still, it failed to register revenue growth in 2015.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Future of Intel and the Semiconductor Industry

    Intel’s large semiconductor manufacturing capacity requires that it boost revenues by selling its chips in segments that have a promising future.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intel Leverages Manufacturing Capabilities to Compete

    Only a few large companies, including Intel, Samsung (SSNLF), and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM), could afford to run 450 mm manufacturing sites.

    By Puja Tayal
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    HP Leads the Fast-Growing x86 Server Market

    The x86 server market grew by a year-over-year rate of 11.6% in 3Q14 to reach $10.7 billion, while the non-x86 server market declined.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Consumer

    Must-know: Intel’s software and services strategy

    In accordance with its mobile strategy in 2010, Intel acquired McAfee for ~ $7.7 billion. Intel acquired McAfee with the intent of integrating its security solutions into Intel-manufactured chips.

    By Anne Shields
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