Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Don’t Get Fired Up About FEYE Stock

The Sony hack gave FireEye a boost, but FEYE has other problems.

In the wake of this month’s international political scandal involving Sony Corp (SNE) and the release of its newest cinematic farce,The Interview, FireEye Inc (FEYE) has seen a dramatic boost in share price.

FireEye stock jumped nearly 21% last week as fallout from the cyberattack left both the movie studio and the FBI scrambling. Investors saw an opportunity to take advantage of the turmoil by sinking money into FEYE and other cybersecurity companies such as Proofpoint Inc (PFPT), anticipating a rush for better protection systems.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Can 3D Printing Stocks Rebound in 2015?

Next year won't be much kinder to 3D printing companies, but we might not see this kind of buying opportunity again.

The performance of the 3D printing industry has been a roller coaster ride for the segment’s top players over the past two years, most notably 3D Systems Corporation (DDD), Stratasys, Ltd. (SSYS), Dassault Systemes (DASTY), ExOne Co (XONE), and Voxeljet AG (VJET).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oracle Earnings: Don’t Expect Anything Impressive From ORCL

New subscription business models will continue to weigh on ORCL.

Oracle Corporation (ORCL) is a $183 billion technology giant headquartered in Redwood City, California, and has been providing hardware and software solutions to hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide — including all 100 of the Fortune 100.

ORCL is expected to report its FY2015 second-quarter earnings after the bell on Dec. 17.

However, after a dismal first-quarter report that led to sizable Oracle stock losses, analysts and investors alike haven’t been too excited about the impending release.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Intel Wants to Be King of the Internet of Things

Intel stock stands to gain from unifying future hardware

Tuesday morning, Intel Corporation (INTC) announced a new suite of products dubbed the Intel Internet of Things (IoT) Platform. According to the press release, the platform is intended to serve as a foundation for developers of future technology by providing a uniform system of connecting hardware and software in a secure, efficient manner for the Internet of Things.

It comes as no surprise that Intel created this platform, as the company has been increasingly involved in IoT development since mid-2012. The concern, however, involves the effort and expense of developing and maintaining such a platform, and how this might impact Intel stock.

The 4 Best Tech Stocks for Mobile in 2015

As the mobile market grows, so will the opportunities for these four tech blue chips.

Investing in technology stocks often means investing in what you think could be the future of technological innovation.

But it’s not just about knowing how the industry might evolve, or what could be the next trend to capture the public’s interest. It’s also about putting your money into the tech stocks that have the right market share and position, leadership and financial resources to take the reins and head the charge onto the next digital battlefield.

There’s no doubt that mobile technology is one of the largest and most important segments of the tech arena. As consumers continue to shift an increasing percentage of their activity to mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, the industry leaders controlling those spaces are sure to perform well next year … and you’d do well to grab a piece of those leaders sooner than later.

So, if you’re looking for growth in 2015, consider one or more of these best tech stocks gunning after the mobile market.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

IBM’s Efforts to Evolve Fail to Impress

Despite IBM's billion-dollar contract wins and sales of non-core divisions, investors remain unconvinced.

International Business Machines (IBM) has been struggling to find its place in the ever-expanding tech arena. It managed the transition from a hardware company to a software and services provider, but it has failed to innovate from there.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

INTC Digs Deeper Into Mobile Market With Google Partnership

Intel stock should get a boost from new Google Glass components.

Rumors that Intel Corporation (INTC) will supply the processor for an upcoming version of Google Glass have been spreading like wildfire today, as countless media outlets have reported the news according to “sources familiar with the matter.”

The silicon behemoth’s computer chips have become synonymous with quality and reliability throughout the industry, and INTC has been a household name since the early ’90s, when those little Intel Inside stickers began appearing everywhere.

If the rumors prove true and INTC begins supplying processors for Google’s (GOOG) next Glass iteration, the arrangement will further Intel’s foray into the mobile arena.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Beaten-Up Workday Stock Deserves a Look

Tech investors eager for a stake in the fast-growing cloud computing sector should consider Workday stock.

The stock of human resources software maker Workday (WDAY) tanked following its third quarter earnings report posted after the close on Monday, Nov. 24. Shares fell 5.5% to $87 from $93 on Tuesday. Revenue growth exceeded expectations, but the company’s net loss widened to nearly $60 million, or 33 cents per share, from $48 million, or 27 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Plus, management forecast slower than expected revenue growth.

For tech investors, the recent pounding could point to a buying opportunity. WDAY is a long-term opportunity in an industry with significant potential. Cloud computing and software-as-a-service, or SaaS, has been described as one of the most disruptive technologies in the enterprise software market and WDAY is well on its way to becoming a major player in that arena.

Friday, November 21, 2014

6 Reasons Facebook Stock Will Soar

With these major projects, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is laying the groundwork for significant future growth.

After last month’s mixed third quarter earnings report, many Facebook (FB) investors are trying to figure out what to do with the stock. Overall performance was strong year-over-year, but Chief Financial Officer David Wehner announced that expenses in 2015 will likely increase between 55% and 75%. Facebook stock dropped nearly 7% in after-hours trading following the conference call and has yet to recover.

Clearly, investors are concerned about whether the company can sustain its recent growth trajectory. But long-term investors should not overlook all the big projects CEO Mark Zuckerberg has underway that could drive significant revenue growth in the future.

The following are 6 major initiatives for investors to watch.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Should You Buy NVDA Stock? 3 Pros, 3 Cons

Despite relatively flat performance for most of the year, NVDA stock is still a great long-term buy

Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) has been on a roller coaster ride for the past year … so should you scoop up NVDA stock now, or hang tight and hope the price settles down in the future?

For all its ups and downs, Nvidia stock is up almost 22% this year, but 18% of that came between Jan. 2 and Feb. 24. Since then, shares have been lagging theNasdaq by a couple percentage points.

2014 hasn’t been kind to some of the industry’s largest chipmakers, as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) andQualcomm (QCOM) are down more than 31% and almost 5% YTD, respectively.

Despite unimpressive results recently for NVDA stock, the company has been taking steps to further solidify its relationshipswith Google (GOOG) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to continue providing processors for new tablets and Chromebooks.

Investors might consider Nvidia a viable option for medium- to long-term growth, and some of the industry’s tech analysts are bullish on NVDA stock for the next five to 10 years. However, technology is one of the fastest-changing industries, so let’s consider some pros and cons of adding NVDA stock to your portfolio.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Juniper CEO Gets Fired – Does It Even Matter?

Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir has been replaced after less than a year. Don't expect much from JNPR stock for a while.

This past Sunday night, the board of directors at Juniper Networks (JNPR) unanimously decided at an emergency meeting to replace the company’s CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir. While the specifics surrounding the actual events that led to the board’s decision remain under wraps, a company spokesperson provided a few vague, but intriguing, details.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BlackBerry Has No Future in Hardware

BlackBerry CEO John Chen hinted at big plans for the future, but his company may be too far gone to ever recover.

BlackBerry (BBRY) CEO John Chen, who took the reins from Thorsten Heins in November 2013, recently conducted interviews with the Financial Post and Reuters, in which he described his plans for the future of the former smartphone Goliath.

Chen stated that, among other yet-to-be-revealed plans, most of BlackBerry’s efforts will focus on reestablishing the distribution channel and sales force — not on developing and launching a slew of new devices.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Is Einhorn Trying to Pop the Bubble?

Is David Einhorn's plan to force the breakup of EMC?

Greenlight Capital, the $10 billion hedge fund run by David Einhorn, released its quarterly letter to investors on Wednesday, in which it announced, among other material changes, additional long-term positions in EMC (EMC). Known for betting on both rising and falling stock prices, Einhorn’s new “medium-sized” investment in EMC has raised eyebrows about his true intentions and expectations for the stock.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

What Should Google’s Mission Statement Be?

Now that it's much more than search, Google is due for a whole new view of what it's purpose is.

After 16 years in business, Google Inc (GOOG) has evolved from a simple Internet search engine — originally incorporated in a Menlo Park, California, garage — into one of the largest, most influential tech companies on the planet.

So it makes sense that the original Google mission statement might need to change.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Samsung Looks To Boost WiFi Speeds By 5x

Perhaps one of the most touted and sought-after characteristics of modern electronics is speed. The power of new smartphones, tablets, and computer processors continues to be both a major selling point and the focal point of critical reviews. To that end, Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) announced last month that it has developed new Wi-Fi technology capable of delivering jaw-dropping data transfer speeds.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LoJack Slid 22% Today, One of the Nasdaq’s Worst Performers

LoJack reported third-quarter earnings before the bell this morning, and investors ran for cover.

One of the worst-performing stocks on the Nasdaq today was LoJack (LOJN), which reported its third-quarter earnings before the bell this morning.

Today’s subsequent 23% price drop (amid trading volume nearly eight times higher than average) reaffirmed the public’s decreasing confidence in the future of the vehicle-tracking and recovery company.

FB Stock: Facebook’s Still Building

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Facebook's Q3 earnings report reinforces analysts' long-term buy recommendations.

Facebook (FB) reported mixed third-quarter earnings Tuesday, with most areas barely beating the Street’s expectations and only a few falling short. However, despite a resulting 6% drop in FB stock, the company’s overall performance was very strong on a year-over-year basis.

Importantly, the social media giant continues to make strides in several key areas to improve mobile advertising, and those investments will secure FB’s position as a long-term market leader.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CA Technologies Is a Solid Long-Term Buy

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CA Technologies still attractive ... even after an unimpressive second-quarter earnings report

Earlier this week, CA Technologies (CA) — formerly CA, Inc. — released its second-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results, and while the company provided mostly just so-so results, there’s still plenty of reason to believe in CA stock long-term.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Expect Men's Wearhouse To Remain Strong After Earnings Report

The Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW), founded in 1973, is one of the largest men's apparel retail outlets in the United States. With nearly 1,800 locations, Men's Wearhouse offers a comprehensive line of suits and related formal attire, which includes both exclusive and non-exclusive merchandise. The company is expected to report earnings next week for its fiscal second quarter ending in July. According to Zacks, analysts' EPS consensus is $1.06, and was $1.01 for the same quarter in 2013.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

One Surprising Way The Auto Industry Is Threatening Wireless Communications

Despite a slew of legislative and regulatory changes in recent years, the auto industry is still responsible for a significant portion of carbon dioxide emissions. Over the decades, those emissions have contributed to the buildup of greenhouse gases. We've all read about how this affects climate change. But it also creates problems for wireless carriers -- and their customers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Should Advertisers Abandon Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods is still worth tens of millions of dollars in endorsement deals

Tiger Woods is the most successful active golfer. At only 38 years old, he's won more titles and broken more records than any other professional in the sport.

But, Tiger's success has steadily declined over the past few years, and this season his performance has been downright abysmal. This has led some critics to question whether he's still worth the money he's receiving from endorsement deals.

Viv Labs: The Little Tech Company That Could Change the World

The team that created Siri is developing an even better digital assistant

In a world where iconic brands such as Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google, Inc. (GOOGL), and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) dominate at every turn, it's difficult to believe that a small, unknown start-up tech company could be on the verge of disrupting the industry and changing the face of mobile technology. But, that's exactly the case with Viv Labs and its futuristic artificial intelligence.

Could U.S. Consumers Pay for China’s Opposition to Microsoft?

In the midst of what can be described as political posturing between the U.S. and China, Microsoft (MSFT) has become the Chinese government's most recent target. Extremely complex and prohibitive national laws regarding appropriate business practices, Internet security, and censorship have made it challenging -- if not nearly impossible -- for U.S.-based companies to conduct business there.

If China eventually forces out foreign technology companies, whether through official legislation or pressure and interference tactics, American consumers could ultimately pay the price. Lost revenue, and the expenses incurred in moving operations to neighboring countries, may trickle down to end users in the form of more expensive software and hardware.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Why Teens Will Decide the Fate of Facebook

Why are Facebook's younger users leaving the site?

Recent research has illustrated that there's been an ongoing exodus of teens away from social medial giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). As the number of younger users continues to decline, the relevant questions are, where are these users going, and why?

Has Facebook become uncool?

It's a sad fact that a significant number of teenagers perceive many of the things used by their parents and grandparents as "uncool." This also applies to social media giant Facebook. The company has spent many years and countless dollars evolving the social media site to have characteristics and features suitable for, and desired by, all age groups.

However, Facebook's success in creating an outlet that even grandparents can navigate may have acutally served to undermine the company's future. It seems as if teens don't really want an online venue they can share with their parents, even if there isn't anything fundamentally wrong with the service.