Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Expect Facebook Stock to Beat the Street Again

Expect solid revenue and growth from Facebook earnings

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings after market close on Wednesday.

FB stock has performed well over the last year, and the social media giant is expected to post impressive gains that once again exceed expectations.

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMZN: Why is Amazon Leaving Billions on the Table?

Amazon is no longer a player in the mobile payment arena

Earlier this week, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZNannounced its intention to squash its mobile payments app, Amazon Wallet. After only six months of testing, it seems that the company has garnered enough data to determine that it has no future in the realm of mobile payment processing.

However, as the world’s largest e-commerce company in terms of total revenue, Amazon should put more effort into developing the industry’s best smartphone wallet solution, rather than abandoning the project.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EBAY Stock Looks Good for the Long Term

eBay Inc remains a solid pick for long-term tech portfolios

E-commerce giant eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY) is enjoying a stock rally, a day after it reported fourth-quarter revenue that detailed modest quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth.

EBAY stock was up more than 4% on Thursday, as Wall Street seemed undeterred by an earnings report that showed that company growth has steadily declined, and was shadowed by plans to spin off PayPal later in the year, forcing eBay to cut 2,400 jobs this quarter.

Also weighing on the minds of analysts and investors was eBay’s announcement that it is considering the sale or spin-off of its Enterprise division.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

INTC Stock: What to Expect From Intel Corporation Earnings

Intel is expected to announce strong fourth-quarter earnings and positive 2015 guidance

After Thursday’s closing bell, Intel Corporation (INTC) is scheduled to announce its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014. Expectations and consumer confidence are high, as the Street expects INTC to report solid earnings and revenue figures.

INTC stock is up almost 19% over the past three months, and almost 47% over the past year.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Why Apple Doesn’t Need to Attend CES 2015

Apple is markedly absent from CES 2015, so why is AAPL such a hot topic this week? The answer is simple - Apple's sales are fine without CES.

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show is the place to be for tech companies and businesses on the cutting edge of digital evolution. Consumers and industry professionals from around the world hail to Las Vegas each year for a front row seat at the first glimpses of tomorrow’s technology. Every company that’s even remotely related to the tech sector is attending CES 2015.

Well, almost every company.

Missing from the list of more than 3,600 exhibitors is Apple Inc. (AAPL). The iPhone maker has intentionally avoided the annual event since 2011 (but a number of AAPL employees were spotted visiting the show).

Monday, January 05, 2015

Voice Recognition Could Be the Next Tech Trend

Speech recognition technology is advancing leaps and bounds, but what's the best way to invest in the futuristic technology?

Three years ago, Apple Inc. (AAPL) unveiled its revolutionary digital assistant, Siri. Since then, the speech recognition industry has advanced by leaps and bounds, and what was once science fiction is set to become a $133 billion market by 2017.

Speech recognition software isn’t perfect yet, but it has evolved tremendously in recent years and has been forecast to increase at a CAGR of more than 22% through 2016.

And some big players are taking notice of the growth in voice recognition. Since early 2013, activist investor Carl Icahn has been quietly amassing shares of perhaps the most renowned voice recognition stock on the market, Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN). Nuance isn’t the only game in town, but it is one of the most well-known.

However, for all its success in the space, Nuance is not the best way to play voice recognition.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Google Stock 2014 Timeline — Riding the GOOG Roller Coaster

A look back at 2014 and the events that impacted Google stock.

Google Inc (GOOG) has been on a roller coaster this year, with enough ups and downs to make investors sick to their stomachs. In fact, 2014 was the first year since 2010 that GOOG ended the year in negative territory, finishing in the red by nearly 6%.

The tech goliath has been fighting battles on multiple fronts, considering the year’s onslaught of lawsuits, protests, and new product launches alongside a slew of new competitors. Google also dealt with ongoing scandals involving users’ privacy and government organizations such as the NSA, highlighted by the company’s lawsuit against the feds over surveillance and spying tactics, which came to a close early this year.

Looking back at GOOG through 2014, it’s interesting to see how Google stock prices fluctuated in response to various incidents and news. Let’s take a look at some of the more noteworthy events of the past year and how GOOG investors reacted.