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DHS Bulletin Warns of Malware Aimed At Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android Operating System

With success comes emulation, that’s how the old saying goes. Well, in the tech market, especially in operating systems, success breeds people trying to find loopholes in the system. Google’s Android operating system is the most widely used mobile software system in the world, which makes it a big target for makers of malicious software. This is no different than the issue that Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) faces every day for the Windows operating system. Now, the American government has issued a warning about the potential security threat of Android. In... 
 

Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY) Launching a New Device, And Price Cuts Coming for Wii U

Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY) has been struggling to complete in the gaming technology market as of late. As more and more tablet users are flocking to apps, while hard core gamers are embracing PlayStation and X-Box systems, Nintendo has been left in a bit of limbo. The firm’s latest products failed to garner the attention or sales they had hoped for, and with the next holiday season coming up quickly, they will be facing a very important time for their future. Today, Nintendo slashed the price of the struggling Wii U and unveiled the new ‘2DS’... 
 

Apple (NASD: AAPL) Acquisitions May Load Functionality For Future iPhones

Apple (NASD: AAPL) has always had an appetite for acquisitions. The acquisitions made by the firm historically have been aimed and bringing in a specific group of people, or a specific technology that they could embed in their organization and achieve scale with. If the past is any indicator for the present and future, that means that Apple may be developing something big. Acquisitions made by Apple over the last 12 months alone indicate that they will make the upcoming iPhone more feature-full, something critics have been calling for in light of... 
 

Facebook (NASD: FB) Making Progress in Mobile Advertising

Facebook (NASD: FB) has had a good year in nearly every measure. While many investors worried if the tech firm would ever be able to monetize it’s operation or succeed in the increasing mobile use of the user base, the firm has quickly transformed itself into a mobile ad giant, and the success thus far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Up to a year ago, the majority of Facebook users accessed the site through the laptops and home computers, making advertising rather easy for the firm. As the user base has transformed into being even more dependent... 
 

Amazon (NASD: AMZN) Fighting Internet Sales Tax

The lack of sales tax on internet purchases has been a major boon to the e-commerce industry, and with falling and free shipping costs, consumers have quickly grown accustomed to this. Recent laws though put this at risk, and that is prompting internet e-commerce giant Amazon (NASD: AMZN) into action. The issue of taxing internet sales is so large in fact that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is taking the high-stakes legal battle to the US Supreme Court, and has hired one of Washington’s most prominent lawyers Ted Olson to fight the taxation of its... 
 

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) Founder To Sell Shares

Just a year ago, electronic retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) appeared headed to a major change, going private and trimming down. Well, what a difference a year makes. Richard Schulze, the founder and a major shareholder of the firm has disclosed plans to offload part of his shares as per the company’s regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing, the sale will occur in a pre-arranged manner over a six-month period commencing from Oct 1, 2013. Shares will be divested in the open market at the prevalent... 
 

Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) Taking the Tablet Battle To The Playground

Tablet computers are all the rage, as we all know. The market segment created by Apple (NASD: AAPL) and the iPad is taking away laptop and desktop sales, and consumers are flocking to the smaller more efficient app centric internet portal devices. While the trend thus far has primarily been aimed at adults with high disposable personal income, firms are now seeing the market potential in tailoring devices specifically to children. Children have taken to swiping and tapping their way around iPads and Android tablets too. Seeing an obvious opportunity,... 
 

High Profile Insider Sales At Facebook (NASD: FB)

Early last summer, the thought of a rally in Facebook (NASD: FB) stock seemed far-fetched. The stock price had famously fallen (quickly), and investors were starting to speculate if the company could ever produce the profits necessary to be a darling to investors, and not just be a neat product offered to consumers for free. Well, it seems that the tide has changed quickly for the firm, and they are quickly becoming attractive. Up more than 100% over the past twelve months, shares have finally eclipsed the IPO price of $38. Given the company’s... 
 

New CEO Coming To Microsoft (NASD: MSFT), But Who?

Succession planning is an issue that has plagued many organizations, especially when the standing Chief Executive Officer has been with the firm a long time and is a trusted, known entity. But, change is inevitable, and for software giant Microsoft (NASD: MSFT), a new CEO seems to be in the cards in the relatively near future. Microsoft has generally done a good job at growing from within and retaining employees – this has produced a stable of senior executives who could be contenders to succeed Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, although as is typical,... 
 

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) Back From the Brink

Just a year ago, tech retail giant Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) was facing such battered prospects that many speculated if they’d even be in business today. Naysayers said they’ve turned into showrooms for Amazon (NASD: AMZN), and brick and mortar stores couldn’t compete with the prices e-commerce sites could often. While Best Buy has surely faced it’s share of challenges, it’s prospects look bright and better times may lie ahead. Best Buy remains the largest specialty electronic retail store in the world. The stores sell electronic devices... 
 

Would a Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Marriage Challenge Apple (NASD: AAPL) and Google (NASD: GOOG)?

The future of Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) may look very different from it’s past. The tech giant which once sold Windows operating systems and Office software programs may be embracing a change in strategy, after seeing their bread and butter business diminish as consumers flock to tablet computers, and increasingly, Apple (NASD: AAPL) and Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android operating systems. Last year, Microsoft showed a stark departure from their history by entering the tablet market with the Surface, which in some ways directly competes with some of... 
 

E-Bay (NASD: EBAY) Facing Competition from Apple (NASD: AAPL), and Google (NASD: GOOG) For Paypal

The market for online payment has been dominated by E-Bay’s (NASD: EBAY) Paypal product for much of recent history, though that soon may change if Google (NASD: GOOG) has anything to say about it. The market for mobile payment transactions is predicted to rise 44% this year to over $235 billion, which includes merchant purchases, money transfers and bill payments. PayPal is extremely important to eBay, as it accounted for about 40% of eBay’s 2012 revenue. PayPal hasn’t had much competition but recently big names have been surfacing... 
 

Will Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) Rumored iPhone 5C Challenge Google (NASD: GOOG)?

Apple (NASD: AAPL) has a long history of selling premium products at premium prices. While these goods offered an aspirational purchase to many consumers, they were also out of reach for many, and their costs were prohibitively expensive in many foreign markets. For the first time in it’s history, Apple seems to be open to changing that somewhat – by offering a lower priced phone. The smart phone market was largely created by Apple through their iPhone, and it quickly became their flagship product – one which has made $18bn in revenue in... 
 

Target (NYSE: TGT) Posts Mixed Results

The Minneapolis based retail giant Target (NYSE: TGT) announced second quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.19 last week, and the results are somewhat mixed in positive and negative signs. The results were at the top of the expected range, but impressively achieved amidst softer than expected year over year sales growth in the US store sales. A growth rate of just 1.2% percent for those locations causes some concern, as the firm is quickly headed into the all important holiday season. Second quarter GAAP earnings per share of $0.95 were at... 
 

Another Executive Change at Yahoo! (NASD: YHOO)

Yahoo! Inc (NASD: YHOO) has announced that said David Dibble, the company’s senior vice president of central technology, has resigned. The news is rather unexpected, but perhaps a sign of the continuing changes being put in place by the new management team at the California based web search giant. Dibble was not part of the tightly-knit team close to new CEO Marissa Mayer, although he did report to her. Dibble was responsible for platforms, technology infrastructure, engineering, science and operations. He leads diverse, dynamic cross functional... 
 

Target (NYSE: TGT), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP), and Sears (NASD: SHLD) Bring On Back To School Shopping

While the calendar has not yet turned from July to August yet, the onslaught of back to school shopping commercials have commenced, and early signs indicate it will be a brutal battle amongst the nation’s largest retailers to get the shoppers in store and spending as soon as possible. Stores like Target (NYSE: TGT), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), JC Penney (NYSE: JCP), and Sears (NASD: SHLD) all have high hopes pinned on customers shopping early and often, to provide a much needed boost to their third quarter same store earnings profile. The battle this... 
 

Amazon (NASD: AMZN), Dell (NASD: DELL) Post Disappointing Results

Amazon (NASD: AMZN) and Dell (NASD: DELL), once high fliers in the tech industry, seem to have fallen on tough times recently, albeit for very different reasons. Today, both firms posted disappointing earnings, and their stock prices promptly sank as a result. So, the logical question to ask is: what happened? Amazon lost nearly 2% of it’s share price in the day ($5.91 a share) to close at $306.10. Oddly, for most firms that would coincide with announcements of cost cutting to maintain profits, but Amazon didn’t seem to even blink. The online-retailing... 
 

E-Bay (NASD: EBAY), Google (NASD: GOOG), and Amazon (NASD: AMZN) Competing in Growing Same Day Delivery Space

Online retail giant Amazon (NASD: AMZN) has led the way in the industry, pioneering much of the virtual marketplace as we know it today. In recent years the firm has sought to overcome one of the major issues in e-commerce, the delay in receiving your product, by offering same day delivery service for some products in select major markets. The offering has caught on, and competitors are now seeking to emulate that success. E-Bay (NASD: EBAY) CEO John Donahoe said in an interview last week that his company will this year begin rolling out same-day... 
 

Netflix (NASD: NFLX) Results Impressive, But Stock Sinks Anyway

By and large, market observers came in yesterday expecting Netflix (NASD: NFLX) to post disappointing earnings that would push the stock down. Looking back now, only one of those two things happened. Netflix’s second-quarter earnings more than quadrupled. Many are attributing this to the firm continuing to reinvent itself with original program, in particular this quarter’s revival of the comedy series “Arrested Development” attracted more subscribers. It seems George Bluth was right, there really always is money in the banana... 
 

Will Yahoo! (NASD: YHOO) Return To Glory?

Yahoo! (NASD: YHOO) is aiming to reverse its fortune, and while it has historically committed to organic growth, it has now deviated from this trend. The recent news of the firm buying Internet blogging startup Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash has led to immediate criticism from the analyst community. The biggest concern raised by analysts is that while Tumblr is interesting, Yahoo overpaid for it, since it is not a viable revenue generator. Also of concern is the stark difference in the corporate vision and culture of both entities. Yahoo! recently... 
 

Another Snafu at J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP): This Time an Ad That Resembles Hitler

JC Penney (NYSE: JCP) just can’t seem to get out of its own way lately. The firm has struggled mightily in recent years and suffered one after another public relations disasters. First, the firm ousted it’s entire retail management team and brought in a contingent from Apple (NASD: AAPL). Then, after abandoning its long run customers in an effort to attract younger, edgier customers, saw its sales plummet, leaving them to once again oust its entire management team. Now, with the old management team in their new seats once again, the latest disaster... 
 

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Target (NYSE: TGT) and Other Retailers Embroiled in Lawsuit with Visa (NYSE: V), MasterCard (NYSE: MA)

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), Target (NYSE: TGT), and Sears Holdings Corp (NASD: SHLD) rarely find themselves agreeing, much less banding together on any one issue. When it comes to dealings with credit card companies though, that is all changing. The retail giants find themselves in a group of more than 500 merchants objecting to a $7.25 billion antitrust settlement with credit card firms over swipe fees, say the deal is meaningless as long as card companies can fix fees charged retailers on each transaction. The agreement is being considered by a federal... 
 

Blackberry (TOR: RIM.TO) Results Surprise

Blackberry has posed a string of surprises in recent quarters. Less than a year ago, many were predicting their demise, citing their lackluster product lineup, and failure to compete in the consumer space with behemoths like Apple and Samsung. Despite the uphill battle, the once star performer continues to outperform expectations. Blackberry was once a ubiquitous device, part of the arsenal of virtually every executive in the country. But, as the critics say, they failed to innovate. They stagnated, and rested on their laurels. With time, Apple’s... 
 

Ford (NYSE: F) Continues Showing Improvement

Ford (NYSE: F) results are coming in, and signs are pointing to improvement in the North American automotive sector. While the firm is facing some headwinds associated with rising costs, improvements in the pricing and market share have enabled the profit margin to continue to grow. The US auto industry is returning positive feedback for the first time in years. Chrysler vehicles have won numerous awards for their impressive styling updates, while GM has experienced a renaissance with their return to the muscle market. The much anticipated Cadillac... 
 

Accolades Rolling in for General Motors (NYSE: GM)

General Motors (NYSE: GM) is heading into car show season with an increased focus on muscle – literally. The muscle cars that made GM famous have returned, and preliminary rave reviews have buyers eagerly lining up. Between the Corvette’s new Stingray model, the Camaro Super Sport, and the Cadillac CTS V, GM is reigning in the accolades faster than anyone could have expected. The automaker was bankrupt just a few years ago, selling bland cars with a tremendous line that failed to strike consumers. As the firm grew smaller, it also grew smarter.... 
 

Staffing Issues At Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT)

While unemployment continues to plague the country in certain areas, it seems that Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) faces a different problem altogether – not enough workers. According to Bloomberg research by Renee Dudley, Wal-Mart doesn’t have enough bodies to restock the shelves, according to interviews with store workers. In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase, according to filings and the company’s website. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce, which includes Sam’s Club... 
 

Nike (NYSE: NKE) Continues to Just Do It

Despite the challengers, Nike (NYSE: NKE) still remains king of the athletic apparel market. Following the better-than-expected bottom-line results for third quarter fiscal 2013, the shares of global sport equipment and apparel retailer, Nike Inc. soared to a new 52-week high of $60.25 on Friday, Mar 22. The company closed trading at $59.53 on Mar 22, representing a solid return of 11.1% from the closing price of $53.90 on Mar 21, and gained about 15.3% year-to-date. Average volume of shares traded over the last 3 months stands at approximately... 
 

Macy’s (NYSE: M) Struggles, But J.C. Penney’s (NYSE: JCP) Fall Overshadows

Macy’s (NYSE: M) struggled during the fourth quarter, but that has largely been overlooked due to the recent volatility of J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP). J.C. Penney fell nearly 5% at the open this morning before bouncing back somewhat, down about 2% as of 3:25 p.m. EDT after yet another Wall Street analyst cut its views on the ailing retailer. BMO Capital Markets lowered its call on the stock from “market perform” to “underperform” and slashed its price target on the stock from $18 to $12, implying that the firm sees about another... 
 

Opel Employees Reject Deal, General Motors (NYSE: GM) Europe Facing Unease

The days for the Opel may be numbered. The Opel brand, part of General Motors (NYSE: GM) has been struggling to rebound from the financial crisis, as falling sales have sapped its profitability and caused GM to explore alternative plans for the brand. It seems the plans aimed at saving or reviving the brand have faltered. Employees at the luxury car making unit have rejected its turnaround deal to save the struggling European unit. The failure of the deal means that the plant will be closed down by 2014 instead of 2016, significantly adding to the... 
 

Apple (NASD: AAPL) Struggles at Home and Abroad

Apple (NASD: AAPL) is heading into dangerous territory – the firm recently regarded as an innovation factory has failed to release remarkably new products in years. Despite the success of the I-Pad and I-Phone, their effect on the firm’s bottom line is beginning to diminish. We cannot overlook that in the past decade, the firm has been in unprecedented territory, creating device after device of new technology that consumers eagerly bought, no matter what the price. Many market observers now worry if Apple’s success has reached it’s crescendo,... 
 

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) LBO Fails, Chairman Schulze Returns

Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) founder Richard Schulze was shown the door of the company he started less than a year ago, but with a failed leveraged buyout attempt now behind him, he is returning to the firm he built in a newly established Chairman Emeritus position.  Along with him, he is bringing back Brad Anderson, the former Chief Executive who led the firm during it’s golden age a decade ago. Schulze spent the winter mulling a leveraged buyout of Best Buy after his unceremonious departure from the company in June. He later scrapped his plans, even... 
 

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) Sues Union in Florida

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is no stranger to controversy, especially when it involved labor unions. Lately though, grocery worker unions have been targeting the store, causing disruptive rallies the retail giant seeks to curtail through litigation. Wal-Mart has a long and complicated history when it comes to unions. Despite the prevalence of unions in many states over the years, Wal-Mart has largely been able to keep them at bay, avoiding their intrusion into the firm and avoiding the costs associated with unions. As the firm continues to grow though,... 
 

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) Struggles With Inventory Replenishment

  Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) faces a problem few retailers do – their products sell out so quickly, restocking the shelves in a timely manner is hampering sales.   Wal-Mart was once regarded as the king of logistics, a pioneer in the industry using RFID technology to track and manage inventory, and avoiding stock out conditions that sap sales and anger customers. As more customers flock to Wal-Mart though, the current pipeline isn’t keeping up with the demand.   We run out quickly and the new stuff doesn’t come in,” U.S. Chief... 
 

Will Macy’s (NYSE: M), JC Penney (NYSE: JCP), Kohls (NYSE: KSS), and Sears (NASD: SHLD) Turn it Around?

The retail sector is suffering, as evidenced by the poor shopper turnout in the fourth quarter holiday season. As shoppers continue to hoard cash and avoid the malls, sales and profits at firms like JC Penney (NYSE: JCP), Sears (NASD: SHLD), and Macy’s (NYSE: M) have disappointed. In reflecting on the recently reporting results, there are a few key areas to observe.   The loss leader in the industry undoubtedly falls to JC Penney, whose performance and actions has confounded consumers. For the quarter, JC Penney’s total revenue plummeted... 
 

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) Results Disappoint

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is either on the brink of an epic turnaround, or might very well be facing it’s final days. The retailer has struggled to reinvent itself under Chief Executive Rob Johnson. Johnson, the former Apple executive brought into JCP to turn around the brand, has sought to reinvigorate the franchise by replacing it’s rather dull perception with a more youthful cutting edge approach. Thus far, the results have fallen flat. New pricing, fully refreshed stores designed to be a destination “mall within a mall” and partnerships... 
 

Merck (NYSE: MRK) Announces Dividend

Pharmaceutical maker Merck (NYSE: MRK) has declared its inaugural quarterly dividend of 2013, keeping it in line with its previous payout. For its Q2, the company is to hand out $0.43 per share of its common stock on April 5 to shareholders of record as of March 15, matching the disbursement from mid-December. Previously, the company paid $0.42 per share. Merck has a strong track record of paying dividends, although it rarely adjusts its payout. From September 2004 to September 2011, the company distributed $0.38 nearly every quarter. The newly... 
 

Intel (NASD: INTC) Targets Investment in Brazil

Chipmaker Intel (NASD: INTC) has announced plans to invest $152 million in Brazil over the next five years in research and development, the chip manufacturer said on Wednesday.The investment in Brazil is a strategic initiative for the Brazilian government, which has announced lofty plans aimed at increasing the country’s software output. The investment will be twofold, targeting both increased headcount and resources internally, while also partnering with academic institutions in Brazil to fund research. The Brazilian government is expected to... 
 

Apple (NASD: AAPL) Annual Meeting Reveals Few Surprises – Besides Allusion to Television

Apple (NASD: AAPL) fans are in unfamiliar territory, watching the stock price fall, while innovation seems to have stalled at the firm. While the sea may seem calm for now, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has promised more breakthrough products are on the way. During the company’s annual meeting at its Cupertino headquarters, Cook told shareholders  “The company is working as hard as ever, and we have some great stuff coming.” While Cook retained the firm’s typical secretive nature and didn’t relay any specifics at one point... 
 

Google (NASD: GOOG) Faces EU Privacy Concerns

Internet search giant Google (NASD: GOOG) has some explaining to do on the issue of privacy. Regulators around the world have been uncomfortable with some of the firm’s practices for years, and the latest in the ongoing saga comes from the European Union. The firm will have to appear before a group of EU data-privacy watchdogs as part of a probe that may lead to what the regulators called coordinated “repressive action” after it failed to fix flaws in its privacy policy. Throughout the course of similar issues, Google has maintained a posture... 
 

Apple (NASD: AAPL) Falling Share Price in Focus for CEO Cook

Apple (NASD: AAPL), which has largely been given a rubber stamp of approval on everything it has done for the past decade, has been faltering in recent months. Consumers seem to be growing wary of minor modifications on existing products, and are thirsty for new products. Even though sales and profits remain high, without a game changing new product, there is a real risk in the firm’s stock price right now. Perhaps this is why famed investor Richard Einhorn and many others are calling for a dividend, in an effort to store some profits. While the... 
 

General Motors (NYSE: GM) Targets Growth for Volt

General Motors (NYSE: GM) likes what it sees when it comes to the growing demand for the hybrid Chevy Volt. In 2013, the firm is planning to build 36,000 of the plug in hybrids, nearly 20% growth over 2012. The Detroit based auto giant is planning to build 1,500 to 3,000 of the fuel- efficient vehicles a month, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the target isn’t public. According to Jim Cain, a company spokesman, GM sold about 30,000 Volt and similar Opel Ampera cars globally in 2012. The firm has thus far declined to... 
 

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) Facing More Gender Bias Lawsuits

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) has been sued by five Wisconsin, claiming the company has denied them and other female employees equal pay and equal opportunities. The lawsuit, alleging unfair pay practices contingent on gender, is the latest in a slew of suits targeting the hiring and pay practices of the firm. Jim Kaster of the Minneapolis-based Nichols Kaster PLLP, and a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement announcing the filing that “Women at Wal-Mart were told by management that women deserved less pay and fewer promotions than men because... 
 

Amazon (NASD: AMZN) Rises While Apple (NASD: AAPL), Facebook (NASD: FB) Fall

Despite solid earnings results across the tech industry, shares in Facebook (NASD: FB) and Apple (NASD: AAPL) are down – yet Amazon (NASD: AMZN) is up. Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has long been an anomaly in terms of tech strategy -he is known to pressure executives and innovators to write essays and to be thoughtful and comprehensive when taking the podium at his strategy meetings. His approach is decidedly academic, more so than classic business. The approach Bezos has taken has long been unique, and perhaps that is one reason that Amazon... 
 

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) Expanding Presence in Grocery Market

The grocery industry is changing, and one of the largest benefactors of that is discount retail giant Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) as they are expanding rapidly in the space. Wal-Mart has successfully capitalized on its reach, pitching groceries to their shoppers, and is quickly becoming an important part of the firm’s success. Ten years ago the grocery strategy was a novelty for the firm, but as time passes it is of growing importance. The nation’s largest retailer adapted to fit the needs of its cash-strapped customers in the midst of a slow economic... 
 

Research in Motion (NASD: RIMM) Rising From the Ashes

Blackberry maker Research in Motion (NASD: RIMM) was widely speculated to be on the brink of bankruptcy just months ago. Market observers were writing their obituary, ascribing the once great firm to failure, after losing market share to Apple and Android, putting cash flows of its once cash cow Blackberry product into doubt. Now, it appears the tales of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. A new generation of more versatile BlackBerry smartphones is finally about to hit the market after excruciating delays allowed mobile devices made by... 
 

General Motors (NYSE: GM) Announces US Investment Plans

When the US auto industry contracted following the 2008 financial crisis, the Detroit economy was shook to its core. Rising unemployment rates and vacancy rates in and around the Paris of the Midwest sent shockwaves through the local economy, leaving many pundits to declare Detroit dead. Five years later, the city is continuing to rebound, and the increased presence of big auto is helping the city rebound from the previously unthinkable doldrums it faced during the recession. General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) is in on the action, announcing today that... 
 

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) Beats Expectations, But Stock Sinks on International Sales Concerns

It began as a mixed day for the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). Although the firm managed to handily beat the fourth quarter earnings expectations by disclosing results earlier today, their glum outlook for 2013 caused investors to retreat. A rather concerning interpretation of the results shows that while North America remains a strong, profitable market for Ford, Ford’s international markets are expected to post another combined loss in 2013. By noon today, shares Ford Motor Co. fell 1.4 percent to $12.96 with 34,933,800 shares traded, one... 
 

Dell (NASD: DELL) Exploring Buyout Opportunities

Dell Inc. (NASD: DELL), the firm responsible for bringing low cost computers into homes around the world are on the verge of doing the unthinkable – going private.  The computer giant has saw their share price sag, as consumers shift from traditional pc purchases to the growing tablet and smart phone market. Dell has lost considerably due to this, as they lack a presence in these growing market segments. A bid to take Dell private by buyout firm Silver Lake and its partners underscores the financing market’s willingness to lend up to $15... 
 

Apple (NASD: AAPL) Needs A Game Changer

Tim Cook’s job as Chief Executive of Apple (NASD: AAPL) is growing increasingly difficult. The shadow of Steve Jobs remains looming over the firm, and the firm’s recent results suggest sales for existing products are leveling off. The tech giant needs a game changer, similar to what the iPad, iPhone, and iPod all did for the firm over the past decade. Apple’s earnings were flat last quarter despite selling more iProducts than the year before. In a nut shell, as Apple churns out more iProduct, it makes less money per item. Adding up the... 
 

Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) Launching Online Subscription Service for Office

Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) has, to date, avoided bringing its popular office suite to touch screen platforms. As consumer tastes are rapidly changing, there is a growing expectation by users to have access to these programs on their mobile devices, and as such, Microsoft is rapidly working on plans to capitalize on the opportunity. In an attempt to extend a lucrative franchise beyond personal computers, the world’s biggest software maker is selling a retooled version of Office as an online subscription service to consumers for the first time.... 
 
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