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  • SPWR, JASO, TSL higher on RBC upgrades  [View news story]
    I agree Chris; irrational fear-mongering on Wall Street is way out of control and has been imbedded into computerized trading. It's tough working with volatility.
    Jan 31, 2015. 08:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The Mac Makes Me Confident In The iPhone's Future  [View article]
    I love analysts who ignore a company's cycle of product innovation and only look at what is. Apple is first and foremost a proven serial innovator of HUGE new product segments -- personal computing, iPods, iPhones, iPads, iTunes, AppleTV. Soon they will innovate with iWatch and then iTV; the latter has to happen to leverage iTunes and Mac functionality. Plus Apple's partnership with IBM will provide Apple with price-insensitive high value applications that NO ONE but Apple and IBM will be able to deliver in the next 10 years and maybe for ever. High margin, huge market innovation -- no one is better at it than Apple and IBM is on the same track with Big Data / Watson at the Enterprise level.
    Aug 15, 2014. 01:23 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM Is Not A Technology Company  [View article]
    Rhodes has got it right. By focusing on value-add, big-data, consulting-based solutions, IBM is not only building a high margin annuity business but one that is unique. It's uniqueness is the data it has and will continue to accumulate, and no one will be able to catch them. Plus Watson will also give IBM a value-add like the planet has never seen before; HAL is real and it's here now but just a newborn. There are two discontinuities occurring at this time: IBM is creating one with big data solutions; and the investor community is creating the other via its lack of understanding of those solutions; it doesn't know how to evaluate the business because there is nothing else to compare it to. Druckenmiller does have it wrong; dead wrong although he will save face because it will take a few more years for IBM to prove its awesome new profit and revenue making business model. And Druckenmiller just doesn't get it.
    Nov 25, 2013. 12:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM, And The Private Cloud, Will Get Here  [View article]
    I believe that IBM is way ahead of its competition with respect to looking at complete solutions including hardware, software, data management, analytics, historical analyzable data and self-learning technologies. IBM solutions are complex undertakings which the Company has been developing for years. The data IBM has is unique and impossible to match because the Company has been collecting it for a long time. If you read these analysts reports you see that each one addresses only a small slice of the total IBM pie -- how can you judge the Company when you are only capable of seeing and understanding a slice that is intertwined with all the other pieces? You can't IMO.
    Apr 24, 2013. 01:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia To Produce Solar Powered Lumia?  [View article]
    If they could patent this solar technology and hold off the competition that would be huge but not as huge as embracing Android as soon as they legally can. It's taking longer, with more ups and downs than I expected but I believe NOK will become a profitable #3. And yes, NOK / MS need a couple of killer apps NOW!
    Mar 21, 2013. 01:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM roundup: 1) Following solid 2012 growth and an M&A binge, IBM expects to generate $20B in analytics/big data revenue in 2015, up from a prior forecast of $16B, says CEO Ginni Rometty. 2) Rometty also talks up IBM's emerging markets efforts: Big Blue is on track to double Chinese sales from 2010-2015, and grew its South American client base by 22% last year. 3) An NYT column looks at IBM's efforts to expand Watson's uses. Potential applications include drug development, predicting machine maintenance, and inventing recipes. IBM recently added Watson to a server line that starts at ~$6K.  [View news story]
    The IBM strategy to be the dominant player in the data, analytics and consulting business will boost margins and protect it from competitors. Once IBM accumulates the data, they have an automatic advantage over competitors because the more data one has the more accurate the analytics. By focusing on the hardware to store the data, IBM will have a total solution that is unique and extremely valuable. IBM is now selling ADDED VALUE INTELLIGENCE and no one is close to offering what they have -- NO ONE. With its movement into mobile computing, everyone will be a potential customer for its ADDED VALUE INTELLIGENCE services. In 5 years, IBM will be back on top in terms of most valued company on the planet and in 15 years it will be part of the fabric of our worldwide socio-economic system.
    Feb 28, 2013. 06:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Clearwire (CLWR) has received an unsolicited $3.30/share buyout offer from Dish Network (DISH). That easily trumps Sprint's (S) $2.97/share offer. The proposal requires Clearwire sell Dish 24% of its spectrum for $2.2B and use the proceeds to pay down debt, as well as (with extra financing) agree to build a 4G network for Dish. Sprint has responded to the proposal by calling it "not viable ... in light of Clearwire's current legal and contractual obligations." Clearwire's board will "engage with Dish;" shares are halted. Sprint -2.5% AH. Dish -2%[View news story]
    I see a partnership between Sprint (with Clearwire) and Dish coming out of this and not a Dish acquisition. The AH drop in Dish is some measure of the viability of this offer.
    Jan 8, 2013. 05:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Even as many fret about mobile monetization, eMarketer is hiking its 2012 U.S. mobile ad sales forecast to $3.84B from a prior $2.61B. Also, its 2013 and 2014 forecasts now stand at $6.97B and $10.94B. That could be lifting Millennial Media (MM +5.7%), whose 2013 and 2014 estimates are now at $138M and $199M, and Pandora (P +4.3%), which is at $347M and $496M. Market leader Google's (GOOG) U.S. sales are now expected to total $2.17B in 2012, $3.98B in 2013, and $6.33B in 2014. For Facebook (FB), the numbers are $339M, $851M, and $1.22B. (previous[View news story]
    Velti is under-played and under-valued. It's experience and patent portfolio puts it in a very competitive position. Recent actions showed management's commitment to increasing revenues, profit margins and share value.
    Dec 18, 2012. 01:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia To Issue Convertible Bonds - Does It Matter?  [View article]
    Elop is doing a lot of the right things - firing the marketing person in charge of the 920 launch was a good thing; delaying the pricing on the 920 was smart; convertibles to finance the turnaround also smart - and MSFT, as evidenced by the huge subsidies they are making wants very much for Nokia to win because of its global reach and reputation for excellent products over a wide spectrum of prices. T and Z will also benefit in their negotiations with APPL and Samsung if Nokia is a player; and they are doing their part as well. I am long and content to hold; I believe the stock 'can' quadruple in the next 18 months. And that's worth the risk.
    Oct 23, 2012. 05:14 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernstein suggests the terms of Sprint's (S +0.1%) complex deal with SoftBank leave shares undervalued at current levels: the firms points out that if the newly capitalized Sprint is worth $6/share, current shares are worth $6.72 (~$1 above present levels) after accounting for the 55% of current shares that will be sold for $7.30, and the 45% that will be converted. SA's Ted Barac also sees a buying opportunity, particularly since the deal will strengthen Sprint's balance sheet while reducing its float. (more[View news story]
    I don't know either, maybe the brokers will serve as middle men who will ask us if we would like to sell or hold on a first serve basis. Brokers normally handle all tender offers. Good question!
    Oct 17, 2012. 09:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bernstein suggests the terms of Sprint's (S +0.1%) complex deal with SoftBank leave shares undervalued at current levels: the firms points out that if the newly capitalized Sprint is worth $6/share, current shares are worth $6.72 (~$1 above present levels) after accounting for the 55% of current shares that will be sold for $7.30, and the 45% that will be converted. SA's Ted Barac also sees a buying opportunity, particularly since the deal will strengthen Sprint's balance sheet while reducing its float. (more[View news story]
    I bought more yesterday for these reasons: 1) the phone suppliers want more competition to protect themselves from the two Goliaths; like the oil and insurance companies, T and VZ go easy on each other because they both have to stay in parity less there be a charge of monopolizing. 2) More rapid LTE roll out will accelerate S revenue growth as well as a more diverse product line will lead to profitability and sustain it; 3) less debt will reduce investor risk increasing profits and share value as will the reduction in float; 4) Son has a very solid reputation for reading markets and opportunities. I think $10 to $12 by July 1, 2013 is a decent bet.
    Oct 16, 2012. 03:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM Earnings Preview: Old Tech Giant Should Report Decent Quarter  [View article]
    Like your thoughts on the IBM analytics / services strategy whereby they have created a uniquely powerful set of analytics that enable its professional services arm to offer high-value, high-margin recommendations for improving efficiency, revenues and margins in both the private and public sectors. It is my belief, and I may be stretching it, but IBM is positioning itself to be the 800# gorilla when it comes to hard dollar, bottom-line performance improvement amassing an unparalleled amount of data and growing significantly daily. They now have 80% of the world's medical data on Watson and THAT has got to represent a huge competitive advantage. Your thoughts please.
    Oct 12, 2012. 01:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "I would like to have done better," says Nokia (NOK +0.2%) CEO Stephen Elop regarding the company's early Windows Phone (MSFT) sales: he thinks WP 7.5 didn't give Nokia enough room to stand out, and believes its marketing needed to be more effective. But Elop won't second-guess his decision to back WP instead of Android, a move that's increasingly questioned as Nokia's total smartphone sales plunge. He also claims to have "no indications" Microsoft is working on a smartphone, in spite of rumors. (HQ sale) (also[View news story]
    You may be right but let's see what happens after the phones start shipping and the retail salespeople and consumers get their say. Nokia, like Samsung, and unlike Apple, is not a one-trick pony. They have a stable of high quality products aimed at a diverse global market -- not just the high end US market. It's a big world and the Nokia offensive is still in the staging period.
    Oct 12, 2012. 01:06 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 32% of respondents to ChangeWave's September North American survey said they're "very likely" (19%) or "somewhat likely" (13%) to buy the iPhone 5 (AAPL) - that's up from the 21.5% who showed interest in the iPhone 4S in an Oct. '11 survey. Meanwhile, just 2% said they're "very likely" to buy a Windows Phone 8 device, while another 7% said they're "somewhat likely." The iPhone has been gaining share against Android in the relatively saturated U.S. even as the opposite holds for some other markets.  [View news story]
    Survey is meaningless until the Nokia ads start running and their phones get in the hands of the retailers and consumers. Reliability, durability, cameras, ease of use and speed are all important and Nokia will do well versus the iPhone -- very well. Plus Nokia has a spectrum of phones suited for the diverse global market and their overall volumes will lower their cost and make their phones more price attractive ala Samsung. Nokia will beat Samsung in all the above areas.
    Oct 12, 2012. 12:48 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Lumia 920 AT&T Exclusivity Is A Huge Mistake  [View article]
    Would appreciate your thoughts on my post above yours.
    Oct 7, 2012. 02:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment