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  • Apple: Still No. 1 But Slipping Fast [View article]
    As a long-term Apple investor I recognize there is growing competition, however Apple does have a well established recognized, trusted, brand known for quality and reliability, along with other factors I strongly suspect they will continue to be a popular choice in the tablet/iphone market as long as these categories are in demand. In anticipation of market saturation of iphones/ipads Apple is preparing for more product releases as discussed by Tim Cook into 2014.

    I look at all sides prior to remaining invested in any company, Apple based on my research has much more upside then potential for downside. I am not sure it will reach 600 as soon as some may think as earnings seem to need a boost revenue is great however, new products may well increase earnings I hope so! The companies increasingly progressive environ. policies are a positive as well for ethical considerations.
    Nov 3, 2013. 10:16 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's End Game And The Long Road Ahead [View article]
    Myself as well Yesterdays_news. I did appreciate Hugo's article although did not always agree, he is a talented writer with a wealth of interesting great ideas. I suspect many people don't feel comfortable having all their personal information open and widely available, we all need privacy for our mental and emotional well-being and keep some things undisclosed and close our hearts so to speak! I was glad the PM of the UK spoke publicly re: his concern of the beheading videos facebook had allowed, due to this degree of pressure has since thank-fully pulled.

    Zuckerman is a motivated, smart entrepreneur who has charitable foundation as well all the best too him, but I do question facebooks look term growth it was novel. Many people in my age group work alot, if in stocks spend much time researching, are raising their children, volunteering, meeting people in real life verses cyberspace ect.. and not on facebook other than perhaps looking up contacts (I do use facebook for this) which is not sufficient time to preview ads.
    Nov 2, 2013. 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook Has Blowout Q3, But Call Spooks Investors [View article]
    Myself as well, although I generally visit or speak via my mobile with real people verses communicating over facebook. The ads are targeted to specific personality types. The only significant purpose for facebook for many people is as a great contact list of a range of people but looking for a contact's details takes a minute without anytime to see ads. Ads work when people are reading their facebook and spending time on it, the novelty of this fad will I suspect fade.
    Nov 1, 2013. 08:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's Results Were Good, But Its Valuation Is Scary [View article]
    A fad true, people utlimately prefer to meet and have conversations with real people. I tried facebook due to it's novelty but I prefer to speak to people on the phone or go to their house to look at their photos or vice versa. I suspect many people are similar all people regardless of age, interests, demographics ect.. need caring real human to human contact.
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's Results Were Good, But Its Valuation Is Scary [View article]
    I agree, re: it's "continued revenue and profitability growth is suspect." Along with your apt reasons, many people simply in all age groups prefer to meet and have conversations with real people. People who overly use facebook may not feel comfortable socially and/or are homebody focused hence why i.e. travel companies would find facebook an ineffective marketing option. Facebook originally was very novel, new and interesting, but it's long-term meaning in people's lives I suspect is limited.
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's Results Were Good, But Its Valuation Is Scary [View article]
    It is a casino stock, rallies up on "news," (intentionally placed) in the media to place a positive spin on the stock i.e. front and centre on yahoo finance at market open to draw inexperienced or even experienced investors in, then a slightly negative story is subtly placed near market close or a couple of days later, causing a small sell off. It was a super red flag for a stock to go up 7 dollars in 15 mins right after earnings were released then to immediately rally down by 10 (57 -46.50 by the next morning).

    I am not inclined towards conspiracy theories in the least but with reason and fact I have observed this pattern repeatedly set up as you mentioned perhaps by a group of unethical traders or big money, for some quick but unethical profit taking. I even have gotten caught up in it. No matter how tempting it seems people should just stay clear of gambling in facebook.
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's Results Were Good, But Its Valuation Is Scary [View article]
    I agree, as a long-term investor who avoids volatile, momentum stocks I largely stay away from the facebook party. I once got caught up in it and broke my own personal investing and short term trading rules which I will never do again and daytraded facebook, it is a gambling stock. It is easy to get caught up in the fast pace of the high volumes, rallying it up on analysts upgrades and then buying on the dip when everyone sells off for profit at the end of the day. This happens daily on facebook, it is also highly manipulated. Facebook is largely a casino stock, it just rallies up and down past and around the same numbers. It is not investing, as well it is so overvalued as George aptly mentioned.

    Although Tesla is also overvalued, it more likely has a long-term future especially if they produce a mid-priced compact, especially as the global economy is steadily shifting carbon neutral ect. but facebook has a questionable long-term future. Many folks I speak to find facebook lacks the social in person contact they prefer. I have get togethers at my home with real people, it is much more personally fullfilling then chatting through a computer! Facebook is interesting and novel, I tried it out but it is flat, I need to see real people or else I feel like the human contact I need and all people need is missing.
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook's End Game And The Long Road Ahead [View article]
    I understand your perspective, but as a successful investor I won't invest in Facebook one being I do not believe it is healthy for people, as you mentioned it is like a drug. Rather than engaging in healthy human contact, far too many people are staying alone at home supposedly "connecting," over facebook. As for teenagers it is far healthier for them to interact with real live friends rather than via facebook. Secondly facebook is a momentum stock, completely overvalued, it is the most volatile and manipulated stocks, which goes up and down between 46.00-51.00 as of late. Facebook may or may not be relevant 10 years from now, as it lacks the real human connection that people are always looking for, I don't see it growing in a huge way. I initially thought it was interesting and set up a facebook page, it was new and different but now I find it unfullfilling, I wish to see people in real life and I use email more than messaging via facebook.
    Nov 1, 2013. 07:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Momentum Continues To Build For Apple [View article]
    Apple's valuation verses Teslas or Priceline great comparisons, Apple will move up beyond low 500's, likely sell off after earnings was inpart profit taking. There is no sound reasoning to rationalize why Apple remains undervalued by the overall market, eventually the stock price will reach it's intrinsic value, hence why it is a good stock for people with long-term horizons as you aptly mentioned
    Oct 30, 2013. 04:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Earnings Mediocrity [View article]
    Shares are likely to rise, as alot of the downside after earnings was due to profit taking, as well many investors wishing to sell will wait until after the upcoming 3.05 dividend, the stock will rise coming to exdividend being it is a high dividend relative to pretty much all dividend stocks.
    Oct 29, 2013. 05:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is In Deep Trouble: A Reformed Bull Speaks Out [View article]
    True regarding the article would create controversy and draw in readers, the lead advertiser Scotia iTrade posted beside the article, had lots of viewers.
    Oct 24, 2013. 07:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is In Deep Trouble: A Reformed Bull Speaks Out [View article]
    Insightful comments including "I think everyone holds their own inner image of innovation..." Very true, innovation is a very broad term. Disney might refer to it as ongoing imagination he was highly innovative and creative having once said, "Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination in this world." Cook said at the Goldman Sach's conference in Feb this year, in reference to innovation that Apple does not believe in limits. Imagination and creativity are limitless hence so are new product/service categories in any company.
    Oct 24, 2013. 08:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is In Deep Trouble: A Reformed Bull Speaks Out [View article]
    I agree, everyone has the right to their own opinion but this gentleman's article is not based on facts. Apple has increased R&D by 33% this year, as well Cook has been actively fostering an innovation culture at Apple throughout the company all of this is key to new product/service development. Across company innovation meaning all staff's ideas are encouraged has been proven repeadedly by research such as by Deloitte and Touche to be far more effective, stable and successful then top down which was Job's style.

    Mr. Arnold respectfully doesn't understand the fundamentals of a successful innovative company culture and this correlation to new successful product/service development. Cook is very smartly developing Apple into a tech innovation hub. As well new products take time from the lab to the market place. In the meantime Apple is very smartly maximizing profits from the strong iphone, ipad and mac popularity.
    Oct 24, 2013. 03:31 AM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is In Deep Trouble: A Reformed Bull Speaks Out [View article]
    Note to Josh, Tim Cook said very clearly at the last quarterly call that growth catalysts at Apple will continue to be innovations to current product/service categories and in entirely new product/service categories. He also said new product categories are in the pipeline for 2014. I don't think there are any investors who anticipated entirely new product categories from the mac and ipad launch on Tues. Apple is very smartly maximizing profits from ipads, macs, and iphones prior to bringing in new categories. As well it is not just new product protential Apple is now starting payments with ibeacon the potential profit and growth in the ipayments arena is billions annually, the ibank essentially. I very confidently bought more shares at 508, already have some at 440 and in other ranges. New product development also takes time from the lab to the market place, and Apple classically never introduces anything until it is as well designed ect.. as possible.
    Oct 24, 2013. 03:25 AM | 25 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: $500 A Share Now Solidly Behind It, $550 Target Up Ahead [View article]
    I bought some more shares at 508.40, 10 cents more than you, ahead of earnings, which I suspect will be in line with or beat estimates. I also bought in $440 range, shares I will be holding for the growing dividend, as I suspect Apple may not fall back to low 400's for many years. Anything is possible but one must always make the best educated decision they can when investing.

    People can also buy premarket or aftermarket right after a company releases earnings, if they are better than expected with strong future guidance, verses prior to earnings which adds risk if uncertain as to what earnings will be.
    Oct 20, 2013. 03:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment