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  • If Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.2%) can get its ducks in a row - including meeting production deadlines and turning a profit in the affordable electic car segment - expect the automaker to build a "supercar" within 4 or 5 years, according to CEO Elon Musk in a response to a question from a Jalopnik reader. Though it sounds rather dreamy, investors will still want to know if the company plans to perpetually be in development mode. (full Q&A session[View news story]
    A little silly to lump Tesla into the whole Chevy Volt fire thing - two different products. Reminds me of Apple way before the whole iPhone/iPod/iPad phase, hoping to carve out market share by intelligent design and loyal customers.
    Sep 1, 2012. 01:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The sweet spot for retail is on the low-end with companies selling merchandise that doesn't compare directly to products on Amazon or other online sellers, according to Citi's Deborah Weinswig. The analyst cites breaking data that shows more back-to-school shopping is being done online by scrappy consumers willing to switch their shopping habits for discounts as low 2.5%. Wal-Mart (WMT) is on an island by itself with its pricing advantage and popular compare-the-receipt advertising campaign - but other back-to-school top retail picks include TJX, ROST, and JWN[View news story]
    Have you seen those lines at Wal-Mart recently compared to Target, Costco & grocery stores? They are killing it.
    Sep 1, 2012. 01:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Delta Air Lines (DAL -1.1%) will offer more premium seats on flights longer than 750 miles starting on June 7. While the carrier grabs a little extra seat revenue at $19-$99 a pop, customers signing on nab an extra three to four inches of legroom and can board flights earlier. [View news story]
    too funny, $99 for 3
    May 23, 2012. 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Disney (DIS -0.8%) CEO Robert Iger says the firm will pull the plug on programming if Dish Network's (DISH -1.0%) commercial-skipping service takes off as he dangles Dancing with the Stars as a potential high-profile casualty. While it's very early in the fight, the question of the survivability of commercial-laced TV programming has to be raised with the coming onslaught of original programming from players such as NetFlix, Amazon, Yahoo, Google, Hulu, and others that go lighter on the ads. [View news story]
    Disney will smash Dish Networks like a little bug
    May 23, 2012. 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Living in "perpetual anxiety" Facebook (FB) could lose its spot as the place folks go for their social networking, Mark Zuckerberg hastily inked the purchase of Instagram to prevent Twitter from sealing the deal (at half the price), reports Jennifer Van Grove in an interesting inside baseball account. Only the Paranoid Survive.  [View news story]
    Don't see Zuckerberg's interests aligning with other shareholders. Instagram? Are you kidding? It's mostly fluff.
    Apr 27, 2012. 02:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • On a day when Nokia (NOK +0.4%) officially lost its title as the world's biggest phone maker, S&P adds insult to injury by joining Fitch in downgrading its debt to junk status, while adding another downgrade could arrive if business doesn't stabilize. Like many others, S&P is worried Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone sales won't offset plunging Symbian sales.  [View news story]
    Somebody will emerge to unseat Apple eventually, it just won't be Nokia with that management crew in place.
    Apr 27, 2012. 02:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A down day for Vistaprint (VPRT -6.5%) looks somewhat mysterious after the firm beat top-line and bottom-line expectations with its Q1 report and issued in-line 2012 guidance. That is unless you pull back that stock quote filter a bit to see that shares are still up for the week.  [View news story]
    Good buying opportunity, even if shares are up for the week. Probably a few insiders took profits.
    Apr 27, 2012. 02:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors of Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR) breathe a sigh of relief, as the company and Starbucks (SBUX) announce an expansion of their strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks-branded Vue packs for use in GMCR's recently introduced Keurig Vue Brewer. GMCR +7.8%, SBUX +0.3% premarket.  [View news story]
    Still sounds like SBUX will pull the rug out at some point in the future.
    Mar 21, 2012. 12:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on the Burger Wars (previous): While fast-food burger joints saw a respectable 3% increase in sales to $67B last year, the premium burger segment grew at 18% to reach close to $2B - fueled in part by interest stirred up by cooking shows on TV. Not sitting still, execs at MCD, WEN, SONC, and JACK are offering up their own "premium" burgers in an attempt to break up the momentum of the niche market. [View news story]
    It's a threat to sales, but the fast-food chains are adapting with some better burgers. Either way, the consumer wins!
    Mar 21, 2012. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Now that ex-Goldman exec Greg Smith has had his Jerry Maguire moment, the real question is will his letter to the masses have any effect on Goldman Sachs' (GS -3.1%) business? Part of the problem for Goldman is that the advent of social media keeps breathing fresh life into a story that a few years ago would have been all but forgotten in hours. (online parodies[View news story]
    Spammer or not, those parodies are hilarious! Probably every brokerage firm calls their clients muppets but now Goldman has to carry the rep for it.
    Mar 14, 2012. 01:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia (NOK) will reportedly team up with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch a 10-inch Windows tablet in Q4 powered by Qualcomm's dual-core platform. The move is expected to strengthen Microsoft's position against Android tablet manufacturers. Shares of NOK -1.2% premarket.  [View news story]
    Doesn't this news really have the potential to slice out more of the pie for MSFT?
    Mar 14, 2012. 01:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The claim by Tadas Viskanta that "there has never been a better time to be an individual investor" is still catching notice. The WSJ's Jason Zwieg agrees with the proclamation, noting that up-to-the-minute information (think SA), ETFs, and index funds empower individual investors as they sit at the very bottom of the food chain. [View news story]
    that's funny...what exactly is Viskanta thinking??
    Mar 1, 2012. 09:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A rather grumpy Neil Young isn't giving up on the idea (video) that a new music player can be created that cuts into the sub-optimal way of listening to music that Apple (AAPL), Pandora (P), and Amazon (AMZN) has pushed the masses toward. He notes that MP3s and streaming music lose 95% of the data originally recorded in the studio and contends that a market exists for a higher-end device that allows listeners to hear music the way they artist intended. His answer to who will make the player: "Some rich guy." [View news story]
    Neil Young is correct. A majority of the richness of the original recording is lost in the crappy mashed-up music files of today. Maybe if the tech comes around a new player/file format would solve the problem and the Tiffany jet-set or audiophiles would jump in. As for the masses, forget about it.
    Feb 7, 2012. 06:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Facebook (FB) may have a ways to go when it comes to matching Google's (GOOG) ad monetization ability, but one area where it has a clear edge is in enabling the "discovery" of content users aren't actively searching for. The sharing of everything from Ticketmaster purchases to newspaper articles on news feeds is responsible for Facebook's enormous share of referral traffic, and stands to open up new revenue streams.  [View news story]
    You can't forget people use Google for search, they use Facebook for social...Google ads will always see better conversions because of this reality.
    Feb 4, 2012. 02:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • E-Trade (ETFC) plans to air another high-priced ad during tomorrow's Super Bowl with a repeat performance by its talking baby set to air (sneak peek). If the ad delivers laughs again it could impact E-Trade's share price next week, as university researchers have crunched data to find a direct correlation between the likability of a Super Bowl ad and short-term stock returns. Last year, after the talking baby scored a hit, ETFC was up 2.2% the Monday after the SB and 4.2% for the week. [View news story]
    HA! Another funny one from E-Trade, might be a worth a 1% bounce on goodwill.
    Feb 4, 2012. 02:56 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment