A full-fledged recovery will take time and arrive in 3 stages, according to one analyst, who sees the recent dividend hike as the first stage in the company's turnaround.

By TheStreet Staff May 13, 2013 6:10PM

thestreet logoSmart watchesBy Chris Ciaccia


Much has been made of the decline in Apple's (AAPL) share price, from $700 in September to below $400 this spring. That fall has prompted more than a few analysts and investors to write off the the company and the stock. Others, however, want to know whether a recovery may be at hand.

It is, if you believe one Wall Street analyst.


Brian White at Topeka Capital Markets has identified what he calls Apple's three-pronged approach to achieving a sustainable recovery in the price of its shares: Returning cash to shareholders; a rebound from a trough in the company's profit cycle; and new areas of growth.


The greatest takeaway from examining 4 decades of data on music sales and revenue is the record industry's success in reinventing itself in the face of technological change.

By TheStreet Staff May 9, 2013 1:13PM

thestreet logoWoman listening to music on her headphones (© nicolas hansen/E+/Getty Images)By Jonathan Blum, TheStreet


When Liz Kennedy informed me I had access to data on every music industry sale over the past 40 years, I had no idea it would feel this sad.


As director of communications for Recording Industry Association of America, Kennedy is the gatekeeper to the Industry Shipment Statistics database.


Here, since 1973, the RIAA has kept a running tab of music sold in all formats -- compact discs, vinyl records, casette tapes, downloaded singles -- by such industry heavyweights as Warner Music GroupSony Music Entertainment and  Universal Music Group.  


Tech stocks are out of favor, and cheap as a result. But the sector should get a boost -- starting in the year's second half -- as corporations start spending their IT budgets.

By StreetAuthority May 8, 2013 3:00PM
Investing in tech stocksBy David Sterman, StreetAuthority                                                           
This is not a good time to be running a tech company.

Corporate clients continue to withhold capital spending funds, investing only in areas that promise rapid payback or require modest sums to realize incremental improvements.

Additionally, spending by the U.S. government -- a major buyer of hardware, software and services -- has been nearly frozen as the sequester limits (or even shrinks) information technology budgets.

Adding insult, tech companies' foreign sales divisions in Europe and Asia are noting a high degree of spending caution.

How bad are business conditions? Based on updated second-quarter guidance, tech companies are expecting revenues to decline 5% year on year in the current quarter, according to Bloomberg. With the exception of a few quarters in late 2008 and early 2009, we haven't seen a drop like that since the dot-com implosion.

As a matter of fairness, Congress should pass an Internet sales tax bill. But the final bill should fix problems for retailers having to deal with tax codes from multiple jurisdictions.

By TheStreet Staff May 7, 2013 4:31PM

thestreet logoCursor on shopping cart icon button © Ed Honowitz, Photodisc, Getty ImagesBy Peter Morici


The Senate on Monday passed the Marketplace Fairness Act on a 69-27 vote, empowering states to collect sales taxes for out-of-state purchases made online. The legislation is expected to face a bigger hurdle in the House. Though flawed, the House should improve the measure and then approve it. 


I don't like the idea of  state and local governments collecting more tax revenues -- they know no limits to their capacity to squander our hard-earned dollars. But the current situation is unfair,  and bad economic policy.


In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court held that states did not have the power to levy taxes on online sales unless the retailer has a physical presence in their state. Consequently, major online retailers like L.L. Bean routinely collect the appropriate state sales taxes in jurisdictions where they have a store or warehouse but do not on sales in states where they do not have a physical presence.


The appointment of Renée James as president demonstrates the board's commitment to a new strategy to help take Intel chips into new devices.

By TheStreet Staff May 6, 2013 8:15PM

thestreet logoIntel logoBy Dana Blankenhorn


Intel (INTC) is going to some pains to make it appear the appointment of Brian Krzanich as chief executive is an orderly succession.


It's not.


While Krzanich is being given the keys to the car, he's not sitting in the front seat all alone. There's a president next to him. The two share an "executive office," giving this president extraordinary power.


Those who have commented on this note that said the president, Renée James, is a female person.



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