Facebook's announcement that it's bringing video to the social network is the first step toward making money on its acquisition last year of Instagram.
By Chris Ciaccia
Facebook's (FB) purchase of Instagram last year is starting to look a lot better, many analysts believe, not only from a strategic
standpoint but for revenue potential. Now, all the company needs to do is show it to the market.
Thursday's announcement to bring video to Instagram will eventually allow the company to showcase video ads on the social network to its 130 million monthly active users. Instagram has lost a little luster to Twitter's Vine, which allows users to take 6-second video clips and share them.
Instagram's service, available immediately on both Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android, is a little different. The videos are 15 seconds, and allow users to put a personal touch on them, with 13 new filters designed specifically for video, something advertisers and users will love, eventually.
Value investors ought to appreciate the beauty of a stock that's been counted out by Wall Street but is making the right moves to get itself back in the game.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. As a value investor I will buy "ugly ducklings" because I sometimes see what others don't.
Of course, sometimes what I'm seeing is all a mirage, and my investment thesis is just plain wrong. But that's par for the course; the hope is that I'm right more often than I am wrong.
This investment strategy is not always about buying names with bright futures that have fallen on hard times. It's often about buying names that Wall Street essentially has given up for dead.
I can think of no better example than RadioShack (RSH).
Here was an antiquated retailer (strike one), in the retail electronics business (strike two), with falling revenue, declining margins and substantial debt (strikes three, four and five). There was little to like, given the numerous retailer troubles we've seen in recent years, especially in the electronics space.
Renewable-energy subsidies are slashed just as China has jumped to the leading position in the market. The cuts may make China's advantage insurmountable.
Renewable energy is like any technology -- it starts out expensive and grows cheaper over time.
Money is its primary fuel; money for research, money for start-ups and money to get early versions into the market.
To fuel the new market, Western countries have created various subsidies, such as "feed-in" tariffs and loan guarantees on risky breakthroughs. It's just what we did with computing, transistors and the Internet, creating market conditions before a market exists, setting the stage for a boom.
So now that the boom is on the horizon, politicians are doing all they can to hand the fruit of this labor to China.
Heading into the enterprise software giant's latest earnings release, it appears that its share price fails to truly reflects the company's long-term value.
Say what you want about the dormant nature of enterprise IT spending: Oracle (ORCL) certainly knows how to keep things interesting.
First, the database giant surprised the entire sector with its $2.1 billion acquisition of Acme Packet (APKT). Then, a little more than a month later, the company announced its intent to pick off network vendor Tekelec.
Although the Tekelec announcement didn't push the needle in terms of media attention, the move nonetheless demonstrates how serious Oracle is to differentiate itself from cloud rivals including Salesforce.com (CRM) and SAP (SAP). But perhaps more noteworthy is this deal signals the confidence of CEO Larry Ellison and Oracle's management team to go after telecom assets to combat (among others) Cisco (CSCO).
Its mobile ordering apps have catapulted the pizza chain into the upper crust of technology-driven global brands.
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[BRIEFING.COM] The dollar index remained in the red in afternoon trading, which helped provide price support to commodities.
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- Oct natural gas has a nice run today too, extending yesterday's gains. Oct NG closed 6 cents higher to $3.99/MMBtu
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