A new report finds tablet users account for a steadily increasing amount of mobile traffic, and projects that the trend will continue in the months ahead.
Uptrending stocks that pay even a small dividend can build wealth quickly from the combined forces of stock gains and dividend payouts.
The search giant may 'dominate' the mobile market with its Android operating system, but there's not a lot of profit in it. Or in other of the company's non-core ventures.
Recently, at Seeking Alpha, I tried a thought experiment. I unloaded on Google (GOOG).
The reaction? There wasn't one.
The piece was mostly ignored, although there were a few drive-by comments to the effect that I had lost my mind. A few days later, a real estate investor predicted on the same site that Google would soon blow right by $1,000/share.
Google is a great company, but nothing goes straight up. When a stock gets too fashionable, when everyone's bullish about it, that's a danger sign. We saw that last year with Apple (AAPL).
I think we're seeing it now with Google.
The ex-Groupon chief isn't the first tech CEO to get fired from the company he created. And he may not be the last such executive to go on to have a memorable career.
Investors bid up Groupon (GRPN) shares by more than 12% Friday following the firing of 32 year-old CEO Andrew Mason. Personally, I would rather invest in Mason.
People like Mason may not run corporate America, but its people like him -- people with active imaginations and who aren't interested in playing it safe -- who create it.
Groupon isn't to be written off completely as an investment. The fact that it has fallen 83% since its initial public offering, in November 2011, doesn't change the fact that the company had 41 million active customers in 2012 and has worked with more than 500,000 merchants.
As RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney told Bloomberg Television Friday morning, "That's not just thin air. There is a business here that can be picked up."
It costs less to increase a customer's loyalty than to get a new one. MasterCard has done this to gain big profits -- and an edge over rival Visa.
That is, Visa stuck to its knitting and dominated the niche, while MasterCard went into a bunch of other businesses and trailed like a puppy after a bigger dog.
Maybe my prejudice came down to regionalism. Coca-Cola is based in Atlanta, where I now live, and MasterCard, like Pepsico, is based in Purchase, N.Y., outside New York City.
It's also possible that in this case I was wrong.
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