The stock gets an upgrade as Wall Street awaits Friday's release in the US of the new Z10 touchscreen smartphone.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 20, 2013 5:00PM

thestreet logoBlackBerry 10By Chris Ciaccia

 

BlackBerry (BBRY) stock surged more than 6% today in New York after an upgrade from a Morgan Stanley analyst.


The analyst, Ehud Gelblum, said he now sees the possibility of the BlackBerry emerging as a "niche midrange player" in the smartphone market.


Gelblum upgraded shares of the Canadian company to "overweight" from "underweight" and raised his price target to a Wall Street high of $22, saying he gross margins from the BlackBerry 10 will add to earnings this year.


BlackBerry intends to launch its new Z10 touchscreen phone in the U.S. on Friday. Analysts will be watching to see how much traction the Z10 -- which uses the new BlackBerry 10 operating system -- will gain against Apple(AAPL) and Google (GOOG), the dominate players in the American market.

 

Spreadtrum Communications is a leading supplier to Apple's rivals in the smartphone market. Buy this stock if you think competitors will continue to gain market share.

By StreetAuthority Mar 19, 2013 9:59AM
The headquarters of Spreadtrum Communications in Shanghai © Kevin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Michael Carr

Apple (AAPL) is down nearly 35% over the past six months, making it one of the worst-performing stocks during that period. This rapid decline has also led many traders to question whether the stock, after falling this  far, is a "buy." 

In my opinion, it might be best to look beyond Apple for profits.

No one knows for sure what is behind the sell-off in Apple's stock. It could be concerns about slow growth and threats to market share in the smartphone market. Apple's iPhone accounted for 56% of the company's revenue in the mos-recent quarter.

At first glance, the iPhone seems to be well-positioned. Total iPhone shipments increased by 47% in 2012 to 136.8 million handsets. Apple had 25% of the global market share, an enviable position but far below the 40% share of first-place Samsung Electronics (SSNLF).

This data suggests that rather than trying to find a buying point in Apple, traders should consider finding companies that will profit if the iPhone loses market share. After all, given the iPhone's market share, we can calculate that more than 400 million smartphones from other companies were sold in 2012. Samsung is one possibility for investors, but the stock is thinly traded in the United States and should be considered only by long-term investors.
 

By surrounding himself with yes-men and killing off anything that doesn't make money, the CEO could be setting himself up for a fall.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 18, 2013 7:01PM

thestreetlogoCEOBy Dana Blackenhorn

 

Every great company is a dictatorship. But no dictator can run a great company alone.

 

While much of the media commentary on Google (GOOG) late last week centered on its closure of Google Reader, the bigger news is the replacement of Android chief Andy Rubin with ChromeOS head Sundar Pichai, as reported by Wired.

 

Pichai is said to be "closer" to CEO Larry Page than Rubin was, and it's no longer questioned that Marissa Mayer, now CEO of rival Yahoo! (YHOO), didn't jump from the Googleplex but was pushed out by Page.

 

Based on 'Half the Sky,' a 2009 bestselling book and later a PBS series that tells stories of women overcoming oppression, the game lets players unlock $250,000 in real donations.

By Minyanville.com Mar 13, 2013 6:27PM

Half The Sky, the game (© Half The Sky)By Minyanville


Often, when we talk about foreign aid, we only talk numbers -- how much money was given to a particular NGO or how many mosquito nets we put up in a struggling community.Minyanville on MSN Money


To really improve lives through financial aid, we have to engage with issues in the developing world, try to understand them and develop a more transparent way of giving. 


That’s what Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn believe. Their cause is the global empowerment of women, and their newest tool is a game on Facebook (FB). 

 

The married couple founded the Half the Sky movement in 2009 with publication of their book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The book argues that the oppression of women is the greatest moral challenge of our time. The authors seek to raise awareness of issues such as female genital mutilation, domestic abuse, sex trafficking and maternal mortality.

 

An analyst raises his rating on the stock to 'buy,' saying the stock is cheap and that Oracle's recent moves to bolster its hardware business are about to bear fruit.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 13, 2013 11:23AM

thestreet logoThe Oracle headquartersBy Chris Ciaccia, TheStreet

 

Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison is nothing if not brash. The company he leads could be as bright a star as he is, according to one analyst.

 

Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis upgraded shares of the software giant to "buy" and raised his price target to $42 from $35. This was done ahead of Oracle's earnings, which are slated to be released next week. Davis cited an expected year-over-year increase in hardware revenue as one of the major reasons for the upgrade.

 

Another reason cited by Davis is Oracle's market valuation; the stock trades at just 11 times the analyst's projected earnings for 2013.

 

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