A commitment to return cash to shareholders is a key reason IBM's shares have fared well even when the broader tech sector has fallen from favor. Apple should take heed.

By StreetAuthority Mar 8, 2013 8:49PM
IBM logoBy David Sterman
                                                                 
Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has often emphasized that the personal-technology pioneer still has aces up its sleeve, hinting at bold new products in the pipeline. So Apple could still surprise investors with better-than-expected growth.

But even if Cook is right and Apple is on the cusp of an impressive product-release cycle, he's wrong on one key point: Apple will never again be a great growth story.
 

Alessandro Di Benedetto straggled to the finish line in a round-the-world solo yacht race -- and emerged as a hero for the way he harnessed plastics, metal and the wind.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 7, 2013 5:04PM

thestreet logoAlessandro di Benedetto celebrates finishing the Vendee Globe yacht race © Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Jonathan Blum, TheStreet

 

Alessandro Di Benedetto just finished last in the race of his life.


Not merely last, but dead last, one month and more than 5,000 miles behind the winner.


Wet, alone and injured, slogging along with piddly, outmoded technology, Di Benedetto brought down the curtain on the Vendée Globe solo round-the-world yacht race in late February when he sailed across the finishing line. 

 

Which by rights, in our dog-eat-dog digital age, should make Di Benedetto a role model to exactly nobody. And most certainly not a bankable metaphor investors can use to suss out value in a complex marketplace that can be as unforgiving as the cold Antarctic seas.

 

But, over the past few months I and millions of others followed the exploits of this Franco-Italian sailor via his on-board Web clips, emailed messages and the wacky French media coverage of the event as Di Benedetto persevered. And it turns out this man is a veritable pirate's chest of investor inspiration.

 

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.

By Minyanville.com Mar 6, 2013 5:38PM

As the smartphone market slows, tablets are becoming an increasingly popular way of consuming media, playing games and accessing data, according to a new report by mobile advertising network Jumptap.
 
Jumptap, which helps companies understand mobile audiences and cater to them, said tablets last year accounted for 18% of mobile traffic on its advertising network, which covers 134 million mobile customers in the United States and a total of 206 million worldwide. 

That represents a sharp jump from the 7% of mobile traffic on the network in 2011, the company said. Smartphones represented 78% of the network’s traffic, but their share is rapidly shrinking: Jumptap projects that tablets will make up close to one-third of its network traffic by the end of 2013.
 

Uptrending stocks that pay even a small dividend can build wealth quickly from the combined forces of stock gains and dividend payouts.

By StreetAuthority Mar 5, 2013 12:41PM
Up arrow © Image Source, SuperStockBy David Goodboy, StreetAuthority                                                                
Following a stock trend is one of the most effective investing methods devised. It's a straightforward strategy that involves waiting until an uptrend is apparent on a stock chart. 

The uptrend in trend-following is created when certain criteria occur -- the price passes a particular point, or it pulls back on a shorter time-frame and resumes in the same direction, triggering a "buy" signal.

The hope is that the stock price will continue in the same direction after the investor enters the trade. The investor stays in the trade until the trend appears to have reversed. 

Trend followers don't try to catch top or bottom prices; rather, they intend to ride the middle.
 

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.

By TheStreet Staff Mar 4, 2013 7:58PM

thestreet logoAndroid phonesBy Dana Blackenhorn, TheStreet

 

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.


Genius!

 

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.

 

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