Patient investors might benefit from the chip-maker's heavy investment in touch-panel controllers. A beaten-down stock adds to the allure.
By Richard Saintvilus
Anyone who doubts that touch capabilities are here to stay is not paying enough attention to the smartphone and tablet markets. Consumers every day demonstrate through their spending habits that they want more of it.
For this reason, I have been an unabashed cheerleader of semiconductor giant Atmel (ATML). Its portfolio of touch technologies -- in particular, its controllers with touch-focused properties -- have become vital to the rising popularity of mobile devices.
The Silicon Valley company's stock has lost 38% of its value this year, suggesting that investors don't much care about its touch technology.
But a fresh look at the company's third-quarter financial results suggests it just might be time for investors to reconsider Atmel's market position
But no one cares about inefficient equipment because most people who install panels do so for publicity and marketing rather than for energy.
As one solar company after another goes out of business, here is what investors do not know and promoters will not tell you: Solar panels do not work that well.
Sometimes not at all. But for several years, most solar systems, big and small, were so heavily subsidized, they were practically free. So lots of people did not really care.
Not enough to check the output of their systems. The few who did often had a big surprise.
It is going to continue to operate as it always has, and won't be influenced by expectations.
If there has been any downside to the success of Apple (AAPL), it is that no matter how much growth the company produces, investors insist on wanting more. This is regardless of how absurd these expectations may be. Nonetheless, as a faithful stock, Apple has obliged.
Over the past decade, the company's growth has been nothing short of extraordinary -- particularly as it faced threats from Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN), hated rivals that want nothing more than to put the company out of business.
However, on the heels of Apple's fourth-quarter earnings report and ensuing guidance, many bears have taken to the streets to proclaim victory.
It seems Apple's results have suddenly created an "aura of uncertainly" regarding the company's future. But I ask, really? I think it is time for investors to take a more realistic view of where the company is and how it chooses to operate.
Investors remain confident in Bezos' ability to deliver profits.
I asked recently if e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN) can keep defying gravity as it pushes further into territories dominated by tech giants Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG). The premise continues to be the same -- how long will investors pay such incredible premiums for revenue growth in absence of meaningful profits? Following Amazon's third quarter earnings report, this question was answered -- albeit not entirely.
Hurricane Sandy took out power supplies, servers, access and even the East Coast's online snark.
It's starting to feel a little lonely on the Internet after Hurricane Sandy.
Is your Facebook (FB) or Twitter feed feeling a little light? Does Reddit seem a bit more relaxed? That'll happen when nearly 7 million people lose power and, by extension, their Internet access and online persona.
It doesn't matter if East Coast online subscribers got their service through Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) or T-Mobile. As Reuters reported, nearly everyone who relies on cable or telecom infrastructure for their service in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and New England is dealing with spotty or nonexistent service. Downed lines, knocked out towers and flooded facilities may keep those folks offline for a while, while New York's ConEdison and other regional power companies say it could be days to a week until electricity is fully restored.
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