Riding the avalanche of new smartphones and tablets released for the holiday season, Qualcomm reported better-than-expected sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter.
Without question, the pursuit of supremacy in the mobile-device space is the hottest battle in the market. As Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) battle to drive each other out of business, there are chip companies, including Qualcomm (QCOM) and Intel (INTC), looking to dominate form factors with each new mobile device.
With each passing quarter, it's evident that Qualcomm is winning its battles with Intel, by an ever-greater margin.
This trend bodes well for Qualcomm, which looks to be the surest bet in the volatile but growing mobile-device market.
And if fiscal-first-quarter earnings are any indication, this chip giant is not done rewarding investors.
The stock is trading at an all-time high on investor optimism about cloud services and other technology initiatives. But those are a small part of the overall business.
Recently, I speculated in print that shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) would drop after the Seattle company posted its quarterly earnings. I expected the online retailer to miss analyst estimates
Betting against Amazon has become a mug's game. Since the stock market bottom, in late 2008, the stock has risen steadily, from below $38 a share to its present high of $266.
IBM is quietly going about the business of building an indispensable suite of cloud applications. Meanwhile, the stock consistently rewards shareholders.
Over the last five years, owning shares of IBM (IBM) has been very, very good for investors.
Since November 2008 the stock has more than doubled in value; the dividend, which has been raised at regular intervals, now stands at 85 cents per share, yielding 1.7%. IBM can well afford the $1 billion quarterly payout -- profits range from $3 billion to $5 billion each quarter.
Despite this, all is not well at Big Blue, at least according to analysts.
From grove to glass, Coca-Cola's sophisticated Black Book model guides every aspect of orange juice production.
Don't let the name fool you. Coca-Cola's (KO) Simply Orange juice is anything but pick, squeeze and pour.
That cold glass of 100% liquid sunshine is the product of a sophisticated industrial juice complex. Satellite imagery, complicated data algorithms, even a juice pipeline are all part of the recipe.
"You take Mother Nature and standardize it," says Jim Horrisberger, director of procurement at Coke's juice packaging plant in Auburndale, Fla. "Mother Nature doesn't like to be standardized."
The social network posted impressive growth numbers in its most-recent quarter, but Wall Street worries the company is spending too much.
Facebook's (FB) fourth-quarter financial result beat estimates, but Wall Street pushed down the stock on concerns that the social network -- much like the rest of America -- has a spending problem.
Facebook did not provide guidance for the current quarter but executives did note that capital expenditures for 2013 will be around $1.8 billion as the company ramps up hiring and infrastructure spending.
David Ebersman, Facebook's chief financial officer, said total expenses, excluding stock-based compensation, will likely increase by around 50% this year. It will be worth watching where the expenses will be incurred -- Ebersman did not specify during the conference call with shareholders and analyst. But Fusion-IO (FIO), which supplies flash memory technology to Facebook as well as to Apple (AAPL), cut its 2013 revenue outlook, citing delayed orders from its customers.
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