It could happen, given the irrationality driving the stock up today, and Apple shares down. But be careful: Netflix's business model remains unsustainable.

By TheStreet Staff Jan 24, 2013 3:36PM

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Here's all you need to know about Netflix (NFLX).

 

No. 1. The same flavor of irrationality that drives Apple (AAPL) down will take NFLX back up to $300.

 

Go ahead and laugh. But before you do, realize I've called this thing every step of the way:


 

Timestamp it: NFLX will hit $300 by summer.

 

The search giant's profit increased by nearly 7% in the final quarter of 2012, as the company stemmed a slide in ad revenue.

By The Fiscal Times Jan 23, 2013 7:25PM
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The Fiscal Times logo This week, technology companies take their turn in the spotlight. And for some of them -- notably former market superstar Apple (AAPL) -- that's proving to be a most uncomfortable place to be.

The technology universe offers a muddled outlook, and that may be why the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) has lagged in recent weeks as other major market indicators have either set new highs -- the Russell 2000 Index ($RUT) -- or broken above technical barriers and into territory not seen in months -- the Standard & Poor's 500 Index ($INX). For the year, the Nasdaq is up about 4.5%, while the S&P 500 has risen closer to 5% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) has climbed 5.1%.
 

Apple's hardware is great, and its well-tended operating system is beautiful. But behind the garden walls are bars that restrict your choices in all kinds of ways.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2013 4:14PM

A man examines an Apple Inc. iPhone 5 while holding a smartphone running Google Inc.'s Android operating system (© Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg via Getty Images)By: Mathew Ingram, Bloomberg Businessweek  


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After being in love with my iPhone for several years now, my attentions are increasingly being pulled elsewhere -- and I'm not fighting it. I've been an iPhone fan since I first got my hands on one: It instantly made my BlackBerry feel like an ugly brick that was designed by orangutans.


All I wanted to do was hold my iPhone forever, and that's almost exactly what I've done since I first got one -- until I switched to using an Android phone over the holidays.


I didn't decide to try an Android phone because I was dissatisfied with Apple (AAPL) or the iPhone. I still think the iPhone is one of the best-designed, most appealing products I've ever used. I have a MacBook Air and an iPad that I also love using, and I recommend them whenever I get the chance.


But I will confess that I have been looking enviously at Android phones after seeing friends using them and even more after borrowing one last fall for a trip to Amsterdam.

 

The tech pioneer's push into new markets and its tendency to be tight-lipped about its plans make it exceptionally hard to read.

By MSN Money Partner Jan 23, 2013 11:56AM

iPhoneBy Jessica E. Lessin, The Wall Street Journal 

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Apple (AAPL) is expected to report record iPhone sales and revenue today when it releases its earnings for the holiday period.


But it isn't current sales that Wall Street has focused on as Apple's stock has swooned recently. It is that the Cupertino, Calif., company's future is getting harder to read.


Apple's push into new markets and its complex supply chain are making its growth prospects difficult to understand and predict, say longtime investors and analysts. The company missed analysts' estimates the past two quarters.

 

Firsthand experience suggests the site is an effective advertising platform. If a promotion doesn't cut through the clutter, whose fault is that?

By TheStreet Staff Jan 22, 2013 2:11PM

FacebookBy Rocco Pendola, TheStreetthestreet logo

 

There's no better case study in the tendency to blame external forces for our mistakes and shortcomings than the dysfunctional relationship between large swaths of the public and Facebook (FB).

 

We've got endless examples: 

  • You're a retail investor who chased Facebook's IPO because you have a page on the site. The stock tumbled and you blamed everybody except the person who hit "buy." (While foreseeing long-term success, I recommended resisting the hype surrounding the IPO. That's almost always good advice.)
  • You're Mark Cuban, a wildly successful and otherwise brilliant man, yet you dog Facebook for structuring its advertising like TV and radio. Pay more as the size of the audience you reach increases? What a novel idea.
  • You're General Motors (GM). Unlike Ford Motor Co. (F), you have no clue how to use social media properly to market your vehicles, but you blame Facebook, exonerating yourself in the process. 
 

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