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The new incarnation of the tablet is slick, but that's only the beginning of why the company's stock is great.
By Jeff Reeves
Apple (AAPL) was the center of attention Wednesday -- isn’t it always? -- at a press event in San Francisco. Consumer electronics fans were eagerly awaiting iPad release news, especially the date that the new tablet will be available.
They weren’t disappointed. The new iPad will include a host of features, including a slick new display, HD video recording and voice dictation.
But for investors, this in-demand gadget is only one tiny reason you should snap up this excellent investment for your portfolio. Here are five reasons Apple is better than ever:
With or without merger approval, Express Scripts and Medco are solid growth companies.
Sometime in the next two months the Federal Trade Commission will hand down its ruling on whether to embrace or reject Express Scripts' (ESRX) $29 billion acquisition of its bigger rival Medco Health Solutions (MHS). Wall Street isn't so sure the FTC will go for it, but some mergers-and-acquisitions pros think the agency will.
It doesn't really matter.
We don't expect the online reviews site to turn cash-flow positive before 2013.
Consumer tastes are shifting to spirits and other interesting beverage choices, and brewing companies are responding.
Brands like Skinnygirl Cocktails are advertising heavily and attracting new consumers. Bartenders are having a field day with new flavors like Pinnacle's Whipped Cream vodka. Beer, meanwhile, has seen sales volumes skid for three years running.
So beer makers are going exotic, developing new varieties that might make a traditional beer drinker cringe.
Aging 2G network is a drag on wireless carrier's 4G LTE expansion.
The head of the Blue Chip Growth fund sees upside in PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Shares are attractive even amid economic uncertainty.
Kraft is downgraded to 'hold,' Express Scripts is upgraded to 'outperform,' and Altera is initiated with a 'reduce.'
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
The wireless network company could change on its own, but a buyout is also possible.
We were recently asked whether Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) could be a viable buyout candidate. Here's our assessment of the stock's outlook and its buyout potential.
Central to ALU's challenge is its high fixed cost structure. Current management has addressed that more effectively than what we saw previously, but there is still progress that needs to be made before ALU can realize the cost flexibility it needs to optimize its model.
As it rapidly loses ground to Facebook and Google, Yahoo is reportedly taking severe measures to restructure.
Thompson was brought in to shake things up at the hobbled search giant, which continues to lose ground to Google (GOOG) and Facebook in the battle for online advertising dollars. Yahoo is now the third most popular search engine, behind Google and Bing, and its revenues have declined for three straight years. Yahoo says it has not made any "final decisions" on layoffs, but analysts are already reading the tea leaves.
The iPad maker is expected to introduce an upgraded tablet computer, while the online video company meets with cable providers to discuss streaming opportunities.
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Apple (AAPL) is expected to introduce an upgraded version of its iPad tablet Wednesday. The company is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where it will likely launch the new iPad. It won't be called the iPad 3 but rather the iPad HD, as Apple highlights the device's high-definition screen, according to reports.
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings has been meeting with some of the largest U.S. cable companies to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with matter. The talks could lead to Netflix becoming available as another on-demand option for cable subscribers through their set-top boxes, according to three people familiar with the talks, Reuters said. A partnership with a cable company would help Netflix's compete with HBO, Reuters noted.
The satellite provider has plans to build a nationwide wireless network, but needs to clear some regulatory hurdles first.
Can Dish Network (DISH) make it as a wireless provider? The company hopes so. It's sitting on valuable wireless spectrum, and has ambitions to build a nationwide high-speed wireless network.
It's unclear whether the company intends to launch a full mobile-phone service. But after a speculated venture with T-Mobile and other rumored plans never came to fruition, Dish is now mulling at least a fresh wireless network of its own. It won't be easy. Federal regulators have decided to address the issue in formal deliberations that could last all year, The Wall Street Journal recently reported.
After months of feverish speculation, Apple is expected to unveil its latest gadget Wednesday, and critics worry it won't live up to the hype.
Apple hasn't specified what it will announce, but the new iPad is widely expected to be the focus of the day.
Later this year, Android smartphones will reportedly feature a robotic assistant that can talk its way through Gmail and Google Maps.
While Android devices can already handle voice commands (a dramatically undersold feature), the new project, simply dubbed "Assistant," would be integrated into apps and websites like Gmail and YouTube.
Google develops the Android software for use in smartphones made by Samsung, Motorola Mobility (MMI), HTC and other manufacturers.
Wendy's has launched a broad turnaround plan, which could pique the interest of private equity.
By Lawrence Meyers
There's no doubt that the market loves McDonald's (MCD). The company benefited from an economic downturn that drove more customers to low-cost meals, and it introduced a broadside attack on Starbucks (SBUX) with its wildly successful coffee line.
But there's just not much room in investors' hearts for the other fast-food brand, Wendy's (WEN). No matter how you slice the burger, Wendy's is outgunned by the clown. That doesn’t mean it can't survive in the market, but it is struggling.
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