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Apple is slipping in Europe.
By Rick Aristotle Munarriz
Ask anyone in this country what an iPhone costs, and most will say that Apple's (AAPL) iconic smartphone starts at $199. Models with more storage capacity will set stateside buyers back an additional $100 or $200.
However, this isn't what Apple is making. The world's most valuable tech company rang up an average of $659 per iPhone (including attached services and accessories) during the holiday quarter.
Adding another $2 billion debt to its balance sheet means reduced flexibility for Sprint, but Clearwire cheers the news.
Recent price action in gold futures and ETFs suggests heightened volatility and further declines, making the risk prohibitively high now.
By Tom Aspray
The strong surge in gold prices in the latter part of January suggested that the correction from the September 2011 highs was finally over. It is not uncommon for corrections in the gold market to last three to five months, as it normally takes that long for the extremes in bullish sentiment to change.
Bearish sentiment appeared to have bottomed last December, but the sharp drop on Wednesday, apparently in reaction to Ben Bernanke's comments on further easing, suggests traders had quickly become too optimistic.
Cloud computing is still part of the game.
One of the hottest sectors in the stock market so far this year has been technology. And investors have been particularly interested in "cloud computing."
Cloud computing is simply the process of providing software programs, data, and storage space remotely, through servers that are not operated by the customer.
Overall US sales are expected to rise 10% for the month from a year earlier.
Can anything stop Chrysler? The auto industry is in the midst of a remarkable revival, but Chrysler especially is putting up huge numbers.
The automaker reported another spectacular month of sales for February, with U.S. sales soaring 40% -- higher than the 32% growth analysts expected. It was the best February sales in four years. Not bad for a company that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
All of the major automakers reported their February sales Thursday.
As PIMCO launches an exchage-traded fund version of its Total Return Fund, some mutual fund firms are left wondering whether they should jump on the bandwagon.
"…Send not to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
All right, so 17th-century English poet John Donne didn't have the gargantuan U.S. mutual fund industry in mind when he penned those words. But that doesn't mean that at least some mutual fund managers and their bosses won't be watching uneasily Friday as the exchange-traded fund (ETF) version of the Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTAX) makes its debut.
Reports of the apparel retailer's demise are exaggerated.
Gap (GPS), the apparel retailer that pundits had dismissed as a has-been, still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
The parent of Old Navy and Banana Republic last week reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results. On Thursday, the company said that February sales also topped analysts' forecasts and underscored the strength of the economic recovery.
Liz Claiborne is initiated with an 'outperform,' and TripAdvisor is downgraded to 'neutral.'
Thursday's noteworthy upgrades include:
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Attempts to pin the metal's Wednesday collapse on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are far-fetched.
The two most salient features of the day's action were the amazing decline in gold and the incredibly swift collapse in the euro. The latter occurred in the CurrencyShares Euro Trust ETF (FXE) from what had looked to be a stable level at around $133 to $134.
Both declines immediately brought out the "alibi-ers" -- the people who claim to know the answer for the decline.
Apple, Google and Baidu still have upside potential right now.
On Feb. 28, the Nasdaq-100 Index Trust (QQQ), tracking the NDX, closed on the high tick of the day at $64.70. The level itself does not say much until you consider that the last time "the cubes" traded at such a price was February 2001. The 11-year highs prompted a message in my email box from a financial editor regarding my take on the on the issue du jour: Are technology stocks overbought?
My short answer: Not the right ones.
The fad of making your own soda has fizzled.
Shares of the soda machine maker plunged more than 13% after the company reported that unit sales growth had slowed to 8% from 60% in the third quarter. Investors were floored by the news.
The drop in gold stocks Wednesday is a perfect opportunity to look at this mining play.
The company is emphasizing business hardware and software instead of the personal computers it built its name on.
Now Dell has had it. The company "is not really a PC company," founder Michael Dell said at an event in San Francisco Monday. "It's an end-to-end IT company that really understands the needs of its customers."
That's an interesting turnaround for the world's No. 3 personal computer maker.
The activist investor cashes out at the right time as the markets have bid up the stock.
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