Once you get past the hype, there's little chance for long-term gain with this stock.
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This tech player leads in all the right areas.
Fittingly, Fool analyst Sean Sun draws on Sun Tzu for investing inspiration. Today Sean is all about knowing yourself, knowing your enemy, and knowing your business. If you know what I mean.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks Editor
At the Dada Portfolio, we invest in a broad spectrum of high-return opportunities. We combine our aggressive stock picking with conservative portfolio management, because at the end of the day, we want each of our holdings to have a significant impact on our portfolio's upside -- but only a limited impact on its downside.
Today we're going to open up a 5% initial position, or $800, on a new stock that's been on my radar screen for quite a while now.
Qlik Technologies (QLIK) makes business intelligence (BI) software. Sun Tzu said that "if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." That's what BI is all about.
As yields rise, investors are wary. The smart money is moving into niche fixed-income investments.
By Gregg Greenberg, TheStreet
TheStreet searched for the best bond ETF ideas with Tom Lydon, the editor of ETF Trends, and Christian Magoon, the CEO of Magoon Capital.
High-yield, or junk, bonds are a good place to find steady yield during a low-interest-rate environment. Lydon says the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF is a good place for investors seeking those elevated yields, provided they can handle the extra risk. The fund normally invests at least 80% of total assets in securities that comprise its benchmark index. At last check, the yield on JNK was 9.7%.
A mini-iPhone may be in the works as Apple combats Google's growing share of the smart-phone market.
By Scott Moritz, TheStreet
A smaller, cheaper, all-screen iPhone is in the works, according to The Wall Street Journal. If the report is true, the move would imitate Apple's expansion of the iPod by shrinking new iPhones.
The plan also calls for the $99 MobileMe service, a cloud-based media syncing system, to be offered for free.
Apple is expected to use the new MobileMe as a storage and delivery mechanism for songs, videos, photos and other user content that has typically been stored on computers and Apple devices. Apple watchers would call this the long-anticipated arrival of an iTunes streaming service that could be announced with the iPhone 5 this summer.
Funds tracking agriculture, retail, real estate and emerging markets look to continue rallying.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
Here are five exchange-traded funds to keep an eye on this week.
The agriculture industry remains in vogue as rising demand and supply concerns fuel the industry, pushing the price of corn, wheat, sugar and other crops higher.
Last week, corn was in the spotlight after a report from the United States Department of Agriculture indicated that stockpiles are expected to fall, further constricting supply. This news proved beneficial for the corn-linked Teucrium Corn ETF (CORN), resulting in new all-time highs for the fund.
The Seattle giant jumps into the $500 million market for K-Cups, which could sink smaller rivals.
By Jeff Reeves, editor of InvestorPlace.com
In December, there was big news as coffee giant Starbucks killed its contract with Kraft, scrapping a 12-year distribution deal to retail outlets and prompting speculation that Starbucks would make a bigger push into grocery aisles and even sparking a legal battle.
But now that a judge has ruled that Starbucks (SBUX) indeed is within its right to cancel its relationship with Kraft (KFT) as of March 1, the Seattle coffee behemoth is forging ahead with its new retail plans. Its first major change is a splash into the single-serve-coffee market for machines like the Keurig K-Cup brewing system.
That could mean tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for Starbucks and perhaps spell the end of the line for smaller single-serve companies that have seen big growth in the absence of a major competitor.
It's time to tap the brakes again by swapping out an earlier pick.
Living in Minnesota, I learned many years ago to drive in icy conditions. The first thing you are taught is never to slam on the brakes. If you do, you will slide out of control.
Instead, the best way to stay safe on ice is to tap the brakes gently in order to slow to a gentle stop in complete control. That is the concept I suggest investors use with respect to the current market state.
Last week I hit the brakes a bit with my five ETF buys for the week.
I’ll tap the brakes again by suggesting traders swap out one of last weeks picks in favor of the ProShares Short Russell 2000 (RWM).
JDS Uniphase is the right stock for the right time as people look beyond Qualcomm.
Last week, I took a look at one of my favorite stocks, JDS Uniphase (JDSU), to ponder whether the deal is done and the stock had run. I came back with an unequivocal no, not yet, and backed it up with Ken Shreve's analysis (man, has he been hot).
You can always tell when a stock is under-owned, and that's what JDS Uniphase must be, as it gapped up and then just continued to ramp on top of the gap. I think people have been looking for 4G plays, trying to broaden beyond Qualcomm (QCOM), and have stumbled on JDS Uniphase as a company that you must use to test 4G systems. It looks like the company will be rolling out a new line this week at the big Barcelona telecom equipment conference.
I also think people are recognizing that JDS Uniphase powers a key portion of the Kinect, the cool-as-all-get-out Microsoft (MSFT) game system -- and you don't have to own the boring Microsoft stock to get the benefit. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
A recent investigation prompts layoffs of illegal immigrants, which will surely increase labor costs.
Written by Douglas Estadt
Despite Chipotle Mexican Grill's (CMG) recently reported positive results and its all-too-tasty fajita burrito bowl, we believe shorting CMG will prove to be profitable. The company's steady rise in stock value and its recent earnings report are trumped by its current labor issue and its overrated build-up by momentum players. A recent investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement prompted a major layoff of illegal immigrants that will surely increase the company's labor costs. We consider these facts before shorting the stock:
Economists have begun to lower their forecasts for economic growth in India.
The fund manager that made a big bet against Netflix says he was wrong. But he's still not recommending a buy on the stock.
Tilson's arguments hit a nerve, and Netflix's chief executive went online a few days later to defend the stock. Reed Hastings posted a long response on Seeking Alpha telling Tilson: "Cover your short position. Now."
It didn't help Tilson's case that Netflix shares have risen 25% since that argument. So Tilson ended up taking the advice, saying this week that he closed out his position because he was no longer confident that his investment thesis was correct.
You gotta admire the guy for owning up so publicly about this. Here are the three reasons why he abandoned his short strategy:
New models from Hewlett-Packard and other makers will challenge Apple's iPad.
A number of companies are putting finishing touches on new tablets, and some beat what the iPad has to offer. That's why some Apple observers think the company must debut an iPad 2 and perhaps even an iPad 3 this year just to keep up.
All of which is shaping 2011 as the start of a new chapter in personal computing. By year's end, we'll have a number of really good tablets to choose from, and that will trigger changes across the computing sector.
Tablets are lighter and cheaper than traditional computers, but they have fewer abilities and less storage. They can do enough, however, to make us less reliant on laptops and desktops -- categories that could see a drop in sales.
Use these funds to mimic the investments of the world's richest man.
By Don Dion, TheStreet
With a fortune totaling $53.5 billion, Mexico's Carlos Slim topped Forbes' 2010 list of the world's richest people, beating out notable names from around the world including Microsoft (MSFT) founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A) chairman Warren Buffett. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
A major percentage of Carlos Slim's staggering fortune can be attributed to his telecommunications business. In particular, the wireless carrier under his command, America Movil (AMX), has seen impressive growth in recent years as rampant economic growth and expansion in the emerging markets have resulted in more consumers entering the mobile phone market.
Although his telecom-focused endeavors represent the bread and butter of his business empire, Slim's reach expands well beyond this sector, allowing him to profit from other market trends. For instance, the precious-metals industry appears to have played a major role in the growth of his wealth as well.
Groupon trivializes decades of China's oppression of Tibet. Walt Disney infiltrates maternity wards. Marketing plan for Verizon's iPhone flops.
By TheStreet Staff, TheStreet
Here is this week's roundup of the dumbest actions on Wall Street.
5. Groupon trips on Tibet ad
A few Google (GOOG) executives watching the Super Bowl might have done an end-zone dance in their living rooms after seeing Groupon's idea of savvy advertising. Watching Groupon waste the world's most expensive advertising opportunity by trivializing decades of Chinese oppression of Tibet probably probably didn't excite any Google executives.
However, realizing you dodged a $6 billion bullet -- the reported price Groupon wanted Google to pay for the online coupon company -- was probably a cause for celebration.
This small steeler packs a big punch in the industry.
Ampco-Pittsburgh isn't exactly a household name, but cold-rolled steel producers know all about it. Foolish analyst Alex Pape says the company has a couple of crucial advantages that should help it forge a higher stock price.
Rex Moore, Motley Fool Top Stocks editor
Forged hardened steel rolls. Strip mill cast rolls. Plate finned heat exchange coils. Don't these phrases just scream huge stock market profits?
As obscure as these may be to most people, they are a big deal in the steel industry, which relies on products like these every day in production facilities all over the world. Many of those steel mills rely on Ampco-Pittsburgh (AP) for these crucial pieces of equipment.
Unfortunately, the duo's alliance to fight the iPhone is dead in the water, as Apple and Android already hold dominant positions in the smart-phone market.
By Jeff Reeves, Editor, InvestorPlace.com
Nokia (NOK) was once the king of cell phones, garnering as much as half the market. But as the devices have gotten smarter, Nokia has found itself left behind. Nowadays, every gain for the iPhone and Android-powered gadgets is one more body blow to the Finnish electronics company, which has slowly and steadily been losing global market share.
The company hopes to change its fate, however, by teaming up with another tech powerhouse left out in the cold when it comes to the mobile market: Microsoft (MSFT). The companies today announced a partnership to create compelling devices with great apps that run on a mobile Windows OS and thus strike back against iPhones and Droids everywhere. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
Will the strategy work? In a phrase, "fat chance."
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