Investors are hotly divided over this young tech company, which has a can't-miss concept but has yet to generate real sales.
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The tech giant surprised Taiwanese manufacturers when it unveiled the first full-size iPad for $499.
The Taiwanese tablet market is set to grow exponentially this year, nearly doubling the hardware sales of 2012.
Executive VP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Maxwell Cheng of Far EasTone Telecommunications (FETLF), told DigiTimes that 70% to 80% of those tablets will fall within the seven-inch range. Cheng's company alone hopes to sell roughly 300,000 units this year.
While two million may not sound like much for a full-year sales goal (one American tech giant sold three million tablets in just one weekend), the Taiwanese market is just beginning to rise. Apple (AAPL), which has been breaking sales record since the day the first iPad was released, has an opportunity to take control of this emerging market before it peaks.
Here's a list of ways to profit from the potential move from defensive to cyclical stocks.
By Richard Moroney, Dow Theory Forecasts
In a market where virtually everything has risen, where should investors look for the next move? By splitting S&P 500 ($INX) industries into defensive and cyclical camps, we found that cyclicals offer richer fields to plow for new investment ideas.
Below, we review four cyclical stocks that could be positioned for strong gains in the second half of 2013: BE Aerospace (BEAV), BlackRock (BLK), DirecTV (DTV), and Qualcomm (QCOM). Each are long-term "buys" on our recommended Focus List.
In this installment: Shares of the burrito-making chain rise as rival Qdoba Mexican Grill closes locations across America.
The fossil fuel industry is in a death spiral, squeezed between its own carbon costs and profitable alternatives.
Increase efficiency, increase renewable energy production, increase production of oil and natural gas, and something has to get squeezed out, right?
That something is coal.
Over the last few years coal has been losing its U.S. power plant customers, and now export markets are weakening, creating what Michael Forbes of Marketintellegencer calls a "downward spiral."
BHP Billiton (BHP), the Australian company that is the only industry player to be opening new mines, is down 20% so far this year, and the company's website is now emphasizing work on oil and sustainability.
The Japanese electronics company has struggled to make headway in recent years, losing out to Apple and Samsung.
U.S. hedge fund Third Point on Tuesday said it has lifted its stake in Sony (SNE) and urged the Japanese electronics giant to spin-off its entertainment business.
Sony appears to be regaining its competitive edge and as a sign of its increased confidence in the company, Third Point has raised its stake to 70 million shares valued at 136.5 billion yen ($1.4 billion), the hedge fund's CEO Daniel Loeb said in a letter that was seen by CNBC.
The billionaire investor reiterated his call to spin-off Sony's entertainment division and offer to sit on Sony's Board of Directors.
Stocks are higher following a report showing inflation remains tame.
This deterioration suggests the stock market could be vulnerable in the second half of the year.
My suggested allocation to stocks continues to include at least 50% out of the market in cash equivalents. Part of the amounts invested in the stock market should be allocated to buy-rated stocks in the Dow Industrial Average ($INDU).
On May 22 when I wrote on TheStreet about allocating assets to "buy"-rated Dow stocks, there were 15 "buy"-rated names to choose from. Today, the ranks of the "buy"-rated companies has thinned to 10, which is a warning that the stock market could be vulnerable in the second half of the year.
The search company is said to be in talks to buy the movie-making app after walking away from Dailymotion.
Lightbank, Lerer Ventures and other investors have poured more than $10 million into Qwiki, an app that automatically merges photos, videos and music into one mobile movie.
According to AllThingsD, this app has gotten the attention of Yahoo (YHOO), which is currently discussing the possibility of an acquisition. Better still, Yahoo could offer the firm as much as $50 million.
This deal would provide the company's investors with a hefty return. The same cannot be said for another company that Yahoo is interested in acquiring.
Charles River Labs is downgraded to 'sell,' and T-Mobile is initiated with a 'hold.'
Tuesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
You're never too young to begin investing. These are names your children will recognize.
By Bret Kenwell
Have you ever tried to look at the investment world through a child's eyes?
What would our kids buy if they were in our shoes? Not what stocks children should buy, but what they would buy. You might be shocked at some of the quality choices that come about.
It's almost a given to begin with Walt Disney (DIS). The House of Mouse is a company almost every kid knows. While the first thing that comes to mind is Disneyland in California or Disney World in Florida, the network shows and animated movies sure do hit home for most kids.
These large cap stocks trade at attractive valuations and pay generous dividends.
By George Putnam, The Turnaround Letter
With the stock market continuing to surge, it has become more of a challenge to find stocks trading at attractive valuations. One group that recently caught our eye is the major integrated oil companies.
Most of the stocks in this group have underperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past year, many by a significant margin. These stocks have the added benefit of paying relatively high dividends. Although they may be market laggards at the moment, we like the long-term prospects for the big oil companies.
Demand for oil (and natural gas, which many of them produce in addition to oil) is likely to keep rising for the foreseeable future, particularly in the developing countries.
Once an obscure investing tool, this advance system has hit the mainstream. Here's what it can offer investors.
It was September 2008, and the stock market was in chaos.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) experienced its largest point decline, plunging 777 points in just one session. The support of the 50- and 200-period moving averages were slashed like a hot knife through butter, while the Volatility Index ($VIX) rocketed through technical resistance as if it wasn't even there. The financial media was full of pundits declaring a complete technical breakdown in the stock market.
Many were left asking what it all meant. Part of what it meant was that the once esoteric quasi-science known as technical analysis had gone mainstream.
With both the market and VIX up recently, it may be time to play the VIX.
Anyone who has been following the Market Volatility Index ($VIX) and VIX-related ETFs over the past year knows that these instruments have been decimated. Usually, investors who buy VIX or its related instruments do so as a hedge against risk, and they normally use only a small part of their portfolio to do so. But a decline like the one we have seen over the past year can make an investor who has only a small amount allocated to this hedge raise his eyebrows.
In every respect, this is understandable. The moves are aggressive, and some of the instruments related to VIX are leveraged two and three times as well. That multiplies the risk, of course, but it also multiplies the risk control if the market begins to experience problems.
Some sectors are worth investing in if the central bank begins to cut back on quantitative easing. Keep away from some others, though.
We just had a correction based on that concept and I think the answer for most stocks is no, not if it is going to go on for months and months, which is what I would fear.
That's why I think you have to accept the fact that raising cash on days like Monday in the groups that were hardest hit makes a ton of sense.
But what acted well in the downturn? What didn't give up the ghost? Two groups: tech and banks.
These yields are likely to be quite impressive in coming years. Here's what investors need to know now.
Will interest rates continue their recent ascent?
If so, many investors will come to question the wisdom of holding dividend-paying stocks. After all, bonds and CDs are virtually riskless, and if they sport more attractive yields, why bother with riskier stocks?
The simple reason: Interest rates (such as on the 10-year Treasury note) are unlikely to move past 4%, as I noted recently on StreetAuthority.
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