The chain still has quality management and strong retention rates.
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The company's OS market share could jump to 77% on the launch.
It will be available in three editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT. Windows 8 will compete with Apple's (AAPL) Mac operating system and Linux-based platforms on the desktop, and Apple's iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android in the tablet market.
This month's rapid changes in sentiment and market direction all point to a lack of firmly held conviction that stocks are either overvalued or undervalued at current levels.
On Wall Street, sentiment can -- and does -- swing just this quickly.
After a string of five down days sucked some of the air out of the market last week and resulted in the worst weekly loss of the year, the stock market rally got back on track Monday and Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($INDU) gaining 2% before pulling back again Wednesday.
Once again, shares of Apple (AAPL) led the way higher, soaring 5% Tuesday -- after sinking more than 4% Monday -- and helping propel the Nasdaq Composite Index ($COMPX) above the 3,000 mark.
Though the bank endured a painful stock drop last year, Vikram Pandit stood to collect a huge pay package. Not so fast, said shareholders.
Citigroup (C) shareholders dealt a harsh blow to CEO Vikram Pandit on Tuesday, rejecting his $15 million pay package at Citi's annual meeting in Dallas.
The vote is non-binding -- meaning that Citi's board of directors could ignore it -- but it's still a rare slap in the face for the head of a major U.S. company, and the directors say they're going to take another look at pay for Pandit and four other senior executives.
What brought about this unprecedented display of investor rancor? Here, a guide.
One startup says it has a way for people to buy and sell shares on the social network -- with no fees attached.
We're not talking about shares of Facebook, which is expected to go public next month. What Loyal3 offers is the ability to directly buy shares from companies using Facebook -- with no fees attached.
The stock deserves a higher price than the market seems willing to give.
The FDA adds warning about sexual side effects to Propecia, a drug used to treat baldness.
Separately, Propecia, one of Merck's drugs used for the treatment of baldness, may cause sexual side effects, according to the Food and Drug Adminstration.
The gaming company bets big on the Chinese gambling mecca.
LVS is strategically strengthening its foothold in the region. LVS' competitors, including Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (MGM), are also working towards expanding their presence in Macau.
Disappointment with the reports of 2 blue-chip technology companies weighs on the market.
IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Yahoo (YHOO) all reported earnings after the close Tuesday that beat consensus expectations, but only Yahoo shares rallied following the announcements.
The declines in IBM, which saw its revenues miss expectations and its shares fall 2.5%, and Intel, down 2% after its gross margins were worse than last quarter, weighed heavily on the Dow.
The company buys Ditto but will close down the check-in and recommendations service later this month.
Groupon (GRPN) is cooking something up. The company isn't saying what the new project is, but buying Ditto has something to do with it.
Groupon didn't disclose the price it paid for Ditto. It will close down the service this month as it prepares to launch something new, and the clues all point to Groupon's expanding into the social arena with a new app for smartphones.
Shareholders were not pleased. Groupon's stock price fell more than 4% Wednesday to close at $12.04.
With gun sales booming, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson pack a punch.
When it comes to investing, one of the most politically enhanced industries has been the gun industry.
With 2012 an election year, investors are once again focusing on gun and ammo stocks.
First Solar gets both upgraded and downgraded.
Wednesday's noteworthy upgrades include:
- AIG (AIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
- First Solar (FSLR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor, and to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
- Polaris Industries (PII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
- C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Recovering from the financial crisis, the bank remains poised for an ongoing turnaround.
Financial stocks were among the best-performing sectors of the market in the first quarter as companies put the struggles of the mortgage meltdown, financial crisis and ensuing recession behind them.
Citigroup (C) reported profits ahead of Wall Street's consensus forecast, though revenue was a little lower than expected. The bank did a good job of holding the line on its operating costs, and its tier 1 capital ratio improved to 12.4% from 11.8% in the fourth quarter.
The Internet media company barely has a pulse.
Yahoo's (YHOO) new CEO, Scott Thompson, announced Tuesday that the Internet media company posted its first quarterly sales increase in three years.
But as Reuters noted, investors should hold their applause, because when it comes to profit, much of the company's increase came from earnings in equity interests, such as its investments in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.
Intuitive Surgical and United Rentals are delivering the growth the market needs -- from different sides of the same economy.
The Korean manufacturer is a serious contender in the smartphone space once dominated by Apple. What will its next flagship Android be like?
Samsung (SSNLF) sent invitations to members of the press on Monday for an event that will likely be the unveiling of the Galaxy S III, the latest product in the company's popular line of Galaxy smartphones. The invite to the event, which will take place on May 3 in London, included a teaser that simply reads "Come and meet the next Galaxy."
Samsung has been on a roll with recent products, including the critically celebrated Galaxy S II, which sold 20 million units, and the Galaxy Note tablet-phone hybrid, which has sold 5 million worldwide.
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