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Some machines in Japan have cameras and sensors that analyze your image to offer more-personalized service.
Imagine walking up to a soft-drink machine and having your appearance analyzed. A young woman, for example, could then see advertising for Diet Coke or bottled water.
A man walking up a minute later would have a totally different experience.
That kind of technology is being used in Japan, where vending machines at train stations and other locations tweak their wares to fit a person's gender and age, The Wall Street Journal reports. "The idea is to transform billboards and the like into sophisticated marketing tools that identify and target a specific audience."
These famous blue chips should be sold immediately -- or shorted if you like options trading.
By Louis Navellier, InvestorPlace.com
With the merger war between Dell (DELL) and Hewlett Packard (HPQ) at last drawing to a close with the latest $33-a-share offer from HP for 3par (PAR), tech stocks have really been in focus lately. A spate of mergers and acquisitions has prompted a renewed focus on information technology companies, particularly cloud computing stocks.
However, don't be fooled into thinking that a bunch of big spenders in the technology sector means that all tech picks are doing well. In fact, a number of big-name blue chips in the industry continue to face very difficult roads ahead. Here are five big tech stocks stumbling now.
After 2 consecutive positive quarters, the company might return to the doughnut fore.
By Jonathan Heller, TheStreet
Great doughnuts, however, don't necessarily translate into a great stock. The company went public back in 2000 at $21 per share amid much fanfare, opened at $32 and rose to $37 on the first day of trading. By December of 2001, the share price had quadrupled.
After it topped out in December 2003 in the $49 range, it's been pretty much all downhill since, and this former high flyer now trades around $4.
Shares of Akamai and Netflix have climbed more than 30% since the companies reported 'poor' quarters.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
Look at them go, the chosen few: Akamai (AKAM), Netflix (NFLX), Salesforce.com (CRM) and Chipotle (CMG). Four forces of nature. Three are directly involved with pulling things from the Net, and a fourth has the antidote to Burger King's (BKC) growth problems -- good, fresh, natural food. How opposite can that be!
Akamai and Netflix both reported "poor" quarters. Since Akamai reported its horrible, terrible quarter, its stock is up 33%. Akamai's crime at the time? Recognizing that it has secular growth and spending on it.
Netflix's crime? Same as Akamai's: spending for the future, spending on different, non-mail ways to get video to you. The stock has rallied 40% since that self-inflicted crime.
Investors don't expect price drops in iron ore to last long.
It's hard to imagine this happening with any other "product": The price drops 12% for the next quarter, and the stock market essentially shrugs it off.
On a bad day for the market, Aug. 30, when the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index dropped by 1.47%, the shares of the world's biggest producer of this product fell by 1.29%.
And on a good day for the market, Sept. 1, when the S&P 500 jumped by 3%, shares of the largest producer rocketed upward by 5.5% and shares of number two went up 6.1%.
These picks are stable companies with low competition and high yield to reduce your risk in the market's cruelest month.
By Richard Young, InvestorPlace.com
Let me tell you about a group of high-yield dividend stocks called "retirement compounders." These companies are dividend-paying domestic and international stocks that offer high yield but also boast strong balance sheets and a consistent record of annual dividend payments. I favor companies that operate in industries with high barriers to entry, those that possess durable competitive advantages and businesses that are less prone to the volatility of the business cycle.
Shunned and ignored for 5 months, the financial sector sees buyers again.
The financial sector was one of the hardest hit during the recent stock market downturn. The Financial SPDR ETF (XLF), which invests in the likes of Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan (JPM), is down 17.4% from its springtime high. Compare that to the 11% loss for the S&P 500.
There were plenty of reasons for investors to sell. We had the government's case against Goldman Sachs (GS). At home, we had the Dodd-Frank bill, which cut Wall Street's ability to speculate for its own account and reduces the profitability of dealing in derivatives like swaps. Globally, banks will face more stringent capital requirements under the "Basel III" regulations currently being debated. And, of course, we had concerns that a renewed slide for the housing market would result in another round of foreclosures and loan losses.
Apple's new Apple TV announcement drives enthusiasm among Netflix investors.
That's because Netflix came out looking like a major winner with a prominent spot in the new Apple TV device coming out this month. Netflix customers can use Apple TV to access Netflix's growing library of on-demand movies and shows.
"Depending on the fate of Apple's device, the relationship could further establish Netflix as a mainstay in electronics devices that deliver Web content to the living room," writes Nick Wingfield in The Wall Street Journal.
The stock has lagged since the company went public in 2006. McDonald's is a different story.
It's worth noting that before shares jumped on rumor of the buyout, Burger King stock has been anything but royal. Shares of the fast food chain had been down about 6% from when it went public in May of 2006, The New York Times reported.
Compare that with the spectacular rise of McDonald's (MCD), whose shares have soared 111% during that same period.
Some observers say we'll avoid a double dip because things are already so miserable.
The key sectors of the economy that normally are recession indicators are extremely depressed. Car sales are pathetic. Housing construction is miserable. Things are so bad, in fact, there's nowhere to go but up.
So, uh, that's good news? "It doesn't rule out a recession," one economic researcher told Bloomberg. "It just makes it less likely than otherwise."
An analysis of last month's best-performing shares offers several lower-risk plays.
By Philip van Doorn, TheStreet
After decent performance in July, when the great majority of stocks among the 50 largest public U.S. bank and thrift holding companies (by total assets) showed gains, August was a return to misery for the banking sector, with 49 out of 50 declining.
Here are the five best stock performers among the group during August:
5. Hudson City Bancorp
Company Profile: Headquartered in Paramus, N.J., Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) operates more than 130 branches in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Shares declined 6% during August to close-out the month at $11.53.
A levy on cash-rich companies that don't hire seems right in line with the administration's agenda -- not to mention the media's.
By Jim Cramer, TheStreet
The afterglow of yesterday's rally is a good time to talk about what I see the Obama administration cooking up against business. The Obama camp loves to cultivate the media. They do a fabulous job of it. And one thing the media despises is companies with richly paid CEOs, stockpiling money rather than hiring.
We now know that, despite Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's assurances to the contrary, the administration will let the capital gains and dividend taxes go all the way back up. The tax rate on dividends for the middle class and upper-middle class, as well as the upper class, is going to ordinary income levels, as this administration thinks the stock market is the plaything of the rich. We know that capital gains are viewed as the scourge of the hard left -- as the only people with capital gains are wealthy -- in this administration's heavily left-leaning orientation.
But the levy that is missing is the tax on companies that don't hire. I am predicting right now, right here, that we will see a tax on those earnings not being put to work hiring. It's too juicy.
The joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan moves to completion.
It's taken a while, but the joint venture announced in February between Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.B) and Brazilian sugar and ethanol giant Cosan (CZZ) has finally moved to the signing of binding agreements.
The deal, when completed, would create the third largest ethanol producer in the world, with annual production of 440 million gallons and a sales network of 4,500 stations. Estimated annual sales revenue would come to $21 billion.
The deal seems a natural: Combine Brazil's largest processor of sugar cane (Cosan will contribute its 23 sugar cane mills; all of its co-generation plants; 1,730 retail outlets, and other ethanol assets to the deal) with 2,740 retail stations operated by Europe's largest oil company.
The company overhauls its Apple TV product and debuts new iPods for the holidays.
None of the products out there are outstanding yet. Apple (AAPL) made a half-hearted attempt years ago with its own Apple TV product, which the company admits was never a huge hit.
But that's all changed now. The company unveiled a new Apple TV (pictured) Wednesday that aims straight for mass adoption with a new business model that favors renting over buying. Apple wants this to be huge. Apple also overhauled its entire iPod line for the holidays, making the devices smaller and with more features.
Here's what you need to know about Apple TV:
Ignore all the sour sentiment. Valuation and technical measures suggest equities are headed higher.
It's been a dismal couple of months for the stock market. There's been fear over the European debt crisis, and we've seen uncertainty over the health of the economic recovery and, of course, fresh concerns over the state of the housing market. The result was the worst August for equities in nine years, with shares down more than 14% from their April highs.
But that's all changing now. Stocks are blasting higher today off of strong support near 1,040 on the S&P 500 -- it was tested back in February, in May, in June and again over the past week. Other technical indicators, such as market breadth and volume trends, are also supportive of higher prices.
Yet the most compelling reason to buy stocks right now is valuation.
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