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Sep.19 -- DA Davidson senior research analyst Rishi Jaluria explains the impact President Trump's 15% tariffs on tech hardware, and why software might be the safer bet at the moment.
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Stock futures: Microsoft and Northrop led six breakouts, but only Huya impressed as the stock market rally fizzled Thursday. Apple and Lululemon fell below buy points.
Microsoft (MSFT) stock appears to be one of safest mega-cap tech buys out there at the moment, even at its new all-time highs. And it just raised its dividend and announced a new share buyback program.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53.44 points (or 0.2%) today, possibly because the market gave a thumbs up to yesterday's 0.25% rate cut by the Fed.
"I believe that if Steve were still alive, we would have combined our companies, or at least discussed the possibility very seriously," the Disney chief writes in his memoir.
Wall Street ended mixed on Thursday, with a gain in Microsoft offsetting a dip in Apple, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates as expected and left the door open for further monetary easing. Microsoft rose 1.8% after unveiling a $40 billion stock buyback plan, while Apple declined 0.8% and the S&P 500 ended virtually unchanged. The S&P 500 was than less than 1% below its closing record high hit in July as investors became more optimistic about the resumption of talks between the United States and China aimed at laying the groundwork for high-level trade negotiations in early October.
There is a time and place where stock buybacks are appropriate such as when the stock price is undervalued and there are no more productive uses for the money, but this can still be speculative.
Leading the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is news of iOS 13 coming out. Today, we'll look at that and other Apple Rumors for Thursday.Source: Mykola Churpita / Shutterstock.com iOS 13 Launch: Owners of a device compatible with iOS 13 can now upgrade to the new mobile operating system, reports MaRumors. The update is free to download and brings with it several news features. One of the biggest changes that Apple fans are sure to love is in the inclusion of Dark Mode. This allows them to switch away from those white backgrounds for a darker color scheme that works better at night. Several other apps, such as Find My, Photos and Maps also get new features in iOS 13.iOS 13.1 Release Date: Apple is planning to bring iOS 13.1 to users sooner than expected, 9to5Mac. The tech company says that it will now be dropping this update on Sept. 24. It was previously aiming to release it on Sept. 30. This will also have iPadOS 13.1 coming out on the same day. AAPL is able to put this update out so quickly after the launch of iOS 13 because it started beta testing it before iOS 13 even came out.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsArcade Launch: Anyone owning a device with iOS 13 can now sign up for Apple Arcade, reports AppleInsider. This new subscription service allows customers to play a variety of games for a monthly fee. There's currently a one-month free trial available and it costs $4.99 each month after this. The Arcade will also be coming to iPadOS 13 and tvOS devices later this month.Subscribe to Apple Rumors As of this writing, William White did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post Thursday Apple Rumors: iOS 13 Launches Today appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Shares of Apple Inc. fell 0.8% in afternoon trading Thursday, to pull the technology giant's market capitalization back below the trillion-dollar mark after just one day above it. With 4.52 billion shares outstanding as of July 19, the stock has to close at or above $221.28 for Apple to have a market cap of at least $1 trillion. The market cap was down to $998.5 billion after closing at $1.007 trillion on Wednesday. Apple's market cap closed above $1 trillion in back-to-back sessions last week, on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, for the first time in nearly a year, as Apple held a $1+ trillion market cap for 65-straight sessions from Aug. 2, 2018 to Nov. 1. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. remains the most valuable U.S. company with a current market cap of $1.077 trillion, after that software giant raised its dividend, effectively lifting the dividend yield above Apple's, and approved a $40 billion stock repurchase program, to mark the 73rd-straight session in 13-digit territory. Apple's stock has rallied 40.1% year to date and Microsoft shares have gained 38.8%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 16.5%.
DOW UPDATE The Dow Jones Industrial Average is nearly flat Thursday afternoon with shares of Walt Disney and Apple Inc. facing the biggest declines for the price-weighted average. The Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 2 points (0.
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has been renovating its iconic store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue for almost three years, and when it opens to the public on Friday customers will likely notice new aesthetics, including 20-foot trees, plant walls and skylights that bring daylight into the subterranean space. But the most popular change may well be two new entrances, subtly placed on the north and south side of the store across the street from the Plaza Hotel.Easing egress is a tacit nod to complaints that Apple’s stores had become hard to shop because they’re busy and difficult to navigate thanks to the competing needs of shoppers looking to hang out, get their gadgets fixed or actually buy something. Now locals and mission shoppers can come and go without having to deal with throngs of tourists flowing through the glass cube entrance that made the store a retail landmark and one of Apple’s busiest.The company more than doubled the size of the service area, what it calls the Genius Bar. That addresses another critique -- that getting help in an Apple store can take a long time. The renovation also almost doubled the size of the space, adding rooms where customers can test out products such as the HomePod smart speaker and small businesses can get advice on how best to kit out their offices.The Fifth Avenue location’s reopening was timed to coincide with the launch of several new products, including the iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 that debut on Friday.Earlier this year, veteran Apple executive Deirdre O’Brien replaced Angela Ahrendts as retail chief. Ahrendts, who previously ran Burberry, brought a luxury world perspective to Apple and was criticized for turning the stores into branding exercises rather than places to shop and get service. O’Brien, who also runs human resources, worked on the team that opened the first Apple store in 2001.“Deirdre has a deep understanding of the stores,” a former Apple executive told Bloomberg earlier this year. “She’s just never been the face of them.”\--With assistance from Mark Gurman.To contact the reporter on this story: Matt Townsend in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Robin Ajello at email@example.com, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Acknowledging a steady drumbeat of criticism from activists and a vocal group of his own employees, Amazon.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos announced the formation of a new organization, the Climate Pledge, to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement 10 years early.In a joint press conference in Washington with Christiana Figueres, formerly the United Nation’s executive secretary for climate change, Bezos said Amazon will reach 80% renewable energy use by 2024 and 100% by 2030, up from 40% today. To help get there, Amazon has placed an order of 100,000 electric vehicles from a startup it has backed, Rivian Automotive Inc. The first Rivian vehicles will arrive in 2021. Bezos’s pledge came a day before more than 1,500 Amazon employees are scheduled to walk out of their offices to draw attention to what they see as the company’s inaction on climate change. The protest is part of a wider strike organized by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg ahead of next week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit.“The global strike tomorrow is totally understandable,” Bezos said. “People are passionate about this issue. By the way, they should be passionate about this issue.”The group organizing the employee walkout, Amazon Employees for Climate Change, has been pressuring Amazon for almost a year to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and detail how it’s preparing to deal with business disruptions caused by climate change. Inside Amazon’s annual meeting in May, an employee speaking on behalf of the group asked for the opportunity to share her concerns with Bezos directly, but was denied. Shareholders voted down their proposal for Amazon to disclose a comprehensive climate change plan. The employee group on Thursday called Amazon’s pledge “a huge win.” “We’re thrilled at what workers [have] been able to achieve in less than a year,” the group said in a statement. “But we know it’s not enough.”The steps outlined in the Paris Climate Accords on their own aren’t sufficient to protect the planet, they said. “Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we’ll be in the streets to continue to fight for a livable future.” In February, two months after the employees went public with their campaign, Amazon promised to disclose its carbon footprint by the end of the year and pledged that half its shipments would be carbon neutral by 2030, a so-called Zero Shipment project. Amazon has argued that an e-commerce model, with delivery vehicles making numerous stops in each neighborhood, is inherently more efficient than individual shoppers taking the odd trip to the store for items like a gallon of milk. Bezos added that free next-day shipping for Prime members, which the company is in the process of rolling out, is more environmentally efficient because products can be warehoused locally, reducing travel times and bypassing the need to ship products via air.Amazon in recent years has built a team of hundreds of employees focused on sustainability issues who oversee the company's fleet of wind and solar farms and lead experiments with environmentally friendly packaging and business practices. The group also led development of Amazon’s methodology to calculate the company’s carbon footprint. But the group hadn’t committed to releasing the result of their work on greenhouse gases to the public until after Amazon employees began their advocacy campaign, according to a person familiar with the discussions.Amazon is relatively late among tech companies to share its environmental impact, experts say. Apple has released an environmental impact report with increasing levels of detail for the last decade. Google first published a comprehensive report on its energy use in 2011. “Amazon was not one of the leaders, for sure,” said Aseem Prakash, a professor of political science at the University of Washington who tracks environmental policy. “But frankly, it’s irrelevant. If Amazon is taking the right steps to transform this new industry, it’s a huge step. If they can revolutionize the trucking industry, the data center industry, the packaging industry, they are doing a great service to humanity.”Prakash said he would like to see Amazon disclose more specifics about plans to power its data centers with renewable energy. The company has also been reluctant to talk about using its influence as a massive buyer of goods to encourage green practices among manufacturers, he said.Amazon was among the hundreds of U.S. companies to sign on to a corporate commitment to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accords when it became clear the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement.But Bezos went his own way in creating a new initiative. He recruited Figueres to co-found the Climate Pledge, which calls on companies to be net carbon neutral by 2040—a decade earlier than stipulated by the Paris accords. The pair said they would hold an annual conference for companies to share best practices for reducing their climate footprint. “Swallow the alarm clock,” she said. “We are running out of time. Science tells us we have about a minute left to get the work done we need to get done.”Amazon on Thursday also announced a $100 million donation to the Nature Conservancy to fund the Right Now Climate Fund, which engages in reforestation projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere.Bezos started the press conference by reviewing the accelerating state of climate change, which he called “dire.” But he also said he was optimistic that society can invent a solution. “When invention gets involved, when people get determined, when passion comes out, when they make strong goals, you can invent your way out of any box. That’s what we humans need to do right now.”\--With assistance from Matt Day.To contact the author of this story: Brad Stone in San Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Robin Ajello at email@example.com, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Video-streaming space gets increasingly crowded as Comcast and Facebook join the bandwagon. However, intensifying price war and fight for exclusive rights are threats.
When it comes to 5G stocks, I prefer a simple, elegant approach that has already proven itself in every other tech boom since the 1980s.There will be a lot of winners in the race to 5G. For example, one stock that could be up big in the years ahead is Nokia (NYSE:NOK), one of the key makers of the hardware critical to the technology.But as 5G takes the world by storm and ushers in a new technological revolution, there's about to be a WAY bigger opportunity than we could capture by simply buying Nokia stock. The infographic below shows how 5G compares to 4G… how that compared to 3G… and so on.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThose Nokia flip-phones had their heyday back at 1G and 2G. Then 3G was what allowed Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to take the world by storm with the iPhone. 4G made social media and streaming movies possible - you're welcome, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).As you see, 5G is much bigger. The speeds are so much faster that you could think of 5G as the fuel of the future.So what's the engine? Microchips. Every company that sells you a 5G device first needs someone to supply the chips. 5G chips will send and receive massive amounts of data… and that's where I'd invest. * 8 Dividend Stocks to Buy for a Recession But actually, chipmakers are not just 5G stocks. They're almost always the secret to getting rich with new technologies. Just look at the personal computer (PC) revolution, for example.During the rise of PCs in the '80s and '90s, chipmakers went up by almost unfathomable amounts. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), which supplied the much-needed chips for computer processing speed, shot up by an astounding 7,951% from 1985 to 2000:Then, during the explosive growth of the internet in the 1990s, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO), which manufactures the vital processing chips for internet routers, soared an impressive 4,988%:Then came smartphones and 4G in the 2010s. As you see below, chipmakers led all other industries during the 4G build out. Semiconductors returned 237% - more than twice what mobile phones themselves delivered.Keep in mind, these were returns from the broad sectors. But just look at how well these individual chip companies did during the smartphone build out: * Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), a chipmaker based in San Diego, California, handed early investors 1,482% during the smartphone build out. * Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS), another chipmaker based in Woburn, Massachusetts, returned 503% to early investors. * NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), based in the heart of Silicon Valley, gained 1,030%! * Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) from Boise, Idaho, gained 260%, and NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) from the Netherlands returned 845%.It's also worth pointing out that Apple -- the world's biggest, wealthiest company and one of the leaders in smartphones -- returned roughly 582% over that same period. The difference is why you need chipmakers when a tech revolution occurs. That's true of 5G, too, and I tell you exactly which chipmaker I recommend now (and why) in my new special report, The 5G Chip That Will Spark a $53 Trillion Revolution.By investing in chipmakers, you're investing in every laptop, tablet, car, smartphone, and any other electronic device of the day. In fact, each one has multiple chips inside! For example, one chipmaker supplied FIVE chips for every iPhone X. So, for every phone Apple sold, this company sold five chips.Now just think about the hundreds of billions of new chips that will need to be created for the Internet of Things (IoT). Tech companies are hard at work, connecting every physical object on the planet to the internet. Tech insiders estimate more than 1 trillion devices will be connected over the next 10 to 15 years.Once you're up to speed on the full scope of the opportunity in 5G stocks, you'll want to own one specific chipmaker. This company is one of the best in the world at what it does, and I bet you've never heard of it. The 5G Chip That Will Spark a $53 Trillion RevolutionI mention all this because I think this under-the-radar company won't stay that way for long. The financial media is already calling this company "the next hot 5G stock."The company has over 10,000 patents and has been named a Top 100 Global Innovator for seven consecutive years. Its success has led to long-term partnerships and exclusive deals with the likes of Samsung and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).Even the 5G cell service from Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) will depend on this company's chips. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, connected to the internet via 5G will either directly or indirectly use the same type of chip this company makes.It's also a well-established company that's been around since the 1990s. Not only did it survive the dot-com crash, it went from a $2 billion market cap then… to a $17 billion market cap today. And thanks to its 5G advantage, it's just getting started.Take just a small stake in this stock. I think it's the single best (and easiest) way to capture the full upswing of 5G wireless.Remember, the rollout of 5G is going to be MUCH bigger than 4G.4G was an improvement. 5G is a game changer.That's why every tech insider and analyst at my firm is excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And right now is the perfect time to stake a claim.Click here to claim your access to my newest investment report, The 5G Chip That Will Spark a $53 Trillion Revolution.Matthew McCall left Wall Street to actually help investors -- by getting them into the world's biggest, most revolutionary trends BEFORE anyone else. The power of being "first" gave Matt's readers the chance to bank +2,438% in Stamps.com (STMP), +1,523% in Ulta Beauty (ULTA) and +1,044% in Tesla (TSLA), just to name a few. Click here to see what Matt has up his sleeve now. 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