AAPL - Apple Inc.

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275.15
+3.69 (+1.36%)
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Previous Close271.46
Open271.46
Bid275.26 x 1200
Ask275.33 x 1800
Day's Range270.93 - 275.30
52 Week Range142.00 - 275.30
Volume33,432,806
Avg. Volume24,827,453
Market Cap1.2T
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.23
PE Ratio (TTM)23.14
EPS (TTM)11.89
Earnings DateJan 27, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield3.08 (1.13%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-11-07
1y Target Est262.85
  • Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley
    TechCrunch

    Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley

    If you're reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. Just as Pets.com symbolized the ridiculousness that came to frame the tech industry preceding the Dotcom bubble burst at the start of the century, dog-walking startup Wag might symbolize that SoftBank's earthquaking investment overexposure may extend far beyond a one-time WeWork mistake. This week, the WSJ reported that SoftBank had tossed in the towel on Wag, selling off its massive "nearly 50% stake" in the startup.

  • 'Dumbgood' revives 'cross-generational' appeal with Blockbuster themed pop-up
    Yahoo Finance

    'Dumbgood' revives 'cross-generational' appeal with Blockbuster themed pop-up

    Streetwear brand Dumbgood is capitalizing on the rise in pop culture's nostalgia for the 1990s.

  • Noked Capital: Best Performing Hedge Fund in 2019 Q3?
    Insider Monkey

    Noked Capital: Best Performing Hedge Fund in 2019 Q3?

    Every quarter Insider Monkey publishes its list of best performing hedge funds. Our goal is to identify the best hedge funds to replicate and thus avoid large hedge fund fees. I am going to explain this point a little bit later. First, last quarter's best hedge fund: Noked Capital. Noked Capital is an Israeli hedge […]

  • Americans keep gorging on debt, thanks to the Federal Reserve
    MarketWatch

    Americans keep gorging on debt, thanks to the Federal Reserve

    Even only a slight increase in interest rates creates millions more in interest payments for consumers.

  • Google Culture War Escalates as Era of Transparency Wanes
    Bloomberg

    Google Culture War Escalates as Era of Transparency Wanes

    (Bloomberg) -- Each morning, workers at Google get an internal newsletter called the “Daily Insider.” Kent Walker, Google’s top lawyer, set off a firestorm when he argued in the Nov. 14 edition that the 21-year old company had outgrown its policy of allowing workers to access nearly any internal document. “When we were smaller, we all worked as one team, on one product, and everyone understood how business decisions were made,” Walker wrote. “It's harder to give a company of over 100,000 people the full context on everything.”Many large companies have policies restricting access to sensitive information to a “need-to-know” basis. But in some segments of Google’s workforce, the reaction to Walker’s argument was immediate and harsh. On an internal messaging forum, one employee described the data policy as “a total collapse of Google culture.” An engineering manager posted a lengthy attack on Walker’s note, which he called "arrogant and infantilizing." The need-to-know policy "denies us a form of trust and respect that is again an important part of the intrinsic motivation to work here,” the manager wrote.The complaining also spilled into direct action. A group of Google programmers created a tool that allowed employees to choose to alert Walker with an automated email every time they opened any document at all, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The deluge of notifications was meant as a protest to what they saw as Walker’s insistence on controlling the minutiae of their professional lives. “When it comes to data security policies, we’ve never intended to prevent employees from sharing technical learnings and information and we are not limiting anyone’s ability to raise concerns or debate the company’s activities,” said a Google spokeswoman in an email. “We have a responsibility to safeguard our user, business and customer information and these activities need to be done in line with our policies on data security.” The actions are just the latest chapter in an internal conflict that has been going on for almost two years. About 20,000 employees walked out last fall over the company’s generous treatment of executives accused of sexual harassment, and a handful quit over Google’s work on products for the U.S. military and a censored search engine for the Chinese market. Earlier this year, Google hired IRI Consultants, a firm that advises employers on how to combat labor organizing, and it recently fired four employees for what it said was violation of its policies on accessing sensitive data.The extent of Google’s employee rebellion is hard to measure—the company has tried to portray it as the work of a handful of malcontents from the company’s junior ranks. Nor are the company’s message boards unilaterally supportive of revolt. “We want to focus on our jobs when we come into the workplace rather than deal with a new cycle of outrage every few days or vote on petitions for or against Google’s latest project,” wrote one employee on an internal message board viewed by Bloomberg News.  Still, the company seems stuck in a cycle of escalation. Walker’s internal critics say his Nov. 14 email is part of a broader erosion of one of Google’s most distinctive traits—its extreme internal transparency. The fight also illustrates the lack of trust between Google’s leadership and some of its employees, according to interviews with over a dozen current and former employees, as well as internal messages shared with Bloomberg News on the condition it not publish the names of employees who participated.The conflict comes as Google is changing in other ways, too. On Dec. 3, Sundar Pichai, who took over as Google’s chief executive office in 2015, became the head of Alphabet, its parent company. His elevation marks the end of the active involvement of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who established Google’s distinctive culture when they founded the company as Stanford graduate students. Pichai has at times supported internal activism. He spoke at an employee protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and apologized to employees for Google’s track record on sexual harassment. His executives met repeatedly with critics of the company’s military work. Some Google managers began signaling that they're losing patience with internal activism even before the firings, according to one person who worked with them. Executives have not met with dissenting staff leadership in many weeks, according to one of the employees.While Walker wrote in the “Daily Insider” that organizations have to change as they grow, he simultaneously argued that the policies he described had always existed. “It was that way since the early days of Google, and it’s that way now,” he wrote. This particularly offended several long-time Googlers, who said on internal message boards that Walker’s comments didn’t square with their own memories. For some of them, the incident illustrated a broader breakdown in their trust of leadership. “I want to believe that executive management is saying everything—disclosing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” said Bruce Hahne, a Google technical project manager. “I don’t think we are currently under those conditions.”Hahne, 51, doesn’t meet the Google management’s profile of internal protestors. He joined the company in 2005, a year after Pichai, partly because he was attracted to its mission to organize the world’s information. His disillusionment crept in gradually during the company’s myriad controversies. In an online essay, Hahne compared Google to a “rogue machine” that was “originally created for good but whose psyche has turned corrupt and destructive,” much like Hal 9000 from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. “You don’t treat a rogue machine like family,” wrote Hahne, “instead you come up with a plan, you disable or dismantle the dysfunctional parts of the machine, and you seek to reprogram the machine to serve its original purpose.” When it was founded two decades ago, Google established an unusual corporate practice. Nearly all of its internal documents were widely available for workers to review. A programmer working on Google search could for instance, dip into the software scaffolding of Google Maps to crib some elegant block of code to fix a bug or replicate a feature. Employees also had access to notes taken during brainstorming sessions, candid project evaluations, computer design documents, and strategic business plans. (The openness doesn’t apply to sensitive data such as user information.)The idea came from open-source software development, where the broader programming community collaborates to create code by making it freely available to anyone with ideas to alter and improve it. The philosophy came with technical advantages. “That interconnected way of working is an integral part of what got Google to where it is now,” said John Spong, a software engineer who worked at Google until this July.Google has flaunted its openness as a recruiting tool and public relations tactic as recently as 2015. "As for transparency, it’s part of everything we do," Laszlo Bock, then the head of Google human relations, said in an interview that year. He cited the immediate access staff have to software documentation, and said employees "have an obligation to make their voices heard."Google’s open systems also proved valuable for activists within the company, who have examined its systems for evidence of controversial product developments and then circulated their findings among colleagues. Such investigations have been integral to campaigns against the projects for the Pentagon and China. Some people involved in this research refer to it as "internal journalism."Management would describe it differently. In November, Google fired four engineers who it said had been carrying out “systematic searches for other employees’ materials and work. This includes searching for, accessing, and distributing business information outside the scope of their jobs.” The engineers said they were active in an internal campaign against Google’s work with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and denied violating the company’s data security policies.Rebecca Rivers, one of the fired employees, said she initially logged into Google’s intranet, a web portal open to all staff, and typed the terms: “CBP” and “GCP,” for Google Cloud Platform. “That’s how simple it was,” she said. “Anyone could have stumbled onto it easily,” she said.In an internal email describing the firings, Google accused one employee of tracking a colleague’s calendar without permission, gathering information about both personal and professional appointments in a way that made the targeted employee feel uncomfortable. Laurence Berland, one of the employees who was fired recently, acknowledged he had accessed internal calendars, but said they were not private. He used them to confirm his suspicions that the company was censoring employees. Berland, who first joined Google in 2005, added that he felt the company was punishing him for breaking a rule that didn’t exist at the time of the alleged violations.  Google declined to identify the four employees it fired, but a company spokeswoman said the person who tracked calendars accessed unauthorized information.Other employees say they are now afraid to click on certain documents from other teams or departments because they are worried they could later be disciplined for doing so, a fear the company says is unfounded. Some workers have interpreted the policies as an attempt to stifle criticism of particular projects, which they allege amounts to a violation of the company’s code of conduct. These employees point to a clause in the code that actively encourages dissent: “Don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right—speak up!” Workers are "trying to report internally on problematic situations, and in some cases are not being allowed to make that information useful and accessible,” said Hahne. There is now a “climate of fear” inside Google offices, he said.Google’s permissive workplace culture became the prime example of Silicon Valley’s brand of employment. But transparency is hardly universal. Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. demand that workers operate in rigid silos to keep the details of sensitive projects from leaking to competitors. Engineers building a phone’s camera may have no idea what the people building its operating system are doing, and vice versa. Similar restrictions are common at government contractors and other companies working with clients who demand discretion.The specifics of Google’s business operations traditionally haven’t required this level of secrecy, but that is changing. Google’s cloud business in particular requires it to convince business clients it can handle sensitive data and work on discrete projects. This has brought it more in line with its secrecy-minded competitors. The protests themselves have also inspired new restrictions, as executives have looked to cut off the tools of the activists it argues are operating in bad faith.Google’s leaders have acknowledged the delicacy of adjusting a culture that has entrenched itself over two decades. “Employees today are much, much more active in the governance in the company,” Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and chair, said at an event at Stanford University in October. Amy Edmonson, a professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School, said that Google’s idealistic history increases the burden on its executives to bring along reluctant employees as it adopts more conventional corporate practices. “It’s just really important that if you’re going to do something that is perceived as change that you’re going to explain it,” she said.Bock, the company’s former HR director who is now CEO of Humu, a workplace software startup, suggested that Google hasn’t succeeded here. “Maybe Alphabet is just a different company than it used to be,” he wrote in an email to Bloomberg News. “But not everyone’s gotten the memo.” (Corrects Berland comment in 19th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Josh Eidelson.To contact the authors of this story: Ryan Gallagher in London at rgallagher76@bloomberg.netMark Bergen in San Francisco at mbergen10@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Brustein at jbrustein@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Trump didn’t win Time’s ‘Person of the Year,’ so he mocks the teen who did
    MarketWatch

    Trump didn’t win Time’s ‘Person of the Year,’ so he mocks the teen who did

    Donald Trump supporters were left aghast — shocked! — last week when Professor Pamela Karlan had the nerve to wise crack about the president’s young son, Barron, during the impeachment hearing. After all, he’s just a kid. Greta Thunberg is also just a kid, but that didn’t stop Trump from roasting her on Twitter.

  • Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties
    Reuters

    Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties

    The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet's Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps such as TikTok and Grindr. Rep. Stephen Lynch, chairman of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said in a statement that he had asked both Google and Apple to tell Congress whether they required app developers to disclose any non-U.S. ties. Concern over China acquiring sensitive data about U.S. citizens through social media apps is one of several sore areas in relations between the United States and China even as U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war with China fans suspicion between the world's two largest economies.

  • Wall Street Weekahead: Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech
    Reuters

    Wall Street Weekahead: Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech

    U.S. President Donald Trump's limited trade deal with China removes a major hurdle for Apple and other technology stocks that have already surged this year to record highs. China has agreed to boost imports of U.S. energy, pharmaceutical and agricultural products, although Chinese officials offered no details on the amount of U.S. goods Beijing had agreed to buy. If it is signed, Trump's long-awaited deal will be a relief to Apple, among the U.S. companies with the most to lose in the trade war between the world's two largest economies, along with chipmakers who make the components in its devices, which are mostly made in China.

  • Financial Times

    Huawei draws Hong Kong-style blowback

    FT subscribers can click here to receive #techFT every day by email. Hong Kong protest tactics have come to mainland China. The spark? Huawei and the Chinese government’s alleged mistreatment of an ex-employee. ...

  • GuruFocus.com

    Leading US Indexes Close Higher Friday and for the Week of Dec. 13

    S&P; 500 up 26.25% for the year Continue reading...

  • Top Technology Holdings of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway
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    Top Technology Holdings of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway

    Apple sets new record close as US and China reach trade deal Continue reading...

  • Dow Jones Today: A Trade-Induced Hangover
    InvestorPlace

    Dow Jones Today: A Trade-Induced Hangover

    Stocks surged Thursday on the back of movement on Phase I of a trade deal between the U.S. and China, but the party may have been a little too raucous because there was some hangover today as equities barely budged.Source: Provided by Finviz * The S&P 500 added just 0.01% * The Dow Jones Industrial Average eked out a gain of 0.01% * The Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.20% * For the second time this week and again on light news, American Express (NYSE:AXP) was in the spotlight, leading the Dow on what appears to be a technical breakoutSo here's where we're at with trade: Phase I appears to be a go and the tariffs that the U.S. was set to impose on Chinese imports on Sunday will be averted, explaining why Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) ascended to a record high today.Explaining why Thursday's ebullience waned today, the White House is leaving in place some of the tariffs it previously levied on Chinese goods.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China," said President Trump on Twitter. "They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of Agricultural Product, Energy, and Manufactured Goods, plus much more. The 25% Tariffs will remain as is, with 7 1/2% put on much of the remainder."In speaking with the press today, Trump mentioned desire on China's part to get to work on Phase II of a trade package, but investors should not expect much action on that front over the near-term. * The 10 Worst Dividend Stocks of the Decade With just 13 of the 30 members higher in late trading, the Dow was likely reflecting expectations that Phase I is as good as gets for the time being. Fighting Off DataThe Commerce Depart said today that U.S. retail sales rose 0.2% last month, well below the 0.5% increase economists were expecting, a scenario almost universally blamed on Thanksgiving arriving a week later than usual. Taking some of the sting off that result was the October number being revised up to growth of 0.4%."The data suggest a slowdown in business investment and weakness in manufacturing is weighing more broadly on Americans' willingness to spend, which could mean a soft holiday-shopping season despite a relatively strong labor market, improved wage gains and record stock prices," according to Bloomberg.That's a somewhat gloomy take, the accuracy of which is challenged by the fact that on a day in which a weaker-than-expected retail sales number was revealed, Home Depot (NYSE:HD), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Dow stocks with significant exposure to consumer spending, all traded higher. Speaking of the Consumer…Nike (NYSE:NKE) was another one of the Dow's consumer discretionary names trading modestly higher today. Nike is a name to watch over the next several days because the athletic apparel giant reports fiscal second-quarter results on Dec. 19.Wall Street is expecting year-over-year earnings per share growth of 10.5% on sales growth of 7.5%. Investors appear to be betting on a solid report from Nike because the stock is up more than 9% just this month. Gaming UpdateMicrosoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) added nearly 1% today after the company revealed plans for the Xbox Series X, the next generation of its popular video game console. As I've recently noted, 2020 is setting up to be a big year on the hardware upgrade front in the video game industry where Microsoft is one of the dominant players.Microsoft "said it will run 4K graphics at 60 frames per second, though the system has the capabilities to hit up to 120 FPS, with support for Variable Refresh Rate and 8K capability," reports Barron's.Both the Xbox Series X and the rival PlayStation 5 will be available during the 2020 holiday shopping season. Financial FunAs noted above American Express was a Dow leader today, but the same can't be said of fellow Dow financial components JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS). * 7 ETFs That Investors Charged Into This Year However, it's worth noting that the broader financial services sector is breaking out to multi-year highs and that the group remains attractively valued. More upside could be in store next year. Bottom Line on the Dow Jones TodayAlthough Nike reports next week, there's some time between now and the true start of fourth-quarter earnings season, but there are some data points for investors to mull in that regard."The estimated (year-over-year) earnings growth rate for CY 2019 is 0.3%, which is below the 10-year average (annual) earnings growth rate of 9.1%," notes FactSet. "If 0.3% is the actual growth rate for the year, it will mark the lowest annual growth rate for the index since CY 2015 (-0.6%). Six sectors are projected to report year-over-year growth in earnings, led by the Utilities and Health Care sectors."As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * These 7 S&P 500 Stocks Will Deliver a Repeat Performance in the Next Decade * 7 Tech Stocks to Stuff Your Stocking With * 7 Sinfully Good Casino Stocks That Could Win the Jackpot in 2020 The post Dow Jones Today: A Trade-Induced Hangover appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Barrons.com

    There’s a Trade Deal With China. Here’s Why the Stock Market Isn’t Thrilled.

    The U.S. and China say they have a “phase one” trade agreement, a positive for the global economy. But details were scarce and the deal hasn’t been signed, which means trade issues could continue to rattle markets.

  • Benzinga

    Apple Averted An iPhone Fiasco With Phase 1 Trade Deal

    Stocks with significant exposure to China have been see-sawing amid conflicting reports concerning a resolution. With some clarity emerging with the clinching of a Phase 1 deal between the U.S. and China, the broader market and these stocks are likely to get a reprieve. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), which is reliant on China both as a production base and market for its products, is feeling the pinch, although the stock hasn't reacted much to the uncertainty.

  • MarketWatch

    Dow flat in spite of gains for shares of American Express, Visa

    DOW UPDATE Shares of American Express and Visa are seeing strong returns Friday afternoon, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The Dow (DJIA) was most recently trading 25 points higher (0.

  • Barrons.com

    Apple and Big TVs Are What’s Hot In The Electronics Aisle

    Citi surveyed the managers of 50 U.S. retail and electronics stores and found the biggest upside surprise in wireless headphones, in particular Apple AirPods.

  • Benzinga

    Roku Leads In Subscriber Battle With Apple, Amazon

    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) is in the lead ahead of rival streaming players Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), according to the latest research from eMarketer. Roku will maintain its lead in the streaming space, and by 2023 it will have 111.7 million streaming players in the U.S. compared to Amazon Fire TV’s 88.3 million, according to eMarketer.

  • Grab Your Smart Watch and Start Tracking Apple Stock
    InvestorPlace

    Grab Your Smart Watch and Start Tracking Apple Stock

    The new year is right around the corner, which means it's time to jot down some resolutions. Typical lists usually focus on diets and weight loss. But for investors, now is a good time to be looking ahead at the markets. What stocks are set to perform well in 2020 and beyond? What long-term investing trends should you commit to following? Matt McCall has you covered. In this episode of "Moneyline," he looks at one company that can help with all of your resolutions.If you've been following his podcast, you probably know that McCall is big on wearables and bullish on the companies that sell them. Recent headlines have heightened his stance. Just this week, Orangetheory Fitness formed a partnership with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) that should boost AAPL stock well into the future. What's the big deal? Well, OTF's whole shtick is that members can track their health data as they work out.Previously, this tracking was done on proprietary OTF devices, but that's about to change. In 2020's first quarter, you'll be able to get your sweat on and track your data live, all with the help of an Apple watch.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFor McCall, this is exciting news for many reasons. To start, he loves Orangetheory Fitness and what it represents from a health perspective. But he also loves what this means for AAPL stock. As wearables increase in popularity -- some predict the market for smart wearables will double in the next few years -- Apple will continue to grow. Not only will you be able to find its smart devices on more consumers, but AAPL stock should see share-price gains as it further moves into the healthcare market. * 7 'A'-Rated Stocks to Buy Before 2020 Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is already opening healthcare facilities. Soon, Apple's role in monitoring vital health data and contributing to preventative care should help it dominate an increasingly important industry. McCall's PodcastSo what if you don't like working out in a gym? You're in luck. Recent IPO Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON) also recently formed a partnership that will allow users to connect Apple devices to its bikes. But if you've been following the news these last few weeks, that's certainly not the PTON headline that most stands out.Despite being a sensitive guy (McCall credits his pisces nature), he's fed up with the Peloton commercial controversy and everything that has followed. In its "The Gift That Gives Back," Peloton focuses on a woman who receives a bike from her husband. She spends a year tracking her workouts, filming herself while she rides. But this commercial wasn't a gift for PTON stock, at least in the short term. Critics called the video "sexist" and "dystopian," interpreting it as a message women need to lose weight. In response to the backlash, Peloton stock dropped, slashing $1.5 billion in market capitalization.McCall compares this to how Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) tanked over its sheer leggings controversy. Now, Lululemon is one of 2019's best-performing investments and that scandal is far in the past. He believes this commercial will soon fade, and he welcomes you to "calm down" if you're still upset. He's considering picking up some shares as soon as next week, and you should too.For more on the future of healthcare stocks, tune in to "Moneyline" with Matt McCall.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. Matt does not directly own the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * These 7 S&P 500 Stocks Will Deliver a Repeat Performance in the Next Decade * 7 Tech Stocks to Stuff Your Stocking With * 7 Sinfully Good Casino Stocks That Could Win the Jackpot in 2020 The post Grab Your Smart Watch and Start Tracking Apple Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Amazon Roundup: Government, re:Invent Conference, India, Other
    Zacks

    Amazon Roundup: Government, re:Invent Conference, India, Other

    Amazon had a big week with government issues, a host of new deals and announcements at its annual conference and developments in India.

  • 3 Great Semiconductor Stocks to Invest In for 2020
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    3 Great Semiconductor Stocks to Invest In for 2020

    Looking forward, the epic semiconductor stocks rally still has plenty of room to run. Since the year began, the Van Eck Vector Semiconductor ETF (NYSE:SMH) is up nearly 61% year to date. The iShares Trust S&P Semiconductor Index Fund (NASDAQ:SOXX) is up 56%. The best part? The sector is well-positioned to push even higher in 2020.As InvestorPlace.com contributor Luke Lango pointed out, "Since early 2018, escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China have weighed on global semiconductor demand and sales. But, those escalating trade tensions are now de-escalating, and should continue to de-escalate into 2020. As they do, semiconductor demand and sales will rebound."Additionally, according to IHS Markit, global semiconductor revenue would rebound up to 5.9% from $442.8 billion in 2019 to $448 billion by 2020. "IHS said that upturn will be directly due to 5G smartphones because the smartphone business is the largest consumer of semiconductors of any industry, with $87.7 billion in global revenue this year," said Light Reading Editorial Director Mike Dano.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * These 7 S&P 500 Stocks Will Deliver a Repeat Performance in the Next Decade In short, semiconductor stocks -- especially those involved with 5G -- could be explosive in 2020. That being said, here are three semiconductor stocks I think could benefit in the new year: Semiconductor Stocks to Invest In: Qualcomm (QCOM)Source: Akshdeep Kaur Raked / Shutterstock.com When it comes to Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) stock, the next big catalyst is 5G. Considering the massive rollout we're about to see, its chips will be under sizable demand.In fact, Qualcomm expects global smartphone makers to ship up to 450 million 5G handsets in 2021, and another 750 million in 2022. We also have to remember Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones will be powered by QCOM 5G modem chips.As a result, Qualcomm will benefit because phones will therefore need more chips."We exit the fiscal year having successfully executed on our strategic priorities: helping to drive the commercialization of 5G globally, completing a number of important anchor license agreements and executing well across our product road map," said CEO Steve Mollenkopf, as I pointed out the other day. Marvell Technology (MRVL)Source: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com After losing 35% of its value in the latter part of 2018, Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL) is now up 73% since then -- all thanks to clear signs that its 5G business is about to take off in a big way. The company now believes revenues will hit $600 million a year!"Our design win momentum continues in 5G, and we recently announced a significant long-term partnership with Samsung to deliver multiple generations of embedded processors and baseband processors for both LTE and 5G base stations," said CEO Matthew Murphy. "We expect shipments of our 5G products to start to ramp toward the end of the fiscal year 2020 and continue to grow rapidly into fiscal 2021 and beyond."Better, Marvell acquired Avera Semiconductor for $650 million earlier this year. This move will allow it to expand into the application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC); and those have become popular with regards to machine learning and the Internet of Things. Furthermore, 5G demand should create bigger demand for ASICs down the road.With that in mind, analysts are just as upbeat on the stock. * 7 Tech Stocks to Stuff Your Stocking With JP Morgan analyst Harlan Sur sees the company's 5G business "ramping strongly." Barclays' Blayne Curtis says MRVL is the bank's top semiconductor stock for 2020."The key point for us is the strength of the 5G opportunity ahead," he said. Micron Technology (MU)Source: madamF / Shutterstock.com Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) stock should also see a boost from 5G. This is due to demand for its dynamic random access memory chips (DRAMs) and NAND flash storage. Remember, when it comes to 5G, every device will require a combination of both DRAM and NAND memory.We must also remember that 5G devices, such as smartphones, in 2020 and beyond will need "at least 50% more memory than their 4G cousins," as highlighted by Motley Fool contributor, Anders Bylund.Plus, with 5G the average phone will need six gigabytes of DRAM from the four GB in current phones, as noted by Barron's contributor, Eric Savitz."Higher-end phones will need eight GB to 12 GB of DRAM, up from six GB. The same pattern will unfold with NAND flash memory -- (Sumit Sadana, chief business officer at Micron Technology) sees midrange phones shifting from 64 and 128 GB models to 128 and 256 GB, with high-end models getting up to a terabyte of NAND."That offers sizable long-term opportunity for a company like Micron, whose position in mobile is only growing stronger.As of this writing, Ian Cooper did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The 5 Best Tech Stocks to Buy For the Next Decade * 4 Beaten-Up Pot Stocks Worth Considering in 2020 * Top 5 Tech Stocks of the 2010s Decade The post 3 Great Semiconductor Stocks to Invest In for 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech
    Reuters

    Trade deal removes major hurdle for rally in Apple and tech

    U.S. President Donald Trump's limited trade deal with China removes a major hurdle for Apple and other technology stocks that have already surged this year to record highs. China has agreed to boost imports of U.S. energy, pharmaceutical and agricultural products, although Chinese officials offered no details on the amount of U.S. goods Beijing had agreed to buy. If it is signed, Trump's long-awaited deal will be a relief to Apple, among the U.S. companies with the most to lose in the trade war between the world's two largest economies, along with chipmakers who make the components in its devices, which are mostly made in China.

  • Barrons.com

    Synaptics Shares Spike on Speculation It Won Slot in New Apple iPhones

    Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland points out in a research note that (AVGO) (ticker: AVGO) disclosed Thursday in reporting fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that it lost “a mixed signal customer product” from its largest customer. Rolland said that while the comment could be a reference to wireless charging, it more likely involves the touch controller in the phone—and could be a win for Synaptics (SYNA), a San Jose, Calif., company that makes touchpads and similar components for phones and laptops. Apple never comments on its relationships with suppliers, and discourages its partners from commenting as well.

  • Barrons.com

    Apple Stock Hits an All-Time High as Trump Reaches a China Trade Deal

    Apple shares touched a new all-time high as the tentative trade deal with China averts a new 15% tariff on Chinese goods that was due to take effect on Sunday.

  • Apple Could Hit $325 a Share in Next Year, Says Ives of Wedbush
    Bloomberg

    Apple Could Hit $325 a Share in Next Year, Says Ives of Wedbush

    Dec.13 -- Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives and Bloomberg's Alistair Barr talk about how Apple will be impacted by the U.S. trade war deal with China. They appear on "Bloomberg Technology."