|Bid||1,220.20 x 1200|
|Ask||1,238.11 x 1100|
|Day's Range||1,227.82 - 1,240.35|
|52 Week Range||970.11 - 1,273.89|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.16|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||28.29|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||1,352.50|
Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer sits down with Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor to the Board of Alphabet, former CEO and Executive Chairman at Google, and co-author of the new book, "Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell."
Yahoo Finance's Brian Cheung sat down exclusively with St. Louis Fed President & CEO James Bullard about the economy and monetary policy.
One way to get Google Assistant into your car is to simply buy a car with Android Auto. You can also install the Android Auto app on your phone, which works well if you have a car mount. A few months ago, however, Google announced another possible solution: a line of aftermarket auto accessories that will offer yet another way to bring Assistant into the car.
Google parent Alphabet is breaking out. Even though Google stock is trading in buy range, the relative strength line is very telling.
Is it a good time to buy Google stock? Amid falling profit margins, the stock is a bet on market dominance, like its peers among other so-called FANG stocks: Amazon, Netflix and Facebook.
"We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products," a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters in an e-mailed response on Wednesday. According to research firm eMarketer, Amazon's Echo is expected to capture 63.3 percent of smart speaker users in 2019, while Google Home will account for 31 percent.
The bears couldn't keep the CBOE VIX index elevated in Wednesday trading while earnings reports continue to flow in. It's going to be another busy day on Thursday in that regard, although be mindful of Friday, when the markets are closed for the holiday. Let's get a look at some top stock trades on Wednesday.Note, large cap tech stocks continue to trade well and are showing solid momentum. Here's our outlook on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) from earlier this week. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: IBMInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI have never been a huge fan of IBM (NYSE:IBM) as its growth remains painfully disappointing. However, the stock has been trading much better.Shares are down "just" 4% on Wednesday after the company reported first-quarter earnings and this will be an important one to watch this week. I would like to see IBM hold $140 -- a little above current levels -- but as long as it can maintain its current prices, it's technically okay on the weekly chart. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth Over $138 keeps it above all of its major moving averages and above its post-earnings low. Above $140 and IBM stock will still be above prior downtrend resistance. The good news? We'll know a day early, as this weekly candle will be finished on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: NetflixAbove is a weekly chart of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock, while below is a daily look at the streaming giant. This stock has been astoundingly quiet considering it's usually explosive moves -- particularly on earnings! Above, shares are clinging to the 10-week and 50-week moving averages. Should it lose these levels, it could open the door to lower prices. On that chart, $300 is a big, round level that stands out.On the daily chart though, there could be some buyers waiting for a dip down to the $310 to $320 level. Over $370 on both charts will revitalize NFLX stock. This is a momentum stock and the lack of bullish momentum here is a concern to me, especially on earnings. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: Abbott LabsShares of Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) are taking a bath on Wednesday, down over 4% and adding to its losses on Tuesday despite beating on earnings and revenue expectations.It would be encouraging for bulls to hold this $72 to $73 level as support, given its former role as resistance. However, ABT may require a washout down to the 200-day moving average at $70.The writing was on the wall with this one. Downtrend resistance (blue line) continued to grind ABT into support at $77.50 (black line). Once it broke on Tuesday, this one was a goner.See how it handles current levels. If it can't bounce, look for a 200-day test. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: Biotech ETFThe biotech and healthcare space hasn't been doing all that well and it shows on the iShares Biotech ETF (NASDAQ:IBB), which is down almost 4% on the day.Keep it simple: $108 support gave way, while $115 refused to budge on the upside. Buyers may consider stepping in between $100 and $102 if we get more downside. Otherwise, see how the IBB does on a retest of $108. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: Domino's PizzaDomino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) is doing well on Wednesday, up about 4% after an upgrade from Morgan Stanley.It's great to see this one back above the 10-week moving average, as it now contends with the 50-week moving average. Bulls may consider buying a breakout over the 50-week or a pullback to the 10-week, assuming it holds as support. * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm Domino's is putting in a series of higher lows and looks like it could be prepped for more upside. Some even say it's too cheap. If DPZ goes on a run, see how it does with $290.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long GOOGL. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Thursday: DPZ, NFLX, IBM appeared first on InvestorPlace.
In his decades mentoring Silicon Valley's elite executives, Bill Campbell became the trusted confidant to tech leaders including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , former executive chairman and CEO of Google Eric Schmidt and Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg . Schmidt, who met with Campbell "just about every week" for 15 years, says part of his brilliance was his trustworthiness. "It became very clear that I could have conversations with him that I could not have with anyone else, in particular my own hopes and fears," Schmidt tells CNBC Make It .
The company's team in Redmond, Washington has been spearheading an effort to build the new artificial intelligence assistant. The digital assistant-powered smart speaker has grown dramatically in the last few years, with Amazon's Alexa having a 67% share of the U.S. smart speaker market, and Google a 30% market share in the U.S., according to eMarketer.
Since its founding 20 years ago, Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) has been defined by the brash personality of CEO Marc Benioff.Source: Shutterstock Now, like many of his Silicon Valley peers, Benioff is trying to pass the torch, naming Keith Block co-CEO, plying him with gifts and elevating his status so that Benioff can be a philanthropist and public figure.It's the right time to do it, with Salesforce coming off a record year. For fiscal 2019, it reported net income of $1.11 billion, $1.43 per share, on revenue of nearly $13.3 billion. The forecast is for this to continue, with fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings estimated at about $2.75 per share, on revenue of about $16 billion.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf Salesforce can hit these marks, its market cap of about $121 billion will look reasonable, and the April 16 opening price of almost $161 per share will look cheap. Growing Salesforce CloudSalesforce pioneered the business of Software as a Service (SaaS), delivered using clouds, with Benioff spending much of the current decade freeing his customers from dependence on Amazon.Com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), all of which are now "partners." * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm The result is that cloud-based SaaS companies like Salesforce are in a "sweet spot," with Salesforce commanding 20% of the Customer Relationship Management market. Its most recent success is Einstein, introduced in 2016, an analytics program that can predict consumer behavior based on enterprise data stores.Salesforce is also introducing Quip, a collaboration tool bought in 2016, to its platform, and this is where things get cloudy, because many of the companies Salesforce collaborates with, including the Cloud Czars, already offer similar functions. Clouds Around CRM Stock's BusinessThe sky around Salesforce is getting cloudy, as Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) has made its graphics software a marketing tool, and teamed up with Microsoft to take on Salesforce's CRM niche.This jockeying for position also takes place on lower cloud levels. When Solarwinds (NYSE:SWI) bought Samanage, a Salesforce investment, it moved toward becoming a competitor to ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW), and may have pushed that company into the arms of the Adobe-Microsoft alliance.The growing complexity of Artificial Intelligence is also pushing Salesforce into a global position, as it recently opened a lab in Singapore. Salesforce, now based in a landmark San Francisco skyscraper, is also planning other skyscrapers in cities like Boston, physical manifestations of virtual dominance.The danger for investors is this can make Salesforce a target. It's now facing a lawsuit over sex trafficking, as women say its software was used by the company that helped traffic them, and customized for the task. The man behind the website has pleaded guilty and offered to testify against his business partners.The purchase of Salesforce.org, a charitable foundation that sold its software at a discount to charities, for $300 million may distract from those headlines, as Benioff continues to make himself over as a great man, buying Time Magazine and pushing his fellow billionaires to support the homeless. The Bottom LineWith Benioff increasingly distracted, and Salesforce increasingly scaled, co-CEO Block is stepping up as the public face of the company, which may be behind the gifts of a fancy car and expensive watch.Block, who joined in 2013, is now the go-to guy to talk about the company's technology initiatives, as it cements itself as an institution beneath the clouds that serve its software.Investors who came along for the ride with Benioff have reaped huge gains. New investors are betting on Block.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in MSFT and AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post Salesforce.com Is Bigger Than Benioff appeared first on InvestorPlace.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in February 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]After several months of aggressive posturing and painful tariffs, the trade war may finally reach a positive resolution. Recently, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the trade talks with China were close to the "final round." With this news, investors can choose to dial up the risk-reward ratio with cutting-edge tech stocks.Tacitly, the thawing in U.S.-China relations is an admission that the tariffs have hurt both sides. But now it appears that the Trump administration can bring the trade tensions to an end. If so, this would obviously greenlight recently embattled tech stocks. However, speculators can take a position now before the wave of intense buying interest takes over.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf you're feeling confident towards this latest diplomatic headline, I'd also look into smartphone stocks. Although "peak smartphone" is a serious problem, it largely affects individual, premium competitors like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). But mobility and connectivity themselves will continue to mold and shape our personal and professional lives.Whether it's the integration of digital assistants in our homes, or the brave new world of automated transportation, all these innovations are rooted in the Internet of Things. That means smartphone stocks, no matter how volatile they get, offer viable longer-term opportunities. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth Here then are four tech stocks that leverage connectivity for profitability: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL)If you have a long-term outlook on tech stocks, it's mandatory that you consider Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL). For one thing, GOOG stock represents total domination of the internet. Google ranks as the world's number-one search engine. At 93% market share, it's not even close.But what I really like about GOOGL stock is that management acts like they have something to prove. One example is Waymo, their autonomous driving company.Another reason to consider GOOGL is it's smartphone business. Between its Android OS and its Pixel phones, Google should continue to profit from smartphone proliferation. Jabil (JBL)Typically, most investors of tech stocks focus on the industry's front face. That's only natural, as they generate the most media attention. However, underlining the direct competitors within the consumer-electronics arena are manufacturing services companies like Jabil (NYSE:JBL). As the tech space expands into greater areas of our lives, JBL stock residually benefits.But what separates Jabil from rivals in the space is that the organization has expanded with the industry. Today, JBL stock offers exposure to multiple capabilities, including 3D printing, driver-assistance systems, cloud computing and medical technologies.Additionally, the tech firm has significant implications for smartphone stocks. Modern smart devices can't market themselves merely on connectivity. As consumer expectations rise, so does demand for smaller and thinner devices. That presents manufacturing and functionality challenges, but they're also areas in which Jabil thrives. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth JBL stock has skyrocketed this year, gaining nearly 25%. Admittedly, shares are a bit overheated for my liking. But I'd seriously consider any dips as buying opportunities. Ceragon Networks (CRNT)When most folks think about tech stocks, they usually conjure up images of Silicon Valley. While some of the greatest names in the sector hail from the region, another top location is Israel.And although Tel Aviv-based Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ:CRNT) isn't necessarily a household name, CRNT stock is positioned to benefit from the transition to 5G. Ceragon specializes in wireless backhaul solutions, meaning their services will see increased demand as networks and manufacturers make the transition.Additionally, the company has business in the communications for the maritime and energy industries. Like commercial telecom, these sectors will more than likely offer sustained revenue channels.CRNT stock has suffered significant volatility. But despite the nearer-term risks, I believe the longer-term fundamentals will eventually support the share price. Xiaomi (XIACY)To conclude my list of cutting-edge tech stocks, I'm going to go extremely speculative with Xiaomi (OTCMKTS:XIACY). Xiaomi is a Chinese firm, so you can expect volatile trading based on trade-war news.At the same time, I see massive opportunities for smartphone stocks that focus on low-cost mobile solutions. As smartphones spread to markets where consumers make less money, companies like Apple will have difficulty penetrating profitably. However, low-cost Chinese leaders like Xiaomi thrive in this environment. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth It's crazy-risky, but XIACY stock nonetheless offers a compelling narrative.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth * This Is How You Beat Back a Bear Market * 7 Dental Stocks to Buy That Will Make You Smile Compare Brokers The post 4 Tech Stocks on the Cutting Edge of Connectivity appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Year after year , Google has been ranked as one of the top companies to work for , so it's no surprise that the tech giant receives roughly three million applications per year. Google's careers page makes the process seem quite simple: "Become a Googler in three steps," it advertises. Nowadays interviewees won't come across certain oddities like brain teasers , but Google remains an outlier when it comes to how precise and methodical its interviewing process is. Is more really better?
The Nasdaq 100 just hit a record, but that doesn't mean buying tech is off the table, one expert says. The tech-heavy index made an all-time high Wednesday morning, helped by a 4% surge in shares of Intel INTC . "I think Intel had the most constructive pullback to those December lows, which was a double bottom," Baruch said Tuesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation," pointing to the semiconductor company's three-year chart.
Google and Amazon will have to tell companies how they rank products on their platforms while Facebook and other tech firms will have to be more transparent about their terms and conditions under new EU rules approved on Wednesday. The platform-to-business (P2B) law, proposed by the European Commission in April last year, is the latest move by Europe to rein in online giants and ensure they treat smaller rivals and users fairly. Lawmakers at the European Parliament gave the green light to the new laws on Wednesday, which will have to be rubber stamped by the European Council in the coming months before they take effect.