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  • Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users, Apple TV Plus pricing
    CNET

    Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users, Apple TV Plus pricing

    This week's most important tech stories include a report claiming Microsoft contractors listened in on Xbox users, possible pricing for Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade.

  • Better Robotaxi Stock: Alphabet or Tesla?
    Motley Fool

    Better Robotaxi Stock: Alphabet or Tesla?

    Both are among the leaders in self-driving cars, but they are taking entirely different routes to their destinations.

  • NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon
    Simply Wall St.

    NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

    NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. Ex-dividend means that investors that...

  • Survey: 82% of Workers Try to Keep Their Social Media From Employers
    Motley Fool

    Survey: 82% of Workers Try to Keep Their Social Media From Employers

    Some use aliases, others try privacy settings, and 50% don't think companies should be allowed to look.

  • How I Beat the Market -- Tripled It, in Fact -- Over the Past Decade
    Motley Fool

    How I Beat the Market -- Tripled It, in Fact -- Over the Past Decade

    Three simple criteria have helped me pick successful investments.

  • Barrons.com

    The University of Notre Dame Bought Up Netflix Stock, and Sold Microsoft and Alphabet

    The University of Notre Dame’s investment office has “a long-term orientation to our investment partnerships and approach.” But the university made big changes in its U.S.-traded stock investments in the relatively short time frame of the second quarter.

  • 3 Major Casualties of China’s New Tariffs
    TipRanks

    3 Major Casualties of China’s New Tariffs

    The US-China trade tensions have taken a turn for the worse in recent days. On Friday, China announced new tariffs on $75 billion worth of imported American goods, and a resumption of the 5% tariff on automotive parts. The new tariffs, to set between 5% and 10% and come into effect in steps on September 1 and December 15, include levies on electronics and machinery. President Trump responded in his customary fashion, by Tweet, saying in part, “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” He added that the trade situation represents an opportunity for the US.Investors don’t seem to agree. Markets reacted to China’s and Trump’s announcements by plunging. Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones averages fell 2.4% in Friday’s trading, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ slipped 3%. The losses were widespread, and not confined to any one sector of the market. Major companies with large exposure to the China trade were especially hard-hit. Here we take a look at three of those casualties. Apple, Inc. (AAPL)The world’s second largest publicly traded company lost 4.62% in the Friday market rout, falling over $9.80 per share. That Apple would prove particularly sensitive to shifts in the ‘trade war’ is no surprise; the Chinese market is Apple’s second largest, accounting for more than 18% of the company’s total revenues. The tit-for-tat tariff actions taken by the US and China have threatened the trade in electronics – and Apple’s supply chain. In response, the company is considering a drastic measure: the shift of 15% to 30% of its production from China to other areas of Southeast Asia. That Apple would consider such a drastic move underlines the risks of the trade war for the high-tech sector.Pointing out that nearly all of Apple’s flagship product line, the iPhone, is assembled in China, 4-star analyst Daniel Ives, from Wedbush, described Friday’s trade-war ramp-up as “a gut punch to Cupertino.” Even with that, however, Ives still sees Apple as a stock worth buying, and his $245 price target on AAPL shares suggest an upside of 20%.Despite the beating it took on Friday, AAPL retains its Moderate Buy rating from the analyst consensus. The stock has received 16 buys, 10 holds, and 1 sell in the past three months, with 6 of those buy ratings coming in just the last three weeks. Apple stock is trading for $202, and the average price target o $226 gives it an 11% upside potential. Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT)Caterpillar was hurting before this latest iteration of the trade conflict. The company is a major manufacturer and supplier of heavy construction and excavation equipment, with customers around the world. The general slowdown in the global economy has been eating into Cat’s sales, including in China, and the escalation in the tariff fight has made a difficult situation worse.The deterioration of Caterpillar’s position is made clear by the company’s losses in Friday’s trading: CAT stock fell 3.25%. The Friday losses come after CAT slipped more than 12% in August, following a 10.25% EPS reported for the second quarter.Cat hasn’t got an easy way out of its difficulties, either. According to 4-star analyst Jerry Revich, of Goldman Sachs, the construction industry is seeing rising inventories of trucks and construction machines; he predicts that there will have to be production cuts on the manufacturing end next year. In line with that, he gives CAT a Hold rating and a $130 price target.Stephens analyst Ashish Gupta agrees, saying, “For Caterpillar, excess dealer inventory means lower reported sales in coming quarters.” He goes on to add that, “The U.S. China trade war and Chinese impact on global commodity markets are reasons to avoid the stock right now. China accounts for a huge portion of global metals and energy consumption. A slowing Chinese economy has large ripple effects for the entire resource industry—a key consumer of Caterpillar products.” Ashish rates CAT as a Sell, with a low $100 price target.CAT is the lowest rated of the stocks in this list, with a Hold from the analyst consensus. The consensus rating is based on 7 buys, 5 holds, and 4 sells set in the past three months. The stocks’ share price of $114 and average price target of $136 still give it an upside potential of 19%. Deere & Company (DE)Like Caterpillar, Deere is a major manufacturer of heavy machinery; in this case, farm and agricultural equipment. And also like Caterpillar, Deere has been suffering as worldwide economic conditions have slowed down. And in a final similarity, Deere reported disappointing EPS in its most recent quarter, missing the forecast by 3.32%.China’s largest import from the US is agricultural products, especially soybeans. As the Chinese government cracks down on trade, with retaliatory measures, US farmers are watching their prospects for a profitable year go up in smoke. And that leads them to cut back on sales and maintenance of their heavy equipment, dealing a double punch to Deere in its domestic market. At the same time, the company is facing direct headwinds from the new Chinese tariffs. Deere stock lost 5.37% in Friday's market retreat. Rising factory production costs and bad weather, which would have been news stories in a normal year, have simply dealt additional blows to an already vulnerable company.At the same time, even with this perfect storm working against it, DE shares are getting upbeat reviews from Wall Street’s analysts. Writing from Credit Suisse, 4-star analyst Jamie Cook says of the quarterly report, “…expectations were sufficiently low heading into the print reflecting macro/trade war uncertainty, commodity prices and unfavorable weather which delayed planting,” and reiterates his belief that the company will beat the headwinds in the long run. He raises his price target on Deere to $197 (up 12%), suggesting an upside of 34%.From BMO Capital, Joel Tiss acknowledges slowing North American sales and a flat early-order program, but points out, “…the overall sales value was higher because of better take rates of innovative technologies and bigger machines.” Like Cook, Tiss gives Deere a Buy rating. His $175 implies a 19% upside potential.Deere is another stock with a Moderate Buy from the analyst consensus, this one based on 9 buys and 4 holds. The stock is selling for $147, has a $167 average price target, and an upside potential of 14%.Visit TipRanks’ Analysts’ Top Stocks tool, and find out which stocks are trending now Wall Street’s top market watchers.Disclosure: This author is long on AAPL.

  • Barrons.com

    Al Gore Beats the Market by Buying Applied Materials Stock and Selling Analog Devices

    Former Vice President Al Gore continues to beat the market at Generation Investment Management, the London-based firm that Gore co-founded and chairs.

  • Better Buy: AbbVie vs. Johnson & Johnson
    Motley Fool

    Better Buy: AbbVie vs. Johnson & Johnson

    Which stock wins in a battle between these two big pharma companies?

  • TheStreet.com

    Who Are the Highest Paid Soccer Players in 2019?

    It's no secret that soccer is one of the world's most beloved sports and, in turn, the most beloved athletes. Find out which soccer players are paid the most in 2019.

  • Apple’s titanium credit card comes with surprisingly strict care instructions
    MarketWatch

    Apple’s titanium credit card comes with surprisingly strict care instructions

    Most people don’t care if their credit card gets a scratch or a scuff, as long as they can still buy things with it. But the sleek new titanium Apple Card may change that.

  • Apple Stock: Trading Lower after a Volatile Week
    Market Realist

    Apple Stock: Trading Lower after a Volatile Week

    Apple (AAPL) investors have had a roller coaster week. Apple stock has lost just under 2% in a week, ending on August 23, 2019.

  • Video Streaming: Netflix Faces Fierce Competition
    Market Realist

    Video Streaming: Netflix Faces Fierce Competition

    Competition taking a toll on Netflix as its share of US subscription video streaming market keep falling as rivals gain ground.

  • Why Is Expansion into India a Big Deal for PayPal?
    Market Realist

    Why Is Expansion into India a Big Deal for PayPal?

    PayPal takes on India’s digital payments market as it looks to international markets for growth. India presents a $1.0 trillion opportunity for the company.

  • Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A 0.5% Dividend
    Simply Wall St.

    Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A 0.5% Dividend

    Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Analog...

  • News cycle is daily reminder of Big Tech’s antitrust vulnerabilities
    MarketWatch

    News cycle is daily reminder of Big Tech’s antitrust vulnerabilities

    Each of the four Big Tech companies under investigation, to varying degrees, faces exposure to antitrust charges. Their vulnerabilities reflect their marketing strengths, from Apple Inc.’s money-minting App Store to Facebook Inc.’s vice-like grip on social media through its acquisition of WhatsApp.

  • Barrons.com

    No Matter What Trump Says, Apple Will Never Get Out of China

    Apple stock fell 4.6% on Friday, a decline almost twice that of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell 2.4% in the week’s final session.

  • Bill Gates Says This Type of AI Will Be Worth “10 Microsofts”
    Motley Fool

    Bill Gates Says This Type of AI Will Be Worth “10 Microsofts”

    Artificial Intelligence is set to change the world according to several billionaires. Here are seven stocks riding the AI wave.

  • Barrons.com

    The Biggest U.S. Public Pension Bought Up Coca-Cola and McDonald’s Stock, and Sold Apple

    California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which managed $380 billion in assets as of Friday, made some big changes in its domestic stock portfolio in the second quarter. Calpers, as the pension is known, bulked up on (KO) (ticker: KO), (PEP) (PEP), and (MCD) stock (MCD) in the second quarter. Calpers made the disclosures in a form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • GuruFocus.com

    Adobe Inc (ADBE) EVP, Chief Marketing Officer Ann Lewnes Sold $867,960 of Shares

    EVP, Chief Marketing Officer of Adobe Inc (30-Year Financial, Insider Trades) Ann Lewnes (insider trades) sold 3,000 shares of ADBE on 08/21/2019 at an average price of $289.32 a share. Continue reading...

  • Dow Jones Dips After Trump Hikes China Tariffs; Apple, AMD, Nike Edge Lower
    Investor's Business Daily

    Dow Jones Dips After Trump Hikes China Tariffs; Apple, AMD, Nike Edge Lower

    President Trump raised China tariffs late Friday, as the China trade war spirals. The Dow Jones dipped after plunging in Friday's session. So did Apple, AMD, Tesla and Nike.

  • Trade War: Why Apple Stock Sank as China Fought Back
    Market Realist

    Trade War: Why Apple Stock Sank as China Fought Back

    Apple stock fell 4.6% as the US-China trade war intensified today. China warned of tariffs on more US goods, followed by Trump's tweeted response.

  • GuruFocus.com

    Michael Burry Buys 4 Stocks in Addition to GameStop

    Big Short investor also shutters former largest holding JD.com Continue reading...

  • MarketWatch

    Google tells workers to cool it on politics at work

    Alphabet Inc.'s Google has issued "community guidelines" that discourage employees from debating politics in the workplace, an about-face from its previously open policy. The new rule is an effort to tone done "disruptive" conversations, and hold employees responsible for what they say, the company said. Google is also designing a tool that lets workers flag objectionable internal posts, it said. The move comes after more than a year of protests from conservative politicians and commentators who claim Google has shown liberal bias in digital searches and in its corporate culture, culminating in a Congressional hearing on the topic last month.

  • Barrons.com

    Roku Is a Cord Cutter’s Dream. It’s Working for Investors, Too

    Traditional pay-TV services are shedding subscribers because video streaming is more convenient, offers more choice, and, at least for now, a better value. As Netflix (ticker: NFLX), Apple (AAPL), (DIS) (DIS), (CMCSA)(CMCSA), and other heavyweights battle it out, the best way to play streaming is turning out to be upstart (ROKU) (ROKU). The company’s combination of hardware and software enables consumers to watch content streamed over the internet.