Security Software Gives This Company a Second Life

Before Apple (AAPL) invented the iPod, the company controlled about 10 percent of the PC market at its peak. That didn’t generate huge business. But by reinventing towards having the most user-friendly consumer tech, and some software behind it, the company managed to become a multi-trillion-dollar behemoth. Other companies are making similar pivots today, finding new lines of businesses with higher profit margins and growth potential. One such play? BlackBerry (BB). Known for its phones before the iPhone grabbed the bulk of ...
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China’s Crackdown Creates Buying Opportunity

While it’s usually a good idea in investing not to fight a central bank, it can sometimes be a good idea to buy when a regulatory authority is stepping up its bounds. That’s especially true when targeting a company that can thrive even under a stricter regulatory regime. Chinese companies have come under fire in recent weeks, as many tech companies are looking to tighten up how their data is protected, deal with the effects of increased antitrust laws, and the ...
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Data Breaches Provide Investment Opportunity

The past few years have seen a number of companies have their data hacked. This can include everything from customer sales data to personal information as well. These hacks tend to lead to a drop in share price of a company, but they tend to recover in time. The most recent company to see a big hack is T-Mobile (TMUS). The telecom giant has reported that the latest hack is a big one. While unfortunate, the effects of the hack are likely ...
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Red-Hot Housing Trends Point to Boon for These Companies

Home prices continue to move higher at a record pace. That’s led to a strong demand for more housing to meet this lack of supply, and existing homeowners are looking to upgrade their homes as well. These trends point strongly to home supplier companies, and that trend looks set to continue even if home prices moderate in the coming months ahead. The top two players for home improvement are, by far, Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW). Both companies have reported better-than-expected ...
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The Best Winners Never Move in a Straight Line

In fact, no asset moves up or down in a straight line. Even a stock or sector in a hot uptrend can be hit with a wild downtrend. Traders astute enough to recognize a temporary setback rather than a cyclical change are likely able to fare well by buying a dip and obtaining the best possible profit. Last week, Morgan Stanley (MS) warned on memory maker stocks, nothing that the pricing environment would be difficult going into next year. Time will tell ...
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This Failed IPO Play Is Now Turning Around

The past few years has seen an explosion in companies going public through the IPO process. Most are successes, seeing shares immediately rise as they start trading. However, there have been a number of companies that have initially slid from their opening price, creating what’s called a “failed IPO.” Some companies have been able to recover in time, most famously social media giant Facebook (FB) which had a failed IPO when it first went public. The most recent failed IPO? Coinbase (COIN) ...
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This Old Line Company Looks Strong Ahead of Earnings

The only constant in the world is change. Companies that have been around for decades (or even over a century) need to either adapt or die. Some companies are getting the message that if they want to stay relevant tomorrow, they need to make changes today. Big tech companies have fared well in this regard, expanding into new areas and new technologies. But other large companies are making moves too. One surprising play has been Walmart (WMT). The retailer has expanded online ...
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This Strong Brand Keeps Serving Up Income Growth

With the stock market at all-time highs, investors can either jump in at high prices, look for value trades, or focus on great companies trading at reasonable prices. That last category has been strong for strategies such as dividend growth. More companies continue to raise their dividends, signaling a return to normal, or at least that a company can thrive during a pandemic. One of the latest companies to announce a dividend increase is Papa John’s International (PZZA). The pizza giant has had ...
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