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The release of iPhone 5 last month had already surpassed web traffic volume of Samsung Galaxy S III. This is primarily because in such a very short time Apple had sold millions of iPhone 5. Add to that the fact that iPhone 5 is equipped with 4G browsing speeds thus escalating data usage to greater heights. In a 7-day Chikita Insights analysis between October 3 and October 5, there were 56% Apple iPhone 5 impressions as compared to 44% Samsung Galaxy S III impressions. According to Chitika, the reason behind it is that iPhone users are more active internet users.

For the last 1 year, Apple posted a $40.13 billion net income and $148.81 billion revenue. It had posted a net profit margin of +26.97% and operating margin of +35.62%. There was also a 41.16% sales growth during the recent 5 years. Apple was +74.55% ahead of its 52-week low while trailing -10.44% behind its 52-week high price. However, its 1.2% share price volatility had remained stable.

With more than 5 million iPhone 5 units sold when Apple started selling in September, iPhone 5 is now regarded as the quickest selling cell phone of all time. But analysts projected the sales to be from 7 to 10 million units on its 1st weekend. This also caused the stock market price of Apple to dip by 10% which is translated to some $60 billion market capitalization. The culprit is iPhone 5’s anodized aluminum chassis which is reported to be easily scratched. However, the decline in number of units is reported to be due to Apple’s inability to keep up with the demand. Bloomberg said that the supply issue is caused by Foxconn’s quality control crackdown to minimize the scratches issue. Foxconn is Apple’s chassis maker and assembler in China.

When asked about the issue, Apple was reported to be saying that the scuffs and scratches are normal. Without publicly admitting iPhone 5’s flaw, it has however asked Foxconn to guarantee that all the units are shipped in perfect condition. Nevertheless, ensuring top-of-the-line quality control is just a temporary solution because the units may be shipped in perfect condition but may still be easily scratched because of daily use.

Foxconn is now instituting tighter quality control. Because of this, there’s a shortage in aluminum chassis for all production lines of Foxconn to produce output. According to Bloomberg, Foxconn had even stopped its operation in some factories but the company was quick to deny it. Eventually, Apple and Foxconn will be able to resolve the anodized aluminum chassis issue but analysts still predict that Apple won’t be able to deliver a lot of units from September up to December.

iPhone 5 is believed to pressure Apple’s competitors. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu is quoted into saying that demands for Apple phone can easily go up to 45 million before the year is over. Mark Moskowitz, a JP Morgan analyst, assumed that iPhone 5 will be able to drive an upgrade cycle for the next 18 months.

Week Ends in a Rally

Stock Market Rallies for Second Week in a Row

by Idea go

I apologize for the lack of updates the past few days, my scheduling had me beat and I was unable to post updates. But now, I bring you good news at the end of this Market Week. The Stock Market rallied for the second week in a row and it is great news for us.

The Dow Jones today gained 166 points, adding onto yesterday’s rally. Although it dropped a little on Wednesday, it was not enough to stop the market from ending the week in the positive. The Dow currently sits at 11,644. We haven’t seen this number in a while because in the past, it seems that whenever we get close to a number this nigh, something happens in Europe and we all end up paying for it.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 47 points, or 1.8%. It currently sits at 2,667. The S&P 500 gained almost 21 points, or 1.7% and currently sits at 1,224. And the NYSE gained over a 121 points, and it sits in at 7,350 at the end of this market week.

This week has definitely given us a great push towards the 12,000 mark. Hopefully the momentum from this week doesn’t stop here and carries over to the next few weeks. It will give investors a great deal of confidence if the Dow can go back over the 12,000 mark, something we haven’t seen in months.

Gold has also been holding steady over the past few weeks between the $1,600 and $1,700 marks. Currently gold costs $1,680 an ounce. Surprisingly, the price of gold has gone up recently along with the stock market. Generally, they tend to have an opposite effect on each other. As the stock markets rally, gold usually drops, and vice versa. But this week was a bit peculiar with the price of gold and the stock market rally.

As predicted earlier, Apple (AAPL) has bounced back pretty well and has set new records over the past few days. Currently, apple costs $422 a share after gaining $13.57 a share, or 3.32%. Steve Jobs has left behind a great and very strong company and even though many investors and consumers felt as if Apple wouldn’t do as well without Jobs, many others knew that Apple was too big to be brought down. Apple will continue to thrive and I believe we will see this stock set bigger and better records for itself.

I am glad to be able to bring you some good news at the end of this market week. Hopefully things continue to go up in the coming weeks. What are your thoughts about what happened in the past week?

Stocks Rally For Columbus Day

Stocks Rally on Columbus Day

by Danilo Rizzuti

Today turned out to be a great start of the week. The stock market rallied like there was no tomorrow. Most stocks saw decent gains, although some did see drops due to bad news. The rally came after France and Germany pledged to come up with a plan to help the banks of the region. Only the pledge has been made so far, I can’t wait to see what they have planned to help Europe get out of the economic depression. I also hope that they do something soon.

The Dow Jones gained almost 3%, or 330 points today. The Dow finished off at over 11,433. We are back where we were about two or three weeks ago. It’s almost as if we didn’t really go anywhere. But at least we are not where we were last week, about 400 points below the 11,000 mark.

The NASDAQ Composite gained 3.5% or 86 points. Finishing off at 2,566. The S&P 500 gained 39 points, or 3.4% finishing off at 1,194. And the NYSE gained over 247 points or 3.58%. The NYSE Finished off at 7,173, finally over the 7,100 mark once again.

Apple (AAPL) is one of the stocks to have seen a decent gain today. Apple stocks rose more than 5.1% today, or just over $19 a share. Apple is slowly bouncing back after the slight drop it saw after the passing of its co-founder, Steve Jobs last Wednesday.

But not all stocks saw gains. Sprint (S) is still in trouble. It reached a new 52 week low today at $2.10 per share. It dropped almost another 8% today after dropping several percentage points at the end of the last market week. Hopefully Sprint bounces back and it most likely will. Sprint stocks are very cheap now and investors could use this opportunity to buy low.

Netflix (NFLX) is another stock that is still suffering. Even after they announced scraping the plans for Qwikster, which was supposed to separate the DVD rental and Online streaming services from Netflix. Netflix Stocks dropped another 4.77%, or $5.59 a share. Currently, Netflix costs just $111.62, almost $200 a share below it’s 52-week high just a few months go.

And the last stock mention of the day is Eastman Kodak (EK). Kodak has had issues recently and at one point, their stocks were worth almost $0.50 each. Now they are holding steady at around $1.40. I still think that Kodak will pull out and become one of the great stocks that it used to be. Investors who are putting their money into the company now will probably benefit the most.

Today was a great day for the stock market. Lets hope that the momentum continues to tomorrow. This momentum push could help us get to the aimed 12,000 mark with the Dow very soon. I know the market is very volatile now and investors could start selling tomorrow to cash in on today’s rally, hopefully that doesn’t happen and investors keep investing. I also hope that more good news keep coming out of the global economy.

I hope you enjoyed Columbus Day. And if you are in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving To You!

Steve Jobs Passes Away

Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. We all knew he had issues with his health for some time. In late August, Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO which sent the stocks of Apple on a small dive.

Today’s news about Steve Jobs is very tragic. Without him, our technological world would not be what it is today. We do owe him a lot whether we like it or not. Not everyone is a fan of the Macintosh but it changed the way we use computers for the better. Steve Jobs leaves behind the legacy known as Apple. Apple is one of the greatest and strongest companies in the world today and it will be around for a very long time. I hope that everything Apple does from this point will be things that Steve Jobs would be proud of.

The news about Steve Jobs’ passing resulted in Apple (AAPL) stocks dropping just over $1. Apple will soon bounce back and go to new heights. Steve Jobs was a visionary and the world lost a great mind.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs! You will be missed.

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Just to quickly sum up the stock market today. The market saw gains added onto yesterday’s rally. The Dow Jones gained over a 131 points finishing at over 10,939. It’s getting closer to the 11,000 mark and hopefully we will see that tomorrow.

The NASDAQ Composite gained over 55 points, finishing at 2,460. The S&P 500 gained over 20 points, finishing at 1,144. And the NYSE gained over 121 points finishing at 6,844 points.

The mentality about Greece is getting better. More analysts believe that Greece will come out of its default state soon and I do hope they are right. I wish that we can see something solid turn up over the next few days which shows us that Greece is definitely coming out of it. It will do wonders for the stock market.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Steve Jobs. And what do you think will happen with Greece over the next few days?

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Stopped

By digitalart

AT&T’s plan for Global Domination has been stopped by the Justice Department earlier today. Global Domination may be over exaggerating but the merger with T-Mobile would make AT&T the largest cell phone service provider in the United States. AT&T is currently the number 2 provider while T-Mobile stands in at Number 4. The deal has been discussed for some time now and it has had a lot of opposition from rival companies to individuals who wouldn’t want to see another oligopoly set up because it would spike up prices for all of our wireless bills.

I am glad the Justice Department blocked the merger. It would have meant far less competition and it could have turned out to be a huge burden on the consumers. T-Mobile was looking forward to the merger because they have struggled at the number 4 position, behind Sprint at Number 3 and Verizon at Number 1. However, AT&T promised T-Mobile $3 billion in case the deal fell through. Hopefully AT&T keeps their word and pays T-Mobile so that T-Mobile can keep competing with the big names.

AT&T may also challenge the actions of the Justice Department in court in hopes that a Judge would reverse the decision and allow them to go forward with the merger. I hope that they don’t proceed with the case and even if they do, I hope whatever Judge they get deny their request. Giving AT&T more power is a bad idea. They have tried to set up a monopoly years ago but it was stopped and this deal needs to be thrown out.

After the news came in of the merger blog, AT&T (T) stocks fell 4.5% to $28.30 a share. Sprint (S) stocks on the other hand, increased 8% to $3.84 per share. And Clearwire Corporation (CLWR) also grew 7% and is now at $3.08. AT&T Stocks will most likely stay in the red for the rest of the day because of the bad news. But just like Apple (AAPL), AT&T is a big enough company to bounce back just as quickly. I will follow the news of AT&T and T-Mobile as they come in over the next few days, let’s hope it’s good news. If anything, some of the big companies need to be split up into smaller companies to increase competition. It would be great for the consumers if they have more than a few choices for their wireless plans because it would drive prices down greatly.

But it’s unlikely that these companies will be split up every more. We’ll have to look at the rest of the stock market world for hopes to making and saving money.

So what’s going on with the stock market besides the blockage of AT&T and T-Mobile?

As predicted over the past few days, the momentum of the stock market has kept up. So far today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased another 92 points and is currently standing at 11,652. The NASDAQ Composite so far grew more than 13 points and is at 2,589. The S&P 500 grew more than 11 points and the NYSE grew more than 96 points so far.

The day isn’t over yet, anything can happen. But I believe the stock market will stay in the green mainly because consumers and investors are hoping for a new Federal Stimulus in the near future. Even though the economy is slowly growing, it’s still weak. Many investors are hoping for the stimulus from the Federal Reserve even though Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t signal or indicate that there will be another stimulus coming our way.

Either way, the stock markets seem to be benefiting for now. I don’t know if the Stimulus will actually help the economy in the long run. The government has to get the money somewhere and just printing money without backing by resources would just lower the value and end up having a negative effect and could cause inflation to rise faster. I know some are saying that the government already has the money and that it will most definitely help, but I guess I will be convinced when I see it.

Until more news comes out, I believe it will keep going up and the Dow Jones will get closer to the magic 12,000 mark that we haven’t seen for a while. The market will most likely stay in the green for the rest of the day and hopefully the rest of the week.