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Should We Buy Apple’s Stocks?

Apple’s stock briefly broke the $100 barrier in previous trading session before falling back. Considering that its stock had reached more than $700 in 2012, this fact may not look too surprising. However, we should consider the fact that Apple implemented a “7 for 1” split this summer. The increase in price is fueled by a couple of products, the iWatch and iPhone 6 smartphone. The company hasn’t provided any confirmation about these devices and we can’t even be entirely sure that the company’s next flagship will be called iPhone 6.

Although less frequently mentioned, investors should also add the effect of iWatch into their calculation. However, some analysts say that the smatwatch won’t debut until 2015.

At the moment, experts advise investors to load up before Apple launches its new devices. It is believed that the stock could go until up to $120 sometime next year. Investors are clearly enthusiastic about this fact and Apple’s mojo is usually back on September each year, the most probable time of release for new iPhone model. By market cap, Apple is the largest company in the world and it still dominates the mobile market.

It’s clear that Apple’s investors will have a wonderful 2014 and probably a better than expected profit. Apple has shown itself as a fantastic opportunity again and again. Rumors say that there will be two iPhone 6 models released next month, a standard 4.7-inch model and a phablet-sized 5.5-inch model. The release of two premium models will potentially drive the company’s finances and ultimately its stock price at the latter months of the year. Here are things to consider before we purchase Apple’s stock:

  • Availability of higher tier model: The iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display is likely a more expensive model than the smaller 4.7-inch version. The larger model will be more appropriate for multimedia consumption and playing games. It means, users would likely need to purchase variants with higher internal storage to store all the content and apps. iPhone units with higher internal storage are known for their higher margins and this contribute significantly to Apple’s profitability. It should also be noted that Apple finally has the ability to stand up against Android manufacturers that have released so many phablet models in the market. This fact should bode well for higher selling prices and increased unit shipments.
  •  iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be attractive low-cost models: With the release of two iPhone 6 models, Apple will designate the Apple iPhone 5S as a mid-range model. It will be available on-contract for $99 with a new 2-year contract agreement. The iPhone 5C will be a low-cost alternative of the other more powerful models and carriers may soon offer it for free also with 2 year contract. Regardless of its older design and smaller display, the Apple iPhone 5S is still attractive for consumers this holiday season with its Touch ID scanner and premium metal chassis.
  • Price reductions: Although Apple continues to sell high number of mobile devices, the company often drives sales growth through price cuts. In recent quarter, Apple made the iPhone 5S $20 cheaper at $561. This strategy may decelerate sales growth and this could be reflected by the slight reduction in stock price. For this reason, investors should be aware about when Apple will lower the price of both iPhone 6 models and this could take place on spring/summer 2015.

Throughout 2015, Apple will be able to consistently increase its iPhone, tablet and probably, smartwatch shipments. This will ensure near-consistent increase of stock price. It’s also interesting to know that Apple still offers a huge buyback program, so we should be rather enthusiastic for things that may lie ahead.

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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!

Jobs Data sends stock market to finish lower

by Jeroen van Oostrom

Earlier today, the US Jobs Data was released for September 2011. We needed some good news after the terrible job report from August which didn’t create any jobs at all. For September, everyone expected around 50,000 jobs to be created. But the report was better than expected.

The report stated that 103,000 jobs were created in September. Sure you may think that it’s great, but a large portion of the number is Verizon workers going back to work in September after the strike that we saw over the summer. This is actually not great news. It’s decent news that we are actually creating jobs in the economy, but it’s no where close to getting us out of the high unemployment rate that we seem to be stuck on.

August 2011′s job data was also revised. The number went from 0 jobs created to 57,000 jobs created. Although that’s good news, it’s still no where close to getting us out of the 9.1% unemployment rate that we have been stuck on for months.

The Congressional Budget Office is predicting that the number will get better by the end of the Fourth Quarter of 2011. They are expecting it to drop to 8.9%. It’s not a huge drop but still, it’s below 9%, something we haven’t seen for a very long time.

This will be a big challenge for President Obama when it comes to his reelection. By the 2012 elections, the unemployment rate will still be very high, estimated to be around 8.5%. If President Obama is reelected, it will be pretty historical because it has never been done while the unemployment rate is so high. But we will have to see how things go. If things start turning around this quarter or the beginning of 2012, President Obama may have a good chance of being reelected. But it’s still to early to assume anything.

You would expect the stock market to do some rallying after the better than expected jobs data earlier today. But it wasn’t the case. The mixed jobs report actually sent the stocks finishing lower than yesterday. The economy in Italy and Spain were also downgraded today which added to the reasons for the drop today.

Today, the Dow Jones dropped 20 points, finishing at just over the 11,103 mark. The NASDAQ Composite lost over 27 points finishing at 2,479. The S&P 500 dropped just over 9.5 points, finishing at 1,155. And the NYSE dropped more than 71 points, finishing at 6,925.

Apple recently announced it’s iPhone 4s. But the death of Steve Jobs has left a small impact on the value of the Apple (AAPL) stock.  The value of Apple dropped just over 2% or $7.57 a share. it’s not a big drop and they will bounce back soon. Because of Steve Jobs, Apple is one of the strongest companies in the world and it won’t be going anywhere. It is the legacy Steve Jobs left behind and it will be around for a while. So right now, the 2% drop means nothing for its future.

Sprint (S) suffered a huge loss after announcing financial issues. They dropped nearly 20% today, or $0.60 per share. They finished at $2.41 a share.

Clearwire Corporation (CLWR) suffered a bigger loss when Sprint announced that they will no longer be selling phones that work on the Clearwire network. Their stocks dropped $0.66 per share, or 32%.  And MetroPCS Communications (PCS) also suffered a loss of 7.8% or $0.67 per share finishing at $7.93.

The telecommunication industry took a pretty big hit today. But this would also be a great opportunity for investors to jump in to buy these stocks at a low price. If that happens, it should send all three stocks back up. I believe that we need Sprint to stick around to be able to compete with the two big names of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ).

Today was the end of the first week of the last quarter. We are finally back over the 11,000 mark with the Dow thanks to three days of rallying. Although the jobs data today wasn’t great, it was still better than expected. I hope that things do turn out better in the near future. We already have Greece in trouble, hopefully Italy and Spain won’t go the same way.

Stock Markets go up on expectation

by jscreationzs

Earlier today it seemed as if the stock market would see another day in the red, adding to the losses it already incurred over the past few market days. But hopes for recapitalization of European banks allowed for a late day come back. Nothing official has been done yet, all that was announced is that financial leaders are working on it. So there you have it again, ‘hope’ and mentality can go a long way when it comes to the stock market’s status.

So the expectations of people regarding the European banking system has gone up. Everyone is expecting the banks to be recapitalized by whatever plans their financial leaders have in mind. Hopefully it works out for the best and everyone comes out of debt without a problem. This will definitely help Greece out as well and if everything goes to plan, we could be out of the recession soon.

The Dow Jones today was losing earlier. But at the end of the market day, the Dow saw a gain of more than 153 points, finishing off at 10,808. We are still a few hundred points from the 11,000 mark that we left behind in the past few market days. Today was definitely a good turnout for the Dow.

The NASDAQ Composite saw a gain of almost 69 points or almost 3%, finishing off at 2,404 points. The S&P 500 saw a gain of more than 24 points, finishing off at 1,123, once again over the 1,100 mark. And the NYSE gained more than 148 points finishing off at 6,722.

Most stocks saw gains today however a few did lose. Eastman Kodak (EK) saw a loss of more than 16% or $0.22 per share. It wasn’t a huge drop but as expected, yesterday’s increase of more than 71% gave investors a good opportunity to sell with a big profit. This definitely does not mean that Kodak is out of trouble yet. They still have tons of work to do and if they can find a decent amount of investors, I am sure they will be able to get out of their financial crisis without a problem.

Today was a good turnout at the end of the market day. I am glad to see things bounce back at the end. The market may have seen even bigger increases if the news about Europe’s banks came in earlier. It definitely would have had more time to go up in value.  But I’m not complaining, at least some good news came.

There are still three days left for the market week. What do you think will happen to the stock market? Do you think it will keep going up? Or drop like it did last week?

Today was not a very good day for the stock market. Today was the official first day of the last quarter of 2011 and we started out in the red. It added to the losses we already experienced at the end of the last quarter (just 3 days ago).

Most of what we have seen today is due to worries from Greece again. It’s kind of amazing how volatile the market has been all because of speculation about how Greece is doing with their economy. We still haven’t received anything solid but investors are selling and buying based on what they think, or feel, will happen with Greece. If they believe that Greece will come out of it soon and have a steady economy again, the markets are likely to rally. If they believe Greece is close to defaulting, then everything will plunge. Most of the rallies and plunges over the past few weeks have been revolving around Greece and its issues.

Today, the Dow Jones fell more than 258 points. It finished at 10,655 points. We are very far from our 12,000 point mark. I do hope that we can get back over the 11,000 mark soon.

The NASDAQ Composite lost more than 79 points or almost 3.3%. The NASDAQ finished off at 2,335. The S&P 500 fell more than 32 points or 2.85% finishing off at 1,099. And finally, the NYSE dropped more than 217 points or a 3.2% drop, finishing off at 6,574 points.

On Friday, we saw Eastman Kodak (EK) plummet to $0.78 per share. Today they bounced back gaining more than 71%. Currently, Eastman Kodak sits at $1.34 per share after an increase of more than $0.56.

This may mean that Kodak may be bouncing back, but it could also be investors jumping on the opportunity to buy a stock at an extremely low price. Remember that at one point, Kodak stocks were worth over $80 a share. If things look better for Kodak again, these investors will be very happy. But it’s still very volatile, nothing dramatic has happened to help Kodak out of its financial crisis. Any investment now would still be considered very risky. Any stock that gains so much in a short period of time is always in danger of dropping even more the days following from massive sellouts of investors cashing in on their profits.

Today was not a good day for the stock market. Tomorrow will hopefully be better. We are at a very low point in the market and the new from Greece definitely isn’t helping. I hope that everything turns around for the rest of the week and we head back over the 11,000 mark. I also hope that what Eastman Kodak saw today wasn’t just investors buying the stock low, I hope it keeps increasing because Kodak could sure use a surge in investors right about now.

Share your thoughts on the plunge today and what you think will happen with Kodak stocks in the coming days and weeks.