Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing has recently added a new feature called Price Predictors to its travel searches, which automatically suggest flights based on the best air fares -- and even recommends if you should buy now or hold off for a better price based on how fares are trending. For flexible travelers, suggestions are offered as one types in the search bar. We believe this will have an impact on companies like Expedia (EXPE), the largest U.S. online travel agency by booking volumes, and challenge Google's (GOOG) move into the travel search.
Continue reading Bing Travel's New Features Step on Google and Expedia's Toes
"Even when the market is up a lot, you can always find some good stocks that have been left behind but could be on the verge of a rebound," says George Putnam.
The editor of The Turnaround Letter explains, "That's where we suggest you focus your efforts right now. These eight stocks all have strong business franchises and have all significantly lagged the market over the last two years.
"In fact, several of them are still trading near or even below where they were in early 2009. Here, we look at Bank of America (BAC), Best Buy (BBY), Campbell Soup (CPB), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Microsoft (MSFT) and Sprint Nextel (S).
Continue reading Turnaround Expert: A Six-Pack of Rebound Buys
Google's (GOOG) mobile operating system, Android, is an example of how acquisitions have made a big difference. This technology came from a deal struck in 2005. Then, after lots of internal development, Google launched Android in 2007. Since then, the growth has been sizzling.
In fact, according to the most recent report from comScore, Android's market share hit 31.2%. Yes, it is now the number one mobile operating system.
Continue reading Android Becomes the King of Mobile
Once the master of the game, Nintendo (NTDOY) has fallen behind in the gaming industry. It reported a 46% drop in profits in its recent quarter, as reported in Reuters. Nintendo is trying to do "catch up" with rivals Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android, both or which have strong gaming platforms.
Nintendo is launching the first handheld 3D gaming system without glasses later this month. Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, expects that the 3DS will sell even faster than its original DS device, which sold 150 million units to date.
Continue reading Nintendo to Launch First 3D-Gaming System Without Glasses
Prognosticators the world over are throwing in their 2 cents about "my pal Warren's" next market moves; especially since he announced last week that his trigger finger was itchy. When Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A
) speaks, investors listen.
On Wednesday March 2, this investor threw in his two cents worth (see:Serious Money: What Should Warren Buffett Do Next?
) discussing possible acquisitions. Since all the "pro's", I use the term loosely, have had a say I thought I would give readers a chance to express some of their ideas too.
Continue reading Serious Money: Buffett's Next Buys -- You Pick'em
Microsoft (MSFT) recently announced its fiscal Q2 2011 earnings, in which the company commented that its Windows 7 operating system continues to gain adoption amongst businesses. Roughly 90% of enterprise companies worldwide have begun their OS migration to Windows 7. Microsoft is the dominant player in the PC operating system market, competing primarily with Apple's (AAPL) Mac OS as well as open source software companies like Red Hat (RHT) and Novell (NOVL).
Continue reading Microsoft's New Products Make Waves in PC and Smartphone OS Markets
As some of you may know, I own Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). I've discussed my position before. It's been a tough ride with this one. And I'm sure I'm not alone in terms of such opinion.
Microsoft has a reputation for being a frustrating stock. It looks like a value; it seems as if it should be trading higher. But as soon as you purchase the shares, they oftentimes disappoint. At least, that's been my experience.
Continue reading Is Microsoft's Price Action Encouraging?
Google's (GOOG) Android smart phone operating system has seen tremendous adoption over the past year as its market share has increased from a mere 6% in 2009 to around 24% by 2010. This has come at the expense of smart phone operating systems from Nokia (NOK), Research in Motion (RIMM) and Microsoft (MSFT). The other main competitor, Apple's (AAPL) iPhone OS, saw a slight increase during this time period from 26% to 28%.
We believe that Android's success has to do with the fact that it partnered with smart phone makers like Motorola Mobility (MMI), Dell (DELL), LG and Sony Ericsson (SNE) in providing its OS. Higher Android adoption helps Google by enabling more mobile searches from Google's platform as Google is the default search engine on Android phones.
Continue reading Nokia-Microsoft's OS Impact on Android Limited for Now
So, I'm sitting here in front of my screen, watching the market action. Kind of a boring day, at least for my portfolio. In particular, one of my holdings, Microsoft (MSFT), is acting in a very boring manner. I was hoping to see some interest on the part of Wall Street in that name today following the stock's recent weakness, but alas, there is none to be had. At the time of this writing, shares are down fractionally to $27.15.
Investors have been digesting the news concerning the deal between the maker of Windows and Nokia (NOK). The plan is to generate some competition in the smartphone business. Success with this initiative would be nice for shareholders of both companies.
Continue reading Microsoft: Should I Add to My Position?
When Stephen Elop became CEO of Nokia (NOK
), there was some optimism. Would this outsider – who was a former executive at Microsoft (MSFT
) – shock the slumbering organization into action? Well, based on the stock price over the past week, the answer is "no."
It seems that Elop is trying to remake Nokia into, well, Microsoft. True, Microsoft is a great company – but it is certainly not a model of renewal. And the company is desperate to get a big deal in the mobile space.
Continue reading Nokia Focuses on Microsoft
This is probably one of the most interesting stories of the Internet revolution. Microsoft (MSFT) jumped out the starting gate with its Windows operating system and took the world by storm. Then for some unknown reason, Microsoft missed the entire search engine revolution and Google (GOOG) raced to first place. Now Microsoft has again missed the next leg -- the iPhone and iPad revolution, and Apple (AAPL) holds first place in this segment.
Nokia (NOK) was a pioneer in the smartphone revolution, but with Apple's drive to the top, Nokia lost its momentum. Once Nokia had 50% of the handset market. Now that share has fallen to just 29%. It's hard to believe but Microsoft has only 2% of the global phone software market.
Continue reading Microsoft and Nokia Join to Build a New Smartphone
U.S. stock futures are lower this morning. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 39 points to 12,155, while those for the S&P 500 index declined 6.1 points to 1,313. Futures for the Nasdaq 100 index lost 7.75 points to 2,354.
Shares of Nokia (NOK) dropped in pre-market trading as the company unveiled partnership with Microsoft (MSFT).
Negative sentiment ruled the European markets today. While STOXX Europe 600 Index has dropped 0.42%, London's FTSE 100 Index moved down 0.27%.
Continue reading U.S. Stock Futures Lower; Nokia Shares Slide on Microsoft Deal
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