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Will Microsoft Acquire Tableau in 2017?

Posted on Tuesday, May 9th 2017

According to an IDC report published last year, worldwide revenues for Big Data and Business Analytics are estimated to grow from $130.1 billion in 2016 to over $203 billion in 2020. The growth is expected to be driven by banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, federal/central government, and professional services, which accounted for nearly half of worldwide Big Data and Business Analytics investments.

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SAP Continues to Soar, Despite Earnings Miss

Posted on Monday, May 8th 2017

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Enterprise services provider SAP (NYSE: SAP) continues to ride high on the success of Hana and its Cloud initiative. In the recent result announcement, SAP missed its earnings expectations. But the market is not worried and the stock has soared to a record high. Nothing appears to be stopping this stock.

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Facebook Continues to Battle Controversy

Posted on Friday, May 5th 2017

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According to eMarketer’s report on US advertising, total digital ad spending in the country is expected to grow 16% to $83 billion this year. While Alphabet will remain the leader in the market with 41% of US digital ad revenues, it will continue to lose ground to Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) within display advertising. Facebook’s US display business is expected to grow to 32% to $16.33 billion and account for 39% of the US display market. Alphabet will be a distant second with 12.5% of display ad share.

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Apple Fails to Impress

Posted on Thursday, May 4th 2017

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) may have become the largest dividend payer in the world and may have a cash pile bigger than the market cap of GE, but the market is still not impressed. After touching a record high before the result announcement, the stock fell as the company continued to struggle with growing its iPhone sales and failed to deliver an impressive outlook.

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eBay Trying to Take on Amazon with Weak Moves

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017

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According to a BI Intelligence report, the US consumers spent an estimated $385 billion online in 2016 and are expected to spend $632 billion in 2020. The report also found that the number of online shoppers in the US grew by nearly 20 million last year to 224 million shoppers.

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Alphabet Shares Racing to the $1,000 Mark

Posted on Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

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The unstoppable Alphabet (Nasdaq: GOOG) appears to be moving fast to break the $1000 a share price tag. Its consistently stellar performance has helped drive its market cap north of the $600 billion market cap level for the first time. And, it doesn’t look like the growth will slow down soon. According to eMarketer, US digital ad spending will increase 16% this year to $83 billion and Alphabet and Facebook will continue to claim the largest share in the industry. Alphabet’s overall share of digital ad spending is estimated to be 40.7% this year compared with Facebook’s 19%.

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Prime Focus Paying Off for Amazon

Posted on Monday, May 1st 2017

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According to BI Intelligence, US consumer online spending will grow from $385 billion in 2016 to $632 billion in 2020. While the average US retail growth rate was just 2% in the first half of 2016, it was 16% for e-commerce. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is the dominant force in the US e-commerce sector with a 43% market share fuelled by the success of Prime memberships. I expect their market share to grow as they master new categories of retail. >>>

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Twitter Surpasses Estimates, But Fails on all Other Fronts

Posted on Friday, Apr 28th 2017

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Earlier this week Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) announced its first quarter performance, which surpassed market expectations. But the market is still not pleased. This was the first ever quarter that showed declining revenues since the company went public. And, the future doesn’t look much rosier.

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