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Top 8 Media Stocks

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 9th 2008

It’s no secret that times have not been good for the media industry. Most stocks underwent a correction of 10%-40% last year, and current trends are no more promising. But not all players are down and out; here is a quick look at the top eight media stocks that I think are worth watching. There are also opportunities for making money by shorting some of the stocks in the immediate future. >>>

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National Semiconductor Down

Posted on Monday, Sep 8th 2008

National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM) reported its Q1 fiscal year 2009 results on September 5. In stark contrast to the previous quarter when the company beat analyst estimates and also gave a strong forecast, Q1 results were below expectations. >>>

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When Does Yahoo! Change CEO?

Posted on Friday, Sep 5th 2008

Ever since the Microsoft deal fell through, Yahoo! has been in a free fall mode. The stock got battered and hit a new 52-week low yesterday of $17.75. Shareholders have received a callous treatment in the hands of the Board and Management, and now Carl Icahn and his buddies have stepped in to make things better. Well, things seem to be getting much worse before any signs of “better” comes along. >>>

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TiVo Has Threats Ahead

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 3rd 2008

On August 27, TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the pioneer in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), reported Q2 results that beat its own guidance and Street earnings estimates. Q2 revenue was down 5.3% to $53.5 million. Net income was $2.9 million or $0.03 per share, versus net loss of $17.7 million last year and guidance of net loss of $2 to $4 million. The Street had expected a loss of $0.02 per share on revenue of $55.35 million. >>>

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Marvell Still Has Operational Challenges

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 2nd 2008

On August 28, chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL), reported strong Q2 results that beat estimates. However, its weak revenue forecast disappointed the market and led to a fall in the share price. Marvell’s chips are used in the 3G iPhone as well as the BlackBerry. Marvell is also on my list of Top 10 Semiconductor Stocks. >>>

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Dell Targets India

Posted on Friday, Aug 29th 2008

Dell and rival HP continue to jockey over market share. As per market intelligence firm IDC, Dell increased its market share from 15.5% last quarter to 16.4% versus HP’s 18.9%. It has grown 21.4% y-o-y compared with the industry growth rate of 15.3%. But this growth has apparently come at the cost of profit: yesterday Dell reported a 17% drop in Q2 profit to $616 million or $0.31 per share. It also missed earnings estimates. >>>

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Intuit Poised

Posted on Thursday, Aug 28th 2008

On August 21, Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) reported fiscal year 2008 and fourth quarter earnings that beat Street estimates. Q4 revenue grew 11% to $478 million, beating the Street estimate of $470 million. >>>

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Top 12 Consumer Internet Stocks

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 26th 2008

My thesis on Web 3.0 is based on the verticalization of the web around specific Contexts. Here is a top 12 list of Consumer Internet stocks, some of which, to varying degrees, understand how to create a business around a vertical context. >>>

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Newspaper Stocks: NYTimes, Gannett, McClatchy

Posted on Monday, Aug 25th 2008

US newspaper stocks have been facing the brunt of worsening economic conditions and the attack from digital media. The main source of their revenues – vertical classifieds – have steadily been moving online. Their response should be to invest in and acquire online verticals, which has happened to some extent. Not enough, though. The latest quarterly results of three companies, The New York Times, Gannett, and McClatchy, thus, were representative of the bloodbath their stocks have been experiencing. >>>

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Still Bullish On Salesforce.com

Posted on Friday, Aug 22nd 2008

Despite crossing the $1 billion annual revenue milestone, Salesforce.com’s shares plunged amidst concerns about its “slow growth” and lower-than-expected deferred revenue and guidance. >>>

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