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iPhone Sales Hot In Christmas Season


iPhone 6 will drive Apple Christmas sales to a healthy gain. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that he predicts 71.5 million iPhone 6 sales in the fourth quarter of 2014. That is a large percentage gain (40%) over the same quarter last year and almost a doubling (82%) of the sales in the previous quarter.

Google CEO Sells 33,332 Shares

Nov 18 2014

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Google CEO Larry Page sold 33 thousand shares for over $18 million last week in a disclosure statement to the SEC. He got 552.88 per share when he sold the Google stock and still owns a large number, 190 thousand worth over $105 million. The stock is currently near the 50 day moving average with a downward trend over the past 30 days. Their last quarter earnings missed consensus reports of $6.55 a share, coming in at $6.35 per share. Long term is hard to predict with the coming acquiring a number of companies and working to make its search business more profitable.

Google Rents NASA Airfield for Planetary Ventures


Google just signed a deal with NASA to rent the Moffit Federal Airfield in the South San Francisco Bay. The historic facility for the next 60 years will be used to advance Google’s space and robotics division, Planetary Ventures. In addition to the rent of $1.16 billion, they will invest $200 million into improvements. Hanger One, Two and Three have been used to store space and air craft. Hanger One is still the largest free standing structure in the world after almost 80 years. The main hanger will be used to advance Google’s space craft design and robots development.

Google Stock Stuck in 2014 For Now

Nov 04 2014


Google stock has not seen much movement during 2014 even with revenue growth of 20% last quarter and earnings growth of 14% during the same time period compared to last year. But the company has moved into a leadership role in the new area that is set to explode in the coming 5 years, the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart homes are thought to take IoT on a annual growth rate of 67% in the next five years. This movement to a $2 billion unit industry will out pace the current darling, mobile devices. This relates to a $409 billion revenue market in 2019 from the current %61 billion market today. Google hopes to be the leader in this market while still focusing on its core search business.

Discount Offer for TradeStation Trading in 2014

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Chipotle Sees Slow Down But Beats the Street

Chipotle Mexican Grille Inc. which has outperformed all other members of the S&P 500 Restaurant Index so far, sees sales coming in soft next year. Growth has been near 15% for stores opened in the last year but going forward, the company predicts sales to grow closer to 5%. Analysts had thought a slow down in the 7.2% growth range was coming. So they did see this trend prior to the company discussing it today while reporting its most recent quarter.


The stock, ticker symbol CMG moved lower in after-hours trading. The stock has climbed 23% this year to date. Analyst are hoping the soft sales growth projection is the company being conservative at this time and the actual numbers will be better. Some till remain positive on the stock with Buy ratings. Strong growth in the past was attributed to the healthy nature of their meals and the ability of customers to customize their orders.

Bill Gross Leaves Pimco For Janus Capital

Bill Gross, owner and co-chief investment officer for Pimco is in the  monthly Economical Times .  On this occasion he isn't attempting to clarify why increased rates of interest are ideal for investment and growth, but rather he's attempting to assist investors in deciding on foreign currency trading markets.  His point would be that the classic ideas of change rates do not make a difference very much nowadays, what is important will be the actions of core banking institutions with regards to quantitative easing.

Bill Gross is actually a bond industry celebrity: Following 4 decades of directing his way in the fixed income world and producing top-tier results for his shareholders, he continues to be Morningstar’s ruling “bond fund administrator of the decade.” The situation?

Bill Gates Tops Forbes 400 List

Sep 29 2014
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Bill Gates retains the most notable spot on The Forbes 400, this is the 21st straight list. After 12 months Gates income reached $81 billion, up $9 billion from 2013. Microsoft chairman’s stake inside the software company he cofounded is the reason he is on top of the list. He still owns just under 20% of  Microsoft which boost his total net worthy of. Bill Gates has been leading this list for the longest time. It is also important to point out that Bill Gates already gave away vast amounts to the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation and yet otherwise would be worth more than $100 Billion. The Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation has become more well know recently with its funding of the Common Core curriculum.

Warren Buffet (#2) is at $67 billion, up $8. 5 billion from not too long ago. Larry Ellison (#3), worthy of $50 billion, is up $9 billion from not too long ago. Steve Ballmer (#18), worthy of $22. 5 billion, climbed back to the top 20 after dropping out not too long ago. Ballmer was the long-time CEO of Microsoft until just recently. He also recently purchased the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team from Donald Sterling.

Was Alibaba's IPO The High-Point For The Stock Market?

Sep 24 2014
Grand Opening of Alibaba Group Taiwan Branch.

Grand Opening of Alibaba Group Taiwan Branch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alibaba's IPO on September 21 raised a record $25 billion. Of course, this was just another event in the bull market that's persisted for quite some time now. Unfortunately, the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a triple-digit loss the following Monday. Even the Nasdaq declined more than one percent. What if Alibaba's IPO signaled a top to the stock market for the foreseeable future?

Many advisers have pointed out that most market tops included a high-profile event, such as Alibaba's IPO. Of course, such events have prompted investors to overcome their own skepticism concerning market conditions. This IPO created hundreds of Chinese millionaires after all. In the past, many commentators have suggested the bull market was coming to a halt. It hasn't happened yet, but now's as good a time as ever.

California Retirement To Divest Dollars In Hedge Funds

Sep 19 2014
English: CalPERS headquarters at Lincoln Plaza...

English: CalPERS headquarters at Lincoln Plaza in Sacramento. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The California Public Employees' Retirement System will be selling off a whopping $4 billion from hedge funds, citing their tangled nature and high costs.

Ted Eliopoulos, Interim Chief Investment Officer for the retirement system, says officials are not dumping the hedge funds because of their results. Now, the board of Calpers will take at least 12 months to decide where the billions of dollars will go after the divestiture.

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