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20 Aug, 2019 22:33 / Yahoo! Finance

During the market’s recent volatile phase, tech stocks have lagged. Since July 26, the S&P; 500 Index is down 3.8% and the Nasdaq Composite is down 4.2%.

The U.S. Justice Department is working with a group of more than a dozen state attorneys general as it moves forward with a broad investigation into major technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday.

20 Aug, 2019 22:17 / FinancialContent

Rumors are surfacing now that Apple TV+'s launch is just months away.

Aug.20 -- Dan Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman discuss Apple Inc.'s plans to roll out the Apple TV+ movie and television subscription service and the tech giant's new credit card. They speak with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg technology."

Let's take a look at which stock, Amazon (AZMN) vs. Walmart (WMT), looks like a better buy amid market volatility...

20 Aug, 2019 21:40 / Yahoo! Finance

Gamescom 2019 started today, and some of the most exciting announcements involved NVIDIA’s (NVDA) GeForce RTX gaming GPUs.

20 Aug, 2019 20:47 / Yahoo! Finance

(Bloomberg) -- To satisfy regulators, YouTube officials are finalizing plans to end “targeted” advertisements on videos kids are likely to watch, according to three people familiar with the discussion. The move could immediately dent ad sales for the video giant -- though not nearly as much as other proposals on the table.The Federal Trade Commission is looking into whether YouTube breached the Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA). The agency reached a settlement with YouTube, but has not released the terms. It is not clear if YouTube’s changes to ad targeting are a result of the settlement. The plans could still change, said the people, who asked not to be identified citing an open investigation.A spokeswoman for YouTube declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the FTC declined to comment. The agency is expected to levy a multimillion-dollar fine.Since targeted, or “behavioral” ads, rely on collecting information about the viewer, COPPA effectively bars companies from serving them to children under 13 without parental permission. These commercial messages that rely on mountains of digital data, such as web-browsing cookies, are integral to the business of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, YouTube’s owner.YouTube has long maintained that its primary site is not for children. (The company says kids should use YouTube Kids app, which does not use targeted ads.) But nursery rhymes and cartoon videos on the main site have billions of views. The platform’s many issues with children’s content-- horrific imagery, problems that led to disabling comments-- have troubled its video creators, worried parents and empowered rivals.Getting rid of targeted ads on children’s content could hit Google’s bottom line -- but this solution would be far less expensive than other potential remedies that aim to placate regulators.In April 2018, a slew of consumer groups complained to the FTC that YouTube regularly collected information about minors to use in targeted advertising. Once the FTC picked up the case, these groups suggested that the agency force YouTube to move all kids’ videos to its designated app for children, YouTube Kids. Joseph Simons, the FTC chairman, has floated another idea. He asked the complainants in a July 1 call whether they would be content with YouTube disabling ads on these videos, Bloomberg News reported earlier.YouTube’s new proposal is even less drastic.Right now, YouTube sells two different types of video ads, broadly speaking. One simply pairs the context of a video with a commercial message. So, a YouTube clip about basketball might have an ad from Adidas. The other type uses an array of digital signals. With these ads, marketers can reach viewers in a demographic group, such as homeowners or new parents, based on Google’s vast data troves -- websites people visit, searches they make and so on.YouTube doesn’t disclose ad sales or prices, but most digital ads are more lucrative when paired with targeting data. Other tech giants, such as Apple Inc., have tried to cull back data-collecting tools in services that kids use.Loup Ventures, a research firm, estimates YouTube’s revenue from children’s media between $500 million and $750 million a year. Paring back targeted ads would dent that revenue, although Google has the ability to make its contextual ads more compelling to mitigate the damage, said Doug Clinton, a Loup Ventures analyst. He pegged the potential impact of YouTube curbing targeted ads at 10% of its overall intake from kids’ videos-- so about $50 million. “That would be the worse case, in my mind,” he said.It’s not clear how YouTube would deliver this targeting ban with the thousands of video channels with whom it splits ad sales. It’s also unclear how YouTube would define which videos are “directed at children” and which aren’t.One certainty: This proposal is unlikely to please complainants. In a July letter to the FTC, the groups argued that bans on YouTube ad targeting would be difficult to enforce. Removing the feature from select kids’ videos doesn’t guarantee that YouTube stops tracking web habits if children watch other clips, said Josh Golin from Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, a complainant. “Is Google still going to be collecting all the data and creating marketing profiles?” he said. “That wouldn’t be satisfactory either.”Jeff Chester, executive director of Center for Digital Democracy, another complainant, said that if the FTC settlement only forced YouTube to curb targeting, his group would likely challenge the decision.(Updates with other companies in 10th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Ben Brody and Lucas Shaw.To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Bergen in San Francisco at mbergen10@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Emily Biuso, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Key indexes closed at or near session lows in the stock market today, after three days of solid gains on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

20 Aug, 2019 20:08 / Yahoo! Finance

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20 Aug, 2019 19:43 / Yahoo! Finance

Fortnite is the most popular battle royale game worldwide, and generates huge revenues even though it is offered for free by developer, Epic Games.

20 Aug, 2019 19:42 / FinancialContent

Buyout rumors are flying again around the communications tech company.

20 Aug, 2019 19:33 / FinancialContent

With as important as the segment is becoming, the Mac maker should be more up front with disclosures.

20 Aug, 2019 19:00 / FinancialContent

Consumers expressed surprise and disappointment online that Apple is weighing a $9.99 monthly subscription price for its upcoming Apple TV+ service. Apple stock rose a fraction Tuesday.

20 Aug, 2019 18:46 / Yahoo! Finance

Stocks with excellent earnings growth and strong balance sheets deliver better risk adjusted returns over the long term

20 Aug, 2019 18:30 / Yahoo! Finance

U.S. stock futures are circling unchanged this morning as markets digest the gains from a two-day rally.Source: Shutterstock Heading into the open, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average are up 0.01%, and S&P 500 futures are lower by 0.05%. Nasdaq-100 futures have shed 0.02%.Optimism permeated the options pits yesterday with put volume falling dramatically. Overall volume returned to average levels with 18.5 million calls and 15.3 million puts changing hands on the session.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOver at the CBOE, the action was similar with calls leading the charge. The single-session equity put/call volume ratio plunged to 0.55 -- a one-month low. Meanwhile, the 10-day moving average continued its rollover by dropping to 0.73.Options traders zeroed in on Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), among others.Let's take a closer look: Home Depot (HD)Home construction giant, Home Depot, released fiscal second-quarter earnings this morning. Investors are cheering the mixed results, and HD stock is up 2.5% at the time of this writing.The company missed sales estimates by a whisker and lowered its full-year forecasts citing trade war concerns, but still delivered a bottom-line beat for the quarter. Revenue came in at $30.84 billion versus estimates for $30.99 billion. Adjusted earnings-per-share were $3.17 versus $3.08 expected. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential HD stock performed poorly over the past month alongside the broad market beatdown. But, with yesterday's 2% pop and this morning's additional gains, it's well on its way to reclaiming all that has been lost.If it holds, today's gap will propel HD back above its 20-day and 50-day moving average, clearing horizontal resistance in the process. The prior highs near $219 are the next upside target.On the options trading front, traders favored calls ahead of the release. Activity swelled to 384% of the average daily volume, with 98,041 total contracts traded. Calls accounted for 58% of the tally.The options board was pricing in a 3% gap, so this morning's 2.5% jump is just inside of expectations and should deliver a slight win to volatility sellers this morning. Baidu (BIDU)Baidu approached its second-quarter earnings release in desperate need of a win. Shares of the Chinese internet company are 63% off last year's high and have one of the worst looking charts in the market.Fortunately, Wall Street likes the results, and BIDU stock is up 10% premarket. This comes on the heels of yesterday's 7.8% rally. The company earned 10.11 yuan per share, nearly doubling estimates for 6.12 yuan. Revenue grew to 26.3 billion yuan compared to forecasts of 25.76 billion yuan.On the options trading front, calls were the hot ticket during yesterday's stock surge. Total activity climbed to 228% of the average daily volume, with 148,632 contracts traded; 66% of the trading came from call options alone.Given last quarter's dramatic gap post-earnings, implied volatility was sky-high ahead of this week's report. Premiums were pricing in a 10% move, which places this morning's jump right in-line with expectations. Microsoft (MSFT)Microsoft shares have led the tech sector all year long and remain one of the strongest stocks on the planet. Yesterday's 1.7% rally returned MSFT stock to the north side of its 20-day and 50-day moving average, healing virtually all the damage inflicted during the market's recent temper tantrum.With last month's record highs of $141.68 now a stone's throw away, MSFT has a shot at reaching new heights over the coming weeks. Its absolute and relative strength should make it a mainstay on your watchlist.On the options trading front, calls were the hot ticket on the session. Activity jumped to 151% of the average daily volume, with 379,711 total contracts traded. Calls added 85% to the session's sum.With uncertainty and fear easing, implied volatility fell to 25%, landing it at the 22nd percentile of its one-year range. Premiums are now pricing in daily moves of $2.14 or 1.5%.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Tuesdaya€™s Vital Data: Home Depot, Baidu and Microsoft appeared first on InvestorPlace.

20 Aug, 2019 18:24 / Seeking Alpha
20 Aug, 2019 18:12 / FinancialContent

Top tickers for midday: AAPL, GE, BIDU, AMD, FB, HD, BYND, NVDA, NFLX, MSFT, TEVA, BAC, TGT, TSLA, BABA, AMZN, TWTR, T, SNAP, DIS.

Facebook has been scrambling to get its global cryptocurrency payment network called Libra off the ground, but challengers abound.

20 Aug, 2019 17:39 / Yahoo! Finance

Investing.com - After three days that produced big gains, stocks pulled back on Tuesday.

20 Aug, 2019 17:38 / FinancialContent

The Invesco Russell 1000 Dynamic Multifactor ETF (OMFL) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Tuesday, with over 1.1 million shares traded versus three month average volume of about 74,000. Shares of OMFL were off about 0.2% on the day.

A breakdown in trade negotiations between the U.S. and China has Apple, Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) investors uneasy in the past few weeks. Apple ...

The U.S. Justice Department is working with a group of more than a dozen state attorneys general as it investigates the market power of major technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday.

20 Aug, 2019 17:31 / FinancialContent

The monthly costs are starting to add up for users that subscribe to the Mac maker's growing portfolio of first-party services.

20 Aug, 2019 17:28 / Yahoo! Finance

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Get ready, TV fans, because the next few months are going to be wild. Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., Netflix Inc. and Walt Disney Co. are spending billions of dollars on so much new streaming content that there will be little reason to leave your couch this winter – or to keep your cable subscription.Apple gave a taste yesterday of what it’s been working on by releasing a trailer for “The Morning Show,” an original series that looks so good it could easily be mistaken for an HBO production. With an all-star cast led by Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, Apple is said to be spending $300 million alone for the first two seasons. The company has committed a whopping $6 billion overall to produce original shows and movies, according to the Financial Times, which would match what Netflix spent in 2017 and would also be in the same ballpark as Amazon.com Inc.’s expected content investment for this year. Other outlets have disputed that Apple’s budget is quite so large. Either way, it’s clear the iPhone maker is serious about streaming. The Apple TV+ and Disney+ video-on-demand apps will both be available by mid-November, followed by AT&T’s HBO Max product. They are game-changers for the pay-TV industry, already littered with live-TV streaming products from Sling TV to YouTube TV.Disney has spent about $15 million per episode to make “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” series that will serve as the flagship of Disney+, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s about $120 million for the first season, which isn’t far from what Disney shelled out for “Captain Marvel,” the third-biggest movie of the year in terms of U.S. box-office ticket sales. The company expects to invest more than $1 billion in original content for the app next year and another roughly $1 billion for licensed content. These streaming wars are risky. Studio owners generally have a sense of what a TV program could deliver in advertising revenue and how large of a theater audience a film might draw. But Disney+ will charge just $7 a month and contain no ads. The company is betting it can build a large enough customer base so that all these pricey investments that have shareholders wincing right now will pay off some day.In the Apple TV trailer above, Aniston’s character at one point says, “I just need to be able to control the narrative so that I am not written out of it.” It struck me as funny because that’s exactly what Disney and its peers are trying to do as they flood the market with content and turn a blind eye to the cost. Disney predicts it will have 60 million to 90 million Disney+ subscribers globally by the end of fiscal 2024, when the app finally begins making money. Analysts see Apple TV+ topping 100 million in the next five years, according to Bloomberg News. While both are starting from zero, they do have the advantage of strong, far-reaching customer relationships – Disney through its movies and theme parks, and Apple by physically being in most of our pockets already. Netflix is protecting its turf by lighting it on fire. It’s projected to spend about $15 billion for in-house and licensed content this year while burning $3 billion of free cash flow. The company paid $100 million just to keep “Friends” on its platform through 2019. Even though the sitcom hasn’t aired new episodes in more than 15 years, it’s the second-most-watched program on Netflix. After this year, AT&T is reclaiming the rights to the show for its HBO Max product.A little over a year ago, Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming chief, referred to such spending as “irrational exuberance.” But then earlier this year, his boss, HBO Chairman Richard Plepler, left the company in a shake-up by its new parent AT&T. HBO is now ramping up its production slate to reduce churn, or the rate at which bored subscribers are canceling, and HBO Max is reportedly paying $425 million to carry “Friends” for five years starting in 2020. Likewise, the Wall Street Journal reported that Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal has its own $500 million five-year exclusive rights deal for “The Office,” the No. 1 show on Netflix. There is a potential fallacy in the companies’ thinking around these lavish deals: What if Netflix subscribers were streaming “Friends” and “The Office” for hours on end simply for background noise, something to mindlessly tune in and out of as they scrolled Instagram or did chores? In that case, perhaps users won’t necessarily miss those specific shows and won’t switch to other services at a rate that would come close to justifying nearly $1 billion for two old sitcoms. In any case, I keep writing about the frustration of needing to pay for and toggle between numerous apps just to access all your favorite content and the confusion that comes with doing so. It’s only going to get worse once Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max launch. But at least there will be no shortage of stuff to watch, and with all this money being thrown around, you know it’ll be good. To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at tlachapelle@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., media and telecommunications. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Fears of a trade war with China, coupled with the specter of an upcoming recession, have hit the market hard. But shares of Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) have so far managed to stay afloat, falling from a 52-week high of $1,289 down to a recent close of $1,164. This modest fall of just under 10% shows just how resilient Alphabet stock is.Source: Valeriya Zankovych / Shutterstock.com By comparison, both Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) are both down by nearly 15% from their 52-week highs.With last week marking the fourth anniversary of the creation of Alphabet stock, which has Google as its core operating unit, there is still plenty of gasoline left in the tank.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe restructuring of the company separated the core internet business, www.Google.com, from the peripheral mega-tech moonshots, which may take a decade or more to pay off. Whether its self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence or healthcare, buying Alphabet stock is like placing many different bets on many different areas of the global economy that technology will re-invent. At the same time, GOOGL's core business generating internet advertising revenues remains rock-solid and growing.With all of that in mind, here are three key reasons why GOOGL stock is a strong buy. GOOGL Is Unaffected by the Threat of a China Trade WarThe bulk of Alphabet's revenues are generated in Western economies, particularly North America and Europe. Advertising sales in these markets are not affected by a slowdown in exports to China nor increased tariffs of cheap Chinese imports. * The 10 Best Cheap Stocks to Buy Right Now Goldman Sachs has recommended a service sector strategy, as opposed to goods manufacturers, for investing around the threat of a trade war."Services stocks have less exposure to trade conflict given they have lower foreign input costs that might be subject to tariffs and lower non-US sales than Goods firms," said Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin.In his client note, Kostin recommends buying stocks such as Alphabet as well as Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), JP Morgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) and Amazon as a part of a greater strategy to circumvent trade war woes. Alphabet Stock Is Backed by Strong Top Line RevenuesGoogle has consistently delivered growth in top lines revenues for the last five years. There is little reason why this trend will stop anytime soon.Further, GOOGL posted net positive earnings every year for the previous five years. At the same time, GOOGL is heavily invested in moonshots that should help bolster the GOOGL stock price in the future when the ideas behind these businesses are fully realized and start to pay off. And many of these moonshots should pay off just when the internet sector becomes a mature industry, just like steel, autos and telecom from decades past with ever-dwindling profit margins.This aspect alone makes GOOGL stock an appealing long-term stock to buy. Google Cloud Is Driving GrowthGoogle cloud revenues are not broken down separately but instead reported within the broader Alphabet segment "Google Other Revenues." While Alphabet management has made it clear that Google Cloud Services (GCS) is their fastest-growing business, they have not given specific numbers.However, the management consulting firm Gartner estimates that the total global cloud market is expected to grow to $331.2 billion in 2022 at a CAGR of 16.1%. Google has invested heavily in cloud technology with many analysts estimating that GCS alone could generate $20 billion form Alphabet stock by the end of 2020. Bottom Line on GOOGL StockAlphabet has covered the roulette table with chips. From their proven core business of internet advertising to the further-off possibility of autonomous vehicles -- propelled by a dynamic cloud business in-between -- Alphabet is undoubtedly holding out well in the current market storm.When the selloff in tech stocks finally plays out, the GOOGL stock price could be set for a strong bounce back.As of this writing, Theodore Kim did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post 3 Reasons Alphabet Stock Is Still a Bargain Amid Trade War Peril appeared first on InvestorPlace.

NVIDIA's (NVDA) Ray tracing technology, RTX GPUs, will enhance the PC gaming experience on Microsoft's video game, Minecraft.

20 Aug, 2019 17:20 / Yahoo! Finance

Some US mobile network operators slow down connection speeds for Netflix (NFLX) customers, a study shows. However, it's not alone.

Several chipmakers have scored new business from Apple for its new iPhones, scheduled to be unveiled next month. They include NXP Semiconductors, Power Integrations and STMicroelectronics.

20 Aug, 2019 16:52 / Yahoo! Finance

Apple (AAPL) announced today that its Apple Card is available to US customers today. This month, AAPL tested the card with a limited group of consumers.

(Bloomberg) -- European Union antitrust regulators are already probing Facebook Inc.’s two-month-old Libra digital currency project, according to a document seen by Bloomberg.The European Commission is "currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior" related to the Libra Association amid concerns the proposed payment system would unfairly shut out rivals, the EU authority said in a questionnaire sent out earlier this month.Officials said they’re concerned about how Libra may create "possible competition restrictions" on the information that will be exchanged and the use of consumer data, according to the document, which is a standard part of an early-stage EU inquiry to gather information.The investigation into founder Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitions to take on traditional cash adds to another preliminary EU investigation into how Facebook may unfairly use its power to squeeze rival apps. The Brussels-based commission, Europe’s most feared regulator, has already targeted Google and Apple Inc.Facebook and the commission both declined to comment on the investigation. The Menlo Park, California-based company has previously promised to appease all regulators before launching the cryptocurrency, a process that could take some time.Global CurrencyLed by a social network with more users than the combined population of China and the U.S., Libra represents a potential challenge that the guardians of money have never faced: a global currency they neither control nor manage.The EU questionnaire said regulators are also examining the possible integration of Libra-backed applications into Facebook services such as WhatsApp and Messenger. It said their investigation focuses on the governance structure and membership of the Libra Association.Facebook has previously promised to appease all regulators before launching the cryptocurrency, a process that could take some time.Visa Inc. declined to comment while the Libra Association representatives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Mastercard Inc. had no immediate comment.Aside from the antitrust division, other EU regulators are "monitoring market developments in the area of crypto assets and payment services, including Libra and its development," a spokesman for the commission’s financial services department said.Data-protection supervisors are also worried about how Libra will share information. They said earlier this month that Facebook had the potential to combine "vast reserves of personal information with financial information and cryptocurrency, amplifying privacy concerns about the network’s design and data-sharing arrangements."\--With assistance from Alexander Weber, Alastair Marsh and James Hertling.To contact the reporters on this story: Lydia Beyoud in Arlington at lbeyoud2@bloomberg.net;Aoife White in Brussels at awhite62@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net, Peter Chapman, Alistair BarrFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

20 Aug, 2019 16:39 / Yahoo! Finance

In today's market of rich valuations and erratic trading, it can be difficult to come by solid, long-term investments. That's especially true when you're talking about the tech space, but Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one such stock that investors shouldn't pass up.Source: gguy / Shutterstock.com MSFT stock has already risen nearly 30% so far this year, but don't let that put you off -- the tech giant has further to climb in the years ahead. Growth Ahead for MSFT StockOf the 32 analysts covering MSFT stock, 27 have given the firm a buy rating, while just one recommends selling. While you should never follow analyst advice blindly, the fact that 90% of analysts have given Microsoft stock a buy or overweight rating should at least give you reason to consider adding the tech stock to your portfolio.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe big reason that many analysts are bullish on Microsoft stock is the fact that the firm's cloud business, Azure, is becoming increasingly larger and more profitable. A few years ago, many were skeptical about Microsoft's ability to change with the times and become a cloud competitor. However, what skeptics didn't take into account was the fact that Microsoft is already a huge part of many business' operations with its Office suite and other business solutions. That has given the firm the foot-in-the-door it needed to build out a compelling cloud offering. * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential Shifting to cloud computing is relatively painless for current Microsoft customers, a huge selling point for Azure. As long as management is able to keep Azure's offerings in key growth areas like the internet of things and artificial intelligence up-to-date, MSFT's cloud arm looks poised to continue adding new customers. Pentagon ProjectOn top of its current potential in the business world, MSFT's Azure also has the potential to win a massive contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to power the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program. Project JEDI is the federal government's proposed solution to connect government employees and military personnel across the globe. This project would allow for more efficient decision making. While the DOD appears to have narrowed its choice of providers down to just Microsoft and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), it's worth keeping in mind that as with anything government-related, a series of probes, questions regarding legality and general disagreement about how to proceed are likely to tie JEDI up for months to come. The Perfect SetupWhile most agree that Microsoft can't dine out on its Office suite forever, the firm has done well switching over to subscriptions. MSFT still holds a monopoly on productivity software and that position at the top of the food chain brings in a lot of cash for the firm each year. Microsoft has wisely been using that money to build out Azure in hopes of eventually building the cloud provider into as large a part of the firm's business as Windows and Microsoft Office have been.MSFT stock faced some backlash when it announced plans to add an additional fee in order for its Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server licenses to be used on third-party clouds. Starting in October, the company will require its customers to pay for "license mobility" in order to keep using its software systems on another cloud infrastructure. However, according to Deutsche Bank's Karl Keirstead the "license mobility" could be a boon for Microsoft stock. He argued that as long as Microsoft is careful not to be too restrictive, the added fee could make licensing much simpler and entice more clients to use Azure over smaller rivals. The Bottom Line on MSFTAny way you slice it, Microsoft stock looks to be in a great position right now. The company's future growth plans look solid. Its Azure cloud computing arm appears to have a long growth runway ahead. MSFT has been leveraging its dominance in the software space and it's paying off. Unlike some of its peers, MSFT isn't teetering on the edge of a turnaround. The company appears to have pivoted with the times and is already on an upswing. It doesn't have a particularly juicy dividend with a yield of 1.3%, but it's safe and reliable.As of this writing Laura Hoy was long AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Microsoft Stock Is a No-Brainer Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.

Square Crypto, the crypto initiative of payments company Square, has announced its second hire. The company has brought on Matt Corallo, a Bitcoin Core contributor and Blockstream co-founder.The post Square Crypto hires Blockstream co-founder and Bitcoin Core contributor Matt Corallo appeared first on The Block.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock is up nearly 36% year-to-date. Shares currently trade around $211, and are moving closer to their all-time high of $233.47. But with looming trade risks and slowing growth, how can AAPL move the needle?Source: Shutterstock With a nearly trillion-dollar market cap, shares are not going to double anytime soon. But can investors expect material upside in AAPL stock? Let's take a closer look, and see if investors can find opportunity in Apple stock today. Recent News For Apple StockApple announced earnings on July 30. Sales growth was minimal year-over-year. Revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2019 was $53.8 billion, up slightly from $53.3 billion in the prior year's quarter. With product sales down 1.7% YoY, service revenue was responsible for the minimal revenue uptick. Service revenue for the quarter was $11.5 billion, up 12% YoY. With smartphone sales in decline, AAPL stock needs new revenue sources to sustain growth and move the needle.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Undervalued Stocks With Breakout Potential A new product mix could help jolt up sales. Take "wearables" such as the smartwatch. Apple controls 25.8% of the market. Apple does not breakdown sales. But CEO Tim Cook remarked on the conference call that Apple had an "absolutely blowout quarter for Wearables."The wearables market provides significant runway, as the product has yet to reach critical mass. All bets are off whether these new products can replace declining iPhone sales. But, at the very least, they can help the company sustain its current product revenue.But how about the elephant in the room? I'm talking about the U.S.-China trade war. Looking beyond the headlines (and the tweets), how does the geopolitical situation impact Apple? While the company received a reprieve from looming tariffs, long-term dependence on China for manufacturing remains a material risk. Trade War Risks to AAPL StockWith the U.S.-China trade war continuing, Apple stock is caught in the middle. With the US.. placing a 10% tariffs on imported electronics, the company could experience headwinds. Luckily for Apple, the 10% tariff has been delayed until Dec. 15. This will prevent new tariffs from impacting sales during the holiday season. This proposed tariff could be prevented if the U.S. and China settle their disputes and negotiate a new trade deal.The trade war underscores the risk of Apple's Chinese manufacturing dependence. But Apple has options when it come to hedging against this geopolitical risk. The company is exploring ways to move iPhone manufacturing to other low-cost Asian markets. In fact, with wages rising long-term in China, this move is inevitable. Potential countries include India, Vietnam, and Malaysia.While this is a step in the right direction, moving production is not a one-step process. It takes time to develop the right outsourcing infrastructure. But it is a positive sign that Apple is taking proactive steps.How does this factor into the valuation of Apple stock? Let's see if AAPL stock is truly undervalued, or fairly priced given the risks and opportunities. AAPL Stock ValuationAs I mentioned in my previous article about Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), Apple sells for the lowest valuation of the "FAANG" stocks. Stagnant growth and size may justify this discount. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) continue to show considerable runway.But Apple is in the similar boat as Google: both companies have more cash than they can reinvest in the business. What does that mean for AAPL shareholders? The company needs to consider aggressive buybacks and dividends to move shares higher.The company bought back $17 billion worth of Apple stock last quarter. Based on the most recent financials, the company has over $210 billion in cash and marketable securities. The 2017 tax bill made it easier for Apple to repatriate its overseas cash hoard. Aggressive share buybacks and dividend increases would help improve the Apple stock price. Acquisitions could be another way Apple can generate growth. Apple's 12-figure war chest provides multiple pathways to boost the share price. Bottom Line on Apple StockWith shares trading at a forward price/earnings ratio (forward P/E) of 16.6, Apple stock is a bargain compared to its big tech peers. But slow growth and trade risks justify this discount. Nevertheless, there are emerging trends that could help jump-start growth. The wearables market has plenty of runway, allowing Apple to use smartwatch sales growth to counter iPhone sales declines.The U.S.-China trade war is far from over. But the current Apple stock price takes into account these risks. With the company looking for ways to diversify manufacturing geographically, the long-term China risks could be mitigated.But does all of this mean AAPL is a buy? For investors looking for a blue chip at a fair price, Apple stock could be a buy. But given the specter of a stock market correction in the near future, it may pay to wait before taking a position.As of this writing, Thomas Niel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Apple Stock Is Undervalued, but It's a Tough Road to Upside appeared first on InvestorPlace.

Despite its vast resources, Apple is smart to start off gradually before ramping up spending to compete with Netflix and Disney, according to an analyst and an Apple investor.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc officially became a credit-card lender on Tuesday by rolling out its first product with Apple Inc, but the bank has aspirations to grow much bigger in consumer lending, its chief executive said in an internal memo viewed by Reuters. The virtual credit card, which officially launched to all U.S. customers, is Goldman's first, and it represents a big push by the Wall Street bank to build out its young consumer business. "Apple Card is big, but it's also a beginning," Goldman's CEO David Solomon wrote in an internal email to employees.

(Bloomberg) -- Vulcan Capital, the investment house of late Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, has opened its first international office in Singapore. The multi-billion dollar fund intends to invest an initial $100 million across Southeast Asian startups.Vulcan Capital is an unusual addition to the city-state’s investment scene. It is part of Vulcan Inc., which oversees the billionaire’s holdings and supports his causes in everything from elephant conservation to artificial intelligence research. Chief Executive Officer Bill Hilf channeled his late boss’s methodical approach when Vulcan took almost three years to decide on Singapore as an Asian base.“Before we take a step into Singapore, we know everything about it; we know every university, we know every politician, the politician’s friends,” Hilf said, describing the cautious approach. “That’s because we hold Paul, his family name and the Vulcan reputation as a sterling brand.”Allen died in 2018 and left a $26.1 billion fortune behind, an estate that some experts predicted could take years to sort out. Hilf said the process of shifting Vulcan from a management company to an estate trust may take close to a decade to complete because of the complexity of businesses it oversees.The Seattle-based company plans to use the nine-figure allocation in Singapore to back tech startups in Southeast Asia, making it one of the largest early-stage platforms in the region. The firm has hired financiers Tommy Teo and Minjie Yu as managing directors to lead the Singapore outfit. They will focus on seed, Series A and Series B investments in a broad range of areas including financial services, real estate technology and consumer internet, according to Teo. Their initial target markets will be Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.“There is a great momentum right now,” said Teo, who formerly worked at Singapore-based private equity firm Northstar Group and Citigroup Inc. among others. “It’s early enough for us to come in here in a meaningful way.”Investors like Vulcan will help build the ecosystem in the region, said Wilton Chau, who teaches entrepreneurship, VC and PE in Hong Kong and Singapore. “International VCs will have the network, the expertise and the knowledge of different markets and they will be more attractive to ventures here,” he said.Vulcan Capital takes an unusual approach to investing. Like any venture capital firm, it will aim to maximize returns from its investments. But the returns from those investments will go directly into Vulcan’s broad range of philanthropic projects, including climate change and wildlife conservation in Africa. The company is hoping its model will help attract young and mission-driven startup founders in the region.Paul Allen, Billionaire Who Co-Founded Microsoft, Dies at 65 (3)Southeast Asia is drawing more attention from U.S. investors. With deepening mobile penetration and an emergent middle class, the region has given birth to tech giants such as Grab, Gojek and Tokopedia in the past decade.“There are some really powerful players here,’” Hilf said. With 5G and satellite telecommunications, “I think we are going to leapfrog in connectivity in a way that most people are not even predicting.”To contact the reporters on this story: Yoolim Lee in Singapore at yoolim@bloomberg.net;David Ramli in Singapore at dramli1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc officially became a credit-card lender on Tuesday by rolling out its first product with Apple Inc, but the bank has aspirations to grow much bigger in consumer lending, its chief executive said in an internal memo viewed by Reuters.

The Euro fell again during the trading session on Tuesday, as we continue to see a lot of selling pressure. At this point, I think it makes sense that you can’t buy this pair, because quite frankly not only do we have very negative technical analysis, we have no fundamental reason to think things are changing anytime soon either.

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon

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During a Charles Schwab-hosted media call last Friday, Direxion’s Sylvia Jablonski had some advice to offer concerning investors’ positions when the market is at its worst. As Jablonski explained, when the market falls off, it’s a matter of having a balance of diversified portfolios and having made...

A San Diego man has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for conspiring to sell drugs through the Dark Web, according to a press release from the U.S.The post Dark Web vendor forfeits 'millions of dollars' in cryptocurrencies; sentenced to 70 months in prison appeared first on The Block.

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Microsoft, Merck, Walmart, Coca-Cola and Visa

Goldman Sachs Group Inc officially became a credit-card lender on Tuesday by rolling out its first product with Apple Inc, but the bank has aspirations to grow much bigger in consumer lending, its chief executive said in an internal memo viewed by Reuters.

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Soon after its U.S. debut, the streaming service will begin rolling out globally.

The major stock indexes were squarely lower in morning trade Tuesday. Home Depot surged into a buy zone after earnings.

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The recent history of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock has been consistent -- even if trading in AAPL stock has been anything but. Investors generally have followed the iPhone upgrade cycle. As the cycle nears, investors buy Apple stock. Once it passes, fears about the seemingly inevitable end of iPhone growth dominate the coverage of the stock -- and AAPL shares fall.Source: View Apart / Shutterstock.com Indeed, Apple stock fell sharply starting in late 2012 amid worries that the company couldn't offer much innovation beyond that contained in the iPhone 5, which launched that year. It faded in 2015-2016 as investors grew impatient waiting for the iPhone 7. And AAPL shares fell in the fourth quarter last year, not long after the launch of the $1,000-plus iPhone XS seemed to cement the fact that the iPhone's best days were behind it.Apple stock of course has rallied again, gaining around 31% in 2019 alone. And the bullish focus has turned away from the iPhone, to services, wearables and other offerings.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut I've long believed that the company, and the stock, are at significant risk from potentially declining smartphone sales. That's still the case. And with AAPL stock hitting technical resistance, and the news surrounding the company still not quite that impressive, recent levels may in retrospect prove to be another iPhone-driven peak -- even if it doesn't appear to be at the moment. Why AAPL Stock Fell (Briefly) After EarningsAAPL stock didn't get much mileage out of its fiscal third-quarter earnings beat at the end of July. In fact, Apple shares actually lost 9% of their value over the following three sessions. * 7 Safe Dividend Stocks for Investors to Buy Right Now To be sure, tariff and Federal Reserve concerns played a role. But given that Apple's numbers were nicely ahead of the Street earnings per share of $2.18 beating consensus by 8 cents and revenue increasing 0.7 points better than expected -- it might have seemed like Apple gave enough to offset external fears.Perhaps it did: AAPL stock has climbed steadily since tariffs were delayed through December. It's now back to basically the same level at which it traded before earnings. That said, from here, Q3 earnings, despite the headline beat, look somewhat concerning.The key reason is that Apple's earnings actually were pretty good looking close. Services revenue grew 18% excluding the effects of currency and a one-time legal settlement boost in the prior-year quarter. Wearable sales, per the Q3 conference call, increased "well over 50%" year-over-year. Revenue in Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, after a nearly 25% decline in the first half of the fiscal year, bounced back to a 4% drop in Q3. According to the call, sales grew in constant currency.Those are three of the key drivers for Apple's growth going forward. Indeed, they are three of the pillars of the bull case for Apple stock. And yet, on a consolidated basis, revenue increased just 1%. Operating income declined 8.5% against Q3 FY18.In other words, Apple did what bulls hoped it would do. Profits (both pre-tax and after-tax) still declined. The Hardware Problem for Apple StockAnd so skeptics, myself included, might see the quarter -- and indeed, year-to-date results -- as validating the bearish thesis here. There's no argument that Apple can and will grow its services business. The Apple Watch is a clear hit and long since has left the likes of Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) in the dust. AirPods are a winner, and even the iPad has made an impressive recovery, with revenue up 15% so far in fiscal 2019.But this still is a company with a market cap of some $950 billion. Those products would be hits for any other company. For a company this size, they barely move the needle. CFO Luca Maestri said on the Q3 conference call that wearables on a trailing four quarters basis were now the size of a Fortune 200 company. The 200th company in the Fortune 500 (which measures companies by revenue) is General Mills (NYSE:GIS), with revenue around $16 billion.$16 billion is less than seven percent of Apple's trailing four quarter revenue. The profit contribution may be even smaller, given that services gross margins are roughly double those of products. Again, the business grew 50%+ in Q3 -- and total revenue rose 1%. Profits fell.This still is an iPhone story, which even with a 15% year-over-year decline has driven 55% of year-to-date revenue. (That says something about just how awe-inspiring that product is in sales and profits.) And that's still a really, really big problem.It's likely unit volumes have peaked, as phones last longer. Models that run on the Android OS from Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG,NASDAQ:GOOGL) have much greater market share internationally and will catch up in quality over time.There might be one more demand spike when the 5G model comes out. But over half of Apple's revenue -- at least, depending on the long-term health of the iPad and the Mac business -- is in decline. Q3 shows just how difficult it is for Apple, even running on all cylinders, to offset that problem. The Trillion-Dollar CurseAnd so there's been some reticence for the market to truly jump on board the Apple story over the past year-plus. It's really only Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) that has been able to avoid the so-called "trillion-dollar curse." That market cap level has proven to be resistance for Apple stock -- and may well do so again.Technicals aside, the trade war still can buffet AAPL stock. Apple still needs to prove it can actually grow earnings if iPhone revenues are declining. It hasn't done so yet. And until it does, history suggests that at some point hardware-related worries will return -- and Apple shares will again pull back.As of this writing, Vince Martin held no aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Why Apple Stock May Be Peaking Again appeared first on InvestorPlace.

The idea that corporations should go beyond maximizing shareholder value is pious bunk, says Tim Mullaney.

Connected devices are challenging consoles at the world's largest online gaming fair, as hundreds of thousands of fans jostle to see top e-sports stars in action and give feedback that can decide whether a new release is a hit or a flop.

InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AAPL, BIDU, C, LYFT, and MU.

Apple Inc. may be willing to spend big in an effort to make a name for itself in the crowded world of video streaming.

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Two of the most anticipated streaming video services may be launching in the same month. Netflix investors will be keeping a close eye on Disney+ and Apple TV+.

Bitcoin enthusiasts insist on calling the cryptocurrency a “safe-haven” asset. But is that the case? All signs point to no, according to analysis from The Block’s research analyst Ryan Todd.The post Analysis: Is bitcoin a ‘safe-haven’ asset during capital market turmoil? appeared first on The Block.

Based on the early price action and the current price at 1.1077, the direction of the EUR/USD the rest of the session is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the uptrending Gann angle at 1.1092.

Microsoft's (MSFT) jClarity acquisition, in order to gain monitoring and performance analysis tools, is expected to bolster Azure customer base with companies running database on Java platform.

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Shares of the graphics-chip specialist got a boost from several catalysts, including the company's announcement of a big win in its gaming business.

CRM stock has lagged software group peers as investors digest big acquisitions, such as Tableau. Could digital transformation growth drive a Salesforce stock rally.

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Qualcomm Inc said on Tuesday that it has entered into a new five-year patent license agreement with LG Electronics Inc to develop, manufacture and sell 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones.

The Dow Jones today was under mild selling pressure in premarket trading Tuesday, but Home Depot was a bright spot after the retailer reported earnings.

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A new credit card exclusive to Apple customers is getting a lot of hype.

Sony's (SNE) integration of Insomniac Games to Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios reiterates its commitment to develop world-class gaming experiences on the PlayStation platform.

The bulls once again supported Bitcoin without letting it drop below $9,700. At the beginning of the week, Bitcoin got a new impetus for growth due to the news from Bakkt, which received permission to launch delivery futures.

Our call of the day says the summer swoon is over and the S&P 500 is ready to revisit all-time highs reached before August’s wild trading days.

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Investing.com - The euro recovered from earlier lows after Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he is resigning ahead of no-confidence vote, putting the future of the Italian government in jeopardy.

20 Aug, 2019 09:44 / Yahoo! Finance

Is the new wave of Euro weakness coming to the charts right now? Well, it seems so as the EURUSD is currently making new weakly lows.

The London Stock Exchange (LSE)-listed cryptocurrency mining firm Argo Blockchain is set to increase its electricity supply by 357%, aiming to become “the world's largest publicly-listed crypto miner by 2020.” Argo has signed a three-year deal with Canadian colocation data center GPU.one, which will increase its access to clean power supply from 14 megawatts to […]The post LSE-listed crypto miner Argo to boost electricity supply by over 350%, aiming to become the world's largest by 2020 appeared first on The Block.

* Ministry sees Aug orders falling, but eyes stabilisation Recovery might not come till Q1 2020 - analyst

CareerBuilder crunched data on professions that are growing at a faster rate than the national average.

A recovery attempt on Monday was short-lived as sellers took the exchange rate into negative territory late in the day to close for a fifth consecutive daily loss.

Japan's Nikkei rose for a third straight day on Tuesday as investors tiptoed back into equities amid signs of a slight easing of trade tensions between the United States and China.

On Sunday, we reported that the "real" Satoshi Nakamoto was about to reveal himself as the true inventor of Bitcoin. A company called Satoshi Nakamoto Renaissance Holdings claimed that this would happen in three instalments. It would include his real name, why he hasn't moved any of his 980,000 Bitcoin, country of origin, and his plans for "a Bitcoin renaissance". And so to the big announcement…Bilal Khalid is Satoshi. He hails from Pakistan, resides in the UK and has changed his legal forename and surname to James Caan. In an online post he says: “I am dedicating my comeback to Steve Jobs, a legend of our times who also thought differently and changed people’s lives. His name is synonymous with inspiration.”The post Bilal Khalid Satoshi Nakamoto reveal fails to impress crypto community appeared first on Coin Rivet.

Japanese shares edged up on Tuesday as investors tiptoed back into equities, amid signs of a slight easing of trade tensions between the United States and China and continued hopes for fresh stimulus moves by major economies.

It’s another mixed start for the majors as Bitcoin struggles to break through to $11,000 levels. A lack of direction will add pressure on the majors.

The RBA looks set to hold on rates near-term. For the day ahead, a lack of stats will leave the markets exposed to any trade war chatter.

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Stock futures: About a dozen states reportedly plan a Big Tech antitrust probe, likely ensnaring Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. Baidu, spinoff iQiyi and Fabrinet moved on earnings.

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Top tickers for end of day: MSFT, CHK, CNHI, PCG, AAPL, AMD, VRAY.

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When you're buying stocks, it can be tempting to have a bias towards popular stocks. But top-tier name recognition alone won't guarantee big gains in your portfolio. That's why it's important to filter out the noise and combat your bias by leveraging data and charts to help you make your buying decisions. We compare and contrast tech giants Microsoft and...

* China unveils interest rate reform; Germany hints at stimulus

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It's time to check out 3 tech stocks that came through our screen today that growth investors might want to consider as we move beyond Q2 earnings season...

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PlayStation console maker Sony Interactive Entertainment said on Monday it would buy privately held Insomniac Games Inc, known for developing games such as Marvel's "Spider-Man" and third-person shooter "Ratchet & Clank" franchise.

* China unveils interest rate reform; Germany hints at stimulus

How do you make sure a car is really safe to drive? You crash it. That sounds a little crazy, but it makes perfect sense. There's really no better way to see how effective the seatbelt, airbags and any other safety feature is than to simulate the crash. And because these test crashes are used with dummies, you don't have to worry about anyone getting hurt. So, no harm, no foul.Source: Shutterstock Aside from testing how good the current safety features are, this kind of testing helps scientists identify the dangers they've missed. And that has led to new and more effective safety features on every vehicle on the road today.Let me use NASCAR as an example. When you've got somewhere between 30 and 40 race cars doing laps at over 100 mph, a pileup is almost unavoidable. So, the safety of the driver, pit crew and fans are of the utmost importance.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo, NASCAR crash tests to not only make sure the safety features work, but to find new ways to protect everyone involved. In fact, they even test their courses days before the race. And NASCAR (and the drivers) are not afraid of crashing the cars, either.It's a smart idea that has helped the races become much safer for drivers over the years since NASCAR first revved its engines in 1947.Now, companies are "crash testing" their own products and platforms to protect them from cyberhackers. Microsoft, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSFT) invited folks to try to hack their Azure Security Lab; Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced that it is going to give security researchers "special" iPhones to find weaknesses; and now the military is doing the same. Crash Testing CybersecurityRecently, the military gave seven hackers physical access to its F-15 military fighter jet. And after just two days, they found enough holes in the wall to shut down the Trusted Aircraft Download Station, which "collects reams of data from video cameras and sensors while the jet is in flight."Even worse, the hackers found bugs they had flagged during a similar test back in November, which the Air Force had tried to fix, but, clearly, it failed.Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, believes it's due to putting cybersecurity on the backburner for so long.When speaking with the Washington Post, he stated that "There are millions of lines of code that are in all of our aircraft and if there's one of them that's flawed, then a country that can't build a fighter to shoot down that aircraft might take it out with just a few keystrokes."This is a great example of why cybersecurity is so important. Technology, whether it be in the cloud or on a plane, becomes a cybercriminal's playpen when it is not adequately secured.With cyberattacks expected to increase, companies are preparing for battle by spending more money on cybersecurity to keep them at bay. Globally, Gartner expects security spending to be more than $124 billion in 2019. That number is set to about double to $248 billion by 2023.For investors, this means incredible tailwinds on the legal side of the table. And I believe I've found the company to lead the charge. It's seen strong demand, a double-digit year-over-year increase in revenue and more than a 40% increase in annual earnings growth. And that's why I recommended it in my Growth Investor newsletter.In fact, it soared on its most-recent earnings results. And thanks to its strong underlying fundamentals and growth in the booming cybersecurity industry, I don't expect this stock to run out of fuel any time soon.To get the name of this company, as well my full research report on the cybersecurity industry titled The One AI Company Set to Corner the Booming Cybersecurity Industry, sign up here. I'll also give you two other must-read reports, The A.I. Master Key and The 1 Investment for the Coming 5G Revolution, which focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G, respectively, absolutely free. These two industries are also set to see tremendous growth over years to come and I don't want you to miss out either. You can access them by clicking here.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of four investing newsletters: Growth Investor, Breakthrough Stocks, Accelerated Profits and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Growth Investor, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Cybersecurity Stocks: Why Companies 'Crash Test' Their Technology appeared first on InvestorPlace.

Major stock indexes rose strongly Monday after the White House postponed sanctions on Chinese tech giant Huawei, further easing U.S.-China trade strains.

Fiber continued to slip for the fifth consecutive session today. The Ninja continued to stay within the lower vicinity of the Bollinger Bands, sustaining adverse price actions throughout the day.

Good news about tariffs on iPhone, iPads, Macs, etc not kicking in until Dec 15 more than offset things like the FAA restricting some risky devices on flights, an antitrust probe in Russia and other.

* Estee Lauder jumps after full-year forecast raised (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds NEW YORK to dateline)

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares have rallied more than 3% off of last Wednesday’s lows when a yield curve inversion in ...

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Life as a public company has so far been a rocky one for the audio streaming platform. Since directly listing on the NYSE in April 2018 at $165.90 a share, the stock has had its ups and downs, and is now sitting more than 10% below its opening price.

Bitcoin holders in Israel have taken legal action against local banks for their refusal to open accounts for customers seeking to deposit money from cryptocurrency sales, according to a report by Globes.The post Israeli bitcoin holders demand local banks reveal policies regarding cryptocurrency accounts appeared first on The Block.

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Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of Google’s (now Alphabet) IPO on 8/18/04.

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Stocks extended Friday's rally, rising more than 1% in a broad advance as the S&P 500 crept closer to the 50-day moving average.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares are trading higher after the company announced it has acquired jClarity. The jClarity ...

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* Estee Lauder jumps after full-year forecast raise (Updates to early afternoon)

After downgrading the chip sector almost a year ago, brokerage firm Raymond James now is seeing some attractive semiconductor stocks. They include ON Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors.

The Euro tried to rally during the trading session on Monday but has continue to find resistance just above. By selling off after trying to rally, it shows just how soft the Euro truly is.

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BitMEX, the Seychelles-based cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform, is closing off its platform to three jurisdictions, the firm announced Monday. According to BitMEX, to ensure the safety of its users' funds and the stability of its platform the firm has decided to restrict users based in Seychelles, Hong Kong, and Bermuda from accessing its services.The post BitMEX extends access restrictions to 3 new jurisdictions appeared first on The Block.

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Whether there’s a recession soon may depend more on the president of the United States, and his trade policies, than anything else, writes Tim Mullaney.

InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for CRM, FB, GS, MSFT, and NVDA.

19 Aug, 2019 12:08 / Yahoo! Finance

The European currency got under significant pressure last week and reminded market players that European problems may be much more complicated than meets the eye.

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After Friday’s close, Traders were not putting much weight behind current price action thinking it was little more than profit-taking going through from a variety of overextended risk-off bets or as we call it on the desk “a predictable short-covering rally into the weekend.” But risk assets have opened up on stable footings this morning on the back of positive trade comments from President Trump as investors continue to view each sliver of trade optimism in an extremely positive light. This, despite the domino effect from Argentina plus China and the Eurozone economic woes with triggering the U.S. curve inversion panicking investors while sounding the recessionary alarm bells.

Fidelity Charitable, the financial services giant’s charity unit, is now accepting XRP, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, for donations. Until now, the unit accepted only four cryptocurrencies - bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ether (ETH) and litecoin (LTC), having launched the form of donation back in 2015, according to an announcement shared with The Block late […]The post Fidelity’s charity unit includes XRP to its list of accepted cryptos for donation; hits $100 million-mark appeared first on The Block.

Inflation in the eurozone was the weakest in more than two years in July, according to data released Monday, underscoring the difficulties the European Central Bank has in trying to stimulate the economy as member states keep a tight lid on spending.

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At the time of writing, Bitcoin (BTC) is trading just above $10,700 after a swift $300 pump this morning. Overall, price has dropped about 6% since last Monday. Bitcoin had been moving steadily upwards in early August, with price pumping from $9,500 and powering through the $10,000 and $11,000 levels with relative ease. However, after this initial pump, Bitcoin eventually dropped back to $9,750 last week. Right now, it seems we're in the middle of an upwards consolidation period, as BTC has been experiencing higher lows since the mid-August drop. Will price recover back to $13,000 and above? As you can see from the chart above, BTC is now back above its 20-day EMA after price bounced off the 100-dayThe post Latest Bitcoin price and analysis (BTC to USD) appeared first on Coin Rivet.

Markets are growing at the start of trading on Monday, supported by policy easing and hopes for stimulus. The People’s Bank of China announced an interest rate reform, which should ease credit conditions for companies.

EUR/USD was under pressure last week and closed on Friday near yearly lows. The pair is showing some signs of a recovery after catching a bid from support.

Eurostat said euro-area inflation in July slowed to 1% over the last 12 months, down from 1.3% in June and an initial estimate of 1.1%. That was the lower than the 1.1% expected in a FactSet-compiled economist forecast and the slowest growth since Nov. 2016.

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The world is pre-positioning and anticipating this week’s Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, with Jerome Powell the known highlight, with the Fed chair due to speak at 00:00AEST on 24 August.

Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will use chipmaker Nvidia Corp's real-time ray tracing technology to provide the software company's Minecraft video game players more realistic graphics on personal computers.

Japan's equivalent to Amazon, e-commerce giant Rakuten, has publicly launched its cryptocurrency exchange, Rakuten Wallet. Announcing the news on Monday, the company said that users can start spot trading in three cryptocurrencies - bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH) - via a mobile app.The post E-commerce giant Rakuten publicly launches crypto exchange; currently supports BTC, ETH and BCH appeared first on The Block.

Based on last week’s price action and the close at 1.1090, the direction of the EUR/USD this week is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the short-term downtrending Gann angle at 1.1093.

19 Aug, 2019 03:04 / Yahoo! Finance

Investing.com - The U.S. dollar was hovering near two-week highs against a currency basket on Monday as U.S. Treasury yields bounced back from recent lows amid hopes that major economies will seek to prop up slowing growth with fresh stimulus.

19 Aug, 2019 01:34 / Yahoo! Finance

It’s another bearish start to the day. Bitcoin will need to hold onto $10,300 levels to support the rest of the pack…

The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone will now support the inclusion of digital currency research, according to China's state media Xinhua.The post Digital currency research added to scope of China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone appeared first on The Block.

Stock futures rose amid President Trump's China trade comments. The choppy stock market rally is hard to handle, with Microsoft and other breakouts struggling. Apple and Zscaler lack bases.

A mixed morning tests investor resolve as Bitcoin looks to avoid another heavy loss to limit the downside for the week. The bulls need $10,250.

18 Aug, 2019 09:00 / Yahoo! Finance

Brace yourselves, good people…The "real" Satoshi Nakamoto could be about to reveal himself as the true inventor of Bitcoin. A company called Satoshi Nakamoto Renaissance Holdings is claiming that this will happen in three instalments, starting today. It will include his real name, why he hasn't moved any of his 980,000 Bitcoin, country of origin, and his plans for "a Bitcoin renaissance". A press release states that Nakamoto will also "illustrate the role that cyphers and encryption related to his devotion to Chaldean numerology played in many decisions in his creation of Bitcoin". "Nakamoto also will disclose why he chose the date 18th August not only to register bitcoin.org in 2008, but also to release Part I of “My Reveal” onThe post Is the real Satoshi Nakamoto about to stand up? appeared first on Coin Rivet.

18 Aug, 2019 07:46 / Yahoo! Finance

Investing.com - This week all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve as investors wait for fresh insights on how it may respond to growing fears of a recession after the Treasury yield curve inverted. The Fed will hold its annual gathering in Jackson Hole later in the week, where Chairman Jerome Powell is to deliver what will be a closely watched speech Friday. It will publish the minutes of its July meeting on Wednesday.

It’s a busy week ahead. Geopolitics, economic data, and monetary policy are in focus. We can expect it to be a choppy week…

The bulls fight back as August becomes a bear trap for crypto investors…

18 Aug, 2019 01:02 / Yahoo! Finance

Silvergate Capital Corporation, the holding company of startup-friendly Silvergate Bank, recently posted an updated S1 on August 15 in preparation for its upcoming IPO.The post Silvergate Bank plans to offer loans to crypto companies appeared first on The Block.

17 Aug, 2019 21:15 / FinancialContent

Warren Buffett’s newest 13F filings were recently released. The Oracle of Omaha’s largest single stock holding continues to be Apple (AAPL) at 23.74% of his portfolio. This is his second large technology company investment.

The cover story in this weekend's Barron's offers stock picks for an energy sector rebound. Other featured articles discuss ...

On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report,"Jon Najarian said options traders were buying short-term options in Microsoft ...

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Top tickers for end of day: BAC, MSFT, AAPL, TSLA, GE, AMD.

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Top tickers for midday: GE, AAPL, AMD, BAC, NVDA, TSLA, BABA, MSFT, NFLX, BYND, JD, FB, AMZN, MU, C, AMAT, CSCO, ROKU, GPS, WMT.

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With talent and resources going into Teams, it's probably time to re-evaluate Skype's future.

16 Aug, 2019 15:42 / FinancialContent

If you’re searching for a feel-good stock, see how Microsoft, the world's largest company, scores on The Motley Fool’s ESG framework.

16 Aug, 2019 14:55 / FinancialContent

Symbols mentioned in this story: VTI, MSFT, AMZN, JNJ Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ''shares'' investors are actually buying and selling ''units''. These ''units'' can be traded back and forth just like stocks, but can also be created or destroyed to accommodate investor demand..

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Our call of the day from Otavio Costa, global macro analyst at hedge fund Crescat Capital advises buying gold ahead of “monetary policy lunacy.”

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Top tickers for midday: GE, BAC, AAPL, BABA, CSCO, TSLA, AMD, NFLX, BYND, MSFT, FB, WMT, NVDA, AMZN, MNK, TEVA, C, BBBY, CGC, ROKU.

The latest round of 13F filings from institutional investors were out this week, revealing to the world the stocks that some of the ...

15 Aug, 2019 17:18 / FinancialContent

Among the underlying components of the S&P 500 index, we saw noteworthy options trading volume today in Goldman Sachs Group Inc (the (GS), where a total of 14,808 contracts have traded so far, representing approximately 1.5 million underlying shares. That amounts to about 62.9% of GS's average daily trading volume over the past month of 2.4 million shares..

15 Aug, 2019 17:04 / FinancialContent

Tom Gardner chats with the Shopify leader about what makes businesses successful and how we can take the right kinds of risks.

15 Aug, 2019 14:33 / FinancialContent

A $1 billion capital raise could be the spark that makes Snapchat a big player in AR.

InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for DIS, FB, JPM, MSFT, and NFLX.

If you're looking for another reason to invest in the e-commerce giant, here's a whopper.

15 Aug, 2019 04:00 / FinancialContent

Buffett doesn't own these three stocks, but he'd probably like to.

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Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it updated its privacy policy to let customers know that it had been collecting voice data of its users with the help of employees and contractors.

The chipmaker wants to dominate the artificial-intelligence economy.

The administration’s latest fight with China is based on bad analysis.

14 Aug, 2019 18:00 / FinancialContent

Top tickers for midday: AAPL, AMD, BAC, FB, MSFT, TSLA, AMZN, M, BABA, NFLX, GE, SWN, C, ECA, DIS, UBER, JD, ROKU, MU, CSCO.

Microsoft is the IBD Stock Of The Day, as the cloud computing leader remains in the buy zone after a recent breakout despite a turbulent market. Microsoft stock fell on Wednesday.

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Looking at units outstanding versus one week prior within the universe of ETFs covered at ETF Channel, the biggest outflow was seen in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), where 34,200,000 units were destroyed, or a 3.7% decrease week over week. Among the largest underlying components of SPY, in morning trading today Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) is off about 1.6%, and Apple (AAPL) is lower by about 1.6%.

Recession warning signs sour equity investors’ mood.

Shares of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) opened today below their pivot of $137.47 and have already reached the first level of support at $136.13. Analysts will be watching for a...

14 Aug, 2019 13:40 / Seeking Alpha

This analysis is based on median salary, overall job satisfaction and the number of job openings.

Since tech will be fundamental for indexes returns during the next decade, the absence of good companies in the field spells doom and gloom for European equity indexes.

13 Aug, 2019 23:46 / Seeking Alpha

Alphabet Inc's Google unit, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc are among the companies that will testify Monday at a U.S. government hearing on the French government's digital services tax.

Apple leads a broad stock market rally as investors breathe a sigh of relief.

Tariff news fueled a furious rally in the stock market today, sending the Dow Jones industrials as much as 529 points higher during the session.

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Top tickers for midday: AAPL, AMD, JD, BABA, MSFT, GE, BAC, MU, ROKU, FB, AAL, AMZN, NFLX, TSLA, NVDA, NIO, T, UBER, GOLD, X.

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