10/25/13 - 08:38 AM EDT
I love Twitter. It's my first read of the morning -- for news from around the world I may have missed overnight. Or for stories I probably would have missed during my quick morning scans of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Or from some publication or journal I never touch. (Somebody has often tweeted links to the best stories.). And then, if and only if I have something to say or share, I tweet it out.The biggest misconception, however, is that you have to tweet at all. And that's what is wrong with Twitter. As the company plans to go public, with an initial valuation expected to be around $11 billion, it may want to heed the results of a recent Reuters poll that showed 36% of 1,067 people who have joined Twitter say they do not use it and 7% have shut their accounts down. READ FULL POST
10/24/13 - 02:03 PM EDT
Apple is simply too iconic -- as opposed to Icahnic -- for any kind of activism, certainly right now.READ FULL POST
10/22/13 - 08:42 AM EDT
"The Golden Age of Momentum," was the way one guy on Twitter responded to something I posted about Netflix. And what I posted was something I hadn't ever seen: A CEO and CFO being blunt and candid about the momentum propelling their company's stockREAD FULL POST
10/21/13 - 10:18 AM EDT
When The Global-X Social Media ETF first rolled out in 2011, I was among the very first to mock it, but the fund proves that there are exceptions to every rule. Beyond the historic top-ticking of sector funds, there was reason to be leery and (for skeptics) even embolden: For more than a year the social media fund looked like a loser.READ FULL POST
10/18/13 - 10:18 AM EDT
The company's earnings miss follows months of questions about the oversell of its robotic surgery system.READ FULL POST
10/17/13 - 10:48 AM EDT
Once, all investors cared about was that IBM beat earnings. But for the past 5 years, IBM's revenues have barely budged. Now, after quarters of pretending not to notice, investors are paying closer attention.READ FULL POST
10/17/13 - 09:27 AM EDT
People always want to believe there is a relationship between mattresses and housing. But if there is a relationship, it's merely coincidental and any further extrapolation spotlights a flaw in ETFs.READ FULL POST
10/15/13 - 09:59 AM EDT
The risk of dividends, especially those with high yields, is that they can be cut. And sometimes cut more than once. But the risk of cuts should never be minimized, especially of the highest-yielding companies and/or those who use most, if not all, of their cash flow to make the quarterly payment.READ FULL POST
10/11/13 - 07:00 AM EDT
From the looks of this pro-bulls market, you might think Bill Fleckenstein needs to have his head examined for announcing plans to restart his short-selling fund. As it turns out, he's one of several ex-short-sellers I've talked to in recent weeks who have said they think the time is right to return.READ FULL POST
10/09/13 - 09:23 AM EDT
The deal looks great for Men's Wearhouse, but Bank may be trying to patch over its holes. When a company's business appears to be falling faster than its larger competitor, it usually screams: Desperation.READ FULL POST
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