Saturday, April 28, 2012

Week in review: Coinstar's Redbox DVD rental kiosks to invade Canada

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Coinstar’s Redbox DVD rental kiosks to invade Canada this quarter. (April 27, 2012)

Chip designer Silicon Motion Technology falls on Q1 report, but Cirrus Logic climbs on its Q1 results. (April 27, 2012)

Facebook dominates social networking field, but upstarts like Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr are growing faster. (April 27, 2012)

Coinstar shares fall on disappointing full-year guidance. (April 26, 2012)

Apple executives see continued momentum behind the company’s iPhone and iPad devices, after those two key products delivered blowout second-quarter results for the consumer electronics giant. (April 25, 2012)

Redbox DVD rental kiosk operator Coinstar is benefiting from Netflix’s declining DVD business. (April 25, 2012)

Top 5 key takeaways from Apple’s blow-out Q2 report. (April 25, 2012)

Apple defied the skeptics by posting fiscal second quarter results that crushed Wall Street’s estimates on mighty iPhone and iPad sales. (April 24, 2012)

ARM Holdings stock down on full-year sales outlook. (April 24, 2012)

Netflix stock falls on subscriber growth worries. (April 24, 2012)

Netflix surprised Wall Street with a much smaller loss than expected for the first quarter and news that it would return to profitability in the current quarter – two quarters earlier than anticipated. (April 23, 2012)

Apple shares fall below key support level – its 50-day moving average price line. (April 23, 2012)

Microsoft sells big chunk of recently acquired AOL patents to Facebook. (April 23, 2012)

Companies like Zynga and Electronic Arts that offer free versions of online or downloadable games convert 40% of players to paying customers, a new study shows. (April 23, 2012)

Adobe Systems puts its Creative Suite software in the Internet cloud. (April 23, 2012)

Shares of Check Point Software Technologies tumbled after the Internet security software maker posted better-than-expected first-quarter results but offered mixed guidance. (April 23, 2012)

Photo: Mother and daughter use Redbox DVD rental kiosk (Coinstar photo).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Week in review: Netflix poised to post loss

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Netflix faces first quarterly loss in 7 years. (April 20, 2012)

Best Buy botched CEO exit disclosure, but handles internal probe well. (April 20, 2012)

Microsoft stock rises on Q3 results and new product wave ahead. (April 20, 2012)

Apple boosts employment at European headquarters in Ireland; Stock sags again. (April 20, 2012)

Microsoft beats Wall Street’s estimates for fiscal Q3, but its earnings per share fall for the first time in 10 quarters. (April 19, 2012)

Apple shares shaky ahead of Q2 earnings report. (April 19, 2012)

Mellanox Technologies rocketed 45% higher after the maker of interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems leaped over Wall Street’s first-quarter forecasts. (April 19, 2012)

Shares of Cypress Semiconductor rose 13% after the chipmaker reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and raised its dividend. (April 19, 2012)

LED lighting maker Cree disappoints with fiscal Q3 results and guidance. (April 19, 2012)

Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini says 2012 is shaping up as a “year of important transitions” for the company.
Those transitions include the move to 22-nanometer chips using a new 3D tri-gate transistor design and new high-performance chips for data centers. (April 19, 2012)

Intel beats Q1 sales and profit forecasts. But its gross profit margins are expected to decline in Q2. (April 17, 2012)

Shares of LED lighting maker Cree drop ahead of fiscal Q3 results. (April 16, 2012)

Chipmaker Intel is forecast to deliver its first year-over-year drop in profit in 10 quarters. (April 16, 2012)

Photo: Screenshot of Netflix DVD-by-mail promotion.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Week in review: Apple faces antitrust lawsuit over e-book price-fixing scheme

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Coinstar results show that customers have accepted Redbox DVD price increase. (April 13, 2012)

Apple shares fall on legal setback in patent infringement case against Motorola Mobility. (April 13, 2012)

Texas Instruments, Semtech and Monolithic Power Systems rated top stock picks in recovering chip sector. (April 13, 2012)

Online daily deals service Groupon saw its stock fall to new lows on concerns about the health of its business, heightened competition and class-action lawsuits. (April 13, 2012)

Apple denies violating antitrust laws; says it broke up Amazon’s e-book monopoly. (April 13, 2012)

Indian tech services firm Infosys forecasts a “challenging” year ahead for the information technology services sector, prompting investors to dump shares. (April 13, 2012)

A consumer survey provides positive news for Netflix, bad news for Nintendo and GameStop, and a mixed bag for Amazon. (April 12, 2012)

Apple investors shrug off e-book antitrust lawsuit; Trade groups, legal scholars come to the company’s defense. (April 12, 2012)

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs and vice president Eddy Cue are accused of coordinating e-book price-fixing conspiracy with publishers. (April 11, 2012)

The U.S. Department of Justice accuses Apple and five publishers of e-book price fixing. (April 11, 2012)

Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone is rumored to have a bigger display and be out in October. (April 10, 2012)

Best Buy is done with Dunn. CEO Brian Dunn quits as the consumer electronics retailer struggles to compete with Amazon, Wal-Mart and Costco. (April 10, 2012)

AOL sells patents to Microsoft; Deal seen as a win for Facebook. (April 9, 2012)

Apple shares downgraded by analyst, yet stock hits new high. (April 9, 2012)

Photo: Apple’s iBooks app

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Week in review: Intel launches huge ultrabook advertising blitz

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Chipmaker Intel plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote a new class of thin and light notebook PCs, a market now dominated by Apple and its MacBook Air. (April 5, 2012)

E-book popularity is rising. Meanwhile, U.S. and EU regulators are seeking an e-book price-fixing settlement with Apple and publishers. (April 5, 2012)

Dell acquires Make Technologies in buying spree. The purchase is Dell’s third this week. (April 5, 2012)

Flash memory chip maker SanDisk warns on Q1 sales and profits and its stock tumbles. The overall chip sector is struggling. (April 4, 2012)

New iPhone case for Romeos has a hidden compartment for storing condoms. (April 3, 2012)

Facebook strikes back at Yahoo in patent infringement case. (April 3, 2012)

European Union opens antitrust cases against Motorola Mobility, which is soon to be owned by Google. (April 3, 2012)

Dell buys its third company in three weeks with Clerity Solutions. (April 3, 2012)

Apple’s rumored iTV is unlikely to have a major impact on the company’s overall sales. (April 3, 2012)

Dell’s purchase of thin-client computing firm Wyse “makes strategic sense.” (April 2, 2012)

Apple continues to gain smartphone market share with iPhone 4S. (April 2, 2012)

Photo: Intel ultrabook TV commercial.