Stock market close, July 31, 2014: U.S. markets plummeted Thursday in a broad decline, with the Dow Jones shedding 317 points in a broad sell-off.
Meanwhile, the S&P 500 fell below its 50-day moving average, erasing all of July's gains as concerns in global markets hammered stocks. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) jumped more than 26% to an intraday high of 16.98, the highest level since April.
Now, here are the top stories from today...
AAPL Earnings Full of Clues of How Stock Gets to New Highs
Investors needed to sleep on a deceptively boring earnings report, but by this morning the positive news the company shared in its conference call had pushed Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock up nearly 3%.
Much of that had to do with the iPhone, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's most important product and the primary catalyst of Apple stock.
But investors weren't just reacting to the encouraging iPhone news.In Tuesday's conference call, CEO Tim Cook revealed several other positive surprises...
Why "Mr. Softy" Will Continue to Rebound
Just under a year ago, Capital Wave Forecast Editor Shah Gilani said it was time to buy Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqGS: MSFT).
It was a surprising call. The once-great software giant had become a moribund also-ran, and Wall Street clearly saw no future for the Redmond, Washington-based company.As is so often the case, Wall Street was wrong... Read More...
Apple Earnings Beat Forecasts Thanks to Higher Margins (Nasdaq: AAPL)
Better-than-expected gross profit margins helped Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) beat Wall Street forecasts.
But the rest of Apple's earnings report was nothing to get excited about. The mixed bag of news left Apple stock flat in after-hours trading.Now investors can focus on what's coming this fall...
AAPL Leads These Three "Strong-Performing" Tech R&D Winners
As someone who's been in the technology trenches for the past 30 years, I know well that spending a ton of cash on research does not guarantee profits or stock-price appreciation.
What tech companies need are cost-effective research and development budgets - like Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). But Apple isn't alone.We've found two other tech companies that also have mastered this strategy..
New AAPL iPhone Report Leads Today's Stock Market News
Stock Market News, July 22, 2014: The DJIA slumped on Monday, as military action continues in the Gaza Strip and geopolitical tensions remain high in Ukraine. The United States and European allies have strengthened economic sanctions against Russian interests and are threatening further action against Vladimir Putin if he doesn't pull support from pro-Russian militants in Eastern Ukraine.Here’s what you should know to make your Tuesday profitable:
AAPL, FB, MSFT, AMZN Among Stocks to Watch This Week
This week is the peak of second quarter earnings season.This week’s earnings parade brings reports from some key players across several sectors. Following are six stocks to watch this week as they release earnings.
Dow Jones Today Notches Another Record High; AAPL, YHOO, INTC in Top News
Stock market today, July 16, 2014: The Dow Jones today (Wednesday) closed up for its 15th record-breaking close in 2014.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress again today. She reiterated that the economy remains vulnerable to a struggling job market and stagnating wages - two reasons why the central bank will continue its loose monetary policy in 2014. Still, in its Beige Book this afternoon, the Federal Reserve said that the economy was expanding at "a modest to moderate pace."Here’s the scorecard from today’s trading session, and the top stories that affected the stock market today…
C, AAPL, KOG Among Today's Hot Stocks to Watch
Monday brought a flurry of deals across several sectors, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to an all-time intraday high shortly after the open.
Those transactions are featured on today's hot stocks to watch list, along with earnings from a big bank, a bullish upgrade for a tech favorite, and more.Get our full list of hot stocks to watch, including C, AAPL, KOG, and more...
The CYNK Stock Trap: When to Ignore a 24,000% Gain
Sometimes even a 24,000% gain can be a bad thing, especially if it involves a very dicey penny stock.
CYNK Technology Corp. (OTC: CYNK) spiked from $0.10 in mid-June to a Wednesday closing price of $14.71 in less than four weeks. But according to publicly available data, CYNK has never earned any revenue and had lost $1.5 million as of the end of 2013. Oh, and the company has no assets, either.
How could a penny stock like CYNK soar so dramatically, and who might be orchestrating it?That's what everyone wants to know...
Act on This Massive Profit "Spark" Ahead of the Big Boys
It's easy to see why investors pile into a company's stock on the heels of highly successful products, technologies, or services.
Investors rewarded Apple shares after their steady flow of innovative product launches, while Google shares have been on an almost uninterrupted rise since its 2004 IPO.
Even Facebook has recovered nicely after its initial IPO debacle.
In each of those examples it's tempting to focus on the products the company offers, to draw a direct line to their success. iPhones and the introduction of stylish touchscreen interfaces in the case of Apple, the aggregation and accessibility of all things data-related in the case of Google, or just mere self-indulgence in the case of Facebook.
What's important to notice, though, is that in each case we likely wouldn't be talking about them had it not been for shrewd leadership at the top.
For small caps, finding the right leader can prove a more critical "spark" to major profits... Full StoryRead More...
Apple Stock Undervalued – Near-Unbreakable iPhone 6 Screen Will Spur Record Sales
Any previous estimates of iPhone 6 sales need to be tossed out.
Evidence that Apple Inc.'s (Nasdaq: AAPL) next-generation smartphone will include a virtually unbreakable sapphire screen will push sales far beyond earlier expectations, which means that Apple stock at below $100 is significantly undervalued.
Apple clearly thinks it has a winner on its hands - it's ordering some 30% more units of the iPhone 6 units than it did the iPhone 5s last year.Here’s what this runaway hit will do for AAPL stock...
Stock Market News: Dow Jones Jumps on FOMC Minutes, Plus These Top Stories
Stock market news today, July 9, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 70 points on Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's June meeting and a strong second quarter report from aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) to kick off earnings season.
According to S&P Capital IQ, analysts expect Q2 earnings from S&P 500 companies to grow by more than 6%. That's a strong gain from Q1's 3.4% in growth earnings.Here's the scorecard from today's trading session, and a roundup of the top stories in the stock market today...
Earnings Calendar for Q2 2014: Five Key Players to Watch
2014 Q2 Earnings Calendar: The unofficial start to earnings season launches today (Tuesday) with Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA) reporting second quarter numbers after the close.Just four companies in the S&P 500 post earnings this week. The bulk of reports flood in during the weeks of July 21 and July 28, with big retailers reporting in August. Following are a few key earnings reports to watch.