Apple Goes "Island-Hopping" in its War Against Google
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) on Tuesday took aim at rival Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and its Android operating system by filing a patent-infringement complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp.
Taiwan-based HTC is the largest maker of phones that use Google's Android operating system, such as the Nexus One. Apple involved the ITC in hopes of banning U.S. imports of HTC devices made with the technology in question. However, that filing was paired with a suit filed in federal court in Delaware that claimed infringement on 20 patents.
"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it," said Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
What China's Investment Trends Are Telling Us Now
Many investors have reaped their biggest gains by playing the stock-market equivalent of "follow the leader." In the past, investors pursuing this strategy have followed the moves of such luminaries as Warren Buffett, Jim Rogers, Bill Gross, and even the late Sir John Templeton.
But there's now a potential new "leader of the pack" whose moves investors need to watch and even emulate.
We're talking about China.
Hot Stocks: Apple's iPad Picks Up Where Amazon's Kindle Left Off
When it unveiled the Kindle e-reader in late 2007, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) created a whole new market for digital books, newspapers and magazines.
Now industry innovator Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is taking that market to an entirely new level.
After months of spirited speculation, Apple on Wednesday introduced a full-color e-reader that doubles as a netbook.
How to Profit From the "Evil Genius" of Goldman Sachs
When references are made to the world's "oldest profession," I sometimes wonder if we're not exactly referring to market manipulation. In this country alone, market operators have been employing all sorts of market manipulations for more than 100 years.
What may surprise you is that most of it isn't illegal or even improper; in institutional circles, it's actually viewed as shrewd business.
One such manipulation was put on display this week - a news development that had me howling in disbelief and left me in awe of the evil genius of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS).
But if we step back, there's a lesson here - a lesson that points to real potential profits if we stop to understand what's about to happen before our very eyes. It's a lesson that I preach to investors - that the institutions that operate the market and maintain its very framework, also "influence" that market's movements. In fact, this real-market "case study" confirms the profit strategy that I've set out in this special report.
These machinations are completely legal. But they do happen and those who understand that also have the opportunity to profit from that knowledge. And you don't even have to be part of the institutional elite to do so if you know what to look for.
Let me explain...
Buy, Sell or Hold: Government's HeavyHanded Plans Spawn Profits With These Three Top Stocks for 2010
When government boosts its involvement in the economy, there's a predictable impact on interest rates, taxes, inflation, the country's currency and even its stock market. As a veteran global investor, I've seen this play out time and again in emerging-market economies, where it's commonplace for government to play an active and heavy-handed role.
I know from my years of experience just what to expect each and every time this story plays out. And that's not all.
I also know how to turn this special knowledge into beat-the-market profits.
Here in the United States, the Obama administration and the U.S. Federal Reserve are like two elephants that have been put to work brutishly reshaping the U.S. economy. We're already experiencing the effects of big government involving itself in the private sector. Expect the dollar to fall even more - after year-end profit-taking ends. Also expect a further deployment of government-stimulus money to industries where the United States has a large competitive advantage and can generate domestic jobs.
We'll be only too happy to ride the resulting economic shifts for profit.
In fact, as part of this installment of "Buy, Sell or Hold" - I've identified three of the best profit opportunities for the New Year. The three "must-own" companies - each poised to benefit from these shifts - are: Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW), The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY). We offer them to you here as part of a Money Morning "Outlook 2010" Special Report.
Investment News Briefs
WSJ: Motorola to Sell Network Business; Macy's Shares Fall After Forecast Misses Estimates; China's Prices Fall, Trade Surplus Grows; Gold Price Records Continue; iPhone Posts Strong Sales After Debut on Second U.K. Carrier; Britain's Central Bank Open to More Asset Purchases; Geithner: U.S. Wants Strong Dollar, Lower Deficit; AIG CEO Threatens to Leave Amid Pay Frustration; H-P Buys 3Com for $2.7 Billion in Cash