Stock market news, October 17, 2014: Good morning! Stock market futures today (Friday) indicate a market open 185 points higher than yesterday's close. Markets are rallying after positive economic data in the U.S. eased nerves. European stocks soared the most in seven months this morning.
Google reported an earnings miss yesterday, which sent the stock down as much as 6% in after hours trading. But while Wall Street was displeased, not all the news was bad.
With so much money at stake, it's no wonder Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) are engaging in a huge battle over which company's e-wallet platform consumers will choose to make purchases.
We could wait on the sidelines to see which e-wallet consumers prefer. But that's not our style.
On Friday, a report surfaced that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) was in talks to buy a 40% stake in eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) for $85 billion at $68 per share.
Starting Tuesday, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) will host the first of seven meetings to debate a controversial Internet privacy law imposed by the European Union. The move is the company's latest stroke of genius, but this time, Google's not crafting a futuristic new product. It's solving a way to deliver the perfect balance between privacy and freedom of information to users.
The 3D printing field has been around for many years now, yet it remains relatively young in its potential for handing tech investors outsized gains.
This is one of the tech sector's most exciting fields - one I believe offers plenty of long-term upside.
Indeed, I believe there is one company poised for a fresh breakout.
Its cutting-edge technology and management team are so strong that it led to a formidable new alliance with a technology player whose name is synonymous with growth and profits.
This company's stock is heading higher, so let's get right to its story and profit...
Most investors know that the Google stock split in April cut the share price approximately in half. But that move created two kinds of Google shares, and has led to many asking: "What's the difference between GOOG and GOOGL stock?"
Google stock (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) will benefit from a $300 million deal announced on Tuesday. The innovative tech company said it will work with five Asian telecom companies to develop and implement a trans-Pacific cable that will connect Japan and the United States undersea.
"If I were a traditional telecom operator I would be terrified," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said of the news. "This highlights how much is at stake and will give Google a significant leg up on the 'Internet of Everything.'"
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.
Stock market close, Friday, July 18: The DJIA bounced back on Friday, up more than 100 points following Thursday's worst performance since early April. Geopolitical tensions remain high following the attack on a Malaysian jet airliner over Ukrainian skies yesterday morning, and Israel's tactical launch inside Gaza.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was hammered on Thursday and the S&P Volatility Index soared after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in a Ukrainian war zone on suspicions it was struck by a missile. In addition, multiple big name brands slumped heavily after failing to meet second-quarter earnings expectations.
Commodity prices in gold, oil, and agriculture saw strong gains as investors fled to hard assets.
One of the hottest trends for investors in 2014 has been investing in wearable technology stocks, as new products hit the market seemingly every week.
The wearable tech industry is growing at an incredible rate, and has been described as a "key consumer technology." The research shows that the industry is set to explode. In fact, it's already experiencing incredible growth.
Yesterday Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) said it was expanding Android to run not just on tablets and smartphones, but also on wearable tech like smartwatches, in-car entertainment systems, and its own Android TV. The software on Google's Chromebook laptops will also be better integrated with Android.
While it might strange for a product that's given away for free, Google's grand plans for Android will determine the fate of Google stock over the next several years.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss the direction of Google stock after a landmark event...
You see, Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL) Nest Labs launched its long-awaited developer program yesterday.