Research in Motion
The recent declines in profit, sales and RIMM stock -- which has plummeted 51% in the past six months -- has sparked mounting anxieties that the end for Research in Motion is imminent.
Speaking to these fears, RIM's new Chief Executive Officer, Thorsten Heins, vowed yesterday (Tuesday) that he will lead a turnaround for the beleaguered company, starting with a successful 2013 launch of its next-generation BlackBerry 10 phones.
Like a preacher on a pulpit, Heins maintained in an address to besieged shareholders that he would convert RIM into a "lean, mean, hunting machine."
"I have assembled a leadership team for RIM that's truly capable of taking us into the future," Heins promised.
BlackBerry fanatics, who helped coin the catch phrase "CrackBerry" to refer to their "addiction" to the iconic mobile phones, are pleading for RIM to make it - but it may be too late.
"If RIM continues to be run as it is, we believe that the company will eventually fail," wrote Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey in a June note to clients.
The Nasdaq 100 index is up about 7% so far, well above the 4.6% rise in the Standard & Poor's 500 index.
Strong earnings last week from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) have drawn still more attention to tech stocks.
But while tech stocks may look tempting right now, knowing which tech stocks to avoid will prevent a lot of pain to your portfolio in 2012.
So here are five tech stocks you should avoid, at least for now.
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."