Best stocks to buy for the week ending March 21, 2014: Stock futures ended last week on a bullish note despite ongoing tensions in Ukraine, where Russia continues to trade sanctions with the West.
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One of the best stocks to buy now comes from Canada's tech industry - and this week it gave us a preview of its potential.
Best stocks to buy for the week ending March 14, 2014: Stock futures suffered worldwide on fallout from the Ukraine. A referendum set for yesterday (Sunday), in which Crimeans voted on whether to become part of Russia or declare independence first, had investors increasingly cautious as the week ticked by.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week down 2.35% to close at 16,065.67. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed down at 1,841.13, a 1.97% loss. And the Nasdaq dropped 1.43% by Friday to close at 4,245.40.
But finding stocks to buy that aren't already big, popular names is a bit more challenging.
It now appears that rumors Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) had an acquisitive eye on Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were just that - rumors.
But the two companies have been talking, and almost surely about the planned Tesla Gigafactory, an enormous rechargeable battery production plant projected to open in 2017 and cost at least $5 billion.
In what has become a wicked war of words between the corporate raider and the online auction and shopping site, Icahn continued to press eBay to spin off its electronic payment arm PayPal, maintaining the unit is worth more as a standalone.
The billionaire investor also wants the San Jose, Calif.-company to overhaul its corporate board. Icahn, who holds a 2.2% stake in eBay, continued to reproach the company for a "complete disregard of accountability" and took further jabs at board members.
The 2014 IPO calendar has been full, with 51 companies already filing for initial public offerings, up 143% from the same time frame in 2013.
And these two similar tech IPOs have just joined the IPO must-watch list.
They are both file-hosting services that offer customers cloud computing, they are both based in California, and they both share half a name. Now they're both planning to go public in 2014.
Meet Box Inc. and Dropbox Inc.
Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) new CEO Satya Nadella could bring the company what it's been missing, as we recently pointed out, but Nadella will have to tackle two very troubling numbers just reported for Microsoft.
These are figures that give us a glimpse of what could prevent MSFT stock from climbing in 2014 following its 40.9% rise last year.
These numbers were just released last week - and they're ugly.
The 2014 Sochi Olympics is a story of record-breaking figures, including its $51 billion price tag, a new high of 98 total events across 15 winter sport disciplines, and a record 88 nations competing.
But some of the most fascinating stories are these innovative tech contributions by companies at this year's Games.
Here are five pieces of technology that make the 2014 Sochi Olympics a showcase for amazing advancement.
NFLX stock climbed 1.7% yesterday and reached a record high of $439.35. DIS stock is up 1.7% today.
The sixth season of the series "Star Wars: the Clone Wars" will be available to subscribers in the United States and Canada starting March 7. The first five seasons ran on Time Warner Inc.'s (NYSE: TWX) Cartoon Network.
Netflix also announced that it will have exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Disney movies starting in 2016.
I get a lot of questions from you folks here at the Strategic Tech Investor.
And the single most frequently asked query is this one:
"Michael, what's the best way to get started as a tech investor?"
I'll grant you: As questions go, that's probably the most basic one that you'll find.
The proposed $45.2 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal will create a colossus within the cable industry bound to fill both consumer groups and regulators with dread, but it's not quite as scary as it looks. And the fact is, it just makes sense.
Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock reached its all-time high yesterday (Tuesday) of $202.20 shortly after the market opened. That was after setting another record high on Monday of $196.
TSLA stock has been on fire this year, up nearly 31% in 2014. More impressive, that rally has occurred during a market sell-off that's seen the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 dip 3.6% and 1.5% respectively.
Wall Street punished networking giant Cisco for only beating expectations by a penny when it reported earnings yesterday. But Cisco's short-term problems doesn't mean investors should write off the stock. When you dig a little deeper,
China's Alibaba is a clear leader in the world of e-commerce and is a combination of PayPal, eBay, and Google all rolled into one.
It accounts for more than 50% of online sales in China, the world's number two e-commerce market, and one that's on track to overtake the U.S. by the end of the decade.
Analysts expect the company to go public as early as the end of this quarter. And investor interest is off the charts...