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Should you be worried about Activision?

Activision-Blizzard broke an incredible streak Thursday when it reported its disappointing fiscal fourth-quarter results. For the first time in 10 years, it missed its revenue guidance, said Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities. And if it hadn’t been for a congressional decision in December to reinstate investment tax credits for increasing research spending, it would have missed its earnings per share ... Read More »

VR headset shipments are about to skyrocket

In the next year or two, millions of gearheads will strap on VR headsets to explore their alter-egos, play games and view 3D content. Shipments of virtual reality and augmented reality headsets will balloon this year to 1.4 million, up from just 140,000 in 2015, Gartner predicted Tuesday. In 2017, shipments will soar to 6.3 million. VR systems were a hot-ticket ... Read More »

Do ETFs cause volatility? 5 questions about ETFs

$1 trillion stock bubble ready to pop In other words, ETFs typically trade without ever seeing trading in the underlying stocks. The market makers create the ETFs by giving custodians the underlying basket of stocks, and they in return receive shares in the ETFs. For the most part, those shares trade without having to trade the underlying stocks. 5) What ... Read More »

Forget about LTE hurting Wi-Fi and think about using it in your business

Controversial technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum could become a trusted part of the enterprise IT toolkit in a few years. So-called unlicensed LTE has come under fire ever since the news about it first broke more than a year ago. The charge: If mobile operators adapt their LTE networks to use frequencies that Wi-Fi depends on, Wi-Fi ... Read More »

Forget about LTE hurting Wi-Fi and think about using it in your business

Controversial technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum could become a trusted part of the enterprise IT toolkit in a few years. So-called unlicensed LTE has come under fire ever since the news about it first broke more than a year ago. The charge: If mobile operators adapt their LTE networks to use frequencies that Wi-Fi depends on, Wi-Fi ... Read More »

Someone is about to be proven very wrong on Apple

Analysts and traders are extremely far apart on shares of Apple. Over the past six months, shares of the tech giant have fallen more than 25 percent, badly underperforming the S&P 500. And on Tuesday, Apple shares dipped below $96. Meanwhile, analysts’ average price target on shares of the stock is $140, according to data provider FactSet. Some, like Goldman ... Read More »

Profits pullback is not just about oil anymore

When it comes to the corporate earnings recession, the damage is spreading well beyond the energy sector. Fourth-quarter earnings would be negative even without counting energy, the first time that’s happened since S&P 500 profits turned negative in 2015, according to the latest numbers from S&P Capital IQ. The projection outside of energy is barely negative, at -0.1 percent, but ... Read More »