Tech Takeovers: A Good Bet For 2011 Profit
Tech Takeovers: A Good Bet For 2011 Profit
Facebook and many other tech startups have realized that the hassles and headaches of an IPO in the U.S. aren't always worthwhile. Thanks to willing venture capitalists and private investors, it's easier than ever to avoid the lure of going public.
Last week, on-demand-software giant Salesforce.com acquired a cloud software startup called Heroku for $212 million in cash. That's par for the course these days as cloud computing goes from buzzword to reality. And venture capitalists are flocking to put money into the next Heroku.
The Chinese online-video site had the strongest first-day rally of any company on a U.S. exchange since China's Baidu in 2005. But the flip side to promise is risk -- and the risks of pinning big hopes on Youku are also big.
Something unusual is happening in the ever-exciting world of technology: The glamorous high techs that elicited immense awe as global growth leaders are now in the new proletariat class of attractive dividend plays. Here are nine dividend paying high techs.
Big Blue is in advanced talks to acquire the small network security firm. That's shouldn't be a big surprise to DailyFinance readers. In September, I wrote that Fortinet would be a likely takoever target. I also discussed, Check Point Software, which could be next.
It was a busy morning at IBM. The computer giant's board of directors authorized an additional $10 billion for the company's stock repurchase program and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 65 cents.
Tech stocks have been on a tear recently with shares of Apple and Google up more than 25% since the beginning of September and IBM hitting an all-time high. But are these stocks -- even after their run-ups - still buys? Here are the bull and bear cases.
The U.S. stock market has been on a tear since Sept. 1, but technical caution flags are now appearing in the charts. A close look at action in the VIX, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and financials reveal that the tide may be about to start going out.
IBM shares soared 69 cents past their record high, set during the dot-com boom, to reach $139.88 per share before closing at $139.66 per share Monday.
In a sign of confidence in the economy, Microsoft says it's raising its dividend for the first time in two years.
What if other dividend holdouts Apple, Dell, eBay, Google and Yahoo followed Cisco's recent example and also instituted a dividend? Each one can easily afford a similar 2% yield, but whether to take that path isn't an easy decision. Here's out the numbers work out.
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The potential for impressive growth of its server adaptor products is acknowledged even by its larger rivals, including Broadcom, which tried, unsuccessfully, to acquire Emulex last year.
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Not to be shown up by rival Intel's (INTC) blockbuster earnings this week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Thursday reported a second-quarter 45% net income increase. The chipmaker's strong earnings signals a return to the product demand for PCs and services, and overall technology spending.
After PC buying stalled during the recession, it's time again to replace those old machines. Such buying kicked in during the second quarter, and it's buoying expectations that Dell's sales and earnings growth will regain badly needed vigor.
Intel's record earnings suggest that companies are starting to loosen up a bit on tech spending: They are finally replacing their 4- and 5-year-old PCs. This replacement cycle should bid up the stocks of other PC makers -- but how long will this wave of IT buying last?
Investors are looking for a strong showing from the bellwether chipmker, which would offer further evidence that U.S. companies -- and tech firms in particular -- are continuing to emerge from the recession. Analysts expect Intel to come through.
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Public services like Web-based e-mail are the most common form of cloud computing. But some businesses, uneasy about the security and reliability of publicly shared IT infrastructure, are building private clouds, while tech vendors like Akamai are moving to meet the need.
While the whole technology sector is revving up, the semiconductor and storage segments show the highest gains in earnings estimates. Since earnings season kicked off several weeks ago, estimates for chipmakers alone have risen by 12.5%. Tech investors should take note of Wall Street's bullishness.
Much like tech stocks after the dot-com bubble burst, financials today have survived another burst bubble, this time in credit. And much like tech stocks did, financials could be facing an extended stretch where survive is the best they can do. Thriving again isn't in sight.
SanDisk designs and makes those ubiquitous memory cards used in all manner of consumer electronics. And with the coming of the iPad and new smartphones, some analysts see demand for SanDisk's products on the verge of taking off.
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Hewlett Packard (HPQ), the Silicon Valley pioneer, reported a 14% jump in profit Monday night, thanks to cost-cutting measures that more than offset...
Dell (DELL) said Thursday that its net income dropped 54% in the latest quarter amid signs the company isn't fully benefiting from the computer...
American investors have taken some comfort in the surprising resiliency of the international economy. As domestic business conditions remain anemic,...