Google’s Foray Into Mobile is a Smooth Move

Do you remember when the word Google (GOOG) was only used to refer to a search engine? It seems like such a long time ago. Now, we use Google as a verb, which according to Merriam-Webster means:

to use the Google search engine to obtain information about anything

I don’t even think the word is used to refer to a search conducted only on the Google search engine, but rather, on any search engine. Using another search engine like Bing or Yahoo would not technically be Googling, but the word is used to describe the process as if it were. If there are any other search engines that may have existed at some point, they probably got googled!! (yet another definition– to make obsolete)

Amazon’s High Growth Stock Can Be an Ugly Investment for Retirees

If you’re retired and thinking about adding Amazon (AMZN) to your portfolio, you might want to think again.

Amazon shares recently hit a new 52-week high, posting strong earnings during the fourth quarter of 2014, which led to more than a 20% rise in its stock price. Although the online retail giant’s revenue did not rise as predicted over the holiday season, news that Prime subscriptions grew by 53% during 2014 helped drive the recent surge in the company’ stock price. Currently, the stock is priced at $372 per share and it seems that investors are flocking back in droves.

60% Of Investors Have Over 10% Of Their Portfolio In A Single Stock

Over 90% of investors have mistakes in their portfolios, according to a recent study. Many of the most common investor mistakes are easily corrected, but you have to know about them first before you’ll realize that they’re costing you money. Investor mistake #1: Diversification Automated investment service SigFig conducted a study to find out what the…

The Internet of Everything may be Cisco’s New Growth Story

The bread and butter of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) has historically been providing the “plumbing” of the Internet, building and supplying routers and other networking equipment that makes the Internet work. But Cisco now talks about the next generation of the Internet as a driver of new business for the company. For investors, this growth presents an opportunity to invest in an innovative opportunity but through the stability of an old-tech company.

Portfolio Strategy – Is it Time to Dip a Toe Into Oil?

The decline in the price of oil has occurred rapidly and has shifted the balance of power and wealth back to countries that are net consumers of oil after many years of accumulating benefits to countries that are net exporters. For several years, article after article was written about how the emerging economies were poised to surpass those of the developed countries due to the growth of the middle class, higher productivity, and GDP growth that was oftentimes twice that of the developed world.

But now that oil prices are at a multi-year low, the balance of power has shifted back to countries that are net importers of energy.

Wal-Mart’s Minimum Wage Hike: What’s the Affect on Earnings?

Investors took notice this week when Wal-Mart, the U.S.’s largest private employer, announced a wage increase for a half-million of its hourly workers. Beginning in April, those employees will make at least $9/hour, company officials said. So what could this mean for current and future shareholders and what are the factors that could predict a positive or negative impact on future Wal-Mart earnings?

Abbvie’s Billion Dollar Play

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The fight for market share of the large Hepatitis C drug market is heating up and AbbVie (NASDAQ:ABBV) is in the thick of the race to grab market share. AbbVie recently received Food and Drug Administration approval on Vekiera Pak, the Chicago-area drug maker’s  combination treatment for the disease. The drug provides a competitive alternative to Gilead Sciences’ (NASDAQ:GILD) blockbuster Hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni and it makes AbbVie a formidable competitor in the space.