With shares of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) trading around $43, is CMCSA an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let�� analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
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Comcast is�is a provider of entertainment,�information, and communications products and services. The company operates in five segments: Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks. Comcast�offers television, video, high-speed Internet, and voice services to residential and business customers. It also operates NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks; provides filmed entertainment under the Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and Illumination names; and operates�theme parks, studios, and a dining, retail, and entertainment complex. The company reaches a large audience through all of its mediums. As a multimedia giant, look for Comcast to provide the products and services that consumers and companies enjoy.
Hot Net Payout Yield Companies To Watch In Right Now: Google Inc.(GOOG)
Google Inc. maintains an index of Web sites and other online content for users, advertisers, and Google network members and other content providers. It offers AdWords, an auction-based advertising program; AdSense program, which enables Web sites that are part of the Google Network to deliver ads from its AdWords advertisers; Google Display, a display advertising network that comprises the videos, text, images, and other interactive ads; DoubleClick Ad Exchange, a real-time auction marketplace for the trading of display ad space; and YouTube that provides video, interactive, and other ad formats for advertisers. The company also provides Google Mobile that optimizes Google?s applications for mobile devices in browser and downloadable form; and enables advertisers to run search ad campaigns on mobile devices, as well as Google Local that provides local information on the Web; and Google Boost for small businesses to participate in the ads auction. In addition, it offers And roid, an open source mobile software platform; Google Chrome OS, an open source operating system; Google Chrome, a Web browser; Google TV, a platform for the consumers to use the television and the Internet on a single screen; and Google Books platform to discover, search, and consume content from printed books online. Further, the company provides Google Apps, a cloud computing suite of message and collaboration tools, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites; Google Search Appliance that offers real-time search of business and intranet applications, and public Web sites; Google Site Search, a custom search engine; Google Commerce Search for online retail enterprises; Google Checkout to make online shopping and payments streamlined and secure; Google Maps Application Programming Interface; and Google Earth Enterprise, a firewall software solution for imagery and data visualization. Google Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Trey Thoelcke]
There has been a rapid shift in Japan from advanced feature phones to smartphones. The main driver of that shift has been mobile games. According to App Annie, Japanese consumers spent almost four times as much on gaming apps as a year ago. Spending on devices powered by Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android has quadrupled in the year to October. And Japan is the first place in the world where Google Play spending has caught up to app spending on Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhones and iPads. In the rest of the world, iOS app revenue is well over double that of Google Play on an aggregate basis.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Microsoft rose 3.9% to $39.55 after announcing that it would host an event on mobile and cloud computing on March 27. Pfizer, meanwhile, gained 1.6% to $31.93. US Steel surged 5.4% to $25.50 on signs of higher steel prices, while Fossil Group advanced 4.6% to $118.04 after it said it would team up with Google (GOOG) for Android Wear. Google gained 1.6% to $1,211.26.
- [By Reuters]
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. SAN FRANCISCO -- Nest Labs, the maker of smart thermostats that Google (GOOG) acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally. Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated. Faddell, one of the creators of Apple's (AAPL) iPod, apologized in the blogpost for a problem that was discovered during recent laboratory testing. He added that no customer had complained so far. "We observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave ... could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire," he said. "The fact that it could even potentially happen is extremely important to me and I want to address it immediately." He didn't specify that set of circumstances. Nest will immediately disable the Wave feature -- one of many innovative design elements that has won the company and its devices acclaim -- in all smoke alarms that are Wi-Fi connected while it works on a software update to fix the possible defect. It said the fix, plus regulatory approvals, could take two to three months to complete. Customers without Wi-Fi connected devices should either disable it or return it for a full refund, the company added. Nest halted all sales of its smoke alarms to prevent customers from buying a device that would need an immediate software patch. Google announced plans in January to acquire Nest via its second largest deal, to expand into a broader array of devices and bring valuable hardware design expertise in-house. Nest gained a large following with its first thermostat -- a round, brushed-metal device wi
5 Best Internet Stocks To Invest In 2014: Amazon.com Inc.(AMZN)
Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Web sites, including amazon.com and amazon.ca. The company serves consumers through its retail Web sites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. It also offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Web sites, and their own branded Web sites. In addition, the company serves developer customers through Amazon Web Services, which provides access to technology infrastructure that developers can use to enable virtually various type of business. Further, it manufactures and sells the Kindle e-reader. Additionally, the company provides fulfillment; miscellaneous marketing and promotional agreements, such as online advertising; and co-branded credit cards. Amazon.com, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Robyn Gearey]
Alamy "Would you like to save an extra 10 percent today?" We've all been offered store credit cards in exchange for an instant discount. For years, my answer was an automatic no. Who needs all those extra cards cluttering up their wallet ... and their credit report? But it turns out that some of these cards really can be worthwhile for frequent shoppers, with many offering extra savings, lots of rewards, and perks like free shipping on online purchases. Good credit, plus the ability (and discipline) to pay the bills in full each month, are the key to getting the benefits out of these cards -- otherwise their higher interest rates will quickly erase the savings. And even if you possess both of those attributes, you don't want to go crazy signing up for store cards; it's best to choose just one or two from stores you shop at often enough to rack up real savings. So if, like me, you find yourself at Target (TGT) every weekend, are all too familiar with Amazon's (AMZN) one-click buying option, and have kids who outgrow their Old Navy jeans every six months, then consider these store-branded card options. Note: Credit card companies are wily, and sometimes offer different deals to different customers, depending on factors like whether you're a current customer or how often you visit the store's website. The information below is based on the offers we received; if you see less favorable offers, give the company a call and ask for the better deal!
- [By Michael Lewis]
Tough earnings recap
Despite the news that the two big "Office" stores are joining forces to fight back against Amazon.com� (NASDAQ: AMZN ) , the market had a hard time being enthused about Office Depot's $0.02-per-share earnings in the just-ended quarter -- a drop off of two-thirds since the year-ago quarter. Wall Street was expecting earnings to drop as well, but only by one penny.
5 Best Internet Stocks To Invest In 2014: Yahoo! Inc.(YHOO)
Yahoo! Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a digital media company that delivers personalized digital content and experiences through various devices worldwide. It offers online properties and services to users; and a range of marketing services to businesses. The company?s communications and communities offerings include Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, Flickr, and Connected TV, which provide a range of communication and social services to users and small businesses enabling users to organize into groups and share knowledge, common interests, and photos. Its search products comprise Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! Local, available free to users to navigate the Internet and discover content. The company?s marketplaces offerings and services include Yahoo! Shopping, Yahoo! Travel, Yahoo! Real Estate, Yahoo! Autos, and Yahoo! Small Business, which allow users to research specific topics, products, services, or areas of interest by review ing and exchanging information, obtaining contact details, or considering offers from providers of goods, services, or parties with similar interests. Its media offerings comprise Yahoo! Homepage, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Finance, My Yahoo!, Yahoo! Toolbar, Yahoo! Entertainment & Lifestyles, Yahoo! Contributor Network, and Yahoo! Pulse, which are designed to engage users with online content and services on the Web. The company also offers marketing services, such as display and search advertising, listing-based services, and commerce-based transactions to advertisers. In addition, it provides software and platform offerings for third-party developers, advertisers, and publishers, such as Yahoo! Developer Network, Yahoo! Open Strategy, Yahoo! Application Platform, Yahoo! Updates, Yahoo! Query Language, and Yahoo! Search BOSS. The company has strategic alliances with Nokia and ABC News, Inc. Yahoo! Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Californi a.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Casteele]
Then, out of the blue, Sony's (NYSE: SNE ) Sony Pictures Television unit, which holds the rights to the show, and Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO ) announced that "Community" would get its sixth season after all. Instead of appearing on one of the major streaming services, the sixth season would be an exclusive for Yahoo! Screen, the company's small-but-growing streaming component. While this is great news for the fans who will get more "Community," what does it mean for Sony and Yahoo!?
5 Best Internet Stocks To Invest In 2014: IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI)
IAC/InterActiveCorp engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. The company�s Search segment develops, markets, and distributes various downloadable toolbars; provides search, reference, and content services through its destination search and other Websites, including Ask.com and Dictionary.com; and aggregates and integrates local advertising and content for distribution to publishers on Web and mobile platforms, as well as markets and distributes mobile applications through which it provides search and additional services. Its Match segment offers subscription-based and advertiser-supported online personals services through its Websites comprising Match.com, Chemistry.com, OurTime.com, BlackPeopleMeet.com, and OkCupid.com, as well as through mobile applications and Meetic-branded Websites. The company�s ServiceMagic segment offers Market Match service that matches consumers with service professionals; Exact Match service, which enables con sumers to review service professional profiles and select the service professional that meets their specific needs; and 1800Contractor.com, an online directory of service professionals. This segment also offers Website design and hosting services. Its Media and Other segment operates CollegeHumor.com, an online entertainment Website that targets young males; Vimeo, a Website on which users can upload, share, and view video; and Pronto.com, a comparison search engine. This segment also engages in the creation of video content for various distribution platforms; and operates as an Internet retailer of footwear and related apparel and accessories, as well as focuses on multimedia business. The company was formerly known as InterActiveCorp and changed its name to IAC/InterActiveCorp in July 2004. IAC/InterActiveCorp was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Eric Volkman]
Rhyu joins the company from IAC's (NASDAQ: IACI ) Match.com, where he has filled the roles of both CFO and chief administrative officer since 2011. Previous to that, he was a senior vice president at News Corp's (NASDAQ: FOXA ) Dow Jones & Company. He also served as corporate controller for both Sirius XM Radio and GrafTech International (NYSE: GTI ) .
- [By Timothy Lutts, Publisher, Cabot Heritage Corporation]
In 2004, TripAdvisor (TRIP) was purchased by conglomerate Interactive Corp (IACI), which spun off its travel businesses under the name of Expedia in 2005. In December 2011, TripAdvisor was spun off from Expedia in an IPO.
- [By Jayson Derrick]
InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) announced that its CEO is stepping down from his current position to become chairman of a new operating unit. Investors cheered the management shakeup which is potentially hinting at a spinoff. Shares hit new 52 week highs of $70.44 before closing at $68.49, up 13.98 percent.