Marc Einstein, Industry Principal, ICT Practice at Frost and Sullivan Asia Pacific, says an ongoing mobile price war in Japan and Sprint's failed merger with T-Mobile will weigh on Softbank's earnings.» Read More
AT&T is a solid, historied brand -- the blue globe. Cingular was cool and hip -- the orange figure. Since acquiring the Cingular brand, AT&T has been working on integrating the two brands while maximizing what CIngular had that it didn't -- that orange hipness.
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These picks can make solid gains, but they provide much-needed protection when times are tough.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
"High School Musical's" blockbuster success shows just how dialed in Disney is to its audience. And now the Magic Kingdom hopes to plug in that magic into a new line of consumer electronics...
For the Tech Check segment on "Closing Bell" today, a look back and a look ahead at cool technology making headlines. First up, next Monday will be a big day for chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices. The company has rented out a big chunk of George Lucas' facility on San Francisco' Presidio where AMD will unveil its long-awaited, and long delayed server chip code-named Barcelona.
As you might imagine, the Apple news and iPod releases generated enormous interest this week, and then the news cycle kicked into overdrive yesterday with word of Apple's plans for a $100 rebate to all existing iPhone owners who bought the thing at full price just two short months ago.
News of an iPhone price-cut took just about everyone by surprise, not the least of whom were the 270,000 iPhone buyers that first weekend they went on sale, many of whom stood on line for endless hours to plunk down their $599 for device.
Apple Inc. unveils a complete redesign of the iPod Nano: the new iPod "Touch" with Wi-Fi, a long-awaited 160 gig iPod "Classic," what promises to be a lucrative partnership with Starbucks. But the headline that torpedoes Apple shares: the $200 iPhone price cut just two months after unveiling what became known as the "Jesus Phone."
Apple Inc. calls the gathering "...And the Beat Goes On," but investors wonder whether the news coming Tuesday at the invite-only special event will be enough to pump these shares even more. Speculation abounds at just exactly what Apple will unveil: the big money bet is on a redesigned family of iPods...
This week's Tech Check during "Closing Bell" offers a nice cross-section of gizmo headlines and a look at the news that's likely to come from Apple next Wednesday. Get ready for a re-designed iPod, the first major changes of the device in two years. Lots of rumors about a full touch-screen, no buttons, bigger memory, the Mac OS on board, and maybe even wi-fi downloads.
The FOMC minutes from the Aug. 7th meeting came, and traders were disappointed with the commentary. How disappointed? The Dow dropped 140 points after the minutes came out at 2:00 p ET, an unusual move considering FOMC minutes rarely move markets, let alone 150 points. I mentioned earlier that the Fed minutes today would be more important than usual...
Remember young George Hotz? He's the 17-year-old Apple hacker who figured out a way to "unlock" the iPhone so it would work on his T-Mobile SIM card, instead of the AT&T SIM card it came with? George enjoyed a whirlwind of press coverage, including quite a bit here on CNBC. I filed for "The Today Show" on Saturday about him.
Tech Check on "Closing Bell" today is a fun one. The first product I talk about is the "Panoply" from Hewlett-Packard. It's a 120-degree, curved screen that could be a gamer's heaven! HP has shown this in prototype form before, but it appears this is getting closer and closer to a real product release.
Seventeen-year-old George Hotz owns a mean soldering iron, and now he's Apple Inc. and AT&T's worst nightmare--and the source of some serious embarrassment. You see, George spent the last 500-hours of his summer vacation unlocking Apple's iPhone, the year's hottest gadget and only available to work on the AT&T network. Until now.
So UBS releases an update on Apple Inc. iPhone expectations and shareholders go wild. Tell me something I don't know! I'm sitting here in Terminal C at San Jose International Airport, reading the news on my BlackBerry, and the Apple nugget caught my attention. Apple shares have been losing altitude for weeks. $140-plus down to $112 and now clawing their way back.
Late last year, in his first and last interview with CNBC following the blowup of the cholesterol drug torcetrapib, I asked new Pfizer CEO, Jeff Kindler, how he could go from "selling chicken" at Boston Market (he used to run the chain for McDonald's) to "selling drugs". Based on the subsequent vibe I got, it was clear that some of the Pfizer media relations people at the time didn't like the question.
When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.
Last week, we started a new weekly segment called TechCheck, sponsored by AT&T, that will air each Friday on "Closing Bell" in the 4p ET hour. The 60-second spot is a quick, entertaining look at some of the stories the tech community is talking about from the world of technology. Stories that I might not have a chance to get to on the air during the week, but are still worth a mention because they're interesting and/or fun.
It's the kind of blowout quarter weary tech investors were hoping for. Just about everyone suspected that HP would beat estimates, thanks to ongoing momentum in the personal computer industry, as well as falling component prices, especially memory chips like DRAMs which have seen a 40% decline in some sectors.
DirecTV earnings came in this morning--with net income down 2 percent from last year and killed by a 22 percent INCREASE in operating expenses. This canceled out the good news that a key revenue metric for the satellite TV business was up 7% thanks to higher demand for High Definition and DVR services. It's that high definition that's DirecTV's saving grace.
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