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Microsoft is trying to make gains against Apple's iPod, and the radio industry is trying to find new ways to boost listeners to help their bottom line. Voila: Microsoft and major radio broadcasters, including ClearChannel and CBS Radio, are working together to bring listening to the radio into the digital age.
This is the live blog of the Apple "Let's Rock" event. The first post is at the bottom of the page, with the last enry at top.
The Dow got a little bump at the opening bell but pared its gains after pending-home sales came fell more than expected. There had been little conviction in buying Tuesday as enthusiasm waned over the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and worries about the economy returned to the markets.
You could call it the Apple economy. The cult of Apple has spawned dozens of companies dedicated partly or entirely to supporting the company's line of groundbreaking products, creating a multi-billion dollar business for everything from battery chargers to carrying cases.
Twice each year, Standard and Poor's runs a stock screen, designed to find stocks that Warren Buffett might find attractive based on his general investment philosophy. The new list has just been released. Guess what well-known name is missing this time around. (Pay no attention to the picture on the left.)
For the week ending Friday, September 5, 2008, the U.S. markets ended in negative territory for the week after weak employment data and declines in auto and retail sales pointed to weaker consumer spending and a greater economic slowdown. The unemployment rate jumped to a 5-year high, soaring to 6.1%. On Thursday, the three major Indices fell back into bear market territory by dropping 20% from their market peaks set last fall. Both the Dow & Nasdaq Composite had their worst daily closes since July 26, with drops of more than 340 points for the Dow and 75 points for the Nasdaq.
On a wild week in the markets which saw Friday close off its lows as the Dow swung within an almost 200 point range, the markets all close in negative territory for the week by about 3% or more.
A few weeks ago, I detailed in a blog Microsoft's decision to use comedian Jerry Seinfeld as its new pitchman. I wrote then of the unusual choice of a professional complainer who hasn't done anything meaningful since his show Seinfeld went off the air a decade ago.
Both companies are in the red today thanks to the JP Morgan report out this morning suggesting weakness in display advertising because of the general economic malaise gripping so many companies during this non-recession recession.
Does the world really need another Web browser? Google thinks so.
The latest photon torpedo has been fired in the battle to dominate the Internet.
Stocks finished lower Tuesday as weakness in technology stocks sucked the air out the earlier rally inspired by oil's drop and the dollar's surge.
Stocks came charging out of the gate, inspired by oil's drop and the dollar's surge, but weakness in technology stocks sucked the air out of the rally.
Stocks kicked off September with a rally, inspired by the more than $7 drop in oil prices and a surge in the dollar.
Never mind that chrome is typically the stuff that gets dented on older car bumpers, Google thinks Chrome will be the answer to Microsoft's browser dominance on the net.
Stocks shot out of the gate Tuesday as the price of oil plunged more than $7 and the dollar surged.
Microsoft will slash the price of its Xbox 360 game console in Japan by about 30%, below Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 3 as it tries to boost its market share, a newspaper reported on Monday.
For the week and month ending Friday, August 29, 2008, the major U.S. Indices ended slightly lower for the week but up for the month. The markets had a volatile week, sinking first on housing price drops and an up-tick in oil prices, then rallying on better-than-expected GDP numbers, and finally falling to end the week on worse-than-expected personal income and spending data. The Dow hit a 200+ point rally on Thursday, its largest one day gain since 8/8. The NASDAQ led the indices to the downside this week, down nearly 2%. For the August close, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P all finished up 1.5% or more, marking the best monthly gain since April for the Dow & S&P, and best month for the Nasdaq since May.
The news business can be an ugly business sometimes. Just ask Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs—the subject of an erroneous obituary report Thursday. We in the news business sensationalize, we rationalize, we sanitize, we get things wrong, and sometimes we stick with stories far too long. But the ugly little truth is that the news business can actually (mis-)manage the news itself...
Patrick Becker Jr. says large-cap stocks are an investor's wisest choices in the current volatile market environment.