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24 Mar, 2019 22:47 Yahoo! Finance

Learn why the British pound is stronger than the U.S. dollar, despite the U.S. economy being larger than that of Britain or the United Kingdom.

24 Mar, 2019 18:42 Yahoo! Finance

The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the December quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors endured a torrid quarter, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As […]

Microsoft, too, has touted its forthcoming XCloud streaming service, backed up by Azure and its Game Stack development kit. Certainly, the success of these efforts will depend on how effectively the tech giants can stitch together the technology, and whether they can deliver a seamless experience that won't induce any rage-inducing latency or graphics degradation. Google executives made the case that it's YouTube.

Or is it a double-edged sword that could gut its gaming console business?

24 Mar, 2019 12:15 FinancialContent

Amazon stock, Microsoft stock and Broadcom stock are still in buy zones from recent breakouts despite the current stock market rally stumble. But be wary.

Amazon stock, Microsoft stock and Broadcom stock are still in buy zones from recent breakouts despite the current stock market rally stumble. But be wary.

Abu Dhabi will commit up to 1 billion dirhams ($272 million) to support technology start-ups, it said on Sunday, in a dedicated hub as part of efforts to diversify its economy.

23 Mar, 2019 19:14 FinancialContent

The crucial question is what did the Fed see that has caused them to drastically reverse course so quickly? It took the market 24 hours to realize that the Fed news may not be good news for the market if the economy is showing signs of a recession.

23 Mar, 2019 14:00 FinancialContent

By Jeff Kagan via Democratic US Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says we should break up companies like Apple AAPL [NGS] – $186.12, Amazon AMZN [NGS] – $1,712.36, Google GOOGL [NGS] – $1,190.30 and Facebook FB [NGS] – $165.98. What do you think? Are these monopolies? And if they...

23 Mar, 2019 13:25 FinancialContent

You may think you know everything about the coffee giant, but you probably don't.

The Stadia platform may eventually face competition from Microsoft and Nvida and will need to develop its own hit games.

Pinterest is a big AWS spender and will be for a while.

Zoom Video Communications Inc. is looking to join the new wave of Silicon Valley startups pulling the trigger in 2019 to go public, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday.

Nike led the Dow Jones Industrial Average lower as bond investors sent a clear signal they expect the economic expansion to end.

Zoom competes with Microsoft and Google to provide video-conferencing services. And it's profitable, unlike most tech companies at the time of their IPO.

Mario Draghi: Is another ‘Whatever It Takes’ Moment at Hand?Mario Draghi Today, we got another round of dismal data points from Europe (VGK)(EZU). According to a Markit survey, Germany’s (EWG) March PMI Composite Output Index fell to a

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Given the 10% gain AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) logged on Tuesday, many investors are optimistic about the latest news. But I don't personally believe the company's role in a new streaming-game platform developed by Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) is a reason to buy AMD stock.Source: Matthew Rutledge via Flickr Some investors will disagree with me -- although most of those investors will tout AMD optimism for any and all reasons. Advanced Micro Devices stock has been terribly rewarding since turning around in 2016. Traders have largely convinced themselves the foreseeable future is going to look a lot like the past. A closer, critical look at the new video game service from Google, however, reveals AMD's role is the least important one in a platform that may or may not be a smashing success. It's ComplicatedHardcore gamers may understand the implications better than the average non-gamer, but for the rest of us: Even as Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox or Sony (NYSE:SNE) Playstation move toward downloaded games and away from physical discs, their games are played -- and processed -- on the consoles themselves. Meanwhile, on Google's Stadia, games will be played entirely from Google's servers using a high-speed internet connection.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Retail Stocks That Will Continue to Rebound in 2019 AMD's role in the new service? It handles the heavy-duty graphics processing from the cloud, rather than offloading that work onto a graphics card that would normally be installed on a console.See, with Stadia, there is no physical console. The cloud is the console, meaning its games can be reasonably played on any device.It's actually a rather savvy and gutsy move from Alphabet. Microsoft can create a complete, self-contained gaming experience on an Xbox. Ditto for Sony. Not so with Stadia though. While it can handle most aspects of game-play, Google and AMD are still ultimately relying on the speed and quality of the internet connection its gamer customers subscribe to.Surprisingly, it's not been a problem yet. Initial tests of the service's latency -- or the lag between pushing a button on a controller and seeing the result on a screen -- suggest Google has figured out how to make the Stadia experience almost as good as that of console game-play. Google, meanwhile, has developed a custom game-controller to further abate potential latency.There's a rub for current and would-be owners of AMD stock, however. Of all the major hurdles that Stadia has to clear to work well, Advanced Micro Devices' is the easiest.It would also be the easiest piece of the puzzle to replace. Are Google's Plans Too Expensive?That's not to say AMD could be replaced by a rival like Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) or Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) with just the flip of a switch.The architecture powering Stadia is based on AMD's Radeon GPU, but customized to meet Google's specific needs. Each card is capable of handling up to 10.7 teraflops of data at a time, handily topping the graphics-processing loads being handled by even the newest consoles like the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X.The end result? Stadia will be able to deliver 4K quality at the 60 frames per second most gamers expect from high-end games. When the time comes, Google promises 8K quality and 120 frames per second.AMD's GPU prowess may not matter, however, for a handful of reasons.One of them is the aforementioned lag, or latency, of an internet connection. Connections as fast as 50 or even 100 megabits per second are quickly becoming the new norm, and the advent of 5G promises even wider access to ultra-high speed connectivity. Still, for streaming gaming, that connection has to be consistent, and free of any glitch.There's also the not-so-small matter that to deliver 4K, 1080p 60FPS images that can accept and process constant user input (button-mashing), Google will have to establish 7500 edge-nodes all over the world. And, it appears that to achieve the maximum quality of graphical display, multiple GPUs will be needed per one single player. The company's gaming data centers will, most likely, 'share' graphics cards simultaneously with multiple gamers, but even the best GPUs can only do so much at one time.That makes the hardware and node-management needed to make Stadia work an expensive proposition, which in turn could make Stadia an expensive service to utilize.To that end, there comes a point when gamers stop needing 'more' visual realism to enjoy a game to its fullest. Prepping for an 8K, 120 FPS future is arguably an expensive overkill. So if they're looking to cut costs, Google might opt for a cheaper alternative to AMD's superior GPUs.And of course there's the X-factor: Can Google get developers on board with yet another platform that facilitates even more competition? Bottom Line for AMD StockBuy AMD stock, or don't buy it. There's a bearish and bullish case to be made. Neither of those cases, however, are significantly altered by the advent of Stadia.And, even to the extent Stadia does gain traction when launched, a couple of pros point out the prospect should have already been built into the price of AMD stock. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course "We don't know why AMD was up so much as most analysts knew of this win already," said Susquehanna analyst Chris Rolland, while RBC's Mitch Steves explained "We are surprised by the stock price move as we believed this was a well known win."As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site,, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Retail Stocks That Will Continue to Rebound in 2019 * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 7 ETFs for a Millennial Portfolio Compare Brokers The post Google's Gaming Platform Is Not a Reason to Buy AMD Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

Microsoft and Google are locking horns in the burgeoning game streaming market, and are planning to release competing streaming services this year. Here's what we know about Google Stadia and Microsoft ...

Facebook's most important headset yet will hit the shelves soon.

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The rise of artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the workplace. And while there's less demand for basic cognitive, physical and manual skills, the job market is still electric. Here are the types of interviews questions employers ask to determine whether you have the skills that will be the most in-demand by 2030.

22 Mar, 2019 14:42 Yahoo! Finance

Fed’s Dovish Stance Surprised Jeffrey GundlachFed’s dovish tone While talking to CNBC on March 21, the “bond king” and DoubleLine founder, Jeffrey Gundlach shared his views on the Fed’s recent meeting and what it could mean for the

22 Mar, 2019 14:33 Yahoo! Finance

The dream of the '90s was alive in Microsoft Teams this week when Microsoft's old office assistant, Clippy, showed up. If you used Microsoft Office between 1997 and 2001, you likely remember Clippy as the animated paperclip that popped up and offered tips for using the software. Microsoft did away with Clippy in 2001, so people were surprised to see Clippy stickers appear in Microsoft Teams this week. And they were even more surprised when, just a day later, Microsoft offed the little guy again.

22 Mar, 2019 14:07 Yahoo! Finance

A rally in shares of Apple buoyed gains for the broader markets.

This Friday morning the equity markets are under pressure after an extended run and on the news that the yield curve is likely to invert soon. But Zuora (NYSE:ZUO) has its own reasons to fall today.Source: Shutterstock Last night, management reported earnings and investors did not like what they saw. Zuo stock is falling 13% on the headline so they were clearly disappointed with the results. But luckily for the bulls, the stock came into the earnings event up 35% year-to-date and 25% since inception last April. This can be good news from that perspective but it also suggests that there could be more room to fall.First, let's examine the business model. Fundamentally, ZUO should have a prosperous future for years to come. It provides subscription software services to cloud-based businesses. There will be ample supply of potential customers as the whole globe is seeking to operate in the cloud.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSalesforce (NYSE:CRM) launched the trend and it is now a thesis that is growing exponentially with no chance or reversion. All the major mega-tech companies like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) completely shifted their models to it and the rest of the world is in hot pursuit.Management delivered results that met or beat the expectations for the past quarter. But they failed to wow Wall Street with the next one and full-year guidance. These days that's almost all that matters to traders. * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter Most often, if the company thesis is still intact, the short-term reaction to the stock is only temporary. There is a let-down effect from a disconnect on expectations. This is a momentum stock and they usually overshoot in both directions, up and down. This makes them difficult to trade because when they are falling like Zuora stock is today, they look like they are headed to zero.Luckily we can find the important levels on the chart to guess where there will be a support to find proper entry points. How to Approach ZUO StockThose who want to own the shares long term need not worry about this drop. Today's dip in price doesn't change the ongoing thesis. And if I already own the shares, I would not sell out of them today.Shorter term, there are important lines that matter from the technical aspect.This morning, ZUO stock is falling into the $21 per share zone. This has been pivotal since its inception. After the IPO, the stock rallied to $37 per share, then corrected sharply back to today's level fast. Then, when the stock markets in general collapsed into Christmas, ZUO made new lows to $15 per share. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth.Based on the volume profile, both bulls and bears agree on the current zone as a value area. So they will fight it out hard here, thereby creating congestion in price. This usually lends support to the stock. Click to EnlargeThe December low for ZUO was a double bottom of sorts, so it makes for solid footing set on very sour sentiment on Wall Street. While the zone between $20 and $21 per share seems strong, $19 played an important role for the last few months. So I expect that if this first line of defense fails, the bottom end of the next one will also be secondary support at $18.20 area. These are not forecasts, but rather, where I can expect potential support.The ZUO stock bulls will need the technicals to lend help because the fundamental value of the stock probably won't.Yes, this is an exciting stock in the hot area of business, but it is still too rich from the traditional sense. But it is now trading about where it came out of the IPO, so for those who missed out on the entry, this would be their chance.Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him as @racernic on Twitter and Stocktwits. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post This Is Your Best Chance to Get Into Zuora Stock After Its IPO appeared first on InvestorPlace.

On CNBC's "Mad Money Lightning Round,"Jim Cramer said he doesn't want to touch Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) ...

The iconic apparel company came public with a bang, and Jim Cramer details why investors should wait for a pullback to get in.

21 Mar, 2019 20:45 FinancialContent

The Invesco QQQ (NASDAQ: QQQ) recently turned 20 years old and today is home to $71.82 billion in assets under management, making it one ...

Apple also came close to passing Microsoft again as the most valuable company.

21 Mar, 2019 15:00 FinancialContent

Comparing units outstanding versus one week ago at the coverage universe of ETFs at ETF Channel, the biggest inflow was seen in the Invesco QQQ (QQQ), which added 13,400,000 units, or a 3.5% increase week over week. Among the largest underlying components of QQQ, in morning trading today Microsoft (MSFT) is up about 0.7%, and Apple (AAPL) is higher by about 3%.

Shares of Apple Inc. jump, enough to lift the technology giant back into first place on the list of most valuable U.S. companies, after Needham analyst Laura Martin’s upgrades the company ahead of next week’s “Apple Special Event.”

The findings are likely to fuel worries over the possibility that Russia may influence upcoming EU elections.

But only if the tech giant keeps its eye on the prize.

It seems any initial shock of an antitrust threat has worn off.

20 Mar, 2019 18:23 FinancialContent

Bill Gates has yet to reclaim the title of world’s richest man he lost last year, but the Microsoft co-founder, now global philanthropist, did just manage to join Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in the elite 12-figure club.

20 Mar, 2019 17:16 FinancialContent

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20 Mar, 2019 16:38 FinancialContent

Google was hit with a 1.49-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) fine on Wednesday, the third antitrust sanction from the European Union in two years after a record-breaking 4.34 billion euro penalty last year and a 2.4-billion-euro sanction in 2017 over its anti-competitive practices.

Streaming has a major new entry in the video game platform battle for players' time and dollars.

* EU's Vestager gives cautious welcome to its measures (Adds Vestager. Google critic comments, details)

Google was fined 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in only two years.

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Google was fined 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in two only years.

The momentum crowd is running up AMD’s stock too fast.

20 Mar, 2019 13:00 FinancialContent

At its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday, Starbucks shared two targets to aid in future growth: start-ups and the in-store experience.

20 Mar, 2019 12:20 FinancialContent

The new technology will be here before you know it.

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Google has a majority of the U.S. education tech market with 60 percent of all laptops and tablets purchased for U.S. K-12 classrooms, largely because Chromebooks are so affordable.

Google was fined 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in two only years.

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Shares of Japanese video gaming heavyweights Nintendo and Sony tumbled in Wednesday morning trade following Google's announcement on Tuesday that it was entering the sector through its streaming platform, Stadia.

On different ends of the Bay Area, the CEOs of two tech giants espoused different visions for a streaming future for videogames on Tuesday.

The head of the House Homeland Security Committee asked four technology companies to attend a closed-door briefing next week on their efforts to prevent violent videos from being disseminated in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand.

Following the live-streaming on social media of the mass shooting in New Zealand, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security wrote a letter to top executives of four major technology companies urging them to do a better job of removing violent political content.

19 Mar, 2019 23:45 FinancialContent

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Jim Cramer says all of the rising on the market is not justified, but investors have some breathing room.

Following the live-streaming on social media of the mass shooting in New Zealand, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security wrote a letter to top executives of four major technology companies urging them to do a better job of removing violent political content.

House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote to the CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft requesting a briefing.

Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Tuesday that it would launch this year a browser-based video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers.

19 Mar, 2019 20:06 FinancialContent

British pharma GlaxoSmithKline joined the recent groundswell of high-grade corporate bond issuers Monday to sell new debt.

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