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Investor Bearishness Highest in Nearly 2 Years

Bearish sentiment rose to its highest level since August 22, 2013, in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. In addition, neutral sentiment fell below 40% for the first time in 17 weeks. Overall, the readings for July 30, 2015, are: Bullish: 21.11%, down 11.43 percentage points Neutral: 38.19%, down 3.68 percentage points Bearish: 40.7%, up 15.1 percentage points   AAII Bullish Sentiment The...

Smart Home Hubs Vulnerable to Attack

An article in eWeek cited analysis from security firm Tripwire that found that three popular smart-home hubs have vulnerabilities that could open them to attacks. These vulnerabilities could be used by attackers to gain control of the hubs, according to Tripwire. Tripwire tested smart-home control devices manufactured by SmartThings, Vera Control and Wink, finding critical flaws that could allow attackers to...

Twitter Faces Identity Crisis

Most people know what Twitter (TWTR) is, but far fewer understand how or why to use the service, according to the company’s top executives. This admission came as Twitter announced second-quarter results that exceeded analysts’ expectations, but could spell trouble down the line. The company reported a 61% increase in revenue and a narrower net loss than the same period a year ago. “You should...

Android Devices Vulnerable to Malicious Texts

According to security firm Zimperium, nearly all Android phones and tablets have a built in vulnerability to malformed text messages. It is a vulnerability that resides in the widely used code itself. An attacker simply needs the target phone number to install the malicious code. All the attacker would have to do is send a specially modified text message to the target phone number and no action would be necessary...

Amazon Surpasses Wal-Mart in Market Cap

An article on the Wall Street Journal mentioned that Amazon Inc. (AMZN) has now surpassed rival Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) in terms of market value and now carries the “market-cap crown.” The article said, “While Amazon.com Inc.’s revenue has long been fast growing, easily outpacing brick-and-mortar giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the bottom line has never been close. But that hasn’t stopped Amazon...

Yahoo Finance is Altering its Portfolio Tracking Features

This week, the following message was displayed on the Yahoo Finance website: As of July 22, 2015, Yahoo Finance will no longer support the transactional data feature in your portfolios.  What does this mean? You will no longer be able to record dates when you made individual purchases or sales of a stock, bond, or other holding in your portfolio after July 22, 06:00 PM PDT. You will be still able to view your...

Qualcomm Changes Mind and Will Review Business

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) reported second-quarter pro forma earnings of $0.99 per share, which easily beat I/B/E/S consensus estimates. Analysts polled by I/B/E/S had been forecasting pro forma earnings of $0.95 per share. Revenues from the semiconductor business (QCT) totaled $3.9 billion but the operating margin of 7.5% was at the low end of the range given by the company. Total reported device sales for licensees...

Texas Instruments Still Rolling Despite Weakness in Communications

Texas Instruments (TXN) earned $0.65 per share in the first quarter of 2015, meeting the I/B/E/S consensus estimate of $0.65 per share but better than the $0.62 per share earned in the same quarter last year. Net income totaled $696 million last quarter, up $13 million on a year-over-year basis. Total revenue decreased by 2.0%, to $3.2 billion. Operating profit gained 3% year-over-year, totaling $1.0 billion...

Investor Optimism Slumps After Apple’s Third-Quarter Earnings

Apple Inc. (AAPL) posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7% compared to 39.4% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64% of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was...

Microsoft Earnings Reflect a Company in Transition

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) reported quarterly earnings per share and revenues that beat I/B/E/S consensus estimates. The company earned $0.62 per share during its fiscal second quarter. Analysts polled by I/B/E/S had forecasted pro forma earnings of $0.56 per share for the quarter. Revenues totaled $22.2 billion, down 5% year-over-year but better than the $22.0 billion consensus estimate by analysts, according...