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Your Fill of Apple News

According to multiple sources (unnamed, of course), Apple (AAPL) may be getting into the video content business. Variety magazine reports that Tim Cook’s people are talking to Hollywood reps about making “stuff” for Apple, though the story is filled with caveats and maybes. Whether it is an all-out assault on the space or content for their new Apple TV or for their rumored internet television...

Gadget Corner: Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker

Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker By: Wayne A. Thorp, CFA $99.95 Activity tracker monitors your steps, distance and calories burned as well as heart rate, blood oxygen level and sleep cycle. Over the last couple of years, wearables have become a popular technology niche. Wearable technology consists of devices worn on the body in items such as watches, glasses, jewelry, and accessories. On the heels of Apple’s...

Best Buy Betting on Apple Watch

Best Buy (BBY), the electronics giant, has been quietly making a comeback of sorts, following its near death experience. It’s relationship with Apple (AAPL) has been a big part of that comeback and it should be no surprise that Best Buy is always looking to expand on that relationship. The company started selling the Apple watch over the summer in a handful of stores but has now decided to sell them in...

Market Selloff Triggers Bullish Shift in CI Market Dashboard

To read about the activity with the individual CI Market Dashboard indicators this week, visit the Dashboard website. Week in Review Last week I posed the question as to whether or not last week’s sell-off would continue. The short answer is: kind of. Volatility remained the norm this week, with global equities seeing wild swings. In the end, however, investors and traders seemed mainly satisfied with the...

FitBit is feeling Apple Hot on its Trail

When it comes to tech wearables, consumers still prefer cheap fitness trackers from makers like FitBit (FIT).  Apple (AAPL), with its recently launched Apple watch is making a dent according to two different sources. IDC, a technology industry tracker, reports that Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the second quarter. That means that Apple has launched itself into second place behind industry leader FitBit...

High Frequency Traders Can’t Lose, in Court

A judge dismissed a case against Barclays PLC (BCS) that was based in part on the book “Flash Boys“. The lawsuit was filed by investors, including the city of Providence, Rhode Island claiming that Barclays and the U.S. stock exchanges defrauded investors in its dark pool, a private trading venue, and gave high-frequency traders (HFT) an unfair advantage over others and they cited the book as a...

BlackRock Buys Online Advisory Service – FutureAdvisor

BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) announced on Wednesday that is has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FutureAdvisor, an online advisory service, or what some may call “robo-advisor.” The press release stated: “FutureAdvisor will operate as a business within BlackRock Solutions (BRS), the firm’s world-class investment and risk management platform. The unit will provide financial institutions with high...

Bears Outnumber Bulls for Fifth Straight Week

Bearish sentiment exceeded bullish sentiment for the fifth week in a row in the latest AAII Investor Sentiment Survey. This is now the longest such streak since October/November 2012. Bullish sentiment, however, did rise to a five-week high. Overall, the readings for August 20, 2015, are: Bullish: 32.5%, up 5.58 percentage points Neutral: 29.23%, down 10.62 percentage points Bearish: 38.27%, up 4.94 percentage...

Circuit Breakers Too Loose?

The recent volatility in markets around the world has market participants wondering if the current market circuit breaker levels are too loose. NASDAQ (NDAQ) CEO Bob Greifeld though is not necessarily on board with that line of thinking. What is a circuit breaker? A circuit breaker is a trigger where after an index has fallen a certain percentage, the exchange activates trading halts or restrictions on program...

Appellate Court Rules in Favor of the Federal Trade Commission

A federal court ruled on Monday that companies that fail to provide customers with reasonable protections against theft of online data can be sued by federal consumer-protection enforcers. The Wall Street Journal explained, “The Philadelphia-based Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Federal Trade Commission could proceed with a lawsuit alleging hotel chain Wyndham Worldwide Corp. (WYN) bore some...