IBM has finally broken its years-long losing streak
After reporting sales declines for 22 consecutive quarters (about five and a half years), Big Blue finally posted revenue growth — by a very slim margin. Sales grew 1% last quarter.
IBM said it expects sales growth to continue in this quarter and throughout 2018.
“We are pleased with our overall revenue growth in the quarter,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM (IBM) chairman, president and chief executive officer, on Thursday.
IBM has struggled in the past few years because of a shift in the technology landscape. But its investment in the cloud and other more dynamic and rapidly growing areas of tech, has helped the company’s performance.
Revenue from the company’s cloud business grew by 27% in the fourth quarter. IBM’s cloud unit represents more than a fifth of the company’s total sales.
“During 2017, we strengthened our position as the leading enterprise cloud provider and established IBM as the blockchain leader for business,” Rometty said.
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: AVG Technologies N.V.(AVG)
- [By Igor Novgorodtsev]
InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: FormFactor, Inc.(FORM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
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World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE: INT) tumbled 18 percent to $22.90 following Q1 results.
Biglari Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BH) fell 17.4 percent to $349.52. Washington Prime Group will replace Biglari Holdings in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 1.
Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) dipped 15.7 percent to $14.03 after a mixed fourth quarter report.
FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM) fell 15.3 percent to $11.65. FormFactor is expected to release Q1 results on May 2.
Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) dropped 14.3 percent to $6.24 following Q1 results.
National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI) fell 14.3 percent to $ 42.34 after reporting Q1 results.
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) dipped 14.2 percent to $32.37 following Q1 results.
Civeo Corporation (NYSE: CVEO) dropped 13.5 percent to $3.33. Civeo posted a Q1 loss of $0.42 per share on sales of $101.504 million.
athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN) fell 12.4 percent to $125.310 after reporting Q1 results.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) shares tumbled 12.1 percent to $262.06 as the company posted Q1 results.
Value Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: VALU) fell 11.3 percent to $19.10.
Federated Investors, Inc. (NYSE: FII) shares dropped 11.2 percent to $27.605 after the company posted downbeat quarterly earnings.
AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) declined 10.7 percent to $17.20 following Q1 results.
CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP) dropped 9.4 percent to $21.01 after reporting Q4 results.
Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares fell 8.9 percent to $7.280 following mixed Q1 results.
Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) shares fell 8.4 percent to $45.97 after reporting Q4 results.
LogMeIn Inc (NASDAQ: LOGM) fell 8.2 percent to $109.825. LogMeIn reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter, but issued weak second quarter and FY18 earning guidance.
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested small cap semiconductor equipment & testing stock FormFactor, Inc (NASDAQ: FORM) as a short term long trade thats a pure small cap play with excellent valuation metrics, in addition to some very attractive chart implications right now:
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd.(TSM)
- [By Ashraf Eassa]
A while back, DigiTimes reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM), a major contract chip manufacturer, planned to introduce an enhanced variant of its 16nm manufacturing technology dubbed “12nm.”
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Shares of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) may face additional pressure today after another surprise update from one of its biggest suppliers. Austria-based supplier AMS, a maker of optical sensors for the iPhone X, warned that sales for the second quarter will fall by roughly 50% from the first quarter. This comes not long after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.(ADR) (NYSE: TSM) offered a lower-than-expected Q2 revenue forecast. Now, Wall Street analysts could soon follow with cuts to iPhone sales forecasts, especially after rival Samsung warned of a slowdown in display panel sales.
This morning, the European Central Bank announced it will maintain its record-low interest rates and accommodating monetary policy. At a time when the U.S. central bank is raising rates, the ECB failed to provide a timeline on when it will end its massive stimulus package, which features monthly bond purchases of $37 billion.
Four Stocks to Watch Today: DNKN, QSR, GM, FB
Hedge fund manager and notable short-seller Jim Chanos is lining up positions against two of the restaurant industry’s best-known firms. Shares of Dunkin Brands Group Inc.(Nasdaq: DNKN) and Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE: QSR), which owns Burger King, were both sliding after Chanos said he was short the firms over sales concerns. The news comes the same morning that DNKN topped Wall Street profit estimates of $0.62 by $0.11. However, DNKN quarterly revenue fell short of expectations.
Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) stock doesn’t appear to be facing any significant fallout due to its ongoing data scandal. The social media giant shattered revenue expectations after the bell Wednesday. Shares popped 7% after the company reported a 50% year-over-year revenue surge. The firm reported 1.45 billion daily active users and 2.2 billion monthly users. This was the first earnings report since the Cambridge Analytica scandal that happened in March. Shares are rebounding, as the firm had lost billions in
- [By Ashraf Eassa]
For many years, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) has relied on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM) to manufacture the graphics chips it designs. Today, most of NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture-based graphics processors — from the GeForce GTX 1060, designed for mainstream PC gamers, all the way through its cutting edge Tesla P100 datacenter accelerators — are manufactured by TSMC.
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The markets took it on the chin on Friday, as Apple (AAPL) led the way down a day after supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) issued a weak forecast, and a report from Morgan Stanley said iPhone sales for the June quarter will disappoint.
- [By Steve Miller]
On Thursday, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) fell by nearly 3%, after Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM) gave a weak revenue forecast for its June quarter, which investors imlied would affect iPhone 8 sales negatively. Also, the Philadelphia Fed released data for its April manufacturing index of 23.2, compared to estimates of 20.8.
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Mattersight Corporation(MATR)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) got a boost, shooting up 23 percent to $2.65 after the company agreed to be purchased by an affiliate of NICE Ltd.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) shares shot up 52 percent to $7.235 after the company disclosed a deal with Arkoma Drilling L.P. and Williston Drilling, L.P. to buy oil & gas properties in North Dakota. Comstock announced withdrawal of tender offers for outstanding secured notes.
MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE: HZO) shares gained 24.2 percent to $21.80 as the company posted upbeat Q2 results and raised its FY18 outlook.
Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) shares rose 22 percent to $2.625 after the company agreed to be purchased by NICE Ltd.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) jumped 21.3 percent to $411.871 as the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Wednesday.
Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXSM) rose 17 percent to $3.10 after the company disclosed a positive outcome of the interim analysis of STRIDE-1 Phase 3 trial of AXS-05 in treatment resistant depression.
Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCTT) rose 15.9 percent to $18.34 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCMI) gained 15.6 percent to $12.20 following Q1 results.
O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) surged 14.4 percent to $260.3901 following upbeat Q1 profit.
Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited (NYSE: CCM) gained 13.8 percent to $3.70.
Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) rose 13.5 percent to $29.815 after reporting strong Q1 results.
BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT) rose 13.5 percent to $38.30 as the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose 13.1 percent to $10.985 as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) shares gained 11.8 percent to $63.59 following Q1 results. California Water Service Group made an offer for SJW.
Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) climbed 9.8 percent to $278.40 following Q1 results.
CYS Investments, Inc. (NYSE: CYS)
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: Simulations Plus, Inc.(SLP)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, healthcare shares fell by 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP), down 7 percent, and ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: ZIOP), down 7 percent.
Hot Tech Stocks To Buy For 2018: TTM Technologies, Inc.(TTMI)
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Shares of circuit board manufacturer TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI) have jumped today, up by 10% as of 3 p.m. EST, after the company reported fourth-quarter earnings.
- [By Anders Bylund]
How do you pick the top names in this broadly lucrative industry? I’m here to show you my three favorites in the printed circuit board market: Sanmina (NASDAQ:SANM), Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE), and TTM Technologies (NASDAQ:TTMI), each one tailor-made for a different type of investor.