By Randy Rieland, Next Avenue Contributor
Richard Adler knows a few things about the uneasy relationship between older adults and technology.
It’s something that Adler, a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, Calif., has been studying for more than 25 years. One thing, in particular, has struck him.
“The truth is that a lot of older adults are technophobes,” he said. “They tend to be classically late adopters of almost any technology.” Even though they are the ones with the most to gain from embracing the latest technology, Adler said.
Hesitant About Artificial Intelligence
That wariness may especially be true when it comes to the digital innovation that seems destined to become the next game-changer — artificial intelligence or AI. The name alone conjures up notions of talking robots and other brainy devices. That can seem creepy to older adults, not to mention that the idea of being around thinking machines can make them anxious about losing privacy or perhaps even worse, constantly being reminded of their own slipping cognitive skills.
Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.(FCAU)
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General Motors (NYSE: GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) are both large-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.
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Bad news for investors: Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) said production of its bread-and-butter F-150 and Super Duty pickups will be halted due to a fire at a supplier. Ford investors aren’t alone in this pain as General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) also said some production would be disrupted. Not only do investors have to deal with plateauing sales in the North American market, but developments such as this or perhaps an unforeseen recall deter investors from owning automakers. But just how much could this cost Ford?
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Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) is bar none the best positioned of the “U.S.” automakers right now, Tesla included. That’s because despite a correction early this year alongside the rest of the market, Fiat Chrysler’s long-term uptrend remains both intact and recently successfully tested.
Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: eBay Inc.(EBAY)
- [By Adam Levy]
But PayPal faces growing competition from other payments and merchant services businesses like Square (NYSE:SQ), hardware makers integrating payments into their devices like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF), and banks establishing their own peer-to-peer payments service. On top of all that, PayPal is in the process of losing its largest customer, eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY).
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The apps on your smartphone can make all kinds of things easier — but they can be costly, too, if they’re encouraging you to spend money. That’s often the case with apps tied to retailers and marketplaces suchas eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY), Etsy (Nasdaq: ETSY), Amazon.com, and letgo, OfferUp. If you’re someone who likes to spend time browsing on such sites — and to click the “Buy” button — you could save some significant dollars by deleting those apps. Making it harder to spend your money is an effective way to spend less.
- [By Garrett Baldwin]
Money MorningTechnical Trading Specialist D.R. Barton, Jr., has identified a little-known way to avoid the impact of tariffs altogether – and make a killing in the process.Check out D.R.’s findings here…
The Top Stock Market Stories for Wednesday
Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) added nearly 3% in pre-market hours. The gain came after the investment reported strong earnings before the bell this morning. The company’s profitability surged 39% year over year to hit $2.44 billion. The company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.30 on top of $10.6 billion in revenue. Wall Street analysts expected the financial titan to report EPS of $1.08 on top of $9.96 billion in revenue. Markets will again be paying close attention to statements from Federal Reserve Bank Chair Jerome Powell. On Wednesday, Powell will wrap up his two-day testimony on Capitol Hill. As we explained yesterday, the next person who could lose his or her shirt in this trade war is you. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) stock is sitting at an all-time high as its annual Prime Day comes to a close. Look for the firm to report some initial results from its yearly shopping holiday. Despite glitches on Monday afternoon, the firm still reported strong sales over its first 12 hours.
Three Stocks to Watch Today: IBM, NFLX, GOOGL
International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) will lead a busy day of earnings reports. Wall Street will be looking for the company to report EPS of $3.03 on top of $19.66 billion in revenue. The tech giant will report earnings after the bell today. The European Commission has slapped Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) with a $5 billion antitrust fine. The EC says that it violated the law by pushing its own apps on Android phones in order to thwart its competition. The punishment comes after an investigation dating back to 2015. Shares of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) have been rebounding thanks to renewed confidence from one of Wall Street’s top banks. On Tuesday, Bank
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eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) isnt quite the hot new tech we see in others but has recently announced two programs that could significantly add to growth and earnings. The company announced in January that it would start acting as the intermediary for payments, keeping users on the platform and booking the fees between 2% to 3% enjoyed by PayPal for more than a decade.
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Is Musk capable of running a company? Absolutely. Let’s not forget that this guy started Zip2 and sold it for $340 million back in 1999. His X.com company was merged with another to eventually form PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) before selling to eBay Inc. (EBAY) . Musk then founded SpaceX (which was just valued at $25 billion), co-founded Tesla and was an important investor in getting SolarCity up and running before it went public.
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eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY)had a rough quarter and blames it on a strengthening U.S. dollar … but come on! Come on! American Express(NYSE:AXP) is down on concerns over revenue and its market is getting tougher and tougher. Also, Matt and Jason talk about some fascinating companies they just pitched at The Motley Fool’s quarterly board meeting.
Best Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated(LEG)
- [By Ethan Ryder]
Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. decreased its position in shares of Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) by 7.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund owned 39,994 shares of the company’s stock after selling 3,289 shares during the period. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A.’s holdings in Leggett & Platt were worth $1,774,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Shares of LEG Immobilien AG (FRA:LEG) have been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the nineteen research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is €101.62 ($118.16).
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California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) by 2.7% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 413,255 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,689 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System owned about 0.31% of Leggett & Platt worth $18,332,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
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Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG) and Hooker Furniture (NASDAQ:HOFT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and profitability.