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The behavioral economics expert and professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is the maestro of the behavioral tweak. His skills, and those of other researchers and experts in fields ranging from public policy to product design, are put to practical use at his year-old Common Cents Lab. The financial decision-making research lab defines its mission as “Hacking human behavior, for good.” 

It brings to mind a mental trick financial planner and blogger Michael Kitces uses to stay focused on long-term saving. To become financially independent, his goal is to save the equivalent of his current annual spending — times 30. “When you’re shooting for lifestyle times 30, you constantly think about expenses that might affect your lifestyle,” he said, perhaps through lifestyle creep. 

top stock companies to invest in: International Business Machines Corporation(IBM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    International Business Machines (IBM) led the S&P 500 lower today after beating earnings forecasts but missing on revenue.

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    IBM dropped, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,338.17.

    Barclays analysts Mark Moskowitz and Daniel Gaide contend that IBM’s earnings “suggest [a] turnaround might be elusive.” They explain why:

    The major Y/Y deterioration in gross margin, and IBMs dependence on discrete items to pad EPS, stand to frustrate investors. We highlighted last week that the stocks rally could come to an end as it is time to show progress on the turnaround. 1Q results did not deliver much progress and could signal that investors might have given IBM too much credit to deliver on its ambitious turnaround built around the cloud and cognitive. We recommend investors stay on the sideline.

    International Business Machines’ market capitalization fell to $152.5 billion today from $160.4 billion yesterday.

    Barron’s Teresa Rivasrecommends staying away from IBM.

  • [By Jack Foley]

    The huge tailwinds Amazon has at present (as it rolls out its infrastructure) is the growth of its marketplaces and web division. Just look at how competitors such as Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM)are building out their cloud infrastructure but still remain miles behind Amazon. Growth here is just beginning as more sectors are moving their entire business models to the cloud. Investors have no idea just how much work ( both from a commercial and personal standpoint) will be done on the cloud in the future. Amazon at present is in a prime position so expect growth rates to continue.

  • [By Jack Foley on] International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM)third quarter results illustrated that the company is finally getting close to revenue growth, which speaks volumes about the growth in its ‘strategic imperatives’ division. Nevertheless, growth in the segment (which now makes up 40% of revenues) has come at a cost and this is something Wall Street is noticing. IBM stock looks more and more like an all or nothing play on Watson. Here’s why betting on IBM can be risky, but worth considering.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    And Goldcorp is tapping into the power of the Watson artificial intelligence system, run by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM). GG is using IBM’s artificial intelligence system to help process geological data – including millions of core samples, seismic surveys, and theoretical modeling – to find the most lucrative areas to mine gold.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    As for individual stocks, IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) attracted heavy investor interest following their quarterly earnings releases.

  • [By Chris Neiger]

    And within the machine learning space, three key players have emerged:IBM (NYSE:IBM), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). These companies accounted for a combined 73% of the machine learning market last year, according to Transparency Market Research, so let’s take a look at what each is doing in the space and how they’re likely to continue dominating.

top stock companies to invest in: Synchronoss Technologies Inc.(SNCR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap cloud software and services stock Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR):

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) posted a new 52-week low of $9.95 on Tuesday, down about 41% from Monday’s closing price of $16.75. The stock’s 52-week high is $49.94. Volume totaled around 19 million shares, about 20 times the daily average. The company said this morning that takeover talks by private equity firm Siris Capital Group had ended without an agreement.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, financial shares fell 1.72 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR), down 8 percent, and Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) got a boost, shooting up 34 percent to $16.35. Synchronoss Technologies confirmed the receipt of indication of interest from Siris Capital Group to acquire all outstanding shares for $18 per share in cash.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) shares dropped 39 percent to $10.27 after Siris Capital disclosed that it is no longer interested in an all cash takeover of the company. Synchronoss Technologies said that it continues to explore full range of alternatives, including sale.

top stock companies to invest in: AxoGen, Inc.(AXGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    AxoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXGN) was down, falling around 10 percent to $22.42. AxoGen reported a proposed public offering of common stock.

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top stock companies to invest in: United States Cellular Corporation(USM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $975.54 million.

    Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.09 per share on revenue of $364.50 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.

top stock companies to invest in: Bovie Medical Corporation(BVX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Bovie Medical Corporation (NYSE: BVX) were down 20 percent to $2.11. Bovie Medical reported a Q1 loss of $0.06 per share on sales of $8.4 million.

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