In its annual mobile apps survey, Research firm Gartner predicted that by 2019 virtual assistants will account for 20% of all smartphone interactions. With that level of user engagement, predictably all of the largest technology companies are invested in the segment and each brings a different strength to the field.
Will 2017 be the year of the virtual assistant? Image source: Pixabay.
Amazon Echo powered by Alexa. Image source: Amazon.com.
Many media reports are calling Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa the hit of the Consumer Electronics Show. In 2015, Amazon made a skills kit available to developers that allowed partners to incorporate voice commands. Fast forward to 2017 and Alexa can integrate with an estimated 5,000 third-party apps, from refrigerators to TV’s, from cars to vacuums, and lest we forget, the Echo smart home speaker. The novelty of this device made it among the top selling items on Amazon’s website during the holidays. This was a brilliant strategic move by a company without a smartphone as an installed base. Amazon does, however, have a roster of well-known companies in its corner including Ford, Samsung and LG to name a few. In addition to product integration, Alexa can be found in a dizzying number of bots that can order a pizza from Domino’s, schedule an Uber, or check your Capital One balance. This gives Amazon the early lead in terms of reach and momentum, but the lack of a mobile device means that challenges remain.
top ten stocks: Mitel Networks Corporation(MITL)
- [By Lisa Levin]
ShoreTel Inc (NASDAQ: SHOR) shares shot up 28 percent to $7.47. Mitel Networks Corp (NASDAQ: MITL) announced plans to acquire Shortel for $7.50 per share in cash.
top ten stocks: Calavo Growers, Inc.(CVGW)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Agricultural Produce Companies
Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR): -32.1 percent since 2011. Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW): +168.2 percent since 2011.
Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers
- [By Lee Jackson]
Calavo Growers Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW) had the man at the top buying stock last week. CEO Lecil Cole purchased 95,000 shares of the avocados and other perishable foods distributor at prices between $55.44 and $56.92 a share. The total for the purchase was set at $5 million. The stock closed the day last Friday at $58.30, in a52-week range of$48.745 to $71.48. The consensus price target is set at $73.17.
top ten stocks: Oshkosh Corporation(OSK)
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
The six companies that met the criterion are:
Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.
- [By Rich Smith]
I first named Oshkosh my top stock pick back in September, when the stock cost $42 and change. Since then, the stock has gone down, and sells for $3 less. So am I supposed to dislike Oshkosh stock now?
No. To the contrary, I like it even more. (About $3 more, in fact).
You see, even in the process of picking Oshkosh back then, I warned investors: "I don’t know whether Oshkosh will be the best-performing stock in the world in the month of September, but I’ve got a strong hunch about the next six months." And that hunch remains — because the facts have not changed.
This past summer, Oshkosh was named the winner of the Pentagon’s contract to build a next-gen "Humvee" — an armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicle that will serve the U.S. military for decades to come. Oshkosh won an initial award to produce 17,000 vehicles for $6.7 billion. Ultimately, though, this is a contract that could swell to $30 billion or more for production, maintenance, and upgrade of approximately 55,000 JLTVs across all military branches.
So why hasn’t Oshkosh stock moved in response to the contract? Mainly because rival bidderLockheed Martin threw a monkey wrench into the contracts process, first protesting the JLTV award to Oshkosh, and then, when that protest was rejected, filing suit in court to try to win the contract away from its rival.
Personally, I think Lockheed Martin will lose that suit as well. After all, Lockheed’s forte is in fighter jets, while Oshkosh is the military’s premier supplier of trucks like JLTV, as well as the Army’s M-ATV vehicle (a small, all-terrain MRAP). Perhaps recognizing this, AM General, the other company that bid against Oshkosh on JLTV and lost, declined to protest the award. Lockheed took the other road, but I expect it will be a dead end for Lockheed as well.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Oshkosh (OSK) was downgraded to neutral from buy at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. $62 price target. The valuation is less attractive, as the stock is trading at 21x expected 2017 earnings, analysts said.
top ten stocks: Visa Inc.(V)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Not all financial sector stocks are screaming buys right now. In fact, Visa Inc. (V) is a prominent one that’s showing the opposite type of technical trajectory this week. Visa sold off hard on Monday, declining more than 4% in a move that analysts pinned on investors eschewing card payment companies because of excessive ex-U.S. revenue exposure and the increased attractiveness of actual card issuers, like banks, in a rising rate environment.
- [By Money Morning Staff Reports]
You see, Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) can process 1,700 transactions per second.
In comparison, Bitcoin can only process seven transactions per second, with an average transaction fee of $14.94, according to BitInfoCharts.com. That hampers its ability to gain widespread acceptance as an everyday currency.
- [By Brian Feroldi, Dan Caplinger, Travis Hoium, and Matthew DiLallo]
While we Fools are generally bargain hunters, we recognize that some companies are so fantastic that it can make sense to buy them while they’re on the upswing. With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools to each highlight a stock trading near its 52-week that is still worth buying today. Read on to see why they selected Visa (NYSE:V), Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP), Paycom Software (NYSE:PAYC), and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
- [By Paul Ausick]
There were two big winners in 2017 and three more stocks that posted very solid gains above 40%:
Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), up 89% Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), up 68.9% Visa Inc. (NYSE: V), up 46.1% Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), up 46.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), up 42.9%.
A stronger global economy contributed to the fortunes of at least two of these firms. while lower U.S. unemployment and improving wages helped the more consumer oriented companies post their gains.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
At the top of the list is global payments leader Visa Inc (V).
Visa sits at the intersection of two of the most powerful trends in the economy today: the rise of the cashless society and the rise of the emerging market consumer. With every passing day, more people around the world are swiping their credit and debit cards in more places. And as the owner of the largest global payments network, Visa sits at the middle of this, like a toll booth operator.
- [By The Ticker Tape]
Overall, first-quarter earnings have been pretty positive and many CEOs struck an optimistic tone discussing outlooks for the remainder of 2017. Two industrial bellwethers, General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) and Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), just beat Wall Street analyst expectations on Friday and credit card companies American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) and Visa Inc (NYSE: V) also reported strong results—some are taking that as a sign that consumer confidence could be translating into consumer buying. Next up in Q1, Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE: LLY), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) report before market open on April 25.