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Friday, January 12, 2007

Free Real-Time Stock Quotes on Google?

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced that it is working with the SEC, the NYSE and its D.C. trade association, NetCoalition, to bring users free real-time stock quotes. The company said the NYSE has moved the issue forward with a proposal to the SEC, which would allow users to see real-time quotes across all Google properties. Link


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Stocks to Watch Tomorrow 01/12

RC2 Corp. (Nasdaq: RCRC) is getting chopped after-hours after warning. Look out below!

The I-screen-stocks-with-small-floats-then-make-up-a-bs-rumor crowd was all over a number of micro-caps today: City Telecom HK Ltd. (Nasdaq: CTEL) rose 69% (co issued a statment to the Hong Kong exchange saying they don't know what is behind the move), DayStar Technologies (Nasdaq: DSTI) rose 52%, Giga-tronics Inc. (Nasdaq: GIGA) rose 21%, Onstream Media Corp. (Nasdaq: ONSM) rose 19%

Hornbeck Offshore (NYSE: HOS) was a big loser today (-22%) after lowering guidance. The news sent Trico Marine Services (Nasdaq: TRMA) 16% lower. TMRA looks interesting if oil stabilizes. These companies proved supply vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.

SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) was chopped 10% in the last 40-minutes of trading after lowering Q4 guidance slightly. This one could be a bounce candidate. The news also sent Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) lower (-2.14%)

The takeover chatter on Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE: COO), noted yesterday at the Rumor Pipeline Blog, seems interesting. The stock could ramp if the company formal announces they are for sale.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Stocks to Watch Tomorrow 01/11

It was a big day for the I-can-mark-a-stock-up-in-a-flash-and-steal-your-money boys today, but unlike what we've seen in prior days the companies had news to hype: Ocean Bio-Chem Inc. (Nasdaq: OBCI) climbed 179% after the company announced increased distribution through Wal-Mart (now any hillbilly looking for a new fuel additive can find it at Wal-Mart. Yee Haw!); Cleveland Biolabs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBLI) climbed 47.6% on a "breakthrough" for stem cell research (we've only heard that thirty seven THOUSAND times before); Natural Health Trends Corp. (Nasdaq: BHIP) jumped 45% after the company named Gernot Senke COO (who the hell is that?); Innodata Isogen Inc. (Nasdaq: INOD) rallied 36.6% after the company said it inked $9 million in new contracts (isn't that their job?)

India-based IT company Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: INFY) will be reporting results before the open and will be one to watch.

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) is on pace to hit $100 faster then we thought, +$4.79 today. Maybe we will see it tomorrow. Is CNBC getting the widget ready?

US Airways (NYSE: LCC) is buying Delta Air Lines (Nasdaq: DALRQ) - no wait a minute, Northwest Airlines (Nasdaq: NWACQ) and Delta are in talks - no its Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and Northwest that are merging - no I mean UAL Corp (Nasdaq: UAUA) and Continental. WOW! How about we pick two captains like schoolyard football and let them pick their teams. Once the two teams are formed let's make bets on who will fall into bankruptcy first.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Stocks to Watch Tomorrow 01/10

Major biotech company Genentech Inc. (NYSE: DNA) is on deck to report earnings tomorrow.

Futuremedia PLC (Nasdaq: FMDAD) was today's I-bet-I-can-create-a-pump-and-dump-in-this-little-piece-of-shit hedge fund game. The stock climbed 85% after announcing it subsidiary will provide their web-based learning platform to some Swedish bank.

Escala Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ESCL) is going to the pink sheets tomorrow. The stock dropped 41% on the news today. Under normal conditions the stock would drop further once sent to the pinks, but shorts may be covering which could support the stock a bit.

Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) climbed 8.3% after announcing their iPhone. The company also announced AppleTV. This stock is headed to $100 quickly.

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) sunk 11% today after dismal guidance and job cuts. This may be a bounce candidate once things settle out.

Gap (NYSE: GPS) didn't do much today, but word is they are holding a board meeting today and may sell the company off piecemeal. The stock could get a small boost on an official announcement.

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Apple iPhone Announced - Sign Me Up

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) outdoes itself again with the new iPhone, combining a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching.

I'll be looking to trade in my BlackBerry, made by Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), for the new iPhone when it is available in June.

Stocks reacting to the news:

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) +6.7%
Research In Motion Ltd. (Nasdaq: RIMM) -6.3%
Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) -4.8%
Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) -0.75%
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) -1.2%

More on the iPhone here

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Stocks to Watch Tomorrow 01/09

Alcoa (NYSE: AA) kicks off earnings season tomorrow with its report after the close.

Gap (NYSE: GPS) closed 7.25% higher on reports the company hired Goldman to look at options, including a possible sale. This is the best thing the company could have done, but the Fisher family still stands in the way. The stock is trading near the top end of its 52-week range so it not clear how much upside exists at this point considering operations (ex-Banana Republic) are in shambles.

GoAmerica Inc. (Nasdaq: GOAM) was the latest I-don't-care-what-the-company-does-just-buy-the-son-of-a-bitch micro cap stocks to see action. The stock was up 40% just because. For the record, while I find it amusing to track this type of greater-fool action, I don't like it for the broader market outlook.

A lot of warnings after the close: Tween Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TWB), Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE: BGP), KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC).

Crazy Chavez strikes again! Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos de Venezuela (NYSE: VNT) was down 14% before being halted after the fool announced the nationalizing of the electricity and telecom sectors. Crystallex International (AMEX: KRY) was down 10% on fear the simpleton could do same to the mining sector.

Biotech is looking interesting again and Seattle Genetics Inc. (Nasdaq: SGEN) could be one to watch even after today's 24% run-up on its sweet deal with Genetech (NYSE: DNA). But in biotech you must be diversified. Another example of that was demonstrated today - Dynavax Technologies' (Nasdaq: DVAX) recevied a 30% haircut on disappointing trial data.