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Top Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

  1. Amazon Altered Search Algorithms to Promote Certain Products Amazon.com Inc. reportedly altered its product search system to better feature items which are more profitable for the company. According to reports, Amazon had apparently optimized its search algorithm late last year, so that instead of showing the most relevant and best selling items, it will instead promote items which are most profitable to the company. The move to change the search algorithm was the result of several years of discussions with Amazon’s Seattle retail interests, which supported the changes, and the company’s California-based search team, who opposed it. Any…

The path to profitability for Uber and Lyft looks more like a dead end

The ride-sharing companies are subsidizing rides and overspending on technology, and soon their very business model may be upended in California. Ride-share company earnings prove that if you lower the bar to the ground, it’s easy to leap over. Uber UBER, -1.28%  and Lyft LYFT, +1.42%  each reported staggering losses recently, yet the reports were delivered with positive spins. Lyft released “record second-quarter results” while losing roughly the same amount of money as in previous years. Lyft’s improving loss guidance was meant to look attractive at $850 million to $875 million per year, compared with the $1.15 billion-$1.175 billion previously forecast. But that amount is higher…

How to pick long-term stock winners in cloud computing

Cloud software stocks suffered a reversal that has produced losses of close to 50% from record highs. The story for those stocks hasn’t changed, but the valuations have, and that could be a good thing for investors who know what they own. The biggest risk for investors in cloud stocks isn’t the losses that have pummeled prices over the past two weeks, but rather the big reversal that may scare them away from the sector. It’s painful to watch large declines in stocks, yet nobody wants to miss out on a potential 10-bagger either. When the market rewards, and penalizes,…

Slack’s missteps have now made the stock a ‘buy’ at the right price

Slack Technologies is the fastest-growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) company of all time and a Silicon Valley favorite, yet the direct public offering (DPO) clearly did not go well for public investors. The shares WORK, +8.03%  opened at $38.50 on June 20, rose to $42 intraday, and have now sunk to a record-low of $26.25 in after-market hours leading into its first earnings report as a public company. The losses are at 36% from its intraday high, and that occurred when many cloud-software initial public offerings (IPOs) have enjoyed triple-digit returns since going public. So what went wrong? And, more importantly for growth investors, will…

What Happened to Splunk Last Week? Earnings Review

Splunk Inc’s (NASDAQ: SPLK) shares are currently trading at $118.46 which represents flat gains over the past 12-months basis compared to the broader market returning flat gains over the same time frame. Second-quarter earnings were reported on Wednesday and the question of weakening cash flow is taking center stage. Splunk Overview Splunk is a hybrid cloud computing company that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to offer data analytics solutions to a variety of organizations. The company is one of the leaders in the big data analysis and security space, which according to Statista is expected to grow from roughly $42 billion…

Tech Stock News: 7 Things You Missed This Week

1. Amazon Calls on India to Reduce Ecommerce Restrictions Amazon executive Amit Agarwal recently told Reuters that India needs to reduce red tape and encourage ecommerce if it is to overcome sluggish domestic growth. “There is so much opportunity to just let ecommerce thrive versus trying to define every single guard rail under which it should operate,” Agarwal said. Agarwal’s comment was directed at India’s latest ecommerce laws which limits Amazon and Walmart’s ability to operate in the country. Pushing back on these new legislations, he emphasized Amazon’s role in helping small and medium enterprises in the country by enhancing…

Beaten-down Nvidia is diligently preparing to pounce on its rivals

Nvidia’s stock went from unstoppable to nearly uninvestable in the matter of a few weeks last year and has not recovered.  The sudden drop in Nvidia’s stock price and a competitive ecosystem that’s hard to understand are two reasons the chipmaker has scared away growth investors, who have opted for momentum bets such as cloud-software companies. The fact that semiconductor companies are cyclical, and mired in the U.S.-China trade war, has further overshadowed Nvidia’s growth potential.  But the real story is that Nvidia is spring-loaded as its product offerings quietly gather strength in a market of enormous magnitude: artificial intelligence (AI). The path…

Uber and Lyft: Unprofitable Powerhouses

Ride-share earnings this week proved that if you lower the bar to the ground, any earnings performance can leap over it. Both companies reported staggering losses that were delivered with positive PR spins.  Lyft reported “record second quarter results” while losing roughly the same amount of money as previous years. Uber had an epic $5 billion loss that is closer to $1.3 billion adjusted. The second number only looks acceptable in the parallel universe where a $65 billion market cap company can report any losses at all, let alone $4 billion per year.  Likewise, Lyft looks digestible compared to its counterpart…

How to Pick Growth Stocks in the Tech Sector

“What makes a solid tech stock?” may be one of the most important questions an investor can answer. Over the last decade, tech companies started to penetrate the top ten list of global companies by market cap. Today, tech dominates this list with Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Alibaba. Not all tech stocks are winners, of course, with IBM and Yahoo flatlining over the past decade and Cisco unable to reclaim its valuation from nearly twenty years ago. This is why it is important to follow guidelines for individual tech stocks regardless of a broader bear or bull market. Basic…

Blockchain Technology Interest Waning – OSCON

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) is an annual convention for the discussion of free and open source software. Open source has seen tremendous support over the last decade after going through a dark winter of software commercialization in the 80s and 90s. A historical turning point was when Netscape released the Netscape Communicator internet suite as free software in 1998 and the source code was used to spur Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and KompoZer. Background on Open Source: Proponents of Free and Open Source (FOSS) during the 90s included heavy weight Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. For instance, a Microsoft…