The headlines have been buzzing these past few days over reports that global tech giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might be considering moving some of its iPhone production from China to the US. The original report comes from a respectable Japanese publication, and at least on the surface seems somewhat logical in light of Donald Trump’s surprise win in the US presidential election.
After all, Trump, among other things, has been quite vocal on getting companies like Apple to manufacture in the US. He’s also promised to slap a generic 45 percent tariff on goods made in China. Never mind that goods imported from China and elsewhere fall under a wide range of categories, each subject to different tariff rates. Trump is known for throwing out random thoughts, even when they’re far from practical or connected with reality.
But the most striking thing about the latest reports is the timing. According to the reports, which all trace back to an article printed in the Nikkei Asian Review, Apple actually asked one of its top iPhone makers, Taiwan’s Foxconn, to explore the possibility of US-based production back in June (English article). That was well before Donald Trump had even won the Republican presidential nomination and when few were giving him a serious chance of becoming president.
Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: 8×8 Inc(EGHT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Telecommunications services shares climbed 0.56 percent in trading on Thursday. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ: FTR), and 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT).
- [By Anders Bylund]
Shares of 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT) rose 26.6% in 2016, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
The provider of internet-based voice and communications services put together a remarkable financial record last year. 8X8 beat Wall Street’s earnings and sales estimates handily in each one of the year’s quarterly reports,citing strong organic revenue growth among larger customers along the way. Large-scale corporate customers accounted for 53% of the company’s total sales in the recently reported second quarter, and these big clients are also showing strong loyalty to the 8×8 brand by renewing their service contracts.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small cap magicJack VocalTec Ltd underperforming versus VOIP related peers Vonage Holdings Corp (NYSE: VG)and 8×8, Inc (NASDAQ: EGHT) which have been volatile, but have been heading higher:
Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )
- [By Lisa Levin]
ChannelAdvisor Corp (NASDAQ: ECOM) shares dropped 24 percent to $10.85 following Q4 results. ChannelAdvisor reported Q4 net income of $5.8 million on revenue of $31.8 million.
Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Liquidity Services Inc.(LQDT)
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Liquidity Service (LQDT) is an online auction marketplace for surplus and salvage assets. This stock closed up 14.9% at $34.44 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 1.60 million
Three-Month Average Volume: 402,622
Volume % Change: 336%
From a technical perspective, LQDT skyrocketed higher here right off its 50-day moving average of $30.94 with strong upside volume. This move briefly saw shares of LQDT trend back above its 200-day moving average at $34.60, before it closed just below that level at $34.44. Shares of LQDT are now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if LQDT manages to take out Monday’s intraday high of $35.21 and then once it clears some more near-term overhead resistance at $35.71 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in LQDT as long as it’s trending above $32.67 or above $31.60 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 402,622 shares. If we get that breakout soon, then LQDT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $38 to $40.90.
Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)
- [By Chris Dier-Scalise]
On Thursday, the Vetr crowd downgraded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) from 4.5 stars (Strong Buy), which was issued two days ago, to 3.5 stars (Hold). Crowd sentiment for Alnylam at the time of the downgrade was edging positive, with 66 percent of Vetr user rating bullish.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Yesterday, after markets closed, it was announced that US Federal District Court Judge Sue Robinson ruled to issue a permanent injunction against Praluent, the PCSK9 mAb for hypercholesterolemia from partners Regeneron and Sanofi, due to infringement of patents from Amgen. The court has imposed a 30-day suspension (stay) on the injunction to allow for settlement or appeal of the District Court decision. Sanofi and Regeneron have announced their intent to appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). The injunction decision is consistent with our counter-consensus published views communicated on 25 January 2016 (“Downgrade to Sell on evidence of likely infringement of Amgen’s PCSK9 patents”) and subsequently. Based on consultation with expert legal counsel, we now put >75% probability Amgen will prevail on appeal and/or Praluent is ultimately removed from the US market, and/or Amgen achieves a settlement substantially in its favor. We currently model $3.3 bn in non-risk-adjusted 2022E US revenues for Praluent, while consensus models $1.2 bn in 2022E US revenues. We reiterate our view from 25 January 2016 to preferentially own Amgen, The Medicines Company (MDCO) (Buy), and Alnylam (ALNY) (Buy) over Regeneron for exposure to PCSK9 inhibitor market dynamics as outcomes trials approach.
- [By Cory Renauer]
Treating diseases that have a genetic component by altering the expression of the responsible genes is a promising new field of medicine, but it has been much less straightforward than biopharmaceutical companies had expected. Two contenders in this area, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), saw a mix of setbacks and success in 2016.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALNY) shares shot up 53 percent to $114.87 after the company impressed investors with encouraging data from a phase 3 clinical trial. Alnylam, a company dedicated towards treating a wide range of debilitating diseases through ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi) therapeutics, said after Tuesday's market close that a phase 3 study called APOLLO met its primary efficacy endpoint and all secondary endpoints.
- [By Brian Orelli]
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) jumped as much as 14.5% today after announcing earnings after the bell yesterday. As a development-stage biotech, it wasn’t the revenue or the earnings that caused the spike, but the progression of Allnylam’s pipeline.
Best Tech Stocks To Own For 2018: Zynga Inc.(ZNGA)
- [By Javier Hasse]
For instance, in his previous startup, Vostu (often dubbed the Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA) of Latin America), Recchia had to open an office in the U.S. in order to access top-notch talent in business analytics.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
What could have gone wrong? Cramer said investors only need to remember the IPOs of Facebook (FB) , Twitter (TWTR) , Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) . All of these IPOs made the markets look fragile and, yes, rigged. But today, the market avoided four major pitfalls.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Most tech companies opt to have the dual class structure with the primary motive of retaining voting control. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Box Inc (NYSE: BOX) are a few companies who went the dual class stock structure way.
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows shares of Glu Mobile and peer Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA)all over the place for investors and savvy traders who could have profitably traded theirshares:
- [By Paul Ausick]
According to the Financial Times, a total of 13 companies, including Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA) and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) saw shares rise to $123. For Zynga, that represented a 3,000% boost; for Sears, a 1,000% surge. Four companies, including Amazon and Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) fell more than 85% as a result of the glitch.