Hot Companies To Own For 2015

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Hot Companies To Own For 2015: Citrix Systems Inc.(CTXS)

Citrix Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets technology solutions that deliver information technology services on-demand worldwide. It offers desktop solutions, including Citrix XenDesktop, an integrated desktop virtualization system; Citrix XenApp, an application virtualization solution; and Citrix XenClient, a bare-metal hypervisor, which runs directly on the client device hardware. The company also provides online services, comprising GoToMeeting for online meetings, sales demonstrations, and collaborative gatherings; GoToWebinar, which allows users to host, attend, or participate in a Webinar session; GoToTraining, a training tool that allows trainers to deliver content to various trainees; Integrated HiDef Audio, which provides a audio and Web experience; HiDef Audio that offers audio options with reservationless audio conferencing; GoToAssist, a remote technical-support solution; GoToManage solution for IT management; and GoToMyPC, which offers remote access t o PC and Mac from an Internet-connected computer. In addition, it provides datacenter and cloud solutions, such as Citrix NetScaler, a Web application delivery controller; Citrix Access Gateway, a SSL/VPN that delivers applications with policy-based SmartAccess control; Citrix Repeater Solutions that provide application delivery to branch office users; Citrix XenServer, a platform for managing server virtualization in the datacenter; and Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Hyper-V solution for lab automation, high availability, provisioning, workflow orchestration, and integration with storage systems. Further, the company provides consulting, technical support, and product training and certification services. It markets and licenses its products to enterprise customers through systems integrators, value-added resellers, value-added distributors, and original equipment manufacturers, as well as through the Web. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Fort La u derdale, Florida.

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    Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) designs software and hardware products that allow users to connect with applications on any device, network or location. Citrix shares fell as the company had a challenging fourth quarter due to a management transition and product cycle execution. We exited our investment in the company.

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    While the foundation receives money from the Department of Homeland Security, Citrix (CTXS) and others, the vast majority of its funding is from specific work-for-hire contracts. A company wants a certain feature added here, a specific function there. It keeps developers busy. But Marquess said there’s no money going toward reviewing the code or performing audits.

Hot Companies To Own For 2015: Inc.(AMZN), Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. It operates retail Web sites, including and The company serves consumers through its retail Web sites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. It also offers programs that enable sellers to sell their products on its Web sites, and their own branded Web sites. In addition, the company serves developer customers through Amazon Web Services, which provides access to technology infrastructure that developers can use to enable virtually various type of business. Further, it manufactures and sells the Kindle e-reader. Additionally, the company provides fulfillment; miscellaneous marketing and promotional agreements, such as online advertising; and co-branded credit cards., Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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    Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images | (AMZN) launched a new streaming music service on Thursday as part of its $99 Prime subscription service that includes free video streaming and free delivery. Overnight the company launched a web page seemingly announcing the new service. “Prime Music” would offer unlimited, ad-free streaming, free with Amazon Prime, according to the site. The company didn’t provide further information. Amazon’s head of digital music, Steve Boom, told Reuters that because the service is free with Prime, it offers more bang per buck than stand alone streaming services that can cost $10 a month. “If there area few tracks you want to buy, the cost of doing that in our store will be dramatically less than paying $120 a year for, frankly, a lot of music people don’t listen to,” Boom said in an interview with the news agency. The variety of music offered is expected to be wide but not deep, and wouldn’t include the newest hits given a six-month delay after albums are launched. One industry insider called the new service “playlist heavy.” Amazon hasn’t responded to requests for comment, but a number of industry sources confirm that deals are inked and the press releases have been written. Both Sony Music and Warner Music Group have signed deals to license their music — neither have commented — but Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music label, isn’t on board. There’s no question that Amazon is already a huge player in the music business, selling music downloads. But with Apple (AAPL) spending $3 billion to buy Beats and its efforts behind iTunes Radio, and Google (GOOG) with its Play Music Store in reported talks to buy music service Songza, Amazon is under pressure to do more. One source said that while Amazon’s launch of streaming music for prime is “certainly not a game changer, it’s a step in the right direction.” Labels and artists are particularly interested because the ‘Prime’ service is high visibility

  • [By Maria Armental and Anna Prior] Inc.(AMZN) rolled out a music-streaming service, with some limitations. The service, available only to members of Amazon’s $99-per-year Prime membership program in the U.S., offers about one million tracks from thousands of albums, the company said. But it doesn’t include songs from Vivendi SA’s(VIV.FR) Universal Music Group, the largest label, and tracks from Warner Music Group and Sony Corp.(6758.TO) will generally be more than six months old.

Hot Companies To Own For 2015: Gordmans Stores Inc.(GMAN)

Gordmans Stores, Inc. operates department stores under the Gordmans name in the United States. Its merchandise selection includes a range of apparel, footwear, home fashions products, and accessories, including fragrances. The company offers apparels, including young men?s, men?s, juniors?, women?s, team, plus sizes, maternity, and children?s clothing comprising offerings for infants, toddlers, boys, and girls; and accessories consisting of designer fragrances, intimate apparel, handbags, sunglasses, fashion jewelry, legwear, and sleepwear. Its home fashions products consist of wall art, photo frames, accent furniture, accent lighting, candles, ceramics, vases, seasonal d