The theme of Google’s (GOOG) (GOOGL) I/O conference was AI. The technologies presented will improve almost every source of revenue Google has, and it put Google in a strategic place to start new sources of revenue.
AI will be the most significant technological disruption since the internet, and Google is leading the way. The progress shown at the conference was nothing short of spectacular, and it provided hints of Google’s plan to dominate AI.
The conference Implications
Google Duplex was the big reveal of the conference. The demo displayed the Google assistant making calls to book a restaurant and a hair appointment with human-like precision.
The obvious application for this technology is the improvement of Google’s Assistant, but Duplex could also be used to grab the Telemarketing and Telephone Switchboard Business and call centers. A natural path toward this goal would be to incorporate Duplex into the telephone food ordering service, as Google is already working with them. Starbucks (SBUX), Domino’s (DPZ), Applebees (DIN), Seven Eleven, Doordash, Just Eat, Panera, Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN), with more brands to follow.
Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Microsoft Corporation(MSFT)
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More than 1 billion people worldwide face identity challenges. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is looking to change that. It’s creating digital IDs within its Authenticator app– currently used by millions of people — which would give users a way to control their digital identities. This would allow folks in impoverished regions to get access to financial services, or start their own business, as an example. Of course, Microsoft’s attempts to create a decentralized digital ID are still in the early stages.
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In just the first six months of 2017, there were 230% more data breaches in the United States than the prior year. Some of the major U.S. companies that experienced breaches include Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX).
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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) reported better-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Thursday.
Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: ChannelAdvisor Corporation(ECOM )
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ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM) and Tyler Technologies (NYSE:TYL) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.
Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Electronics for Imaging Inc.(EFII)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY lessened its holdings in shares of Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII) by 53.3% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 14,882 shares of the technology company’s stock after selling 17,018 shares during the period. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY’s holdings in Electronics For Imaging were worth $439,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: PDF Solutions Inc.(PDFS)
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Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Salesforce.com Inc(CRM)
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“I don’t like it when no one knows what’s causing certain stocks to go down. That’s how I felt about the cascading stocks of the ‘cloud kings’ Monday, including salesforce.com (CRM) , Adobe Systems (ADBE) , Splunk (SPLK) , Red Hat (RHT) and VMware (VMW) . I have developed enough sources at these companies to know that they fell because they were hitting 52-week highs and that they became intra-day sources of funds for lower-multiple semiconductor stocks,” says TheStreet’s Jim Cramer.
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In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Bank of Internet (BOFI) , MGM Resorts (MGM) , Verizon (VZ) , Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) , Oracle (ORCL) , Salesforce.com (CRM) , PayPal (PYPL) , Raytheon (RTN) and McDonald’s (MCD) .
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Finally, the stock enjoyed a quick adrenaline kick when salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) announced an acquisition of MuleSoft (NYSE:MULE), another mid-cap company with tight connections to the cloud computing market. The deal sparked speculation that other companies in that category could see software giants kicking their tires soon enough, and that would presumably include MongoDB.
Top Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: EchoStar Corporation(SATS)
- [By Max Byerly]
Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Echostar Co. (NASDAQ:SATS) by 9.2% in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 59,929 shares of the communications equipment provider’s stock after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC’s holdings in Echostar were worth $3,590,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
- [By Shane Hupp]
Echostar Holding Corp (NASDAQ:SATS) reached a new 52-week high and low during mid-day trading on Friday . The company traded as low as $51.33 and last traded at $52.44, with a volume of 104714 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.79.
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
Nomad Foods Limited (NYSE: NOMD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $656.43 million.
AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $2.2 per share on revenue of $720.14 million.
Magna International Inc. (NYSE: MGA) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.7 per share on revenue of $10.11 billion.
Univar Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.36 per share on revenue of $2.12 billion.
Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.14 per share on revenue of $5.78 billion.
Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.47 per share on revenue of $2.40 billion.
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PBH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.61 per share on revenue of $255.60 million.
Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $457.67 million.
ArcBest Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCB) is estimated to report quarterly loss at $0.07 per share on revenue of $691.18 million.
Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: GEN) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.34 per share on revenue of $1.32 billion.
Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.55 per share on revenue of $10.14 billion.
Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: KELYA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $1.34 billion.
NICE Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.01 per share on revenue of $332.93 million.
World Acceptance Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.94 per share on revenue of $147.32 million.
MAXIMUS, Inc. (NYSE: MMS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.84 per share on revenue of $616.04 million.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CH