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Apple-Intel: A Logical Approach Or Destined Outcome? [Seeking Alpha]

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

~Albert Einstein

While rumors between Apple and Intel have been going on for a while, a recent report from Reuters sparks the interest again. “Intel’s next CEO is likely to shepherd the top chipmaker into a growing contract-manufacturing business, a strategic shift that could lead to a deal with Apple Inc. and give it a fighting chance to make inroads in the mobile arena,” as reported by Reuters on March 7, 2013.

It may be the best time for Apple (AAPL) to consider adding and incorporating the new meaning for its letter “i” for iPhones with “Intel Inside.” For Intel (INTC), moving beyond the glory of Wintel with Microsoft (MSFT) involves strong growth in the mobile market. A little bit of imagination may be required now to boost Apple and Intel’s share prices.

Fallen Share Prices

The share prices for Apple and Intel have been declining in the past 6 months. Intel was down 7.21% and Apple had declined 34.85% while Nasdaq had gained 4.51%, as seen from the chart below. Both Apple and Intel need a strong, positive catalyst to reverse their falling trend.

Source: Google Finance

Mobile is Key for Intel, New CEO

In late November 2012, Paul Otellini announced his resignation as Intel’s CEO. Andy Bryant, chairman of the board of Intel, stated the importance of utilizing Intel’s technical strength to boost its presence in the mobile market. However, Qualcomm’s (QCOM) dominance in the wireless market remains a challenge for Intel. QCOM is expected to deliver two new processors, Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors, this year. Intel is working aggressively to catch up and had upped its capital spending budget by $2B to $13B this year. The new Intel’s CEO will have a big task to ramp up Intel’s mobile efforts to take Intel to a new level. Wall Street is concerned about the lack of Intel chips in mobile phones and tablets. Intel needs to prove it can win in the mobile chips markets to boost its share value. The new Intel CEO needs to find the right balance to achieve mobile growth without compromising too much of its lucrative margins.

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BlackBerry: Dual-Screen Phone And Battlefield For Analysts [Seeking Alpha]

BlackBerry’s (BBRY) innovation does not end with BB Z10 and BB Q10. According to the report from engadget, BlackBerry has applied for a patent on a dual-screen phone concept that hasn’t gone further than a filing. This new concept could recognize touch gestures that span both displays while possibly running separate apps on each screen. Although it may just be an idea, it shows BlackBerry is still innovating hard and combating with other smartphone providers.

According to the latest data ending in January, 2013, Google’s (GOOG) Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 52.3% market share, while Apple’s (AAPL) share increased 3.5 percentage points to 37.8%, compared with the end of October, 2012. BlackBerry ranked third with 5.9% share, followed by Microsoft (MSFT) (3.1%) and Symbian (0.5 %), as seen from the chart below.

Source: comScore MobiLens

Based on the numbers, the only one gaining from October, 2012 to January, 2013 is Apple. However, AAPL’s share price had been declining since September, 2012. BlackBerry, however, is rebounding from its record low in September, 2012. With BB10’s launch in January 30, 2013, the trend could start to change for top smartphone platforms. Nokia’s (NOK) windows phones are also generating some positive highlights. It would be interesting to see how February and March numbers change for the industry.

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Google Trends Indicates iPhone Sales Could Be Ready To Rebound [Seeking Alpha]

Google Trends allows users to see how often specific keywords have been queried over a specific period of time. Although Google Trends may contain inaccuracies for a number of reasons, including data sampling and a variety of approximations, Google Trends has been showing a strong correlation between Apple’s (AAPL) share price and Apple queries on Google. The same goes for other smartphone providers.

Below is the 5 year price performance chart for Apple, Samsung (SSNLF.PK), Nokia (NOK), and BlackBerry (BBRY). Apple had gained 244.31% from March 7, 2008 to March 1, 2013. Samsung was also up and increased 139.46%. Nokia and BlackBerry, on the other hand, had lost 90.03% and 87.23%, respectively.

Source: Google Finance

By looking at Google Trends below, Apple’s queries had been increasing until the last peak of September 2012, which was coincidentally matched by Apple’s record high price of $705.07, recorded on September 21, 2012.

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Where To Look For Innovation? Jack Andraka And Pancreatic Cancer [Optionity]

Who is Jack Andraka?

In 2012, a 15-year-old high school student won and received the Gordon E. Moore Award, a $75,000 prize named in honor of the Intel co-founder, retired chairman and CEO, in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, ISEF. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is committed to the Intel ISEF through 2019. As stated on the Society for Science & the Public’s, SSP, website:

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.

Who is Jack Andraka?

On May 8, 2012, Jack Andraka was awarded first place for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer at the 2012 Intel ISEF program. Jack Andraka’s winning is not only inspiring, but also highlights the importance of believing, determination, innovation, and the power of the Internet. Investors can take a look at Jack Andraka’s presentation at TEDx. Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests, as published in Intel Newsroom. According to Andraka, the numbers are even better. Andraka indicated that it is also 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive (costing around three cents), over 400 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests and only takes five minutes to run. He says the test is also effective for detecting ovarian and lung cancer, due to the same mesothelin biomarker they have in common.

Jack was inspired to focus on pancreatic cancer because a friend’s brother who was killed by the disease. Jack became interested in early detection and started with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Wikipedia on Internet for his research. Despite all the challenges throughout the research, where at the time obtaining the lab access was even tough, Jack managed to come up with the dip-stick sensor that can test urine or blood for a certain protein (mesothelin) that indicates the existence of the specific cancer. The paper strip changes conductivity based on how much of the protein is in the blood. Jack plans to start clinical trials with the sensor, meet with Quest Diagnostics, and get the product on the market within 10 year while continues to be a student.

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. As estimated, there will be 45,220 new cases in 2013 and 38,460 deaths caused by pancreatic cancer in the United States, according to National Cancer Institute. According to Cancer Research UK, more than 8 out of 10 cases (80%) are diagnosed in people aged 60 and over. Pancreatic cancer is uncommon in people under 40 years old. The legendary Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) founder Steve Jobs had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. As reported by Alice Park from TIME Health & Family, “Pancreatic cancer is one of the faster spreading cancers; only about 4% of patients can expect to survive five years after their diagnosis. The pancreas contains two types of glands: exocrine glands that produce enzymes that break down fats and proteins, and endocrine glands that make hormones like insulin that regulate sugar in the blood.” Steve Jobs died of tumors originating in the endocrine glands, which are among the rarer forms of pancreatic cancer. It is still relatively unknown to us what really causes cancer of the pancreas.

Innovation and Creativity, from Steve Jobs to Jack Andraka

As wrote by Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.” Mr. Cook also stated, ”Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” Steve Jobs’ spirit will remain forever not only with Apple, but also with every dedicated, creative, innovated person, such as Jack Andraka. Cancer may have cost us Steve Jobs and many of our loved ones, but innovation will continue to drive the human society forward and help us win the battle against cancer. Treating cancer is still a very tough, challenging task, as shown by the recent failure of Celsion Corp. (NASDAQ: CLSN)’s ThermoDox. However, do not be afraid and have faith. Jack Andraka is a great example of passion and innovation and his work could save millions of lives from pancreatic cancer around the world.

Related Investment Ideas

Quest Diagnostics Inc. (NYSE: DGX) is a provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, providing insights that enable patients and physicians to make healthcare decisions. Quest Diagnostics offers United States patients and physicians the access to diagnostic testing services through its nationwide network of laboratories and Company-owned patient service centers. DGX has an enterprise value of $12.33B with a market cap of $9.27B. DGX has a total cash of $295.60M with a total debt of $3.36B. GDX generates an operating cash flow of $1.19B with a levered free cash flow of $977.14M. The P/E for GDX is 14.92. GDX offers an annual dividend yield of 2.05.

Google Inc.

Google Inc. is a global technology company focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google generates revenue primarily by delivering online advertising and focuses on areas, such as search, advertising, operating systems and platforms, and enterprise. Google is one of the most innovated companies in the world. GOOG has an enterprise value of $218.03B with a market cap of $258.91B. GOOG generates a strong operating cash flow of $16.62B with a levered free cash flow of $10.77B. GOOG has a total cash of $48.09B with a total debt of $7.21B.

Intel Corporation

Intel Corporation is the largest chipmaker in the world. Intel has been committed to innovation since its beginning. Intel invented the microprocessor, transforming the world forever and laying the foundation for the personal computing revolution and the Internet. Today, Intel continues to push the limits of innovation to make people’s lives more exciting, fulfilling, and manageable. INTC has an enterprise value of $99.61B with a market cap of $104.33B. INTC has a total cash of $18.15B with a total debt of $13.45B. INTC’s current P/E is 9.85. INTC offers an annual dividend yield of 4.29%.

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and sells a variety of related software and services. Apple’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications. Despite the strong sales and earnings, Apple investors are concerned about continuing growth and market saturation. Cheaper iPhones also bring the margin and profitability concern. Recently, activists, such as David Einhorn, are urging to un-lock the value of Apple’s big cash pile. AAPL has an enterprise value of $406.21B with a market cap of $446.03B. AAPL generates an operating cash flow of $56.73B with a levered free cash flow of $34.38B.

Note: All prices are quoted from the closing of February 8, 2013. Investors and traders are recommended to do their own due diligence and research before making any trading/investing decisions.

Impact Of Age, Income And Ethnicity On Smartphone Decisions [Seeking Alpha]

Communication improvement is an essential part of human society progression. With the latest cell phone technology, smartphones take care of all handheld computing and communications needs in a single, compacted device. With the success of iPhone from Apple Inc. (AAPL), which once passed Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) as the world’s most valuable company, smartphones are impacting today’s economy greatly.

This article will analyze the impact of age, income and ethnicity on smartphone decisions and thus help investors to better understand if each smartphone company is planning and executing the right strategy for its products. The data is obtained from Alexa.com, owned by a subsidiary company of Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN). Alexa.com provides traffic data, global rankings and other information on 30 million websites with over 6 million visitors each month.

Apple.com from Apple Inc. in the United States, Blackberry.com from BlackBerry in Canada, formerly known as Research in Motion (RIMM), Nokia.com from Nokia Corporation (NOK) in Finland, Htc.com from HTC Corp in Taiwan, and Samsung.com from Samsung Group in South Korea (SSNLF.PK) are compared and analyzed for their traffic with the breakdown by age, income and ethnicity.

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China Mobile’s TD-LTE Technology Expanding Fast, Where To Invest [Seeking Alpha]

China Mobile Ltd. (CHL), ranking as the largest mobile carrier in the world with over 722 million subscribers, had spent two years laying the groundwork for implementing TD-LTE, a 4G mobile phone standard developed by China Mobile for nationwide use. On January 23, 2013, China Mobile had revealed the company’s 2013 TD-LTE terminal development strategy. “We plan to adopt multi-mode, multi-band terminals, with basic terminals supporting 5 modes and 10 spectrum bands, and ideally supporting 5 modes and 12 bands. By 2014, we will require that terminals support Band 41,” explained Wang Hengjiang, director of the products division of China Mobile Terminal. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, MIIT, had recently allocated Band 41 (2500MHz – 2690MHz) for TD-LTE usage.

Schedule for TD-LTE Products and Handsets

For TD-LTE products, China Mobile will develop its customer-premises equipment and data card offering through a focus on Mi-Fi mobile hotspots. China Mobile will begin “friendly user” trials of LTE Mi-Fi and other related products in the first half of 2013. Mi-Fi trial products will be distributed in Q1 2013, and the service is expected to mature enough in Q2 2013 to begin commercial trial preparations. For TD-LTE mobile handset products, China Mobile will launch “friendly user” LTE handset trials in the second half of 2013. TD-LTE handsets will be distributed in Q3 2013, and a commercial trial will be prepared in Q4 2013.

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Optionity Quick Report 01/25/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 20.96 (+0.01) 20.88 – 21.07 107.63M/45.57M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 439.88 (-10.62) 435.00 – 456.23 43.13M/20.71M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 150.25 (+0.83) 149.47 – 150.25 23.68M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.95 (+0.13) 22.45 – 23.39 6.14M

INTC

INTC opened slightly higher and closed nearly flat with 0.05% gain. The volume of 107.63M was 2.36x of the 30 day average of 45.57M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign and the MACD Histogram decreased to -0.117 from -0.095 from -0.057. RSI (14) increased to 46.22 from 46.07 with a decreasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.66 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.76.

AAPL

AAPL opened slightly higher and closed lower again with 2.36% drop. The volume of 43.14M was 2.08x of the 30 day average of 20.71M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) showed a bearish sign with the MACD Histogram decreasing to -5.358 from -2.839. RSI (14) decreased to 28.47 from 30.28, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $532 and 200-day MA of $588.29.

SPY

SPY opened higher and closed higher with 0.56% gain. SPY reached a multi-year high of 150.25. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.226 from 0.209. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.40 and its 50-day MA of $142.85. RSI (14) increased to 75.40 from 72.83 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/24/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 20.95 (-0.16) 20.93 – 21.18 58.40M/44.53M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 450.50 (-63.51) 450.25 – 465.73 52.09M/19.72M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.42 (+0.05) 149.01 – 150.14 27.79M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.80 (+0.13) 22.46 – 24.10 9.63M

INTC

INTC opened slightly lower and closed lower with 0.76% loss. The volume of 58.40M is 31.15% more than the 30 day average of 44.53M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) continued show a bearish sign and the MACD Histogram decreased to -0.095 from -0.057. RSI (14) decreased to 46.07 from 48.07 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.66 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.79.

AAPL

AAPL opened strongly lower and closed with 12.35% drop due to weak earnings. The volume of 52.09M is 2.64x of the 30 day average of 19.72M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish sign with the MACD Histogram at -2.839. RSI (14) decreased to 30.28 from 46.88, indicating an increasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $534.05 and 200-day MA of $589.24.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed slightly higher with 0.03% gain. SPY reached a multi-year high of 150.14. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram decreased slightly to 0.209 from 0.228. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.33 and its 50-day MA of $142.59. RSI (14) increased to 72.83 from 72.71 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on January 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/23/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 21.11 (-0.06) 21.04 – 21.22 41.99M/44.50M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 514.01 (+9.24) 504.77 – 514.99 24.58M/19.63M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.37 (+0.27) 148.86 – 149.49 23.68M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 22.67 (-0.63) 22.55 – 23.37 5.84M

INTC

INTC opened slightly higher and closed lower with 0.28% loss. The volume of 41.99M is 5.64% less than the 30 day average of 44.50M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bearish sign with decreasing MACD Histogram at -0.057. RSI (14) decreased to 48.07 from 48.80 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.65 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.82.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher closed higher with 1.83% gain. After the market close, the stock dropped 6.36% after revenue miss. The volume of 24.86M is 26.64% more than the 30 day average of 19.63M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bullish and the MACD Histogram increased to 0.501. RSI (14) increased to 46.88 from 42.63, indicating a decreasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $535.99 and 200-day MA of $590.13.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed higher with 0.18% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.228. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.27 and its 50-day MA of $142.35. RSI (14) increased to 72.71 from 71.98 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on Jan 17, 2013.

Optionity Quick Report 01/22/2013

Company Name / Ticker

Closing Price (Gain/Loss)

Low-High

Volume/30 Day Average

Intel (INTC) 21.17 (-0.08) 21.03 – 21.29 51.03M/41.08M
Apple Inc. (AAPL) 504.77 (+4.77) 496.63 – 507.88 16.38M/21.17M
SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 149.10 (+0.77) 147.98 – 149.12 27.45M
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) 23.30 (-0.68) 23.18 – 24.45 6.08M

INTC

INTC opened lower and closed lower with 0.38% loss. The volume of 51.03M is 24.22% more than the 30 day average of 41.08M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) started to show a bearish sign with MACD Histogram at -0.011. RSI (14) decreased to 48.80 from 49.75 with an increasing selling momentum. INTC is currently trading above its 50-day MA of $20.65 and is still below 200-day MA of $23.85.

AAPL

AAPL opened higher, hit the intra-day low of $496.63, and closed at $504.77 with 0.95% gain. The volume of 16.38M is 22.63% less than the 30 day average of 21.17M. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned to show a bearish and the MACD Histogram increased to -0.528. RSI (14) increased to 42.63 from 40.35, indicating a decreasing selling momentum.  AAPL is currently trading below its 50-day MA of $536.46 and 200-day MA of $590.65.

SPY

SPY opened flat and closed higher with 0.52% gain. The MACD (12, 26, 9) turned and showed a bullish trend on January 2, 2013 and the MACD Histogram increased slightly to 0.219. SPY is currently trading above its 200-day MA of $138.21 and its 50-day MA of $142.10. RSI (14) increased to 71.98 from 69.48 with an increasing buying momentum. SPY had broken through and closed above its resistance of $147.29, the R2 pivot point, on Jan 17, 2013.