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Nokia And Sprint: Great Potential For Turnaround [Seeking Alpha]

Nokia Corporation (NOK) and Sprint Nextel Corporation (S) are two telecom related companies that had been under-stressed in the past few years. Sprint had been gaining positive momentum with its announcement of SoftBank and Clearwire deal. However, despite Lumia’s positive feedback, NOK continued to decline in the past two months. Both companies have great potential for strong turnarounds and will be analyzed fundamentally and technically in this article. Investing strategies will also be presented.

Nokia Corporation

NOK was down 2.10% and closed at $3.26 on March 25, 2013. NOK had been trading in the range of $1.63-$5.57 in the past 52 weeks. NOK has a market cap of $12.21B with a beta of 1.58. Despite the positive feedback for Lumia phones, NOK’s share price continues to decline in the past 2 months. Investors need to watch closely for the short-term technical supports before establishing the long-term position.

On February 27, 2013, Argus upgraded NOK from hold to buy with a $6 price target. Analysts currently have a mean target price of $3.69 and a median target price of $3.13 for NOK. Analysts, on average, are estimating an EPS of -$0.05 with revenue of $8.70B for the current quarter ending in March, 2013. For 2013, analysts are projecting an EPS of $0.06 with revenue of $38.36B, which is 3.30% lower than 2012. However, for 2014, analysts are predicting an EPS of $0.15 with revenue of $38.52B, which is 0.40% higher than 2013.

In early March, IDC had forecasted global smartphone shipments to total 918.6 million units in 2013. The total is an increase of 29 percent when compared to a year ago, but has slowed from last year’s annual growth rate of 44 percent. Emerging markets will be the key areas for expansion, which including India, Brazil, and China (account for 33 percent of all smartphone shipments in 2013). NOK’s share price had been declining since mid-January and Stoxx Ltd. had recently stated that NOK, the Finland-based company, will be removed from the Euro Stoxx 50 index.

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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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4 Stocks With Positive Upgrades And How To Invest [Seeking Alpha]

Nokia Corporation (NOK), RadioShack Corporation (RSH), International Paper Company (IP), and Joy Global Inc. (JOY) had received positive upgrades from analysts recently. In this article, these four stocks will be analyzed fundamentally and technically. Investing strategies will also be reviewed.

Nokia Corporation

NOK was down 3.18% and closed at $3.65 on February 28, 2013. NOK had been trading in the range of $1.63-$5.57 in the past 52 weeks. NOK has a market cap of 13.67B and a beta of 1.57.

On February 27, 2013, Argus upgraded NOK from Hold to Buy with a $6 price target. Analysts have a mean target price of $3.73 and a median target price of $3.13 for NOK. Analysts, on average, are estimating an EPS of $-0.06 with revenue of $8.74B for the current quarter ending in March, 2013. For 2013, analysts are predicting an EPS of $0.07 with revenue of $38.58B, which is 2.70% lower than 2012.

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Nokia: Lumia Receiving Positive Updates And Offering Value At More Competitive Prices [Seeking Alpha]

Nokia Corporation (NOK) continues to receive positive updates for its Lumia phones around the world. In this article, positive developments will be updated for Lumia phones and the speculation for two new lower-cost Lumia phones, Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, will be reviewed.

Positive Updates for Lumia

Lumia 620: Lumia 620 are sold out in UK and is one of the top selling phones at Singtel, Singapore. Black, white, and Lime Green Lumia 620 are in stock at official Nokia Shop in Germany now. Lumia is reported to take surprisingly good “close to real” photos in low-light and daylight. Lumia 620 now holds “top 5 ranks” in the Top selling phone list at Expansys USA. Nokia Lumia 620 is an excellent choice for younger phone fanatics or just those wanting to take their first steps into Windows Phone 8.

Lumia 822: Lumia 822 are in demand and are the most popular phone at Verizon and RadioShack Wireless

Lumia 920: Nokia is upgrading AT&T Lumia 920 with LTE Band 2 and Band 5. Yellow Lumia 920 phones are sold out at Nokia Shop in India. Red Lumia 920 phones are sold out at AT&T. Nokia’s Lumia 920 has stolen the Mall of America from BlackBerry, and was voted Smartphone of the Year by Engadget readers.

India: Nielsen consumer rankings rates Nokia as the most preferred mobile handset brand in India.

Brazil: Brazil welcomes Lumia 920, 820, and 620 launch with long in-store queues, where Lumia 920 phones are sold out in-store and online.

China: Lumia 920T are in stock at China Mobile’s GuangDong stores, where the phone climbs back to the top of best sellers list.

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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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Top Bullish Stocks On Thursday: Potash, Nokia And LinkedIn With Unusual Call Activities [Seeking Alpha]

All three major indices extended the gain on Thursday, where the S&P 500 index advanced to the highest level in five years amid better-than-estimated data on Chinese exports. Tiffany & Co (TIF) dropped 4.52% on disappointing sales. The company also expects FY 2012 EPS at the low end of prior guidance, $3.20-$3.40 per diluted share. S&P led the gain with a 0.76% increase. Dow Jones followed with a 0.60% jump, and Nasdaq closed 0.51% higher. SPY, DIA and QQQ all continued to close well above their 50-day and 200-day MAs. All sectors closed in the green again, and the financial sector gained the most, with a 1.20% increase.

The market sentiment is driven by extreme greed now, with the Fear & Greed Index at 85, decreased from the previous close of 81. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio for today was 0.78, and the index put/call ratio was 0.70. The equity put/call ratio was 0.66, and the CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.31. In the following, top stocks had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 3.00 (3x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, Inc. (POT) 27,880 6,769 4.12
LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD) 14,375 3,816 3.77
Nokia Corporation (NOK) 110,129 29,719 3.71

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

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Investing In Nokia Siemens Networks: Restructuring And Mobile Broadband Focused [Seeking Alpha]

Nokia Siemens Networks B.V., headquartered in Espoo, Finland, is a multinational data networking and telecommunications equipment company. Nokia Siemens Networks is a jointed venture between Nokia (NOK) of Finland, 50.1% control, and Siemens (SI) of Germany, 49.9% interest. With operations in around 150 countries, Nokia Siemens Networks generated € 14.041 billion ($18.65 billion) in 2011, ranking behind Ericsson, Huawei, and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).

The company is in the process to eliminate 17,000 jobs by the end of 2013 after the $1.2 billion acquisition of Motorola’s mobile network equipment business in July 2010. The company is focusing on mobile broadband equipment business, the fastest-growing segment of the market. The reductions will eventually trim the company’s annual operating expenses by $1.35 billion by the end of 2013. As last reported by Reuters, the company is ahead of its restructuring. As reported on Oct. 18, 2012..

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China Mobile: A Solid Cash Flow Buy While The Company Marries Nokia And Continues To Court Apple [Seeking Alpha]

China Mobile Limited (CHL), founded in 1997, is an investment holding company, providing mobile telecommunications and related services through GSM networks. China Mobile ranks as the largest mobile carrier in the world with over 700 million subscribers. CHL is handicapped by using the less mature TD technology in 3G, which has forced the carrier to turn to lower-income rural areas for subscription growth. However, with its large scale efficiency and superior network coverage, CHL is a great investment target for cash flow for the long-term.


China Mobile operates a GSM network, which covers all 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and directly administered municipalities in Mainland China, including Hong Kong. GPRS is utilized for data transmission. General Packet Radio Service, GPRS, is a service within the GSM network, just like the two most popular services SMS and voice connections. The company controls 70% of the Chinese mobile market but a far smaller percentage of the 3G market. As reported, “Even though China Mobile has 707.3 total wireless subscribers, making it the world’s largest carrier, the telecom has just 82.4 million 3G customers. China Mobile represents 64 percent of the total wireless subscribers in China, but only 37 percent of China’s 3G users – and its share shrunk from 41 percent of 3G users a year ago.” While China Mobile already has a relatively developed 4G “test” network, it cannot actually offer access to the network to subscribers in Mainland China until MIIT has issued it an operating permit, which now seems to be coming.

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