Monthly Archives: January 2013

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What IT Teams Want CIOs to Know About Big Data – This infographic displays the problem with “Big Data”. While the term can be found everywhere, it is clear that most are not equipped to handle the “information flow”. From … Continue reading

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Meaning Of A Facebook Like – Lately we’ve heard a lot of debate about the value of a Facebook like. Some have tried to calculate the ROI of a like for a brand, while others argue that the intrinsic value … Continue reading

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Tablet use is increasing exponentially – after just a few years, 55 million Americans already own some type of tablet device. And that number is expected to grow. With the simple functionality that tablets offer, more and more online shoppers … Continue reading

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Small Business Marketing Cycle – Developing a marketing strategy can be though. Luckily, the “Toolbox of the Small Business Marketing Cycle” helps you streamline the process, all while providing popular tools that will allow you to better acquire and manage … Continue reading

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Content Marketing has seen a tremendous surge in popularity over the past two years. It has gone from industry buzzword to an indispensable part of marketing strategies, big and small. But how are marketers approaching and measuring their strategies? The … Continue reading

Siri VS. Google Voice Search – Infographic

The mobile wars are heating up again with Google and Apple going head to head in what many believe to be one of the most important technology battles yet: Apple’s Siri vs. Google Voice Search. Think you know everything about this battling duo? Check out this infographic to find out how it all began, the incredible amount of money spent on mobile patents, and some of the key differences in their approach to delivering mobile solutions. We even pitted Apple and Google against each other in a head-to-head match. Who came out on top? The results might surprise you! Continue reading

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A Bite Out of Apple: How the World’s Most Valuable Company Spends Its Money With its explosively popular products and knack for design, Apple, Inc., maintains a wide profit margin on its products while keeping its R&D and lobbying costs … Continue reading

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Tablets and smartphones have quickly become a technological staple for consumers in North America. What’s often overlooked is how individuals are using multiple devices simultaneously and sequentially throughout their everyday media and social interactions. Uberflip’s latest infographic explores just how … Continue reading

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Fashion Glory On The Red Carpet – With The BAFTAs & Oscars coming up, we thought we would look back through the decades to remember celebrated moments in the history of the red carpet, as well as looking as past trends … Continue reading

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Medical practice and online marketing. – Adults are spending more and more time on the Internet – many of them searching for healthcare information and looking to connect with medical providers in their community. This means that the obvious choice … Continue reading

CEO’s On Social Media – Statistics – Infographic

Only 47.4 % of CEOs participate on social media sites. 79% of Inc 500 CEOs and 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs have a presence on at least one social media network. 81% of employees believe that CEOs who engage on social media are better equipped to lead companies in the Web 2.0 World Continue reading

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How Brands Use Facebook To Boost Sales – This visual guide shows case studies of how brands have used Facebook to boost their sales.

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Check Your Bounce Rate – If you are doing business on the web and have Google Analytics setup for your website, it’s very likely that you know the bounce rate for your website. But, do you know anything about how … Continue reading

How Apple Ate Wall Street

How Apple ate Wall Street – MarketWatch.

Mutual-fund investors aren’t supposed to have to pay attention to the fate of any particular stock. But like so many things with technology giant Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)  , the regular rules don’t seem to apply.

 

While Apple’s stock has been hit hard in recent months — losing more than third of its value since September, including a 12% drop since missing earnings estimates on Wednesday — the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is still the most valuable name on the stock market. That distinction means it looms unusually large in millions of Americans’ investment portfolios, even if they’ve never glanced at one of its quarterly earnings reports. “We’ve never seen another company have as big an impact” on overall market returns, says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Just how popular has Apple become? It was among the top 10 holdings in more than 1,000 mutual funds last year, according to fund researcher Morningstar Inc. — up from just 11 in 2002, shortly after Apple introduced the device that started the gadget craze, the iPod. Overall, about one in four stock funds owns Apple. See Apple’s slide catches many funds. Is yours one?

 

To be sure, that partly reflects Apple’s popularity with index funds. These vehicles — like Vanguard Total Stock Market (MFD:VTSMX)  , which owned more than $6 billion of Apple shares at Dec. 31—merely buy stocks based on their market values. For those funds, Apple is automatically their largest holding.

 

But many prominent actively managed funds, including Fidelity Contrafund (MFD:FCNTX)  —Apple made up 8.2% of its portfolio as of its most recently published figures — and T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth (MFD:TRBCX)   — 8.6% — are also big fans. While both those names have strong long-term track records, some fund managers were likely tempted to hold big stakes for the wrong reasons, according to experts. “You want to show you own a successful stock,” says Lipper analyst Jeff Tjornehoj. “It’s not easy to get rid of.” (A tool like Morningstar’s Instant X-Ray can tell you how much Apple you hold via your funds.) See Morningstar’s Instant X-Ray

WSJ’s George Stahl takes a look at current iPhone popularity and offers some tips on how Apple can re-energize its stock.

 

Now investors that rode the Apple bandwagon — and frankly everyone else too — is feeling the stock’s reverberation. The S&P 500 was up 13.8% last year. Apple, which at its peak amounted for about 5% of the index, added roughly a percentage point to that gain, according to S&P. Today the index was flat in early afternoon trading, and for the year so far it’s up 4.8%, but would have risen nearly 5.7% without Apple’s drag.

 

Sliverblatt says the only stocks in his memory to take up such a big slice of the index were IBM and the old AT&T in the early 1980s, although he doesn’t remember their price swings having as big an impact on returns. “I didn’t see anything like this,” he say.