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Economic and market themes: 2014-10-24 Technology earnings, Chinese housing and European hopelessness

Economic and market themes: 2014-10-24 Technology earnings, Chinese housing and European hopelessness

I have three areas I want to explore today: earnings reports, China and Europe. The earnings reports are mixed but generally good enough to support continued job growth and economic momentum through this fourth quarter. I also want to deep dive on tech companies. On China, the slowdown is all about housing. And in Europe, there is zero sign that political differences can be smoothed over without crisis.

Apple, IBM and Amazon

Apple, IBM and Amazon

As a technophile, I follow the tech space assiduously both in terms of products and trends as well as companies and strategy. Every quarter that Apple announces, I have made it a habit of commenting on their quarter, because they are the largest technology company in the world. This quarter, I thought I would add IBM and Amazon to the mix because there are important takeaways from their earnings as well. With Apple, the question is innovation and dependence on the iPhone. For IBM, the question is real earnings versus financial engineering. And for Amazon, the question I want to address here is net income versus cash flow.

Why the Amazon Fire Phone is DOA

Why the Amazon Fire Phone is DOA

Today’s post is about technology and the dynamics of market saturation. My contention over the past couple of years has been that the mobile market in developed economies was becoming saturated to the point that the economics of commoditization would come to dominate the market place. The implication for both […]

The deflationary forces of online shopping

The deflationary forces of online shopping

This past holiday sales season was weak for a number of retailers in the US. But, discounting was the culprit rather than poor demand by consumers. I see retail sales holding up but a shake out in retail is sure to come as the deflationary forces of internet price discovery put margin pressure on everyone.

More on how the NSA scandal is negatively affecting the cloud

More on how the NSA scandal is negatively affecting the cloud

In the wake of the NSA spying scandal, I have been moving my data away from large US vendors and increasing my computer security. Both of these issues needed to be addressed but the NSA spying scandal has made them relevant for me – and I suspect many others. This will negatively impact earnings growth, particularly at Google and Facebook, particularly for international and business revenue.

On earnings at Apple, Samsung and Amazon

On earnings at Apple, Samsung and Amazon

Amazon, Apple, and Samsung, three of the biggest names in the technology space, have reported this week. In all three cases, there were gaps in the earnings reports and the earnings outlooks. For me, however, Samsung’s report was the best and Apple’s was the worst. And this is meaningful for investors in US markets.