Interesting Weekend Reads: IBM,AAPL,TWTR,MSFT,LNKD

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Here’s some interesting weekend reads based upon what is trending on social media.

  1. International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) made a surprise entry with Watson into the Self Driving Car Arena. IBM’s Watson will control the first autonomous vehicle beginning passenger service in the US. “Olli” is already being used on public roads in the District of Columbia, and will be used in the Miami-Dade area and Las Vegas later this year. (SeekingAlpha)
  2. David Zanoi has a Summer Strategy on Dividend stocks based on the market under-performing from May through October. He uses a covered call strategy for range-bound markets. (SeekingAlpha)
  3. Credit Suisse predicts a Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) stock super cycle, but not till 2017. The company sees an incremental iPhone Hardware update this year but better things in 2017 as an all-glass iPhone appears.  Analyst Kulbinder Garcha maintained a $150 price target and outperform rating.  His 2016 EPS estimate is 7.80, 2017 EPS is $9.67, and 2018 is $12.32. (AppleInsider)
  4. Brean Capital notes that Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) is working to reduce excess inventory ahead of the iPhone 7 and that shipments in coming quarters could be lower than Wall Street expects. The firm predicts a painful quarter before over a year a year of growth. (AppleInsider)
  5. Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is bored with Hashtags. New advertising feature to allow advertisers to target users through emojis. SeekingAlpha author, Kevin Fulmer, at first believed this would be an insignificant update but should provide advertisers the ability to capitalize on events and increased targeting to reach consumers they want to communicate with. (SeekingAlpha)
  6. Bill Gates likes Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)‘s purchase of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) and believes that the two companies will have a lot of synergies together. He discusses the interview in a Bloomberg Interview.  He believes that the LinkedIn feed can be made as valuable as the Facebook feed in the business world. Gates likes the opportunity in combining Microsoft’s productivity with LinkedIn’s social networking know-how. (Bloomberg)

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