Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best Stocks to Invest in Right Now

Many experts are saying that the stock market is cheap right now. This includes great investors like Warren Buffett who thinks that equities are cheap. That is prompting a lot of investors to find the best stocks to buy right now as the market is still cheap. That is of course unless you are part of the crowd that things there will be a contraction once the quantitative easing measures are over.

I’ve heard Target as a good stock to buy recently. Their fundamentals are strong. They are profitable and the rest of the financial statements show a pretty strong company. They also look like they could potentially be undervalued from doing a business valuation based on discounted cash flows.

Ford is another good company right now. They are a strong company and were able to bounce back after they refused government bailout money. They are profitable in an industry that is bouncing back as a whole. More and more people will start buying cars again, and they already have. There is a lot of pent up demand that will be released on this market and Ford is one of the strongest players to profit off of this move.

More of the best investment options would be to be in technology stocks as well. You can see the fastest trending ones will be the likes of Apple and Google. Also look for Facebook to come out as an IPO at some point down the line. They have made some moves recently that have indicated that they may be interested in going public.

The healthcare industry is also good as well. Find strong companies that are growing with lots of future potential market growth. These would be niche markets like elderly care or the retirement industry. But really, most healthcare companies that are strong and growing will be good as this rising tide raises the good ships in this sector.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

After the Cloud: Top Tech Trends for 2012

Last year belonged to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The company’s share price rose to almost $350 over the course of 2010, making the company the most valuable tech entity on the planet.

Even more significantly, Apple’s touchscreen portable devices defined the industry. Even as the iPhone continued to grow and the iPad’s popularity spurred competitors to build their own tablet PCs, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) was able to surpass Apple in at least one regard: More people bought Android phones than other kind. That wealth was spread across multiple manufacturers like HTC and Motorola (NYSE:MMI), but it showed that smartphone technology was now a mass-market force.

If 2010 was the year of smartphones and tablets, 2011 is proving itself to be the year of so-called cloud-based services (accessing applications via the Internet) for those devices. Google Music, Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) CloudPlayer, and Apple’s iCloud are just three of the new cloud businesses that will open before the year is out, each one of them allowing access to whatever entertainment or stored information, like documents and pictures, without the need of a hard drive.

The question now: What technology trends will define 2012? Here are three contenders:

The smaller, cheaper smartphone

AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) may be talking about how faster data transfer speeds will keep the smartphone market humming over the next 18 months, but the real hot commodity will be feature-light, cheap smartphones that can compete with the best iPhone and Android devices available now. AT&T and retailers like Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) have had tremendous success selling older model iPhones for $50 with new contracts. A smaller iPhone intended for teenagers that sells for $99 and runs as smoothly as the current iPhone model will be even more popular. Unsurprisingly, Apple is said to be working on just such a device.

Internet Television

Google bet big on its Google TV service being one of its biggest hits in 2010, but poor reviews of the service itself and complete consumer disinterest in the two major devices it came packed in, Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Internet HD TV and the Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) Revue, put the kibosh on the company’s ambitions. Google plans to take another shot, though, and cable providers like Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are exploring multiple ways to allow access to the same content over mobile devices that people can get in the living room. Whether it’s as a service or a new type of living room TV set-top box like the kind made by Google and Roku, Internet TV will come into its own in 2012.

Hybrid PCs

The PC market has had a rough 2011 so far, with PC sales dropping more than 1% over the first quarter. That doesn’t mean the industry is done for, however — it’s merely in a state of transition. Next year will bring the introduction of more low-cost PCs like Google’s Chromebook as well as PCs that offer more functionality in line with those in the iPad. Hewlett-Packard (NASDAQ:HPQ) has had modest success with its all-in-one touch screen Omni PCs. Apple will likely introduce its own version of the Omni next year. The industry-changer will be the company that introduces an affordable hybrid that can act as both a portable tablet and a feature-rich PC.