Should you still buy it?

Elva Mankin

google pixel 4 xl long term review 2

Google has an impressive knack of creating polarizing products. The Pixel series is no different. These are phones that have been lavished with critical praise as much as they’ve received scorn for lacking fundamental features you’d expect from a modern smartphone. 2019’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL exemplified this love-hate relationship many have with Pixel phones.

Me? I love Google phones, warts and all — have done ever since the Nexus 4. The winning combo of pure Android software and innovative (even when doomed) features has been a cornerstone of the Nexus/Pixel lineage and that continued with the Pixel 4 XL.

With the newly revealed Pixel 5, Google is looking to right some of the wrongs of its predecessor. But is the Pixel 4 XL still worth buying a year later, or should the most divisive Pixel to date be consigned to the history books?

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Only 2 companies should buy TikTok, and Oracle isn’t one of them

Elva Mankin

As if Microsoft’s interest in buying TikTok wasn’t strange enough, reports this week suggested enterprise-focused database and cloud giant Oracle was planning to enter the fray. A broad view of the situation, however, reveals only two logical candidates: Facebook and Google.

Microsoft emerged as a surprise TikTok suitor earlier this month after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance — TikTok’s parent company — 45 days to sell its U.S. business. The president later extended the deadline to 90 days. Trump claimed that TikTok could hoover up data on U.S. users and share it with the government in China, where ByteDance is based. He threatened to ban TikTok unless Microsoft or another “very American” company stepped in to buy it.

This is why Oracle — whose cofounder and chair Larry Ellison has ties to Trump — could be preparing to bid on TikTok’s U.S. business, which has

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who is in the race to buy the Chinese app?

Elva Mankin

TikTok
TikTok

Before there was TikTok, there was Vine. The American-founded, short-form video app was used at the height of its popularity by more than 200 million people, letting them create seven second looping videos featuring music and comedy. A bit like TikTok. 

In January 2017, however, the app met an untimely end after being shut down for good by Twitter, who had bought the company for a reported $30m (£23m) in October 2012.

Three years on from its failed Vine venture, Twitter has found itself in the running to buy TikTok, an app seen by many as a successor to Vine.

TikTok, owned by Chinese technology giant Bytedance, has exploded in popularity with 800m users globally, the vast majority of which are teens flocking to the app for short clips of dance routines and lip-synced comedy sketches.

Twitter’s potential bid comes as TikTok’s future rests on a knife edge. Last

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Buy These 5 Stocks Before It’s Too Late

Elva Mankin

Earnings season is a great time to dive into stocks because there’s a certain amount of certainty that comes from all the related discussions.

This is when our expectations about the just-concluded quarter are met, exceeded or missed. It’s also when we get a somewhat clearer picture about the next quarter and at times, also the year. So jumping into stocks that have announced resounding beats and encouraging outlooks are a no-brainer.

It also pays to hang around a couple of days to see what impression brokers have come away with. And the best way that is captured is in the estimate revisions. So if management has good things to say about the company and its future and brokers come back with higher estimates, you know for sure that good things are going on.  

But since you’ve waited for the broker reports, some of the good news is likely to

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Microsoft Tries To Salvage Deal To Buy TikTok, Appease Trump

Elva Mankin

(Bloomberg) — In a bid to salvage a deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella spoke with President Donald Trump by phone about how to secure the administration’s blessing to buy the wildly popular, but besieged, music video app.

Microsoft in a blog post Sunday confirmed talks to buy TikTok’s operations in the U.S., as well as in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and said it’s aiming to complete the deal no later than Sept. 15.

The software giant’s public statement follows closed-door discussions with TikTok and Trump, who floated plans for an outright ban of the app on national security grounds and publicly lambasted the idea of a deal late Friday night. The companies now have 45 days to hash out a plan acceptable to all parties, a deadline insisted on by the White House, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Why Solid Peripherals Make the Stock a Buy

Elva Mankin

Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) (SWX:LOGN) has had an excellent run even before the Covid-19 pandemic took place. Being a leading player in the global computer peripherals space, the company witnessed strong tailwinds in many of its segments with the increasing popularity of the work-from-home and learn-from-home trends.

The strong boost of gaming activity was another big plus point that helped the company show phenomenal growth in its top-line and margins in its most recent result. The management’s renewed guidance is stronger than before, and in my opinion, the company continues to be a lucrative investment to hold at current levels.

Company overview

Logitech is a Switzerland-based company engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of personal computer accessories and mobile accessories for navigation, video communication and collaboration, smart home and other applications. It has a broad portfolio of products such as mice, keyboards, charging stands, tablet cases, car mounts for

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Best Buy, Groupon, Fortinet, Check Point Software Technologies and Zix highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Elva Mankin

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – July 28, 2020 – Zacks Equity Research Shares of Best Buy Co. BBY as the Bull of the Day, Groupon GRPN asthe Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Fortinet, Inc. FTNT, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. CHKP and Zix Corp. ZIXI.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Headquartered in Richfield, MN, Best Buy Co. is a popular consumer electronics retailer that offers a wide range of home office products, entertainment software, communication, appliances, wellness, heath, security, appliances and related services.

Q1 Earnings Recap

Overall, Best Buy reported better-than-expected first quarter fiscal 2021 earnings, despite selling off by nearly 6% after the report was released.

The retailer beat consensus estimates on both the top and bottom line, earning $0.67 per share on sales of $8.56 billion. However, BBY suffered some pretty tough

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Looking to Buy Comics? Syfy’s Mr. Scribbles Unveils ‘Checkout’ Technology in Show

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NBCUniversal wants to take comic book fans and sci-fi geeks on a shopping trip.

Viewers who watch the special “Syfy Wire After Dark” on Saturday, August 1, will have a chance to buy some of the goods featured on screen – without having to visit a store. The show, hosted by Jackie Jennings and her talking cat sidekick, Mr. Scribbles (above, pictured), marks the debut of new interactive technology NBCUniversal has been developing that gives the audience a chance to scan a code on screen with a smartphone, an action that takes them to an online shopping portal where they can complete a purchase. Viewers who see the show stream will be able to get to the shopping area even more directly, simply by clicking interactive links.

More from Variety

“Fans love stuff, schwag. We love to buy all the cool

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3 Hot Tech Stocks to Buy After Solid Earnings

Elva Mankin

Tech sector earnings are entering their heaviest period and there’s sure to be much to say about them. One thing’s for sure, this should be a big quarter for many players because a truly large number of companies have benefited from the pandemic-induced changes in behavior. In this blog, I’ve highlighted results for three companies and said why these stocks are worth picking up-

ASML Holding N.V. ASML

ASML is a leading provider of advanced technology systems for all the major global semiconductor manufacturers. It designs, develops, integrates, markets and services these advanced systems so customers can make integrated circuits for application across electronic, communications and other information technology markets.

Headline numbers for the June quarter: Earnings of $1.97 topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.89. Revenue of $3.66 billion was also ahead of the estimated $3.54 billion.

Highlights of the quarter: The transition to EUV tools that

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4 Industry-Beating Restaurant Stocks to Buy Amid the Pandemic

Elva Mankin

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the restaurant industry on a global scale, starting from job cuts to temporary shutdowns. Moreover, decline in traffic on account of the coronavirus-induced crisis has been hampering business.

However, with increased focus on off-premise business along with necessary changes in business model, the industry on a whole has shown some resilience. Moreover, restaurateurs are focusing on third-party delivery channels, digital innovation, mobile ordering, rollout of self-service kiosks and loyalty programs to drive growth during the current scenario. Despite the pandemic, it is worth noting that the Retail – Restaurants industry is currently at the top 26% (with the rank of 65) out of 251 Zacks industries.

Off-Premise Business Model a Driving Factor 

Although majority dining rooms have been reopened with safety protocols, dine-in restaurant revenues are still very low in comparison to the pre-pandemic levels. In such a scenario, restaurateurs are surviving by focusing more

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