I've long argued that Google is the AI King. Here's Why. Mobile. There are only 2 mobile operating systems that matter: Android (72% share) and iOS (28%) share. Therefore, when users interact with their phones through voice, they are primarily using Google's natural language AI (Google Assistant) or Apple's natural language AI (Siri). Nowhere to … Continue reading Putting AI In Perspective
The NASDAQ Composite has had a nice little run, up more than 9% year-to-date. However, I would exercise caution ahead of Tech earnings and the Fed's January 31st / February 1st FOMC meeting. We have written on numerous occasions that we expect management teams to take a conservative approach to 2023 Revenue and EPS guidance. … Continue reading Technology Stocks Are Not Yet In The Clear
Back in December I wrote that Oracle (ORCL) should acquire Salesforce (CRM). Activist investor Elliott Management may force a CRM sale, Oracle is the natural acquirer in our view. Salesforce has not had an operator at the helm capable of driving operating margin expansion since Keith Block left his co-CEO post in February 2020. Salesforce … Continue reading A Salesforce Sale?
Past recessions have taught us that leading Technology companies typically gain marketshare during down economies. I would expect this economic down period to be no different. Good news for Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and others. Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT): Amazon's AWS unit and Microsoft's Azure unit will be mixed bags: Usage: Usage - and … Continue reading Technology Leaders Will Gain Share
I would not be surprised to see Salesforce (CRM) and Oracle (ORCL) combine in 2023 or 2024. A Salesforce, Oracle deal used to be rumored back around the time of CRM's 2004 IPO which raised $110 million. At that time Oracle Co-Founder & CEO Larry Ellison was pushing hard on building ORCL's Application layer (largely … Continue reading Oracle + Salesforce
Succession is never easy, particularly at firms where the Founder/CEO is still active on the Board. CEO succession is difficult for firms across industries, particularly when a given firm is looking to name a successor to the Founder CEO. Oracle and Carlyle Group have had different succession experiences. Oracle (ticker: ORCL) comes to mind as … Continue reading CEO Succession. Oracle and Carlyle Group.
Amazon (ticker: AMZN), announced that it plans to acquire healthcare provider One Medical (ticker: ONEM), for approximately $3.9 billion. Some of the analysis we have seen misses the big picture. One Medical has approximately 180 clinics: Amazon could incorporate additional clinics into its Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh locations, thereby growing the number of consumer … Continue reading Amazon’s One Medical Acquisition – Analysts Are Missing The Boat
Our criticism of Apple (AAPL) and its CEO Tim Cook typically focuses on the fact that Apple does not move swiftly enough as it relates to new market opportunities. Financial Services and Healthcare are two such examples. Back in 2018 we wrote a well-received article entitled Apple Is Well-Positioned to Lead A Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revolution. … Continue reading Apple Health – What’s The Holdup?
Prior to the 2008-2009 Financial crisis, stock buybacks were typically used by management teams to offset options dilution and to acquire undervalued company shares. Today, companies primarily use stock buybacks to goose the value of CEO options packages as well as to goose the value of shares held by CEOs and large institutional holders. The … Continue reading The Stock Buyback Scam
Low multiple, cash flow-rich Technology names such as IBM (tkr: IBM), Oracle (tkr: ORCL) and SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) are well positioned for an Equity Market that will likley prove bumpy in 2022 as the Fed tightens. We expect CPI figures in the 5-6% range throughout 2022 and 4-5% in 2023 as a result of … Continue reading Low Multiple, Cash Flow-Rich Technology Names Are Safest Bet In Inflation Age