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Will Alphabet Manage To Permanently Overtake Apple?

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Alphabet has once again managed to overtake Apple in the markets as the highest valued company in the world.

 

Alphabet vs. Apple

Apple lost its market capitalization on Thursday when Alphabet successfully managed to overtake Apple as the most valuable company at the end of trading.

Apple finished trading with a value of $494.8 billion, whereas Alphabet snuck in just ahead with a value of $494.9 billion.

Last year there was speculation that Apple would be the first company to reach a market value of $1 trillion, however with Alphabet succeeding to steal Apple’s title, Apple now has a competitor in its mission to reach $1 trillion.

The achieving of the $1 trillion goal is not the first time that Alphabet has managed to overtake Apple.

Alphabet managed to secure the top stop earlier in the year for one trading day, the next day Apple reclaimed the number one position.

It is not the first time that Apple has been in competition.

In 2012, Apple managed to take the title away from Exxon Mobile. The two companies remained in competition throughout 2013 until Exxon pulled away.

Apple had remained unbeaten until Alphabet came along.

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Why has Apple lost the top spot?

Market experts are blaming this new turn of events on the uncertainty around the success of the new iPhone 7 which is rumored to be released late 2016.

There is a significant decline in market confidence surrounding Apple’s ability to achieve sales growth with the introduction of the new model.

This drop in confidence has caused their shares to drop by 14%.

There is also consideration taken for the way Apple and Alphabet conduct their business.

Apple relies heavily on their devices to generate business. They have yet to venture outside of their selection of devices.

Whereas Alphabet, on the other hand, is mainly focused on software and has a broad range of services which have a large user base.

To create long-term revenue Alphabets business model is seen as more sustainable than Apple’s.

 

What does this mean for Apple and Alphabet?

Currently, there is only $100 million between the two companies, in market terms this is not a huge amount. Apple and Alphabet are virtually neck and neck as far as competition goes.

The biggest difference is the company’s attitude to business. Google play a long game; they are most famous for their search facility, and they offer a broad range of services (from mobile phones to email) using the Google brand alongside it.

Apple, on the other hand, has more innovative and exclusive products, they rely on image and brand loyalty to stay ahead. However, since Apple offers a unique service this leaves them open to being priced out of the market by competitors and their lack of expansion means they have no ‘plan b.’

 

What goes up must go down

The price of stocks ultimately (like most things) is a victim to supply and demand.

The complexity of the stock market is what fuels the supply and demand.

High company value does not always mean a high stock price.

A company’s stock price often takes into consideration the companies current value as well as the estimated value in the future.

 

Ultimately –

  • Supply and demand heavily influence stock price
  • Price x number of outstanding shares = business value
  • Earnings are just part of what investors use to evaluate the value and stock price of a company
  • Stock prices are ultimately affected by investors expectations, attitudes, and sentiments
  • No one can say for certain why stock prices go up and down

 

There are those that believe you can predict how the stock market will change, and there are those who believe it’s random.

Ultimately the share markets, just like everything, aren’t immune to ups and downs.

 

Who will win the battle?

It is extremely likely that the two companies will battle it out for some time to come. Alphabet first overtook Apple for a second time on Thursday, and the battle still continued the next day.

Apple managed to raise its value to $501 billion, and Google (Alphabet) fell to $493 billion on Friday.

However, when the markets closed on Friday Apple fell to $484.1 billion, and Google (Alphabet) finished with a market value of $490.9 billion.

Google is seen to have better growth from an investors view. If you look at the price to earnings ratio, Google is trading at 18 times next year’s earnings, whereas Apple is currently trading at a predicted nine times next year’s earnings.

But, the price to earning ratio can be a double-edged sword. A massive increase may make you attractive to investors; then investors are likely to turn away.

It is too early to say which company will ‘win.’ There are plenty of positives but also a considerable amount of negatives.

Neither Alphabet nor Apple can reliably be considered safe bets.

 

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RetailMeNot’s Five to Buy in February

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The wintry temps may make you cold, but February deals are sure to warm your heart. It’s not only a great time to shower your valentine with roses and gifts, but it’s a great time to make other smart and timely purchases as well.

The shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll, agrees. “With the biggest football game of the year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day on the horizon, retailers will offer tremendous savings on a variety of categories — from TVs and TV dinners to all of your Valentine’s Day needs.

1. Play Cupid

With Valentine’s Day this month, shoppers might be struggling to find the right present that symbolizes their love. You can never go wrong with a customized gift made especially for them. This month, shoppers looking to go the extra mile for their loved one will save an average of 40% on items like personalized photo albums, picture frames, wall art and more. You name it, they make it — and just because it’s customized doesn’t mean it will break the bank. Turn to retailers like Shutterfly who is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive for 28% off your regular priced purchase.

2. Ding-Dong Deals

While some might make dinner reservations at the fanciest restaurant in town, many will opt to eat at home. Those who do can take advantage of special promotions and discounts. In fact, diners can save an average of 30% off all month long, so be sure to search the food delivery deals from RetailMeNot. Right now, DoorDash is offering 25% off your first purchase and Postmates is offering $15 delivery credit for existing users.

3. Flower Power

Everything’s coming up roses! According to a recent RetailMeNot survey, 46% of shoppers plan to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, up from 34% in 2019. Many florists will be offering promotions and discounts to help shoppers prepare for the holiday. This year, retailers like 1800Flowers are having up to 40% off flowers & gifts and FTD is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive offer for 20% off sitewide.

4. Get Your Game On

Attention sports fans: Discounts on electronics are not strictly reserved for Black Friday! In fact, February is the second-cheapest time of year to buy a new TV. With the big game right around the corner and March Madness close behind, manufacturers will use those big-time events to highlight big savings on big-screen sets. Another reason for the markdowns is that new models will be released next month, so retailers will be looking to make room for new inventory. Shoppers in the market for a new TV should head to Samsung where they can get 10% cash back with RetailMeNot, and Best Buy where they can find up to 64% off clearance items.

5. Meet Your (Price) Match

Life can easily get in the way of finding “the one,” but online dating sites and convenient mobile apps are here to help. Those looking for love are in luck: Dating sites can offer up to 75% off enrollment fees to encourage singles to put themselves out there. Dating sites like eHarmony are offering 35% off all subscriptions and OkCupid is offering free membership.

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Shutterstock Announced as Official Photographer of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards

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Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, today announced that it has been renewed as the official photographer of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards, which recognizes the very best in film over the past year. As the official photographer of the show on Sunday, February 2nd, Shutterstock’s on-site entertainment photographers, editors and engineering team will deliver exclusive high-quality images from the event at the Royal Albert Hall in London to the world in less than one minute from the image being taken.

Shutterstock’s editorial team captures, edits and distributes celebrity portraits and candid images leveraging proprietary software optimized for speed to market. As the moments from the red carpet, inside the awards show, and at the after-parties are captured, Shutterstock’s team makes lightning-fast crops and edits and transmits them directly to the desks of photo editors, writers and media. This speed-to-market empowers Shutterstock’s editorial customers to keep up with today’s fast news cycle to quickly deliver their news stories.

“We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with BAFTA, an arts charity whose purpose of celebrating and supporting the best work and talent in film, games and television is closely aligned with Shutterstock’s,” said Candice Murray, Vice President of Editorial at Shutterstock. “As a company whose passion is rooted in creativity, it is always an honor to be selected to shoot and share these unique moments recognizing the industry’s top creatives from around the world at the BAFTAs.”

“Shutterstock is best equipped to provide the world’s media with high-quality images of our awards ceremonies and year-round program through their advanced creative platform,” said Claire Rees, Photography Director for British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “Our partnership has grown over the years and as Shutterstock’s technology and service continue to evolve, we continue to see greater results in amplifying the mission of BAFTA around the world.”

Shutterstock’s annual partnership with BAFTA, a world-leading independent arts charity, originated in 2013 and includes editorial photography coverage of the Television Craft Awards, Games Awards, Television Awards, Young Game Designers Competition, Scotland Awards, Cymru Awards and Children’s Awards.

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Amazon Profits Surge as Investment in Faster Shipping Pays Off

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By Dominic Rushe

Amazon’s massive investment in faster shipping paid off for the tech company over the Christmas holidays with record sales and four times as many customers taking advantage of its free one-day shipping offer over the shopping season compared with last year.

Amazon is spending billions making one-day shipping the default for its Prime members and the gamble helped drive its revenues up over $87bn for the final quarter of 2019, or $29bn a month, compared with $72.4bn in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Profits increased to $3.3bn in the fourth quarter, up from $3bn in the same period last year, after a fall of 25% from July to September due to its costly shipping investments. Amazon’s shares shot up over 10% in after-hours trading.

“We’ve made Prime delivery faster – the number of items delivered to US customers with Prime’s free one-day and same-day delivery more than quadrupled this quarter compared to last year,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

Amazon’s bumper Christmas – the best in its history – came as other retailers including Target, Macy’s and JC Penney have reported lower sales.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud computing business, reported revenues of $9.9bn for the quarter, up 34% from the year-ago period.

Amazon also gave an update on its number of Prime subscribers, who pay an annual fee for faster shipping and access to free content on its streaming media services. Bezos said the company now has over 150 million paid Prime members around the world, up from 100 million last April.

Amazon’s share price has lagged its tech giant peers in recent months as investors have worried about its spending. The latest results push the company back into the exclusive club of tech companies now valued at over $1tn including Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

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