Markman Capital Insight

How Negative Swiss Bond Yields Help Apple

May 12th, 2015

The weirdest thing going on in the world of finance right now, bar none, is the negative bond yields in the leading European countries.Government bonds are supposed to be a loan from the private sector to the public sector that provides the lender with a steady, safe interest payment. That’s the way it has been since the dawn of time, or at least...

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6 Things You Need To Know About The April Jobs Report

May 12th, 2015

Stocks rebounded without much conviction last Friday in response to the April jobs report, which came in largely as expected: Payrolls expanded by 223,000 and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, the lowest level since early 2008. Job gains were concentrated in white-collar and health care occupations, construction saw modest gains, and manufacturing...

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Will a Robot Steal Your Job?

May 8th, 2015

One of our big investment themes this year is the rise of extreme automation -- from transportation to communication, finance and more. Many new developments will make life easier and safer, yet it's fair to worry about whether automatons, or robots if you prefer, will snatch away your job.It's no joke. Ed Yardeni of Yardeni Research believes that part...

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Sell in May?

May 7th, 2015

One of Wall Street's best known adages is the old "sell in May and go away" seasonal trick. The idea is that the six months starting in May -- including the normally listless summer months -- are among stocks' poorest performers of the year.It helps that it kind of rhymes. Just try to say, "Sell in April and … um …" You see, nothing rhymes with...

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Toyota Goes All In On Safety

April 8th, 2015

One of our core technology obsessions is the rapid development of automated transportation systems -- specifically self-driving or semi-autonomous automobiles. The big players are generating a lot of attention in this area, from the goofy Google(GOOG) cars to the "autopilot" software update by Tesla (TSLA) to the "Project Titan" initiative...

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Can GoPro Get Back its Mojo?

March 26th, 2015

In the era of Facebook (FB) triumphalism, action camera innovator GoPro (GPRO) seemed to capture the zeitgeist of social media braggadocio. It's small, powerful video cameras and body mounting accessories enabled everyone to upload clips of their best X-Games inspired stunts and travel experiences. Shares surged from summertime lows near $37.50 to...

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Darden cooks up new highs

March 25th, 2015

While all the focus has been on the Federal Reserve over the past week, and stocks overall have paused for breath, companies like Darden (DRI) are being rewarded for doing the good work of capitalism: Growing, building, expanding, finding efficiencies, and ultimately expanding earnings. A solid quarterly report last week has unleashed a torrent of...

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Can Intel Bounce Back?

March 16th, 2015

The chips are down. Or at least the ones in elder care are. The Philadepihia Semiconductor Index more than doubled from late 2012 to a high earlier this month. It's been a solid, nearly unblemished advance powered by excitement over the internet of things (everyday objects connected digitally) and excitement about a PC upgrade cycle after Microsoft...

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