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Default Stocks on Your Watch List 2015 Week 34 Forecasts

I want to start using the stock and investing forum more. I wil say upfront that I approach this subject as an amateur so take any post I post here...well shit, I am GH, you already know what to do with the information contained in my post.

Anyway, I want to maybe begin a weekly discussion to draw on the board's common knowledge. We have some very intelligent members here. We have some members here, like me, who would be very interested in learning more about how to think about finances, savings, investments and such.

What stocks are you watching and why?

Are you watching AAPL or IBM?

IBM is at a 3yr low and continues to trend downward:
IBM is in the middle of a transformation. Materially, itís going to remain the same business that helps its business clientele Ė primarily the big banks, insurance, and Fortune 100 companies Ė procure, manage, and dispose of IT systems Ė and then repeat.

However, the new IT environment is vastly different now than it was even a decade ago.

Computing is a lot more open than it once was, and thatís what IBM contended with in the 1990s when it was threatening to breakup before then-CEO Louis Gerstner stepped in and reinvented it as a services company.

Thatís still a challenge that persists today with IBM, but itís made more difficult with the growth of cloud and the sheer size of raw structured and unstructured data. This has also come with an explosion in mobile devices and the rise of social media.

Many advisors consider Apple (AAPL) a BUY at this point. It hit $110.92 last week and ended the business day Friday at $115.96. The stock was trading at $132.07 30 days ago and moved down steady until 04AUG before leveling at around $115.

the company is reportedly delaying the launch of its live TV streaming service for the Apple TV until next year, Bloomberg reports.
Originally, the company had planned to introduce the service this coming September. But, content negotiations with major networks are not progressing on track as it had expected, Bloomberg noted.

One reason for the delay is that programmers are struggling with Apple's package offering of the service. The tech giant looks to offer a package of popular channels for $40 a
month, which is nearly half of what consumer pay for a cable bill, Bloomberg added.

Meanwhile, networks are focusing on profiting from the deal.

Despite the postponement of its live TV service, Apple is still on track to launch its newer version of the Apple TV set top box on September 9.
Overall, launching its live TV service in general would create another revenue stream, which will benefit Apple, as it has been grappling with declining iPhone sales, Bloomberg said.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates APPLE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate APPLE INC (AAPL) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."
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