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Why Stock Market Will Keep Heading Higher, Despite Inverted Yield Curve (, Jul 21st, 6:06am)
In early February, the stock market was in sell-off mode because inflation and rate hikes were pushing up fixed income yields, which was increasing borrowing costs and pressuring equity valuations. Such inflation concerns have largely moved into the rear-view mirror. History suggests that despite an inverted yield curve, the stock market should do just fine for the next 12-plus months.

Lumentum, Finisar Drop, but 3-D Sensing's Not Over (, Jul 20th, 9:51pm)
For example, Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone X has a front-facing camera that lets it measure the contours of your face, in order to recognize you and unlock the phone. Key suppliers for the technology are Lumentum Holdings (LITE) and Finisar (FNSR). "WIN expects VCSEL sales in CY2H18 to be less than previously expected,” writes Alex Henderson of Needham & Co., who follows shares of Lumentum, “and up less than 100% year over year.” He was referring to “vertical cavity surface emitting lasers,” the light source used in the iPhone X’s front-facing camera that does the Face ID.

July 25: A Big Day for Qualcomm and its Investors (, Jul 20th, 9:35pm)
How Was the First Half of 2018 for Qualcomm? Qualcomm (QCOM) has been at the center of the US-China (FXI) trade war. The climax of its almost-two-year acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is set to be revealed on July 25, the same day Qualcomm is slated to release its fiscal Q3 2018 earnings.

Amazon Will Be the First Trillion-Dollar Company, Not Apple (, Jul 20th, 9:18pm)
A few months ago, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock was soaring, and everyone was talking about the elusive trillion-dollar mark. For the first time ever, it finally looked like the stock market was about have its first trillion-dollar company. At current stock price appreciation rates, we will have not one, but two trillion-dollar stocks by Halloween 2018.

What Are the Risks of Investing in Growth Stocks? (, Jul 20th, 8:08pm)
Buying companies that are built for growth can be highly lucrative, but investors need to be aware of the downsides, too.

Invest in What You Know -- the Screens Edition (, Jul 20th, 7:20pm)
The company behind your smartphone’s glass looks like a pretty compelling long-term investment, but it’s not completely without risk.

Munster Says Microsoft Gaining on Amazon Cloud Sales (, Jul 20th, 6:22pm)
Jul.20 -- Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Ventures, discusses Microsoft's fourth-quarter performance, and previews earnings results for Facebook and Apple. He speaks with Bloomberg's Shery Ahn and Jon Ehrlichman on "Bloomberg Markets."

Walmart Plans to Challenge Amazon Prime, Netflix With Vudu Streaming Video (, Jul 20th, 6:04pm)
One of the constants of 2018 has been Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and its determination to go on the offensive against Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). From ramping up its website to taking on Amazon’s Kindle eReaders and even considering an Amazon Go-like automated checkout system from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Walmart is aggressively fighting back against the e-commerce behemoth. The latest news on that front has Walmart reportedly working to reposition its Vudu “video locker” service as an affordable video streaming service.

More babies may be dying in Congo due to Dodd-Frank law on ‘conflict minerals’ (, Jul 20th, 6:04pm)
Infant deaths in Congo surge because of U.S. bank law that tried to tame violence in the so-called conflict minerals trade that once supplied Apple.

Friday Apple Rumors: Does the 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboard Stop Dust? (, Jul 20th, 6:02pm)
Leading the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor mill today is a teardown of the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard. MacBook Pro Keyboard: A new teardown from iFixit focuses more on the new keyboard in the 2018 MacBook Pro. Siri: The last cofounder of Siri is no longer with Apple, reports BGR. Tom Gruber is one of the three people responsible for creating Siri.

It’s looking increasingly like there will be three follow-ups to the iPhone X (, Jul 20th, 5:23pm)
The iPhone family is expanding. Documents filed to the Eurasian Economic Commission, the executive arm of the post-Soviet states that formed the Eurasian Economic Union, appear to show that Apple is preparing three models of its next iPhone, as has been speculated over the course of the last year. The model numbers in the filings,…

What the EU's Record Fine of Alphabet Will Really Mean for Big Tech (, Jul 20th, 5:20pm)
The $5 billion penalty stems from its use of the Android operating system's dominance to crush potential competition.

KeyBanc: Skyworks Sends Positive Messages On Next iPhone Ramp (, Jul 20th, 3:32pm)
Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS ) issued a  fiscal third-quarter report Thursday that solidifies the case for the semiconductor stock, according to KeyBanc Capital Markets.  The Analyst Analyst  John ...

Here are the latest X-rays of 11 popular stocks, including Netflix and Facebook (, Jul 20th, 3:17pm)
One of the best tools is to look at the X-rays of popular stocks in the form of segmented money flows. Money flows provide an edge to investors who want to beat the broader market and lower their risks. Please click here for the annotated chart of money flows in 11 popular technology stocks.

Why Amazon Could Beat Apple to the $1 Trillion Mark (, Jul 20th, 3:14pm)
On July 18, Amazon (AMZN) stock briefly touched a market cap of $900 billion as it reached an all-time high of $1,858.88 prior to closing at $1,842.92, ending the day with a market cap of ~$895 billion. Amazon is just an 11.7% rally away from the $1 trillion mark. Amazon stock has been on a tear lately despite choppy broader markets due to the escalating trade war between the United States and China.

Even the EU Antitrust Regulators Can’t Stop Google Stock (, Jul 20th, 3:08pm)
Earlier this week, antitrust regulators from the European Union imposed a record $5 billion fine on Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL). When the news broke, Google stock absorbed a very modest, almost non-discernible hit. Just to demonstrate how much of a non-news item the fine is for Google stock, consider this: Alphabet is sitting on $103 billion in cash.

Apple’s Delicate Balancing Act in the iPhone Business (, Jul 20th, 2:31pm)
The iPhone is the chief contributor to Apple’s (AAPL) top line. However, Apple has struggled to accelerate its iPhone sales amid stiff competition from rivals Samsung (SSNLF), Xiaomi, Google (GOOGL), Sony (SNE), and smaller manufacturers backed by Nokia (NOK) and BlackBerry (BB). A steadily saturating smartphone market is also putting pressure on sales.

Stock Market Takes New Trump Trade Threats In Stride (, Jul 20th, 2:20pm)
Apple appeared on track for a fourth consecutive up week. The stock has carved a flat, base-on-base pattern. The potential buy point is 194.30.