On Wednesday, stocks recovered following the worst day overall since October. The gains were led by the technology sector, which in many cases reversed following their worst day of the year on Tuesday.
However, despite the tech rebound, the blue chips lagged pulling the Dow Jones Industrial Average down less than 0.1%. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), a Dow component, fell 7.1%, pulled lower by a lackluster outlook for sales growth.
The technology sector of the S&P 500 rose 0.8%, its biggest gain in three weeks. The Nasdaq, which is tech heavy, rose 0.5%, and the 500 jumped chiefly on gains by technology giants Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), up 1.3%, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), up 1.1%, and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), up 1.1%. The PHLX Semiconductor Index (NASDAQ:SOXX) did its part by gaining 1.1%.
Crude oil (WTI) fell 0.4% as data showed that stockpiles of crude hit a new record high. Spot WTI closed at $48.04 per barrel for a fall of 11% so far in March.
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7 points at 20,661, the S&P 500 rose 4 to 2,348, the Nasdaq gained 28 points to close at 5,822, and the Russell 2000 fell a point to 1,346. The NYSE ‘s primary exchange traded 899 million shares with total volume of 3.5 billion shares, and the Nasdaq crossed 1.8 billion shares. On the Big Board, advancers exceeded decliners by 1.1-to-1, and on the Nasdaq, decliners led by 1.3-to-1. Blocks on the NYSE fell to 6,935 from 7,804 on Tuesday.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(ATNM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Actinium Pharmaceuticals Inc (NYSE: ATNM) were down 24 percent to $1.29. Actinium priced 8 million shares at $1.25 per share.
Shineco Inc (NASDAQ: TYHT) was down, falling around 32 percent to $19.50. On Wednesday, Shineco priced IPO at $4.50 per share.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Peugeot S.A. (PUGOY)
- [By John Rosevear]
It’s official: General Motors (NYSE:GM) will sell its long-troubled Opel subsidiary to French automaker Peugeot S.A. (NASDAQOTH:PUGOY) for about $2.3 billion, in a deal expected to close later this year.
- [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]
Now, the General is thinking about ditching Europe for good by selling its European operations to French automaker Peugeot (NASDAQOTH:PUGOY). As long as Peugeot is willing to pay a reasonable price, selling Opel is GM’s best course of action.
- [By SEEKINGALPHA.COM]
Yes, you read that correct! General Motors (NYSE: GM) will probably not settle for just a new 52-week high and will aim to take out the 2013 peak of $41.85. With talks about the Opel sellout to PSA Group (OTCPK:PEUGF) (OTCPK:PUGOY) progressing at a rate much faster than I had anticipated, a (likely) deal announcement on Monday will pave the way for new all-time highs.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: B Communications Ltd.(BCOM)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.2 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 4 percent, and Partner Communications Company Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ: PTNR), down 2 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Monday, telecommunications services shares fell by 0.77 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included United States Cellular Corp (NYSE: USM), down 5 percent, and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM), down 5 percent.
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (ICEIF)
- [By Bryan Murphy]
If there was any doubt that the future of video as a digital medium was here to stay, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) just wiped that doubt away. It’s going to open up its video-sharing platform to anyone — not just vetted creators with huge followings — and split ad revenue with them. In so doing, it now offers a similar deal (though a more generous deal) that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and YouTube also offers video creators.
It’s just a microcosm of the shape of things to come… or the shape of things as they already are. Last year was the first year internet users spent more time watching videos online than they did engaged in social media, averaging more one hour and sixteen minutes of video viewing per day.
Perhaps more important, the amount of ad revenue the likes of Facebook, and now Twitter, generate via online video is small, but growing very fast. The total ad spend allocated for digital video has jumped from 2.4% in 2013 to 4.4% today, and that’s expected to double again in two years.
Yet, for as much revenue as online video can drive and as big as it’s gotten, the ad-display technology remains alarmingly inelegant, even or veteran players like YouTube and Facebook. This clunky display of ads — and Twitter will likely keep it clunky, at least initially — increasingly makes a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) not just well-positioned, but a potential acquisition target.
Intelligent Content Enterprises has developed a tool called Clix Video(tm), which the company described as a way to enable “digital and mobile viewers to instantaneously connect to web and mobile sites by clicking on custom interactive tags within the video broadcasts to make social media connections, to review extra and exclusive content and make online and mobile purchases directly via the video broadcast providing a richer, deeper consumer experience related to the video content. “
In English, it just means Clix Vide
- [By Bryan Murphy]
In hindsight, June’s news from Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) should come as no surprise. In May the organization announced it was buying Catch Star Studios LLC for the purpose of creating its own sports-related television shows that would be aired by broadcast as well as online. Now it’s begun creating that television content, following in the footsteps of much bigger original-content creators such as Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).
What might comes as a surprise to existing and potential ICEIF shareholders, however, is how big highly-focused original television programming is now that the lines between the internet and cable television have not only been crossed, but erased.
May wasn’t just a pivotal month for Intelligent Content Enterprises because it’s when the acquisition of Catch Star Studios was put into motion. May was also the month Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported some stunning results of a new study about digital video-viewing habits and preferences. The key findings? Regular viewers of original digital video programming in the U.S. have grown from 45 million in 2013 to 63 million, and the advertisements displayed via a digital broadcast of such programming are liked and remembered by far more viewers than they are when part of a conventional cable television broadcast.
Said another way as far as advertisers are concerned, the world wide web is the new cable television. That’s not to say cable television has become irrelevant. Savvy content makers are now doing both, while also making a point of creating their own customized content now that the fight for viewers has gotten brutal.
Take Netflix as an example. It has a pair of smash hits with its self-produced ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards.’ Amazon.com is getting into the game too, with its ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ recently being awarded two Golden Globes.
This same paradigm shift h
- [By James E. Brumley]
In May of this year, at the annual Collision Conference, advertising and media executives of the world’s biggest traffic-oriented (and ad-supported) websites asked themselves a crucial question: How do we save online advertising from itself?
The question itself is a reflection of the new reality of the internet…. it’s become so big, so full, so cross-border, so competitive, and so promotional that it’s become an unwieldy mess. Twenty years ago, click-through rates were greater than 40%. Now they’re a mere 0.6%, as consumers (1) are saturated by marketing messages, and (2) have largely learned that ads don’t lead them to a product or service they care about. Digital advertising simply isn’t what it used to be.
While the answer to the question “how can digital advertising be saved?” is a complex one, a company called Intelligent Content Enterprises Inc. (OTCMKTS:ICEIF) addresses at least one aspect of the question, by doing what the web’s capitalists have failed to figure out how to do well. What’s that? ICEIF understands that an ad has to be relevant to a user no matter where that user is, and that to see an ad at all, a user has to be able to read the web’s content in his or her native language.
Intelligent Content Enterprises, through its Digital Widget Factory website www.digiwidgy.com, has tackled the aforementioned issue head-on, creating a rich website with a built-in translation tool which displays advertisements and offers unique to that reader’s location, and delivers that marketing message in his or her native language.
It may sound like a lot of work at first glance. But, it’s worth it.
Digital industry research outfit Common Sense Advisory reports that of the more than 3 billion internet users worldwide, approximately 73% — 2.2 Billion people — are browsing the web in a language other than English. That’s quite a disparity from the fact that more than 50% of the content on the web is na
Top 5 Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Theravance Biopharma, Inc.(TBPH)
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
The exact date Theravance Biopharma Inc. (TBPH) intends to release a phase 3 update on COPD treatment Revefenacin isnt known. The company simply said in a prior communication with the market it would be sharing an interim look at the trials progress sometime in early Q4.