“Life doesn’t stand still from month to month, so we don’t believe our customers’ TV should either. Our new range of TV packs bring together the best premium services, fully loaded with a wide range of award-winning shows, the best live sports in stunning 4K and the latest must-see films – all with the flexibility to change packs every month – with quick and easy search to find what you want to watch. So now with a click of a button you can take out the Big Sport package to catch the top Premier League fixtures one month and swap it for VIP for a rainy school holiday with the family the next.” -Marc Allera, CEO BT Consumer Division. BT TV helps customers get to their favourite content quickly with integrated voice and text search across all channels – removing the need to remember which show is on which channel or streaming service. There’s also no out-of-contract price rises, so no bill-shock after the end of the 24 months.
U.S. New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting personal data of school children. (Reuters) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google, alleging that it acquired personal information from school children in the state violating their privacy rights. Balderas alleged that the company used its suite of products such as Gmail, Calendar and Drives to collect information of students under 13 years of age, without parental consent. In September last year, Google's YouTube video service was asked to pay $170 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information about children. Social media companies have been facing regulatory scrutiny globally over their policies and data monitoring practices particularly for children.
Apple(NASDAQ: AAPL) recently warned that it wouldn't meet its second-quarter revenue guidance (for 9%-16% growth) due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Today, we'll discuss the outbreak's potential impact on four of Apple's top suppliers: Jabil(NYSE: JBL), Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ: SWKS), Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO), and Cirrus Logic(NASDAQ: CRUS). Based on those forecasts, Jabil's stock looks cheap at nine times forward earnings. However, Jabil will likely reduce or withdraw that guidance when it reports its second-quarter numbers in mid-March -- so investors should wait for that update to see if it's still an undervalued growth stock. Apple's orders accounted for 51% of Skyworks' revenue and 32% of Qorvo's revenue last year, so any slowdown at Apple will significantly impact both companies.
Pre-tax profits at Lloyds Banking Group, which acquired Bank of Scotland in 2009, dropped by 26% last year. LLOYDS Banking Group has revealed that a mammoth payment protection insurance (PPI) bill has sent annual profits tumbling. The lending giant, which acquired Bank of Scotland in 2009, lowered two key targets of profitability for 2020 as its retail margins come under pressure amid low interest rates and intense price competition. An annual report, published alongside the results, revealed that chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio’s pay fell by 28% to £4.73 million as a result of the drop in profits, while the wider staff bonus pool was cut by 33% to £310.1m.
De Beers Posts Lowest Profit Since End of Diamond Monopoly. (Bloomberg) -- Not since at least the early 2000s, when De Beers gave up its global monopoly on diamonds, has the company earned so little money. There are some early signs that business has started to improve, but the coronavirus could set it all back, said Mark Cutifani, chief executive officer of Anglo American Plc, which owns De Beers. In the face of tumbling profits, De Beers is taking a hard look at the business. For example, the company is reviewing the way it sells diamonds and may cut its number of accredited buyers at the end of this year, according to people familiar with the matter.
Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Microsoft Corp. MSFT, International Business Machines Corp. IBM, Intel Corp. INTC, Apple Inc. AAPL and Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN. According to an Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Market - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 - 2025) report by ResearchAndMarkets.com, artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture market generated revenues of $584.0 million in 2018 globally and is predicted to witness a CAGR of 38.3% in the following years. Artificial intelligence aims at making life simpler and its capabilities such as self-correction, learning, and reasoning make implementation and application easier. For traditional field agriculture, which is labor intensive and demands ample precision, AI promises to make farmers’ life easier.
Thursday 20 02 20 China cuts rates as Coronavirus hits output MiFID II exempt information – see disclaimer below Anglo American (LON:AAL) – Strong results but a rocky year ahead Shanta Gold (LON:SHG) – Convertible note restructuring post acquisition of Kenyan assets Sirius Minerals (LON:SXX) – Odey Asset Management risks scuppering Anglo deal. China remains the world’s largest raw-materials processor for most commodities. While most of this metal is then converted into finished goods in China much is also exported worldwide. There is little sign of the virus easing due to its high contagion and incubation though policy makers are hoping the spread of the virus will slow as the weather warms up, though we have seen no evidence to suggest this my be the case. Each advantage share will receive 0.142 Orocobre shares, valuing Advantage at 42c/share, based on a closing price of $3.29. Orocobre has been the largest shareholder in both Advantage, holding a 34.7% interest and its partner at its Cauchari lithium project with a 25% interest.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include:Microsoft MSFT, Applied Materials AMAT, SAP SE SAP, Lam Research LRCX and Tencent Holdings TCEHY. ML domain is set to witness breakthrough developments in natural language processing or NLP, computer vision, conversational AI, to mention a few, through 2020. Here are a few top-ranked tech companies filtered by using the Zacks Stocks Screener, which are well poised to gain from ML-driven advancements or have been supporting the deployment of ML for their clients. Moreover, Microsoft, currently flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), offers ML-based ML.NET open-source cross-platform, Azure Machine Learning service, AutoML tools, Cognitive API Services, Azure Machine Learning Studio, to name a few.
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One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is Apple Inc. AAPL. This is arguably taking place in the Computer - Mini computers space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 45 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider Apple.