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Apple’s Intriguing Hints

May 29, 2014

Apple Intriguing Hints Ahead of WWDC

Seen Apple’s WWDC 2014 App?

You should.

Apple’s events are teasingly, secretly, playfully intriguing:


Apple WWDC Secret Hints

“This is Our Little Secret”


“Shhhh, Can’t Tell You Yet”:


Apple WWDC Secrets Confidential

“This One is Sealed.” And: “It’s Confidential.”


“You’ll Find Out in a Few Days”:


Apple WWDC Secrets Hints

“No Comment Yet.” And: “Our Lips Are Sealed on This One.”


Plus, Star Wars:


Apple WWDC Star Wars

“Star Wars Past, Present and Future.” And: “You’ll Never Guess.”


I don’t know what’s coming.

Can’t recall Apple being so open about its secretiveness.

Like it.

Apple will stream WWDC’s Keynote presentation “live” at 1 p.m. EST, June 2.

At that time, much more will be revealed.

Got a hunch.

This could be next-era good.

Update – Here’s what I do know. Apple’s stock is ripping:


Apple stock pops ahead of WWDC.

$APPL above 8, 21, 50MAs. Very bullish.


Apple is up $21 this week. Some 3.46 percent.

Riding above key technical moving averages.

Ahead of WWDC, investors like what they see.



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#AmazonCart – Listening Wall Street?

May 6, 2014

Twitter, Amazon team to boost ‘now commerce’

Teaming up: Amazon and Twitter.

Benny Evangelista writing for The Chronicle:

“The two tech giants said … Amazon members can automatically save items to their online shopping carts by replying to any tweet containing an Amazon product link and writing the hashtag #AmazonCart.”

And if you use that hashtag?

The ultimate word-of-mouth. Why?

Because the world can see:

“…on its website, Amazon also notes that ‘most content is public on Twitter,’ so any replies with #AmazonCart ‘will be visible to whomever you replied, to those viewing the conversation, and on your own Timeline (unless your Twitter account is set to private).'”

So, using the #AmazonCart hashtag is public.

Intended or not, becomes a public endorsement.

Not bad, if you’re a celebrity.

Perhaps one paid to tweet your purchases?

Me? If buying something, I want to do so quickly.

Two clicks, maximum.


Because an order of Omaha Steaks for clients is not viral.

Same with California wine or Oregon fruit for family.

Or Legal Sea Foods crab cakes for myself.


They reacted “meh” to the Amazon-Twitter partnership:

Amazon Twitter #AmazonCart

Amazon daily chart bearish technically: below 50, 200MAs


Twitter Amazon Partnership #AmazonCart

Twitter stock remains below its IPO low


One thought.

Amazon, behind Jeff Bezos, has sweet CIA business.

In short, people in the know, trust Amazon to be in the know.

Secure, too.

What happens when one can buy stocks with a hashtag?

Who needs TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, E-Trade?

Ten shares of Apple, please, hashtag #AmazonCart.

Just musing aloud.



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How is Google Fiber Doing?

May 1, 2014

Cities Meet Google Fiber Deadline, but ‘Loose Ends’ Remain

Thirty-four cities meet a key Google Fiber deadline.

That according to Alistair Barr writing for The WSJ.D:


Google Fiber Status Alistair Barr WSJ

Credit: Google and The WSJ.D


Barr says Fiber is complicated:

“Among other things, Google needs to buy or lease land for its Fiber huts, which are larger than 1,000 square feet, and finalize those license agreements with several cities. It’s seeking to streamline permitting processes for thousands of permit applications. And it needs video-franchise agreements with the city or state, giving it permission to build a local network.”

Investors watch closely:

“The complicated process has sparked concern on Wall Street that Google may spend too much on Fiber and generate small returns on the investment.”


GOOGL Class A stock

GOOGL Class A shares bounce after fall to $511


Google’s stock has drifted lower since an unusual stock split in April.

Proof that Google Fiber is not a good investment?

The market will weigh in over time.

Google’s got time … and capital.

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Anadarko’s Business Clarity Rewarded

April 3, 2014

Anadarko Reaches $5.15B Settlement in Tronox Case

“’This settlement agreement with the litigation trust and the U.S. government eliminates the uncertainty this dispute has created, and the proceeds will fund the remediation and cleanup of the legacy environmental liabilities and tort claims,’ Anadarko chairman and CEO Al Walker said.”

That’s a CEO speaking legal-speak.

Except  for three, key words:

“…eliminates the uncertainty.”

Wall Street, investors do not like uncertainty.

They like clarity.

How much so?

Anadarko Stock Up After Settlement

Anadarko stock up 14.5%

With legal certainty added, Anadarko’s stock soared some 14.5 percent.

It hit a record high.

Investors rewarded the business clarity.

Clarity garners stakeholder credibility.

Credibility is all about your reputation.

What uncertainty can your firm “clear up”?

How will it be communicated?

Potential rewards await.


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Math … Understands Your Business

October 27, 2011
Fibonacci Communications

The S&P 500 Index is a “basket” of companies. Five-hundred of them. Hence, the name. Every week the stocks of these firms are traded. The stocks go up and down, depending on the day or week. Sometimes they seem to need a pause; and taken together, they move sideways for a while.

Their performance up, down or sideways leaves a footprint, tells a story. Stock charts capture this story. In early 2009, the story plot told of an ugly crash.

Since? Well, the story changed. The S&P 500 moved up, with some sideways pauses, and topped this summer. And then, during a time of world economic concerns, they fell. The stocks were sold. They went down. “Click” for large pic:

Business Communications, Fibonacci Communications, Math Understanding

Math Communicating

For those who enjoyed math, and learning about Fibonacci, the chart appears to tell an interesting story.

After “topping” mid2011, the S&P 500 fell to a Fibonacci number – one of the horizontal blue lines.

The Index retraced (went down) 38.2 percent, found comfort at that level, moved sideways for a bit, then bounced up.

Many factors influence the performance of your company, its stock. There are a lot of ways to analyze stocks, too. Sometimes, stepping back to look at the big picture, with the help of some math, can provide clarity.

For some reason, during its most recent fall, the S&P 500 respected a Fibonacci number, and stopped falling. It has since marched higher.

Mixing Fibonacci numbers with stock analysis can provide greater business understanding. It’s not a be-all end-all “golden rule.”

Still, the math seems to be communicating. Perhaps this approach should be in your toolkit…and in that of your consulting firms.

Australia’s Economy: Signs of Recovery, Lessons for America

July 2, 2009

Economic Growth Fuels Business Reputations and Investor Confidence

MelbourneAre you looking up, when you should be looking “down-under”? Let me explain. You know how the weather can change – cloudy one day, sunny the next? There are signs that Australia’s economy may have weathered the worst, but do not expect to hear the forecast call for a return to complete economic-recovery sunshine, just yet.

But it does appear the clouds are passing. There are hints of blue sky ahead. Here are some ways to tell. Business journalists get accomplished at reading between the lines…and so should you. Why? What you learn is of interest to your CEO. The economic weather “down under” is very much linked to worldwide economic conditions. In short, Australia’s economic forecast is watched closely by U.S. business and investors, alike. What happens in Australia, does not stay in Australia. What happens is vital to America.

Question? Are economic experts beginning to use words to describe the economy of Australia, such as “bottoming, flattening, stabilizing?”

Answer: “Yes.” Are big real estate firms seeing any increase in sales in their residential business? According to Lend Lease: “Yes.” And how is consumer sentiment? That means, what are you thinking and feeling about the economy ahead?

The National Australia Business Bank monthly business survey shows improvement in its index of business conditions. Optimism is showing itself. But the economy does not go from cloudy to sunshine in one month. Bottoming is a process.

Still, any improvement is another sign that the process of moving from “totally cloudy” to “partly sunny” may be underway. Finally, here is an important indicator: the stock market. Stocks typically move up before other economic indicators.

Stock Market

After its March low, the market gained about 17 percent. Market participants reacted positively to what they see coming for Australia’s economy. That not only makes consumers “feel” better, but also industry, too, as balance sheets improve.

“Yes,” the market may pullback. A pullback is actually a healthy thing after such a strong move up. As long as the March 9 low stays the low, then you now know that there are a number of positive hints about the economic conditions ahead.

And you now know that when the world, including America and Wall Street, sees conditions looking UP “down-under,” it’s also anticipating an improving global forecast. Economies and investors are geographically connected.

Note to America: Look “down-under” to see if the economy is looking up. Not only that, communicate what you see throughout your organization.

Good economic weather does wonders for the reputation of and confidence in business, Wall Street and investments worldwide. Economic growth is superb public relations, works magic on corporate reputations and fuels stakeholder confidence.

Your CEO already knows this. So should you, your PR and marketing firms, and key stakeholders. Economic trends somewhere “else” are important, wherever you look.

Mine That Bird’s Stunning Victory: This Generation’s Seabiscuit

May 2, 2009

Will Unlikely Kentucky Derby Winner Help Stimulate an Economic Rally?

Mine That BirdU.S. business, if you don’t know the story of Seabiscuit, you should. In fact, make it your business to learn. Because the story of how a single athlete energized a country reeling in a Great Depression may be the lesson for Wall Street in Mine That Bird’s underdog, dramatic victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. In short, can history repeat itself?

From an unremarkable beginning, Seabiscuit proved an improbable champion, serving as a symbol of hope during America’s Great Depression. A powerful, compelling figure. Rallying sports fans, yes, but also families and a nation, alike. Touching generations to come, including my grandfather, who went on to raise horses. It was not surprising that Laura Hillenbrand’s book, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” also a hit movie, touched new generations decades later.

Today, the world is mired in recession. Economists look for signs of a recovery. Wall Street traders, enjoying a spring rally, ask, “What would ignite a summer rally?”

Could a remarkable underdog story, a horse named Mine That Bird, who beat 50-to-1 odds, be that catalyst needed to spark our economic engine? Or at least carry part of the torch, emerging as a rallying symbol like Seabiscuit, along the way?

History provides lessons. Leaders see opportunities. Entrepreneurs turn passion into realized ideas such as the iPhone. It only takes one spark to light a fire.

Mine That Bird provided a spark for the ages. Did you catch the moment?

And is it something we can rally around? Don’t bet against it.

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