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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Has to Find Another Way to Grow

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Without a hint of hesitation, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) was one of the top flyers of 2016. Producing a 300% annual return and leading the dynamic semiconductor market will do that for you. The question now is whether or not AMD stock has something left in the tank. (802-0)

Options Writing Has Been Very Profitable For 2017!

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Greetings, all. As we enter into the final few weeks of 2017, I thought it would be opportune to summarize progress across the board. I will deal with my option writing this week. (184-0)

Broadcom eyes big changes for Qualcomm's patent practices

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As part of its $103 billion bid to buy Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O) has hinted that it would make big changes to Qualcomm’s patent licensing business, a major cash-cow for the company but a source of bitter conflict with regulators and key customers including Apple Inc (AAPL.O). (214-0)

Why Qualcomm, Inc. Should Take Broadcom’s Next Offer

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Finally, some good news for Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM). After reaching a 52-week low in September, amid a battle with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and concerns about the mobile space, the QCOM stock price has soared. Qualcomm stock has gained about 33% just since late October. (375-0)
BB BBRY INTC MU, Inc. Stock Is No ‘Sure Thing’ — but Its Close

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In the capital markets, there is no such thing as a “sure thing”. The very nature of investing means that for someone to win, somebody else has to lose. The technical term is “zero-sum game”; I just call it common sense. However, if a unicorn investment did exist, its name would be, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Against its technology-centric peers, AMZN stock has the right mix of tangible and intangible attributes. (291-0)

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