What is NASDAQ?
The NASDAQ is an American stock exchange. It is the second-largest exchange in the world ranked by market capitalization. The New York Stock exchange is the largest stock exchange in the world.
NASDAQ also refers to the Nasdaq Composite, an index of more than 3,000 stocks listed on the Nasdaq exchange. Companies listed in the NASDAQ composite index include Apple, Google Microsoft and Intel.
The NASDAQ-100 is an index made up of the 100 largest and most heavily traded stocks on the Nasdaq Exchange. The index reflects firms across major industry groups including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail/wholesale trade and biotechnology. It does not include financial companies.
Stocks that trade on NASDAQ, or ETFs that hold the stocks in NASDAQ indexes, can be good holdings in the portfolios of many investors. But whatever way you choose to invest in the NASDAQ market, we think you would benefit by following TSI Network and using our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
1. Invest mainly in well-established companies;
2. Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
3. Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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ADOBE SYSTEMS $31.43 (Nasdaq symbol ADBE; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (408-536-6000; www.adobe.com; Shares outstanding: 491.8 million; Market cap: $15.5 billion; No dividends paid) is teaming up with NBC to stream events live from the Olympic Summer Games in London to mobile device users in the U.S. for free. Comcast Corp. owns NBC, which has the U.S. television rights to the London …read more »
INTUITIVE SURGICAL $549.36 (Nasdaq symbol ISRG; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (515-507-5000; www.intuitivesurgical.com; Shares outstanding: 39.7 million; Market cap: $21.8 billion; No dividends paid) makes the da Vinci, a computerized surgical system.
Guided by a miniature camera connected to a 3-D monitor, surgeons use the da Vinci to operate by remotely manipulating tiny robotic arms. This process is safer and much …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on specific stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions.
Our Inner Circle Q&A …read more »
The uncertain economy and weak consumer confidence have held back computer sales. However, demand should increase in the next few months, particularly as businesses look to boost their productivity by upgrading their computers. In addition, rising interest in cloud computing will increase sales of mainframe computers, servers and consulting services.
APPLE INC. $575 (Nasdaq symbol AAPL; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, …read more »
MICROSOFT CORP. $30 (Nasdaq symbol MSFT; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 8.4 billion; Market cap: $252.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.5; Dividend yield: 2.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.microsoft.com) is buying Yammer Inc. for $1.2 billion. This private company operates an online social network for businesses. Over 200,000 companies now use this service.
Microsoft will probably …read more »
PETSMART INC. $66 (Nasdaq symbol PETM; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 108.4 million; Market cap: $7.2 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.2; Dividend yield: 1.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.petsmart.com) continues to see strong sales growth at its 1,241 pet supply stores in the U.S. and Canada. As a result, it has raised its quarterly dividend by 17.9%, to $0.165 …read more »
Most stock markets are down lately due to investor worries about a potential eurozone breakup, sluggish U.S. growth and a slowdown in China.
Still, the long-term outlook is positive. One way to profit from a rebound is to add exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track major stock market indexes to your portfolio.
ETFs trade on stock exchanges, just like stocks. Prices are …read more »
The Canadian penny is on its way out, and cash transactions are increasingly rare as well. Although it may not be a household name, this maker of transaction-processing software is aggressively seeking an even greater share of the market in credit card, debit card and smartphone payments.
ACI WORLDWIDE (Nasdaq symbol ACIW; www.tsainc.com) makes software that is used to process …read more »
ACI WORLDWIDE $40.01 (Nasdaq symbol ACIW; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (402-334-5101; www.tsainc.com; Shares outstanding: 39.8 million; Market cap: $1.6 billion; No dividends paid) makes software that is used to process transactions involving credit cards, debit cards, automated teller machines, point-of-sale terminals and interbank payments.
In mid-February 2012, ACI completed its purchase of S1 Corp. for $540 million in cash and stock. …read more »
INTUITIVE SURGICAL $537.18 (Nasdaq symbol ISRG; TSINetwork Rating: Average) (515-507-5000; www.intuitivesurgical.com; Shares outstanding: 39.7 million; Market cap: $21.3 billion; No dividends paid) earned $143.5 million, or $3.63 a share, in the three months ended March 31, 2012. That’s up sharply from $104.2 million, or $2.66 a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27.6%, to $495.2 million from $388.1 million.
Revenue …read more »