Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Netflix Original Content Popular With Customers

Netflix has integrated its streaming player in...
Netflix has integrated its streaming player in many consumer electronics devices including the XBox 360 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Costs for Nexflix Original Content to rise drastically

Netflix is demonstrating that customer growth is increasingly rapidly, particularly in the international sector. However, the company may faces one of its greatest challenges yet, moving forward.

This year Netflix earned 20 Emmies. Much of the firm's success comes from the investments it has made in original content shows. Some popular titles like "The Crown,"Daredevil," and "Marco Polo" help draw new customers in and get them to sign up for memberships. But it comes at a cost. The company plans to spend between seven and 8 billion dollars in the next 12 months. Making original shows and earning awards is costly, but also important to the growth of the streaming video provider.

Earlier this year, a company representative said spending the amount Netflix does on original content is necessary, to stay competitive and continue offering award winning shows. The spokesperson also said that while agreements with other media companies is important, the future of the company's success focuses on original content, which has gained wide popularity and tends to make customers happier with their service.

Netflix officials are confident they can continue to grow the company globally, by offering more original content shows like those that have become so popular among viewers around the world. The next challenge is to determine how to please viewers around the world, with original content shows that will appeal to various cultures. As long as the company continues to gain new members to defray costs of Netflix Original Content, the company will continue to do well.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Potential Risks & Rewards Of Small-Cap Stocks

Price-Earnings ratios as a predictor of twenty...
Price-Earnings ratios as a predictor of twenty-year returns. From Irrational Exuberance, 2d ed. source (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blue chip stocks like Amazon, Apple and Google usually get the lion's share of attention from investors - after all, they have proven their worth over time and are unlikely to tank overnight. However, a lot of savvy investors choose to diversify away from those perpetual darlings of the stock market and instead invest in small-cap stocks.

Small cap stocks can be and have been subject to certain levels of risk. They can experience violent price swings and more than once they have fallen victim to fraudulent activity. However, they can also have a very attractive risk/reward ratio.

As a general rule, small-cap stocks come from companies that are relatively new to the public eye. While companies like Apple have a market cap that is quickly approaching $1 trillion, small cap stocks usually max out at now more than a few billion dollars. The Russel 2000 Index, for example, is the most commonly-used gauge for small cap stocks and it currently lists companies with market caps that range between about $144 million and $3.4 billion.

Small cap stocks are unique because they tend to rely on U.S. economic growth to be successful. They are usually more closely tied to the U.S. economy, including U.S. taxes and regulations, because they haven't yet reached the point of being internationally sought after stocks. This means they can be risky, but it also provides investors with the opportunity to see exponential gains in a short amount of time. The Russel 2000 Index, for example, rose 14% between November 2016 and January 2017 due to the political climate. For this reason a lot of investors see the value in diversifying their holdings and buying individual small cap stocks or small cap mutual funds.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Using Uber for Your Travel Needs

Uber is one of the great new startups in America that allows anyone with a cell phone, a valid driver's license and auto insurance, a clean driving record and a clean vehicle to startup their own self-contracting service and make some additional money on the side.  A lot of good people who fit these requirements have found that putting in a few hours each week as an Uber driver has not only helped them with making some additional money to pay bills or save up for that special something, but it's also provided more Uber drivers available for hire in the country. 

I have personally used the Uber service all over the country and it has always been more convenient, easier and cheaper than using a standard taxi cab.  First of all, you're in a private vehicle so you don't have the stigma of appearing as though you're riding in a marked taxi.   Then, once you setup your Uber account and attach a credit card to your account, then you catch a ride anytime without the hassle of making sure you have a credit card or cash with you as you would need for a standard taxi service and when you're ride is finished you can just get up and go, as its all paid for through the online service.   If you haven't used Uber before, then there's no reason why you shouldn't consider Uber for your next traveling need.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Google Has Introduced New Android Add-ons

Recently, Google announced Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets. The new add-ons can be downloaded within Google Docs and Sheets, as well as applications that are found on the Google Play store. You'll be able to use these add-ons for things such as preparing a contract for e-signing or to pull CRM data into the spreadsheet you're working on.
Google has worked with a number of partners for the first set of add-ons. For example, you'll be able to complete a signing process in Sheets or Docs by using the add-on DocuSign. Another add-on, ProsperWorks, will let you pull CRM data into your sheets. AppSheet will let you use data in sheets to create mobile apps, while Scanbot will allow you to scan documents using OCR.

PandaDoc, Teacher Aide, EasyBin and ZohoCRM are other partners. Furthermore, Google has introduced its educational platform called Classroom.

Those who want to access the add-ons can do so from add-on menus in Google Docs and Sheets on mobile. This is in addition to Google Play.

For years, add-ons have been common to software programs for desktop computers. It's also worth mentioning that Google has a large list of third-party plugins that can be used with Google Drive and Google Apps. However, more and more people are using their phones to access office programs and this is one of the reasons Google has taken this mobile approach, which is the first time it has done so.

Supported Android Add-ons can be found in Google Play, but the chances are more partners will be brought into the mix, so expect the list to expand in the near future.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Kroger Profit Boosted By Higher Sales

Kroger Co.'s recent expansion of online ordering services and other services has been rewarded in higher sales leading to a fiscal first-quarter profit rise of 9.8%.

Thursday's report has led to shares rising by almost 3% during morning trading.

Wall Street expectations
for the supermarket chain have been exceeded with earnings reaching $680 million - equating to 70 cents per share. Zacks Investment Research had predicted 69 per cents per share according to a mean estimate based on 13 analysts.

Meanwhile, while Zacks predicted revenue of $34.66 billion (based on 8 analysts), revenue for the period actually rose to $34.6 billion - an increase of 4.7%.

At the same time, there was a same-store sales rise of only 0.4%, or 2.4% excluding fuel centers.

Full-year earnings are predicted by Kroger to be in the region of $2.19 - $2.28 per share.

Expansion over the last year has been helped by the purchase of the Midwest grocer Roundy's for around $178 million. The Cincinnati-based retailer now operates 1.387 fuel centers as well as 2,778 food stores such as Fred Meyer, Ralphs, King Soopers, Ralph and other brands.

There has been a 15% decrease in Kroger shares this year to date despite an increase of more than 1% on the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

Friday, April 1, 2016

H And R Block Troubles Presents Investor Opportunities

In just the last month, H and R Block shares dropped a whopping 21% following an unsatisfactory third quarter that led to investors fleeing to save themselves. On the other hand, it is believed that the fourth quarter could turn everything around and H and R Block stock can provide incredible investment opportunities for investors with a keen eye.

While the third quarter generally performs lower than other quarters every year, this year's loss was much more than ever anticipated. Its revenue dropped below the expected $502 million to approximately $475 million. That is a $79 million loss, which is far greater than the $37 million loss in 2015, during the same quarter. If that's not enough, the company also demonstrated four consecutive years of decreased volume, which worried its stockholders.

So the question is, is this an income opportunity for a savvy investor? We believe it may be. As disposable income increases this tax season, the public feels there is less urgency to complete their tax returns early. As a result, the possibility remains that the fourth-quarter earnings may be much higher than expected. The potential that exists for greater than anticipated earnings makes H and R Block stock attractive in this particular quarter.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lower Than Expected H&R Block Earnings

Taxpayers aren't rushing to file their taxes early this year, and it's impacting H&R Block earnings.  It was announced that the company had huge fourth quarter losses because taxpayers are waiting later to file taxes.  H&R Block earnings are lower in other countries too.

Usually, H&R Block has losses for quarters that are outside of the regular season.  But the most recent losses were higher during the tax season, and this isn't what Wall Street anticipated.  Thus, the company shares dropped by 5.1 percent, which resulted $31.22 per share.  This is 2.5 percent lower than last year.  H&R Blocks also reported that they had 6 percent fewer U.S. tax returns during the first three quarters of  the year.

According to H&R Block, these loses were attributed to ongoing fraud and late tax filing.  When taxpayers file late, it takes longer for the company to process their returns.  The company also stated that the federal government as well as state governments were trying to find a way to combat growing instances of tax fraud.  Hopefully, this will result in changes within the tax industry.

H&R Block earnings had a loss of $81.7 million for the quarter.  This is equivalent to 35 cents per share.  The loss was just $36.9 million during the previous year.  This equates to 34 cents a share, and sales went up by 6.8 percent to $475 million.

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