There’s an old saw on Wall Street that you don’t make a profit until you sell. Paper profits are meaningless. But the step before amassing even those paper profits is being in the right stocks. And that is crucial, because even in a broad, sustained bull market, not all boats are lifted by the tide. That goes for blue-chip stocks as well start-ups.
It would have been enough if Qualcomm Inc.’s (NASDAQ: ) acquisition news was the only story on the telecom titan last week. Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ: ) offered around $130 billion (including debt) for QCOM last week. That is certainly a staggering sum, but given recent news of Qualcomm’s battles with governments in Taiwan, China, South Korea, the U.S. and the EU, as well as key client Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: ), it has been a tough few years, to be sure.
The eight-week winning streak in the S&P 500 ended last week, but I wouldn't call a 0.2% decline anything to worry about! With approximately 90% of the S&P 500 companies having announced their third-quarter results, average sales growth is up 5.9% and average operating earnings are growing at an 8.3% annual pace - both well above analysts' estimates. Looking forward, the analyst community is expecting the S&P 500 to post fourth-quarter sales growth of 5.4% and earnings growth of 11%.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".