Feast or famine (probably famine); 2009 should be another interesting year for the tech sector. After all, any industry that can provide sexual performance drugs (Viagra) for the CIA to give to Afghan warlords is always going to find room on the front pages of every news outlet in the world. One technology sector that could suffer more than most is the cell phone industry, especially smart cell phones. I saw where Wal-Mart is going to begin selling iPhones today (Sunday, the 28th of December) making the popular phones even more popular and pervasive for U.S. consumers. The big question, …

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VIZIO has long been the bargain shopper’s HDTV brand of choice. Peppered across shelves in Wal-Mart, Costco, and Target electronics department, the displays—albeit not the most advanced in terms of picture quality—have always been reliably, affordable, and completely viable options for people wanting to achieve the new American dream of owning a HDTV and Dolby Surround setup to come home to after another laborious 9-to-5. For a company that started with three employees and $600,000, VIZIO has gone on to become one of the leading LCD television manufacturers, just a fraction of a percent behind Samsung in 2010 sales. Their …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16935[/ATTACH]Used video games sales are a booming business. When it released last week that GameStop’s earnings had risen 4.2 percent to $40.3 million, up from $38.7 million from 2009--numbers which accounted for 31.7 percent of their annual sales--analysts weren’t the only ones eagerly awaiting the figures. After it was announced yesterday (August 25th) that Target was launching its new consumer electronics services program, including a tech support line, expanded availability of its Target Mobile centers at store branches, and highlighted by the launch of an in-store electronics trade-in program at 850 of its locations throughout September, Best Buy followed suit …

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Is today the worst day of the recession? A lot of people seem to think so. I’ll get into that in a moment, in an otherwise light trading day for technology stocks. I think we’re seeing a run out of tech this week and into more stable companies, especially in the consumer staples marketplace. Watching CNBC this morning I saw Grant Tinker, global portfolio manager at Axa Framlington Gemini, talking about the flight to stability. "Buy great companies at fair prices, instead of fair companies at great prices," Tinker said. He thinks that the U.S. 'nifty fifty' is a good …

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Tech talk has more predictions for 2009, and the news continues to be grim. Economist Gary Shilling, president of A. Gary Shilling & Co., was on the show this morning with a laundry list of dark projections for the economy and the stock market. Specifically, Shilling says the recession will last throughout 2009 and he expects the S&P 500 to hit 600 in 2009. Shilling also tells Tech Ticker that a recovery isn't likely until 2010, but he is bullish on the dollar and cautiously optimistic about high-grade corporate debt, but doesn't see much to be hopeful about from the …

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The End.