Did Apple Just Miss the Smartwatch Boat?

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The following video is from Thursday's Investor Beat, in which host Chris Hill, and Motley Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Jason Moser, dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

Samsung and Qualcomm both unveiled smartwatches today, both landing around the $300 price point and including features such as instant messaging and taking photos. But with so much expectation around Apple for its up-and-coming smartwatch, has Apple now missed the boat? Matt and Jason discuss what they think of Samsung and Qualcomm's offerings in this space, and where the smartwatch market goes from here.

Plus, the guys discuss four stocks making big moves Thursday. LinkedIn hits a new all-time high after boosting the size of its secondary offering to $1.2 billion. Ford Motor approaches a two-year high on strong U.S. auto sales. Groupon gets a boost after an analyst at Morgan Stanley gives the company an upgrade. And Chinese quick-service restaurant chain Country Style Cooking pops big on very heavy volume.

Finally, Matt and Jason discuss why they'll be watching shares of Yum! Brands and Discover Financial Services this week.

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Chris Hill has no position in any stocks mentioned. Jason Moser owns shares of LinkedIn. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple, Ford, and LinkedIn. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Ford, LinkedIn, and Qualcomm. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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