4 Dates to Circle in June
June is here, and it's time to make the "sell in May and go away" purists jealous.
Let's go over a few of the upcoming days to watch.
Apple (NAS: AAPL) has a lot of things to show you, and it all starts at the WWDC 2012 powwow for developers.
Apple reportedly has dozens of sessions slated through the five-day event, and the buzz is already building for all of the neat things that we'll be getting.
A refreshed line of MacBook portables seems all but certain, but what about the iPhone 5 or iTV? Those devices are likely months away (and in the case of Apple's full-blown HDTV, we're probably at least a year away), but it's never too early to begin getting developers on board to start coding for the next wave of Apple products.
There are few bellwethers as perfect as FedEx (NYS: FDX) . After all, if consumers and corporations are willing to pay a premium to have parcels and letters shipped quickly, it's naturally a pretty fair indicator that the economy's doing just fine.
Analysts see FedEx's revenue growing by a little more than 5% in its latest quarter, but they also see profitability growing nearly twice as fast. Holding out for a 10% pop on the bottom line may seem ambitious, but keep in mind that FedEx has landed ahead of Wall Street's income estimates in each of the four previous quarters.
It wasn't always that way: FedEx had fallen short in each of the three quarters before that.
Disney (NYS: DIS) will be putting on a Brave face with the debut of Pixar's latest computer-rendered theatrical feature.
Pixar's as good as gold when it comes to feature animation. All of its releases have been box office hits, and critical raves usually go through the multiplex roof. There were plenty of film critics who weren't impressed with last year's Cars 2, and that makes this month's release essential in letting film buffs know that it hasn't lost its touch.
The timing couldn't be better. Disney broke ticket sales records with Marvel's The Avengers last month. Alan Horn was also tapped to be the family entertainment giant's new studio chief this week. He replaces Rich Ross, who stepped down after John Carter cratered at the box office.
Brave's trailers have been incredible, though it will be a challenge for Disney to woo audiences since young boys may not be drawn to the strong female lead and young girls may not be won over by the heroine's tomboy ways given Disney's past princesses.
Then again, who are we kidding? This is Pixar. The film's going to be huge!
BlackBerry's calling. Is there anyone around to answer?
Research In Motion (NAS: RIMM) reports toward the end of the month.
There's plenty going on at RIM these days, and most of it isn't good. The smartphone pioneer has tapped a pair of investment bankers to perform a "strategic review" of the company. The stock also took a hit earlier this week after RIM revealed that it would be posting an operating loss in its latest quarter.
The company did receive court approval yesterday for the BBM moniker that it uses to describe its BlackBerry mobile operating system, but a snappy acronym is only as good as the number of people sticking with BlackBerry.
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