Learn to Invest Money: Free Global Market Opportunities Technology Stock Picks (April 19 2006)

Looking for some tech stocks to add to your portfolio? Here are three technology stocks that are well positioned for the remainder of FY2006.

TKO: AMEX

Telkonet, Inc. (TKO) is a small cap company that develops and sells proprietary equipment that enables the transmission of voice, video, and data communications over existing electric utility lines within a building at a very cost-effective price, often even less than a typical wireless setup. TKO offers the Telkonet iWire System product suite, a technology that enables the delivery of commercial high-speed broadband access from an Internet protocol platform.

Last year, TKO’s technology was awarded the “Best of FOSE” at the Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE) in Washington D.C. In February 2006, TKO acquired a 90% share in Microwave Satellite Technologies, Inc. which allows them to provide wi-fi solutions as well as voice, video, and data solutions to residential, commercial, and institutional clients. So why have you never heard of them? Because as of April 16, 2006, their market cap is under $200M, their average daily volume over the past three months is only about 350,000 shares, and their stock is trading at roughly $4 a share, all parameters too small for the big investment houses to ever consider.

CSCO (NASDAQ)

Cisco(CSCO) demonstrated many of the solutions used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at FOSE (federal Office Systems Expo) 2006 and these demonstrations generated quite a bit of excitement among government employees that attended the conference. The Cisco network provided a central platform that allowed FDA employees throughout their campus buildings to access the same data and share information quickly and easily. Using the Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) phone system and integrated messaging features, employees had the capability to access, store, and forward voice and e-mail messages from any PC.

CSCO’s IP phone system also facilitates the establishment of communications systems for corporations undergoing reorganization, as is common in large agencies such as the FDA. As opposed to the CSCO system, during reorganization, traditional phones systems would require employees to place an order with the local carrier for each move, which can take four to six weeks. Furthermore, each move would bear a cost of about $50 to implement. With the Cisco VoIP phone system, employees do not need to place an order with a local carrier. Instead, they can simply take their phone and its associated extension number with them and plug it into the new location with no additional hassle. “Cost savings are a fundamental benefit of Cisco IP Communications solutions, but even more important is how this technology helps users work more efficiently and do an even better job in this dynamic, information-sharing environment,” said Patrick Lugenbeel, Cisco account manager.

Cisco should be a solid stock as a long term holding.

CSR.L (London Stock Exchange)

CSR plc is a leading British company in global bluetooth technology. Bluetooth was the buzz a couple of years ago and these stocks, for the most part, went nowhere. Finally, this industry is starting to reap the benefits of the buzz from a couple years back although no one seems to be paying attention now. With its 2005 fourth quarter revenue up 105% year over year, its fifth generation launch of its BlueCore suite, and its widespread manufacture of its fourth generation BlueCore devices, CSR has positioned itself nicely for the remainder of 2006. BlueCore technology is featured in over 50 per cent of all Bluetooth devices shipped and over 60 per cent of all qualified Bluetooth enabled products and modules listed on the Bluetooth website. Furthermore, industry leaders including Nokia, Dell, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Motorola, IBM, Apple, LG, NEC, Toshiba, RIM and Sony all implement BlueCore devices in their range of Bluetooth products. The Bluetooth market is estimated to more than have doubled in unit terms during the past year. Growth in this market does not seem to be slowing down. And CRS.L is the global leader.

Afterthought: Though TKO and CSR.L may not be tracked by any of the big investment firms, the point is that in order to achieve superior gains, you must do your own research. For example, I saw a buy recommendation initiated on April 16, 2005 on Chinese advertising company Focus Media from an investment house at a price of $61 a share. I bought into this position more than six months ago at $31 a share when many of the big U.S. investment firms had not yet started to grant this company any serious attention or complex analysis.

Ok, that’s it. Three technology stocks to consider.

Disclaimer: Readers should be aware that the above analyses were written on April 16, 2006 and that price movements of the above three stocks or new material news since the writing of this article may make the above stocks more attractive or less attractive. The above does not constitute a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any of the discussed stocks. All investment decisions should be made under the consultation of a professional, with explicit entry and exit strategies in place when investing in riskier stocks.

Strategies For Reaching Global Markets – Exporting

With increase in technology, companies today must be more willing to evolve than ever before. Although business is evolving much faster than much of the government and private sectors, today’s businesses have to stay ahead of the curve by being knowledgeable about changes in technology as well as continuing to find new ways to be competitive and meet customer demands. Often, this involves learning to compete on a global level, and exporting is often one of the ways that many of today’s corporations and small businesses can increase profits while boosting the local economy.

Unlike offshore outsourcing, exporting is a way of increasing revenues while still creating local jobs. In the US, the Department of Commerce has created local Export Assistance Centers in nearly every state that can help many small businesses export their products and become more competitive. With over 85 percent of US businesses being small to medium sized businesses, these kinds of businesses often do not have the resources, technology, or know how to implement exporting strategies, and these centers help teach these kinds of skills to small business owners and allow for increased technology among today’s smaller organizations.

While the majority of US export in all states continue to be primarily to Canada and Mexico as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement, exports to other countries are continuing to increase as well, with emerging markets centered around parts of Europe, Australia, and even some sectors of the Middle East. In contrast, imports from Southeast Asia continue to rapidly increase, fueling greater demand for more US exports in an effort to further boost the economy. Between 1994 and 2004, it was estimated that small to medium sized businesses accounted for nearly 98 percent of all US exports, and it is expected that within the next five to ten years, these kinds of exports will increase substantially through the result of greater technology and educational efforts.

Many of these EACs are essential to promoting this kind of much-needed growth in the export sector. Many small business owners continue to be reluctant to engage in any kind of foreign trade, and the fact that these EACs often deal directly with foreign customs offices and can match buyers with sellers as well as provide needed documentation greatly eases the burden for many of these organizations. Other helpful organizations that can help small businesses get started in exporting are export trading companies, which specialize in mediation and assuring that US companies get paid for their exports. Often, these kinds of companies will also provide a great deal of training and education about exporting as well.

Going Global Without the Grief

Think small and you will undoubtedly get left behind. The increasingly global nature of business means organisations must look beyond the local or even national boundary.

Through the process of globalisation, economies and cultures have become more integrated. Such integration has been enabled by communication and transportation networks.

Businesses now source from across the globe and sell their products and services to a series of worldwide locations. But how do you make sure your information and processes are ready for the increasingly global market place?

The first thing to recognise is the importance of difference. Just because something works at home does not mean it will be applicable elsewhere. Host countries have their own laws, particularly regarding customer records and data compliance.

It might be within the legal jurisdiction to hold records within a different part of the European Economic Area, but you will need to be very careful about holding information in other parts of the world.

Your team will need access to smart financial management technology that can help ensure compliance is straightforward, rather than a bind. Systems such as electronic procurement and document management will make sure contracts are tight and that no element of governance has been overlooked.

Good customer service that meets local regulations will require strong information management. Pay attention to data warehousing and master data management to ensure records are complete, accurate and truthful.

System choices will be affected by locality. Just because an approach works in the UK does not mean it can be easily transplanted to another country. Look for business software that can be flexibly deployed in line with national infrastructure and network capabilities.

Finally, finding local people that can deal effectively with customers and that can comply with standard and local business practices is key. Use human resources software to ensure the right personnel are found and trained, and that the correct global workflow processes are established.

Moving into new markets is exciting – in fact, it can be viewed as a necessity if you want your business to grow. Just make sure you get the ‘behind the scenes’ infrastructure and processes right so that going global does not cause your business grief.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Biomarkers: Technologies and Global Markets

The global central nervous system biomarker market was valued at nearly $2 billion in 2012. The market is projected to reach nearly $5.1 billion in 2017 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.7%. This aggressive growth rate is driven by several factors, including the increase in public-private partnerships with government support, pressure to keep healthcare costs down, an increasing elderly population, and the rapid advancement of genomic and proteomic technologies, which have impacted the CNS biomarker diagnostics area.

The global central nervous system biomarker discovery, drug development, and molecular diagnostics segments represent 15.1% (nearly $2 billion) of the total biomarker market, valued at $13.2 billion in 2012. The global market for all biomarkers is projected to grow to more than $32.1 billion by 2017, and the CNS biomarker segment is expected to reach $5.1 billion, increasing its market share to 16.1% of the total market for biomarkers.

The projected growth of CNS biomarkers revenue is based on the projection that a number of CNS biomarkers in the early stages of development will successfully complete their testing and validation and achieve FDA approval during the forecast period of 2012 to 2017.

The CNS molecular diagnostic market is expected to see the greatest growth, increasing from $196 million in 2012 to nearly $1.5 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 49.6%. This large increase is due to the number of diagnostic tests that are in company pipelines. Tests for Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and multiple sclerosis are expected to be commercialized within the next few years. These disorders represent large markets and have unmet needs in both diagnosis and treatment.

Growth within the global central nervous system biomarker market for drug development has been modest in the years prior to 2012. As more validated biomarkers become available for patient segmentation and assessment of efficacy for clinical trials, this market will begin to exhibit significant growth during the five-year forecast period. Revenues from this segment in 2012 are projected at $194 million and are expected to increase to $776 million by 2017, a CAGR of 32%.

The discovery segment of the CNS biomarker market will exhibit modest growth during the next five years, in part because many of the proteins involved in the major CNS disease pathways have been discovered. New discoveries are likely in the future, however, as proteomics research advances. Projected revenues for CNS biomarker discovery in 2012 were nearly $1.6 billion, and this is expected to increase to nearly $2.9 billion by the end of 2017 at a CAGR of 12.3%.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Biomarkers: Technologies and Global Markets (BIO074B) will help its readers:

• Assess the various technologies used for CNS biomarker discovery and future diagnostics
• Understand the process of CNS biomarker development from discovery to commercialization and the path toward adoption
• Examine the regulatory landscape and government’s role
• Examine the future advances that need to be made in the diagnosis and treatment of various CNS disorders
• Determine current and future CNS biomarker markets.

Technology Bridges the Gap of Global Marketing Research

Talk about how research can now be done anywhere and everywhere and focus more on the language demographic that it can reach. Since focus groups can now be done online via Bulletin Boards, people can simply change the language read with their local language.

When conducting research in an international setting, one must evaluate consumer, export, and import statistics in several parts of the world. The research must show how different people from across the globe spend their income. This is then related to a region’s traditions, culture and customs, and many other socioeconomic factors. In the days before online marketing research, international researches were very time-consuming and required traveling to several locations all over the world. Furthermore, such researches, if undertaken, are costly, and there is an added challenge of the language barriers for every location selected.

But with the advent of the internet age, it has become easier to conduct international market research. This means that people from all over the world, regardless of location in any part of the globe, can now participate in international research. Because this is conducted online, this opens new possibilities for researchers. Now, as more people opt for smart phones, it is also possible to conduct research anytime, anywhere. People carry their handheld devices with them all the time, everywhere. The possibilities of online market research are varied, and with many different types of consumers using these devices, from young people to businessmen who often travel, it assures that the researchers have a wider audience to choose from in the research. Furthermore, mobile marketing research guarantees an extensive reach, as well as faster responses.

For example, an online focus group may be done via video conferencing or the use of webcams. This means that all the steps of the research from recruitment to the actual research need not be done by traveling to the location of the persons included in the focus group. Another option open to marketing researchers are bulletin boards or message boards. This type of focus group discussion lets the participants have freedom and control when it comes to the time they will allot for the research, or what time they choose to access the online bulletin board. Because everything is done online, the language barrier is no longer a problem. Respondents who speak a different language need not worry in online focus group discussions. Indeed, researchers need not worry if some of the respondents, especially from Asian countries, do not speak English and speak another language. They can simply change the language settings to their own local language and answer questions posted on the online bulletin board accordingly. Market research software and technology thus bridge the gap on international marketing research.