Alphabet Inc Google Interested In Acquiring The In-Flight High-Speed Internet Technology Of Nokia Oyj (ADR)

This is part of Google’s strategy of tapping into new services in order to get to more users by providing high-speed internet in-flight. According to sources who spoke to Bloomberg the technology developed by Nokia could assist Google in offering a faster alternative to the Wi-Fi that currently exists on aircraft. The sources further said that the talks are at an advanced stage and a deal could be reached soon though there are no guarantees.

The LTE-A2G cellular-based technology of Nokia is also capable of creating a direct connection between an airplane and the ground. This could serve as an alternative to having the signal bounce off of a satellite thus allow high-speed internet services in-cabin via Wi-Fi.

Spotty services

For years the onboard internet has been a sore point for flyers as they have had to endure weak bandwidth and spotty service. This is despite the high prices travelers pay for in-flight internet connectivity. Thus a business opportunity exists for Google and this could also be a chance to expand its offerings.

If Google succeeds in acquiring Nokia’s technology it could lead to new competition for Gogo Inc (NASDAQ:GOGO), a firm which offers in-flight internet services. Though Nokia has not stopped investing in its in-flight internet technology, for now, it is enjoying a low-priority status especially as wireless carriers intensify efforts to roll out 5G standard.

Ad business

The reason the communications group of Google is interested in Nokia’s technology is that its search advertising business and YouTube needs a strong internet service. Combined the ad business of Google generates close to 90% of the firm’s revenues. The communications group of Google oversees various offerings of the tech giant include the wireless business of Project Fi, Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) coffee shops Wi-Fi network and the calling service of Google Voice.

This comes in the wake of the leader of Google Cloud, Diane Greene, telling employees that the firm would draft new ethical standards which would guide how its technology would be used. An internal revolt at Google led to this following revelations last month that the tech giant was partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense on a project which would analyze drone footage by use of artificial intelligence techniques.

Protest letter

Google employees were apparently not amused by this development since such a technology could potentially be used targeting people with the aim of killing them. After the revelation Google employees numbering about 3,000 employees write to the chief executive officer of the company, Sundar Pichai, calling for the scrapping of the deal.

Google, however, insisted that the partnership with the Department of Defense was only for non-offensive purposes. According to a report by Defense One Greene made the commitment of having a set of ethical guidelines drafted for purposes of guiding how Google’s technology and products could be used during a town hall she hosted. Per Greene Google will not take up such projects in future without the ethical principles in place.

Apple Expected To Launch A Red Version Of The iPhone 8

According to Virgin Mobile, the new smartphones will be added to the inventory early this week and will coincide with an Apple launch announcement. A red version of the iPhone X was not mentioned and it is likely there won’t be one.

Apple uses red iPhones as well as other products to highlight efforts that are made to fight HIV/AIDS. Product Red was started by Bobby Shriver, ONE Campaign activist, and Bono, the frontman for music band U2, in 2006. Last year in March Apple released the red versions of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone7.

Touchless gesture control

This comes in the wake of reports that Apple is developing an iPhone with curved screens and touchless gesture control. Part of the reason for this is to differentiate products in a market that is increasingly becoming crowded.

With touchless gesture control, users would be able to perform certain tasks on their device by moving the finger over the screen but not actually tapping. According to sources, the new touchless gesture control feature would use the finger’s proximity to screen as a factor. However, the technology will take at least 24 months before it is ready.

Apple has a tradition of embracing new techniques through which human beings can interact with computers. For instance, Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, made the mouse popular back in the 1980s. The latest iPhones now have a feature known as 3D Touch which has different responses to different finger pressures.

Curved screens

Unlike the newest screens from Samsung which curved down near the edges the iPhone displays that are being developed curve inwards from top to bottom. All iPhone models so far have had flat displays, though the OLED screen of the iPhone X has a slightly curved at the bottom. To the average human eye, the curve is mostly invisible. OLED displays are capable of being folded or shaped into curves, unlike the LCD screens.

The need to stand has become more acute as premium devices from the major manufacturers including Huawei Technologies, Google, Samsung Electronics and Apple now adopt similar features such as facial recognition, advanced cameras and full screens almost in concert.

Increasing competition

According to market research firm IDC, after the iPhone 8 and iPhone X’s launch 20% of all smartphones shipped were from Apple. Samsung was in second place while Huawei was in third. To maintain its leading position Apple in need of compelling new designs and features. Huawei is enjoying increased success in parts of the world outside the United States while Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone as well.

A couple of years ago Samsung introduced a feature known as Air gestures which allow users to accept calls as well as scroll through websites by just a wave of the hand. The ATAP research group of Google has also been developing a similar technology.

Bitcoin Out! Why Google Finally Banned Bitcoin Advertisements

The crackdown on cryptocurrencies has begun. From Facebook and Twitter to Google – advertising Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have been banned! Just days ago, Google decided to also ban and remove all crypto mining extensions for their browser Chrome, writes Coindesk.com.

The rumor mills are as always running at full speed in forums and everyone has their own conspiracy theory for why these social media giants and now Google have decided to pull the plug on these types of advertisements. If you want the real reason which led to the ban, you have to first understand the big bad world of scammers. In this article, we will shed light on the issues that led to Google’s decision and why this could actually turn out to be a good thing for cryptocurrency investors and the community of traders!

Cryptocurrency Robot Scams – Tip of the Iceberg

One of the biggest issues with “free advertising” is that anyone can push anything they wish to fulfill their own agenda. In today’s world where Facebook was forced to create ‘fact checkers” due to being accused of promoting fake news that may have affected the outcome of the previous U.S election, you can be sure that misleading ads are also being pushed by financial crooks.

Speaking of fake news and misleading advertisement, cryptocurrency robot scams are the most common among Bitcoin Trading Scams. Such services always guarantee easy money with cryptocurrencies and the Google AdSense has been plagued with endless numbers of fraudulent cryptocurrency trading ads. These scams are in the majority of cases not even actual cryptocurrency trading software but offer CFD’s trading with an unregulated broker. The scam robots often use popular and catchy names such as the Bitcoin Robot, Bitcoin Bonanza, Bitcoin Millionaire or Bitcoin Code as reported by ThatSucks.com.. Who is behind these robots is never known. It could be an unlicensed broker or a rogue affiliate who runs many types of different financial scams on the internet. Since it is fairly easy for scammers to set up robot scams, thanks to white-label robot services, they constantly re-brand and create new robots. This happens so often that massive numbers of traffic are being directed to scams instead of trusted services.

What would you do about millions of “easy money ads”? Ads which all have one thing in common; they offer extreme wealth with zero risk and no prior knowledge and target newbie investors. This has to stop of course and the easiest way is to ban the cryptocurrency investment ads altogether! I say again, most of the ads are directing traffic to bucket shops where investors lose a lot of money. Therefore, a ban can save investors from getting ripped off. Instead of getting lured in by an ad, people interested in trading and learning about Bitcoin and other altcoins will have to seek information first. With the scam ads removed, there is a bigger chance that new investors end up finding well-established and prominent cryptocurrency websites and trading-related forums with valuable and honest education and offers. This seems like a positive step forward.

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Initial Coin Offerings – Educated Investment or Just FOMO?

In a cryptocurrency market that is heavily driven by FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out, many investors make instant and very costly financial decisions. One of which is investing in ICO’s, Initial Coin Offerings. Today, there are services that allow you to create and run your own ICO within minutes! This is both amazing and scary at the same time. It is amazing from a technical perspective but scary that anyone can set up an ICO with no actual value and then run away with the investor’s funds. Now let’s also add to this, the well-known fact that ICO’s can raise 10’s of millions within hours of launching, it should be a no-brainer that it certainly has and will keep attracting scammers. Restricting ICO ads could restrict scammers from attracting beginners by spamming ads on social media and other platforms using AdSense. As a result, it could leave more room for professional and original ICO’s to dominate the market for new tokens and innovations.

Mining Scams – Is Your PC Infected?

Another big step taken by Google to protect the average surfers was to ban and remove all mining extensions for their browser Google Chrome. The reason for this move is “Cryptojacking” which is a process where a malicious extension runs in the background, using the surfer’s CPU to mine one or various coins for the issuer of the extension without the user’s consent, as it was reported at news.bitcoin.com. There is a debate of whether this really is profitable for the crypto jackers or not. Regardless, if something steals your power and slows down your PC it is called a virus and who wouldn’t want to get rid of it? I for one don’t want a slower computer and a higher electricity bill so I’m glad Google is taking actions.

There is Hope – New Policy Updates!

In June 2018, Google will restrict their policies for advertising financial services.

– Cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice)

advertisers offering Contracts for Difference, rolling spot forex, and financial spread betting will be required to be certified by Google before they can advertise through AdWords. Certification is only available in certain countries” – Google Adwords Policy

Well, turns out it’s not all bad news. On the contrary, this is a big plus! Advertisers will be offered to apply for certification. For example, exchanges and brokers who wish to offer cryptocurrencies must obtain a license from a financial regulator in the country/countries they are targeting before they can run ads. In addition, they must ensure that they comply with all the Adwords policies. The process for requesting certifications already started in March 2018. This should give regulated services enough time to apply for a certificate.

As you can see, this is not a war against the blockchain industry. Cryptocurrency and trading-related ads will not be totally banned but rather just restricted. With fake ads not being able to spam the web, there is hope that regulated and licensed financial services will have an advantage over the scammers.

Not a Fight against Cryptocurrencies

After going through the facts, it is obvious that there are problems in the world of cryptocurrencies. It’s all still in the beginning stage and with new technology and new investment opportunities, new types of scams also follow. Something needed to be done. At first sight, anyone who doesn’t know about all the scams in this industry might think that this is yet another blow by the “big boys”, the bankers, the governments and the social media giants because “they are scared of blockchain technology and wish to stop it”. As I mentioned earlier, there are many rumors like that and many pessimists are angered by the recent policies. However, reflecting on the problems we discussed in this article, it is not too hard to accept the steps taken by Google and other platforms. Remember that this is not a total ban and blockade against cryptocurrencies. Because reliable and licensed services will still remain in business with certified ads.

The next time you see an ad after the new policies kick in, another banner with a catchy name tempting you to click on it to earn money with Bitcoin, Forex trading or any other financial business, you can be sure that the people behind it are licensed and regulated and the ad is certified by Google. You can also view this as a step that encourages more and serious investors into the market – people who used to be reluctant towards investing due to all the scams. In conclusion, knowing the market is regulated and monitored can only benefit the future of cryptocurrency and trading industry.

Amazon Ready To End Alphabet and Facebook Advertising Duopoly

According to, Alex DeGroote, a media analyst at Cenkos Securities, the e-commerce giant advertising business is growing at an impressive rate and could be worth $20 Billion by 2020.

Growing Search Ad Business

Amazon advertising business is currently valued at about $3 billion amounting to about 1.5% of North America Advertising business. Given the strength at which its search business is growing, the tech giant could amass a substantial amount of market share by 2020.

According to the analyst, Amazon’s competitive edge in the advertising business look set to continue growing, given the massive amount of products listed in its platform. An increase in the number of companies listing products in the platform should continue strengthening the company’s search business, a key to growing the advertising business.

“I think Amazon will do a retail search and take Google to the cleaners on retail search using their estate. Slowly over time, you will use Amazon as your retail search engine rather than Google,” said Mr. DeGroote.

Amazon faces an uphill task to dethrone Google given that its search ad business could account for about 80% of the overall market. However, recent developments indicate that the retailer could soon put the search giant at ease as the race of search ad revenues heats up.

Amazon’s Search Ad Threat

Reports indicate that Amazon has stepped up ad products in search and video as it moves to break status quo at the top. Its efforts appear to be paying off, having emerged that one of the world’s largest advertising firm is planning to increase its advertising spending on Amazon by $100 million, to $300 million this year.

Amazons ambitions in taking Google and Facebook head-on, cannot be taken lightly. The tech giant has been known to have a disruptive effect in industries it sets foot in. It has already made a name for itself as a book-seller. If the amount of time it took to be a heavyweight in the cloud computing space is anything to go by, then Google and Facebook should be worried.

Unlike other companies, Amazon has the financial muscle to take on the big players in the advertising business. The fact that it owns a site that attracts millions of people from all over the world also gives it access to the much-needed traffic, needed to build a profitable advertising business.

Stock Rating

Growing ad revenues is one of Amazon’s core objective this year, seen as a critical contributor to sales in North America. The sentiments have been received well in Wall Street with major brokerage firms remaining confident about the retailers advertising ambitions.

Analysts at Citi Research have since increased their share price target of Amazon’s stock to $1600, from $1400, buoyed by the way the company is moving to diversify its business and revenue streams. Analysts at J.P. Morgan also remain upbeat about the e-commerce giant’s advertising aspirations which they say could make it a $1 trillion company.

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Crypto Update: Cryptocurrencies Rise Again as G20 Calls for Regulation

The G20 meetings in Argentina have finished and did not produce a unified mandate regarding cryptocurrencies which may have helped nervous sentiment in the market calm. Twitter has announced a ban of crypto adverts which will start in two weeks.

Cryptocurrencies Escape Sharp Claws of Governments at G20

While governments participating in the G20 meetings certainly spoke about the need to create recommendations to monitor criminal activity in cryptocurrencies,   the lack of a call for unified action helped nervous speculators rest easier. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also was quoted as saying cryptocurrencies do not pose a serious threat to the broad financial markets. However, Carney’s comments may prove to be a backhanded compliment, because while he has said Blockchain offers an interesting technology for transactions, he has been critical of cryptocurrency values in the past.

Bitcoin Rallies from Lows with Solid Climb, More Turbulence Will Develop

Bitcoin has climbed from its lows made early this week and is trading close to 9000.00 U.S Dollars per coin. The G20 meetings appear to have helped Bitcoin short term. Important support looks to be around 7500.00, while key resistance resides near 9800.00 Dollars for Bitcoin. Volatility is a constant companion for cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin’s ability to gain momentum the past two days is an indicator more turbulence will develop near term.

Bitcoin 4H Chart
Bitcoin 4H Chart

Twitter Joins Ban of Cryptocurrency Adverts on Social Media

Twitter is reportedly set to follow in the footsteps of Facebook and Google and ban cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering advertisements. Social media’s impact on the popularity of cryptocurrencies and its related businesses have helped create a dynamic environment for digital assets. The announcement from Twitter will reportedly take effect in two weeks.

Blockchain Conference in Kiev on Friday

A Blockchain conference will take place in Kiev on Friday, and participants are been promised a good educational and networking event.

  • March 23rd, Ukraine, International Blockchain UA Conference in Kiev

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Crypto Update: Fragile Market & Support Ratios under Duress, Bitcoin Continues Falling

Bitcoin remains near important support levels. Speculators who are buyers will need stamina, and hope better sentiment is generated for cryptocurrencies short term.

Google Searches for Cryptocurrency Showing Signs of Fatigue

Not only has Google announced a ban on advertisements for cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings, but it is also being reported that the number of Google searches for cryptocurrencies has dropped dramatically. The general public which showed euphoria with cryptocurrencies is now showing signs statistically of fatigue. Which means it will be up to the core followers and new converts to cryptocurrencies to generate better market psychology.

Bitcoin near Important Trigger Points, February Lows in Sight

Bitcoin is fighting for value as buyers appear to be struggling. Bitcoin is near 8100.00 U.S Dollars per coin and battling critical support. While resistance for Bitcoin remains near 11,300.00, support around 7700.00 could be an important trigger point. Bitcoin tested lows in early February and has been able to add value. But should the cryptocurrency fall below its low water marks in February, a test of values not seen since November could emerge? Speculators may look at the current values of Bitcoin and see buying opportunities, but they will need strong stomachs as they battle poor sentiment which is confronting the broad crypto marketplace.

Bitcoin Daily Chart
Bitcoin Daily Chart

SEC Turns its Attention to Cryptocurrency Hedge Funds

The Security Exchange Commission which has come out with a number of comments regarding cryptocurrencies and ICOs recently is now turning its attention to cryptocurrency hedge funds. The SEC is said to be taking a hard look at how the funds value their assets and their compliance management. However, it should be noted that many cryptocurrency hedge funds remain outside of the SEC’s scope because many of the hedge funds are not large enough monetarily to fall under SEC jurisdiction.

EMST Berlin Workshop for Blockchain and the Energy Sector

A workshop for professionals in the energy sector with an interest in Blockchain will be held in Berlin, Germany tomorrow for those who seek to grow their expertise.

  • March 16th, Germany, Blockchain in the Energy Sector Workshop

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Robust Jobs Report Underpins Crude Oil, Drives NASDAQ to Record High

Copper prices spiked to their lowest level since February 9 on Friday before rebounding to close higher for the session. The wicked price action was fueled by escalating tensions over U.S. metal imports.

May Comex High Grade Copper settled at $3.1360 up $0.0570 or +1.85%.

Comex High Grade Copper
Daily May Comex High Grade Copper

Traders were primarily reacting to U.S. President Donald Trump’s signing of a 25-percent import tariff on steel and 10-percent tariff on aluminum, with initial exemptions for Canada and Mexico.

Reactions to Trump’s tariffs, which are expected to begin within 15 days, was mixed, triggering the wide two-sided trade.

According to Reuters, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she feared a “tit-for-tat” escalation of trade retaliation over the U.S. tariffs that would sap business confidence and investment, while Chinese metal associations called on Beijing to retaliate.

Reuters also reported that investment bank Nomura, played down the impact on exports from top steel and aluminum maker China, noting that the “U.S. share of China’s total steel and aluminum exports was only around 16 percent.”

U.S. Economic Reports

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 313,000 jobs in February, well above the 200,000 estimate. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1%. Traders were looking for a drop to 4.0%. Average hourly earnings remained a concern, coming in at 0.1%, below the 0.2% forecast. Essentially, wages grew less than expected, rising 2.6 percent on an annualized basis.

U.S. Equity Markets

The major U.S. stock indexes surged on Friday, driving the NASDAQ Composite to a record high after February jobs growth soundly beat expectations.

E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index
Daily June E-mini NASDAQ-100 Index

The tech-weighted index rose by 1.8 percent to 7.560.81 and hit intraday and closing records, erasing all of last month’s correction. The NASDAQ-100 Index, which is composed of the 100 largest companies in the NASDAQ Composite, also hit a record high. Friday’s session marked the first time since January 26 that either index reached a record high.

The NASDAQ’s strength was driven by strong performances in Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.

Comex Gold
Daily April Comex Gold

Gold

Gold prices rebounded on Friday to close higher after initially dropping following the release of nonfarm payrolls data that far exceeded expectations. The price action was essentially driven by a two-sided trade in the U.S. Dollar.

Gold was also driven lower early in the session on the news that President Trump was prepared to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sometime before May in what would be the first face-to face encounter between the countries’ leaders and could mark a breakthrough in a stand-off over the North’s nuclear weapons.

WTI Crude Oil
Daily May West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil

Crude Oil

U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil settled sharply higher, finishing up 3.10% and 2.88% respectively. Investors temporarily cast aside worries over rising U.S. production to focus on the strong jobs data, and optimism that Trump’s proposed meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could ease geopolitical tensions.

While the jobs data reflects the country’s strong economic conditions, and growth, which should lead to increased energy demand, the market was also supported by the news that Libya’s 70,000 barrels per day El Feel oilfield stayed shutdown despite the Petroleum Facilities Guard saying it had reached a deal to reopen it, according to a field engineer and local mediator.

FAANG Stocks Keep Rising: Is It a HODL?

What is “FAANG”?

FAANG is the acronym given to the world’s five topmost tech stocks according to market performance and capitalization. These tech giants are Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company).

The term FAANG is an expansion of FANG, the original acronym coined by CNBC’s Jim Cramer in 2013, but which at the time did not include Apple.

What are FAANG stocks?

FAANG stocks refer to the combined stock value of the five companies that are publicly listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in New York. The companies are so referred because Wall Street sought to capture the impact these companies would have on the overall markets

The tech giants had a phenomenal 2017. The FAANG stock returns for each of the five were 53%, 56%, 46%, 55% and 33% in that order. Comparatively, the stock market NASDAQ had a 28% return. 2018 seems to have started on a high note with experts in agreement that two of the five are definitely a “buy” and the others a “hold”. We will have a look at what the experts are saying in our section on 2018 price outlook and prediction.

In terms of their market capitalization, the companies add up to a total of $2.5 trillion dollars.

  • FB $ 545 billion
  • AMZN $607 billion
  • AAPL$900 billion
  • NFLX$ 94 billion
  • GOOG$767 billion

When you combine their market value, it came to about $2.5 trillion; a value many believe is roughly 15% of the entire US economy. What’s more interesting is that these five companies have a market capitalization equaling France’s economy.

Apart from their trillion- dollar worth, the spectacular growth of the FAANG companies in 2017 saw prominent investors in the US and elsewhere buy into companies like Facebook and Amazon to increase their own funds.

The FAANGs prominence comes from their growth as seen in their increased year-over-year earnings. It is this growth that has secured the tech giants’ reputation as the best company stocks for investors.

Is FAANG in a bubble?

The FAANG stock market keeps on rising with its super performance for the last 4-5 years, and especially in 2017, being compared to the performance of the tech stocks that preceded the 2000 dotcom bubble burst.

There have been fears before that the tech stocks could be in a massive bubble. In June 2017, CNBC ran a commentary in which Goldman Sachs released a report on the FAANG group with a warning on valuation and concerns that the tech giants’ volatility had by then become extraordinarily too low.

However, Goldman’s report explained that the FAANG stocks have certain advantages over the tech firms in the 2000 dotcom bubble burst. It noted that the stocks of the five companies have a better cash flow, cash balances, and valuation.

Furthermore, analysts note that there is a big difference between today’s tech giants and those of the dotcom era that went burst. For instance, UBS points out those current trends in spheres like social media, e-commerce, cloud computing and machine learning gave the FAANG group a lot more room to wiggle because these are areas that are yet to be fully explored.

However, there are still fears out there that what we are witnessing are signs of a bubble. Alberto Gallo, of Algebris Investments, has a belief that $2.5 trillion tech-titans’ valuation and irrational behavior points out to a possible bubble. In his valuation assessment, he points out the stock pricing and unlimited earnings as bad indicators.

Although extremely loved by investors, the tech giants can’t be considered flawless.

Goldman analysts have noted that if there was low volatility, people would end up underestimating the inherent risks that include cyclical exposure, antitrust concerns or potentially, regulations that targeted online activities. The analysts have said that momentum in the FAANG group has seemingly built a kind of “valuation air pocket” leading to “cause for pause”.

In fact, Gallo ranks FAANG 6th on his list of top 10 bubbles to happen in the near future, meanwhile, Bitcoin bubble is ranked 5th.

More importantly, as the FAANG bears put it, growth stocks markets have been there before.

While many believe this won’t happen, it is noted by many experts that FAANG cannot lead the market forever. In fact, European tech firms just unveiled plans to de-FAANG the dominance of the US tech giants.

Now, compare that with the fast-rising cryptocurrency landscape where altcoins like Ethereum and Litecoin among others, look set to overtake Bitcoin, BTC and the FAANG share one very clear characteristic: they have completely dominated their respective fields. For instance, Bitcoin is the benchmark in the cryptocurrency market, and every one of the more than 1400 crypto coins aims to be better than Bitcoin. Less than 5% of the myriad cryptocurrencies will eventually go on to be big. Analysts have compared the FAANG stocks and how they dominate NASDAQ to what one or two altcoins would do in the crypto technology should Bitcoin burst.

Having said that, it is clear that the tech stocks of the five companies have picked up in 2018 where they left off in 2017. All, except Apple, are in positive territory.

For the last five years, the FAANG stocks have had an annualized return of 41%, compared to 16% return posted for the S&P’s 500. And the trend seems to be the same in 2018.

As FAANG stocks keep rising, is it advisable to HODL?

Hodling originated from a 2013 BitcoinTalk thread by a user named GameKyuubi. It basically means you sit tight on your stock even when the market trends indicate otherwise. When a stock value drops, a hodler rides the wave and avoids losing the stack by getting into emotional day trading. FAANG sticks had a remarkable bull run in 2017. Even if the bears are gearing up for the worst, 2018 figures indicate that the stocks are yet to hit ATHs. So, it is a HODL.

FAANG stocks predictions

2017 is behind us and the big question right now is where these companies will go in 2018 and beyond. Already, indications are that FAANG is off to a great start in 2018. Analysts had put valuations for the S&P 500 Index at 18.5 to 19.0 times as the expectation in per-share earnings. However, it is important for the investor to note that analysts are a bit cautious when calling the FAANG predictions. It is anticipated that the uptrend will be slow, but will surely pick up over time.

Apple Inc.

Apple is the biggest of the five FAANG. Apple’s stock is trading at a modest 15 forward price-to-earnings multiple against this year’s expected earnings. Apple has a trailing price-to-earnings multiple of roughly 19. Market analysts are saying that they expect Apple to actually return 6.90% to investors for the year. There is also a prediction for there to be a return of 1.45% in the form of dividends, so that comes to roughly 8.35% for the year.

The 52-week trading range is at a target of $118.21 to $177.20. If you look at that, you realize the predictions are pretty robust for Apple Inc. with a market cap of $900; Apple is the top-ranked company on the S&P 500 Index.

Facebook

For Facebook, the stock trade is put at a 28 forward P/E multiply projected earnings for 2018. Furthermore, analysts give it a trailing price-to-earnings multiple of 36. In terms of the price targets, industry experts have a consensus $210.79 as its price target.

Analysts are also looking at Facebook returning 12% to investors by close of the year.

Facebook’s 52-week trade range is put at $ 124.84 to $ 188.90 and that the social media giant has a market capitalization of $546 billion that is expected to grow. At the moment, Facebook is ranked 5th on the S&P 500 Index. Except for something unforeseen, Facebook’s growth is expected to have an uptrend in 2018.

Netflix

Netflix is the smallest company of the big five. Netflix’s stocks are trading with a 93 forward price-to-earnings multiple against its 2018 expected earnings. The company has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 212. Stock market analysts are giving a prediction of Netflix returning about 2 percent to investors in 2018. This figure is based on the targeted consensus price of $217.70.

Netflix has a 52-week trading range put at $128.50 – $213.64. The current market cap of $94 billion is expected to grow in 2018 with increased subscriptions.

Amazon.com

Amazon’s stock is trading with a 156 forward price-to-earnings multiple against the 2018 market expected earnings. Market analysts have given it a trailing price-to-earnings multiple of about 320. With its robust business strategy, experts have called that Amazon will yield a 4% return on investments for its investors in 2018.this is based on the target of $1,300.87.

Amazon’s 52-week trading range is put at $799.50- $1,259.33, which is pretty good for any investor. It is expected that Amazon’s market cap of $607 billion will grow to keep it position four on the S&P 500.

Google (Alphabet)

The company is ranked 2nd on the S&P 500 Index. The company has two stock listings on the market; GOOG and GOOGL. Alphabet’s GOOGL stock is trading with a projected 26 forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple against its 2018 expected earnings.

Analysts predict a trailing price-to-earnings multiple of about 37. As such, experts are calling for Google (Alphabet) to break even during 2018’s trading period. The predictions are based on a target of $1,100.86.

When we look at the yearly trading range, Alphabet has a 52-week range with a target of $790.52 to $1,111.27 The Ad giant has a market capitalization of $769 billion, which is expected to grow when the company rolls out its self-driving cars.

Bottom line!

There is a lot that suggests that FAANG may see another bull run in 2018. Experts believe all five are yet to achieve their “ATH”. So, if you are looking to sell, now would not be the best time to do so.