International Business Machine (NYSE:IBM) topped the patent list for 24th successive year

Computing hardware giant International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) efforts to compete and beat the human brain with computing technology had pushed the firm to the top of the 2016 list of patent awards.

The IBM and IFI Claims revealed on Monday that the US Patent and Trademark Office settled IBM 8,088 patents for the year, more than 2,700 of them stemming from artificial intelligence and intellectual computing work.

Next down on the list was Samsung with 5,518 patents, Canon with 3,665, Qualcomm with 2,897 and Google with 2,835.

According to reports, the USPTO approved 304,126 patents in 2016 in total, 10% more than the year before.

Meanwhile patents are an imperfect measure of competence in research, development, novelty and eventually business success.

It is not something very simple and ordinary, it surely takes a massive staff and a lot of intellectual-property lawyers to stay high on the list, so companies won’t make it up the list no matter how successful. In the meantime, many patent ideas never get materialized, or worse, emerge in a patent troll’s sketchy legal action trying to snatch licensing fees from big companies.

However, patents remain an important replication of how much a firm is spending at the moment into the upcoming technology. Another notable factor is that IBM beat the list for the 24th year in a row.

Moreover the company was granted 10% more patents in 2016 than 2015, but some others firms grew faster. No. 6 Intel augmented 34% to 2,784, while No. 14 Amazon surged 46% to 1,662, sufficient to drive it up 12 places in contrast to the 2015 list.

IPhone-maker giant Apple remained at its No. 11 rank but raised its patent haul 8% to 2,102.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) PT Suggests Stock Is Worth Around $132.25

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) registered a 0.92% increase, still its new closing price is 34.40% up from the company’s 1 year high of 118.16.It posted 2.74% gains in previous 5 sessions and is now the subject of 7 analysts who together assign a hold rating on stock. 0 of Wall Street analysts have an underperform rating; the 1 sells versus 17 buy or better ratings. The 49 stock analysts following this company have an average price target at $132.25, with individual PT in the $85.00-$185.00 range. The shares moved at $118.99, implying that brokerage firms see shares gaining about 25.45% in twelve months’ time.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) SEC Form 4 News

The stock is getting much attention these days as insiders are offloading shares while they posted a 2.74% rise year to date. A Senior Vice President, CFO at Apple Inc. (AAPL) offloaded shares in a transaction closed on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Maestri Luca sold 2,300 shares in the company at $117.67 each and collected $270,001 in proceeds. Maestri Luca now owns 4,432 shares in the company after this transaction. A Senior Vice President in the company, Riccio Daniel J., disclosed a transaction on Thursday December 15, 2016 that ended up generating $1,270,000 from the sale of 10,942 shares at $116.07 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Upcoming Results on Tap

Apple Inc. will next provide financial results for the December 2017 quarter. Stock analysts expect it to report per-share earnings of $3.56 in that period. Sales during the quarter are predicted to arrive at $81.14 billion.

Earnings surprise history: Last quarter, the company posted approximately $46.85 billion in revenue and EPS of $1.67. The mean forecast was for $46.94 billion and $1.66 a share, respectively. One quarter earlier, revenue for the stock was at $42.36 billion , with earnings at $1.42/share.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Brokerage Update 

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in Hilliard Lyons’s research list so their analyst rating change is noteworthy. These shares were downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy by Hilliard Lyons, according to news reported on Thursday October 27, 2016.Another important research note was issued by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016.The firm downgraded AAPL to Hold from Buy. Over the last six months and over the last three months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 23.99% and 4.86% , respectively.

Which way Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insiders are heading

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with -0.13% losses in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a buy rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 44 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $132.14, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $116.61, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 13.32 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 0.68 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President, CFO at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Maestri Luca offloaded 2,300 shares in the company at a per-share price of $117.67 and ended up generating $270,640 in proceeds. Maestri Luca retains 4,432 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President in the company, Riccio Daniel J., on Thursday December 15, 2016 collected $1,270,040 from the sale of 10,942 shares at a per-share price of $117.67. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $116.61/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2017 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.42B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted 0.51% rise in value, its new closing price reflects a -1.25% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $113.64 and above its 200-day SMA of $108.78. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 3.68% and 22.83%, respectively.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Stock Rises, Analysts: Buy Rating

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with -0.32% losses in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a buy rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 43 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $131.96, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $116.15, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 13.61 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 0.28 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President, CFO at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Maestri Luca offloaded 2,300 shares in the company at a per-share price of $117.67 and ended up generating $270,640 in proceeds. Maestri Luca retains 4,432 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President in the company, Riccio Daniel J., on Thursday December 15, 2016 collected $1,270,040 from the sale of 10,942 shares at a per-share price of $117.67. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $116.15/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2017 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.4B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted 0.28% rise in value, its new closing price reflects a -1.64% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $113.16 and above its 200-day SMA of $108.67. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 3.76% and 23.57%, respectively.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) planning to roll out YouTube Red service in UK

According to reports internet giant Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is looking to roll out a paid version of YouTube in the UK in the 2017, as the company expands its rivalry to Netflix and Amazon’s paid video services.

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube Red, which was first launched in the US last year and has since extended to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Korea, lets subscribers to watch videos without viewing ads before the videos starting as well as gaining access to a list of limited shows.

Meanwhile Google is reportedly negotiating with rights holders about implementing the service to the UK and other European markets in 2017, though YouTube Red’s launch is not a inevitability and is reliant on signing agreements with music labels.

In the recent past music industry have voiced displeasure at the incomes from advertising on YouTube, where music videos are among the most popular content. The site paid out $1 billion to the industry last year, but critics say the service pays an insignificant amount in contrast to how much is spent on it.

Along with getting rid ads on currently-available videos, YouTube Red, likely to cost £9.99 a month in the UK, is placed as a rival to other online video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It gives audiences access to a range of original shows and films from sovereign video makers.

Furthermore this service will also give it competence of allowing subscribers to download shows to watch offline and in the background on smartphones, and consist of access to Google Play Music, the company’s music streaming rival to Spotify and Apple Music. It is believed the new revenue model, as well as features such as video downloads, can require contracts to be renegotiated.

Moreover, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube Red reportedly had around 1.5 million paid subscribers in the summer, which are not many in contrast to rival services.

Which way Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) insiders are heading

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with -0.28% losses in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a buy rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 43 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $131.96, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $116.73, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 13.05 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 13.36 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President, CFO at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Maestri Luca offloaded 2,300 shares in the company at a per-share price of $117.67 and ended up generating $270,640 in proceeds. Maestri Luca retains 4,432 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President in the company, Riccio Daniel J., on Thursday December 15, 2016 collected $1,270,040 from the sale of 10,942 shares at a per-share price of $117.67. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $116.73/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.4B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted -0.03% fall in value, its new closing price reflects a -1.15% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $112.48 and above its 200-day SMA of $108.15. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 4.59% and 23.39%, respectively.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on November 15, 2016 announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. Designed by Apple in California, which covers products from 1998’s iMac® to 2015’s Apple Pencil®, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation. The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

The products in this book are the result of a profoundly close collaboration between many different groups. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450 images illustrate Apple’s design process as well as its finished products.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Stock Rises, Analysts: Buy Rating

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with 0.53% gains in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a buy rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 43 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $131.96, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $117.26, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 12.54 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 13.88 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Thursday December 15, 2016. Riccio Daniel J. offloaded 10,942 shares in the company at a per-share price of $116.07 and ended up generating $1,270,040 in proceeds. Riccio Daniel J. retains 10,942 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President, CFO in the company, Maestri Luca, on Friday December 09, 2016 collected $606,720 from the sale of 5,323 shares at a per-share price of $116.07. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $117.26/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.4B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted 0.64% rise in value, its new closing price reflects a -0.7% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $112.14 and above its 200-day SMA of $108.02. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 4.22% and 26.62%, respectively.

Apple Incorporated (NASDAQ:AAPL): Updated Analyst Ratings

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with 0.41% gains in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a hold rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 43 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $131.96, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $116.29, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 13.47 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 12.94 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Thursday December 15, 2016. Riccio Daniel J. offloaded 10,942 shares in the company at a per-share price of $116.07 and ended up generating $1,270,040 in proceeds. Riccio Daniel J. retains 10,942 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President, CFO in the company, Maestri Luca, on Friday December 09, 2016 collected $606,720 from the sale of 5,323 shares at a per-share price of $116.07. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $116.29/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.4B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted -0.66% fall in value, its new closing price reflects a -1.52% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $111.66 and above its 200-day SMA of $107.58. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 3.71% and 25.82%, respectively.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on November 15, 2016 announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. Designed by Apple in California, which covers products from 1998’s iMac® to 2015’s Apple Pencil®, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation. The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

The products in this book are the result of a profoundly close collaboration between many different groups. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450 images illustrate Apple’s design process as well as its finished products.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Insider Activities Are in the Air

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), with 1.53% gains in previous 5 sessions, is under coverage of 47 analysts who collectively assign a hold rating on stock. 39 of the brokerages firms have a buy or better rating; the 1 sells versus 0 underperforms. The 43 stock analysts who cover the stock have an average PT at $131.96, with individual targets in the range of $85 to $185. The shares ended last trade at $116.95, implying that Wall Street analysts see shares climbing about 12.83 per cent in 12 months’ time.

Insider Trading News: Insiders at the company look pessimistic about the outlook as they seem to offload shares while they have 13.58 jumped so far this year. A Senior Vice President at Apple Inc. (AAPL) sold shares in a trading activity completed on Thursday December 15, 2016. Riccio Daniel J. offloaded 10,942 shares in the company at a per-share price of $116.07 and ended up generating $1,270,040 in proceeds. Riccio Daniel J. retains 10,942 shares in the stock after this transaction. A Senior Vice President, CFO in the company, Maestri Luca, on Friday December 09, 2016 collected $606,720 from the sale of 5,323 shares at a per-share price of $116.07. Insiders are expected to have better knowledge about the health and prospects of their company, which is why insiders’ move deserves attention.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Earnings on Tap

Investors interested in trading AAPL stock at the current market price of $116.95/share should know the company will next release quarterly results for the December 2016 quarter. For the reporting quarter, equity analysts expect the stock to deliver $3.23 in earnings per share (EPS). That would represent a -1.52 per cent year-over-year decrease. Revenue for the same quarter is predicted to arrive at $77.4B.

Historical Quarterly Earnings: Last quarter, Apple Inc. generated nearly $46.85B in sales and net income of $1.67/share. That compares with the mean forecast $46.94B and $1.66/share, respectively. For the prior quarter revenue for the stock hit $42.36B, with EPS at $1.42.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Analyst Rating News

Hilliard Lyons is following shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), so its rating change is noteworthy. The company stock was downgraded to Long-term Buy from Buy, wrote analysts at Hilliard Lyons, in a research note issued to clients on Thursday October 27, 2016. There was another key research note provided by Stifel on Wednesday October 26, 2016. The firm lowered its rating on AAPL from Buy to Hold.

Price Potential: Even though the stock has posted 0.27% rise in value, its new closing price reflects a -0.96% fall in value from company’s one year high of $118.69. The stock is currently holding above its 50-day SMA of $111.37 and above its 200-day SMA of $107.44. Over the last 3 months and over the last 6 months, the shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL), have changed 3.52% and 23.69%, respectively.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Ireland set to fight against European Union tax decision

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly appealed contrary to a European Union decision that it will have to pay up to €13 billion or £11 billion in back taxes in the Republic of Ireland.

Back in August this year, the EU ordered that Apple’s tax provisions in Ireland were illegal, and claimed the record fines.

Meanwhile the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said in its statement that the company has been singled out and was “a convenient target”. Moreover Irish government is also challenging the judgment, claiming that EU regulators were meddling with national sovereignty.

The tech giant issued a drawn-out report, highlighting that it was the largest taxpayer in the world, in the US and in Ireland. It further said if the EU ruling went against it, the company would pay 40% of all the corporate taxes collected in Ireland.

Apple also claimed that it paid a 26% tax rate on its worldwide earnings, but that it paid most of that in the US.

“Because our products and services are created, designed and engineered in the US, that’s where we pay most of our tax… this case has never been about how much tax Apple pays, it’s about where that tax is paid.”

CUPERTINO, CA-based Apple’s European HQs are located in Ireland, where the standard rate of corporate tax is 12.5%.

In August, the EU Commission also said that Ireland had permitted the company to pay considerably less than other businesses, in effect paying a rate of no more than 1%.

However, Ireland’s finance ministry claimed that the European Commission had “misunderstood the relevant facts and Irish law”.

Even though it will take long time before this case is settled, the tax scenery is already shifting. And according to analysts, the EU Commission may end up losing this particular case in favor of Apple (AAPL) but there is development in the international war against tax avoidance.