The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Nokia, Microsoft, AT&T, Apple and Google

  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Nokia, Microsoft, AT&T, Apple and Google

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CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK),
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Apple Inc.
(Nasdaq:AAPL) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG).


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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:

Nokia Tablet to Hit Market Early This Year

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) is all set to launch its latest Windows-based
tablet during the early part of 2013. Launch of the tablet will put Nokia in
direct competition with operating system (OS) partner Microsoft Corporation's
(Nasdaq:MSFT) own Windows tablet – 'Surface.'

The new 10.1 inch tablet – will be based on latest Windows RT platform, which
is the tablet version of the Windows8 OS and runs on ARM computer processor.
Additionally, the tablet will have a HDMI output, two USB ports and an in
built cellular radio.

Notably, the best features of the tablet are the presence of a physical
keyboard in addition to the virtual one and a 10-hour battery backup. The
second largest US carrier, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) will be the first operator to
offer the tablet soon after its launch the US market.

During the earlier part of 2012, Nokia launched its Windows 8-based tablet but
it was not very successful as it was quite late to launch the wireless gadget,
as by then

Apple Inc.'s



) iPad 3 has established its strong foothold in different markets. Apple's
mini build on that success also performed well and is planning to launch iPad
mini 2.

For quite some time now, Nokia has been struggling in the smartphone business
due to stiff competition from Apple's iOS and Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq:GOOG)
Android platform. Despite teaming up with Microsoft, Nokia hasn't performed as
expected. However, the latest Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 have performed better
than its predecessors and are witnessing supply shortages.

According to research firm IDC, tablet market is expected to grow at a
2012-2016 CAGR of 23.3% with Windows-based tablets projected to grow the
highest. Furthermore, Apple's tablet market share slumped to 50.4% in third
quarter of 2012 from 65.5% in second quarter of 2012.

We believe if Nokia can price the tablet competitively it could create its own
space in the tablet market. However, despite a decline in market share,
vending off Apple's competition in the lucrative North American market would
be the biggest challenge for Nokia.

We retain our long-term Neutral recommendation on Nokia Corp. Currently, it
holds a short term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold).

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