The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Research In Motion, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Cisco

  The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Research In Motion, Facebook, LinkedIn,
                             Microsoft and Cisco

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CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 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 Research In Motion (Nasdaq:RIMM),
Facebook (Nasdaq:FB), LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), Microsoft Corporation
(Nasdaq:MSFT) and Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO).


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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

RIMM Aims to Revive Fortunes

Research In Motion (Nasdaq:RIMM) customers can now get their hands on the much
anticipated BB10 operating system-based smartphones. BB10 faced numerous
development delays and even missed some launch deadlines as the company was
fine tuning the bits and pieces of the new phone. Along with the launch of
BB10, the company took a major decision to change its identity and henceforth
will be known as BlackBerry.

The Canadian handset manufacturer has innovated and designed two new LTE
enabled smartphones based on its QNX software, which is compatible with
various open-source coding languages. The newly launched Blackberry Z10 is a
full touch screen smartphone while BlackBerry Q10 includes both touch and
physical keyboard options.

The latest smartphones have a much faster and smarter operating system (OS)
than the predecessors and have features like 1.5GHz dual core processors, 2GB
RAM, 16GB storage and an expandable memory card slot. Additionally, the phone
has an astonishing camera, a superfast browser and is preloaded with social
sites like Facebook (Nasdaq:FB), Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD).

In an effort to lure back its enterprise clients, the company has added
Microsoft Corporation's (Nasdaq:MSFT) Exchange ActiveSync, which allows its
customers to get access of their work related mails. Furthermore, win a share
of the booming video conferencing market the company has added Cisco's
(Nasdaq:CSCO) WebEx technology, which will allow instant messaging, IP-based
voice calls and conferencing to its users via smartphones. 

Research In Motion has come up with some exciting elements like BlackBerry
Hub, Flow, Balance along with its existing BlackBerry Messenger service. The
new contact management features will enable customers to check the blog posts,
emails, tweets and recent updates of their phone contacts in one place, which
will allow its customers to stay updated about their friends and relatives. 

BB10 OS will support some of the most popular gaming applications including
Angry Bird from Rovio. Though the struggling handset manufacturer has tied up
with several application developers and has nearly 70,000 applications, it
still lags in the application front to Android and iOS. 

Research In Motion, once the global leader of smartphones has been struggling
since the last 3-4 years, as they failed to identify consumers' preferences
and has been battling in a crowded smartphone market.

However, the launch failed to energize the shareholders as the stock slumped
12.00% to close at $13.78 in Nasdaq on Wednesday. The delayed launch of the
phone in the lucrative US market might have pulled the shares down.

After the dual changes it remains to be seen how the company reacts to
upcoming challenges from Samsung's Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S handset launch.

Currently, Research In Motion carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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