The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Research In Motion, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Apple and Google

     The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Research In Motion, AT&T, Verizon
                       Communications, Apple and Google

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CHICAGO, March 26, 2013

CHICAGO, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com 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 Limited
(Nasdaq:BBRY), AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ),
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) and Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

BlackBerry Z10 Gets Poor U.S. Response

Going by the latest market buzz, Research In Motion Limited's (Nasdaq:BBRY)
new BB10 operating system-based smartphone Z10, which made its U.S. debut last
Friday, failed to generate strong response in the world's second largest
smartphone market.

Research In Motion started selling its new 4GLTE-based Z10 smartphones through
the country's second largest carrier, AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) and will be
available at largest carrier Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) from Mar
28.

The new Z10 was launched on Jan 30, 2013. Research in Motion has seen much
improved demand for its flagship device in some of the markets including U.K.,
Canada and U.A.E. At present, Z10 is available in 25 countries. Recently,
Research In Motion received a record single purchase order of one million
handsets from a telecom partner.

Hence, it was anticipated that such a robust demand for the new device coupled
with record order generation may lead to a huge appeal in the lucrative U.S.
market. However, it failed to create such a strong response during the
weekend.

Research In Motion, which once dominated the smartphone market, failed to
upgrade its operating platform, losing market traction to Apple Inc.'s
(Nasdaq:AAPL) iOS and Google Inc.'s (Nasdaq:GOOG) Android operating systems
during the past few years, mostly in highly developed countries of North
America and Europe.

In 2012, the company sold nearly 32.5 million smartphones as compared to
Samsung Electronics' 216 million and Apple Inc.'s 136 million handsets. At the
end of 2012, BBRY had a mere 6.4% U.S. market share. Moreover, we believe that
the launch of the new smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S4, in late April will
further deteriorate BBRY's market position, going forward.

So, it is to be seen whether Research In Motion, through its newly launched
Z10, will be able to safeguard its fortune against other handset manufacturers
in the upcoming days.

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

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