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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Intel

CHICAGO, April 8, 2014 /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 the Google (Nasdaq:GOOG-Free Report), Facebook (Nasdaq:FB-Free Report), Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO-Free Report), Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT-Free Report) and Intel (Nasdaq:INTC-Free Report).

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Technology Stock Roundup

Last week saw a pretty dramatic reaction to Google's (Nasdaq:GOOG-Free Report) stock split, with competitors Facebook (Nasdaq:FB-Free Report) and Yahoo (Nasdaq:YHOO-Free Report) shedding value.

 Competitors Reacting to Google Stock Split?

Google shares have become much more affordable since the company's stock split. Moreover, with the founders maintaining control and continuing to push for long-term value, the company looks as strong as ever. In fact, Google is one of the few companies that is not going to let size cramp its style. The company is projected to continue growing strong double-digits in the foreseeable future.

This could be the reason that Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT-Free Report) saw huge sell-offs following the split. While the Nasdaq declined 2.6% on Friday, Facebook was down 9.6%, Yahoo 6.4% and Microsoft 3.4% on high volumes.

It isn't as if these companies reported any materially negative news. But when you consider the fact that Google can now hang on to more of its cash, using Class C shares for employee compensation or to fund large acquisitions, the news seems negative in itself. Not to mention the fact that Google is also more affordable now.

Intel Inside Cloudera

Intel (Nasdaq:INTC-Free Report) announced last week that it had invested $740 million for an 18% stake in Cloudera. The cloud startup is known for its big data platform, which is built on Apache Hadoop code to facilitate reliable, scalable, distributed computing. Cloudera's open source platform has played a key role in the development activity surrounding Hadoop, which puts it at the forefront of big data analytics.

Intel's 18% stake and a seat at the Cloudera Board could generate returns if the company goes for an IPO. But Intel is primarily interested in using the position to get its chips to Cloudera customers, which would include banks, hospitals, utilities and retailers. This is a very big deal for Intel since it will be able to tap the 32% annual growth that the big data technology and services will generate, according to IDC.

Not only that, but the chips Intel will sell will be of the high-end, high-performance variety, meaning strong margins for the company. This could help the chip giant offset some of the weakness it's seeing in desktops and mobile.

Yahoo Makes a Video Push

Yahoo's video plans appear to be crystallizing. The company has reportedly made a $300 million bid for News Distribution Network, which is a video syndication service that sends news and sports leads to newspapers and other publishers. It is the fourth largest video site with more than 573 million video views per month and 51 million unique viewers.

Yahoo is also not averse to poaching top talent from Google, making the most of dissatisfaction in Google's compensation system. But Yahoo needs funds to do this, which is why its Alibaba stake is so important. The street estimates that Yahoo will earn $36 billion for the part that it must offload, part of which could then be employed to create a YouTube competitor.

It could also help finance the entertainment shows Yahoo is planning to produce. Reportedly, four series of 10 episodes each are in the works with the company willing to spend up to a million dollars per episode.

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