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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Apple, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and JDS Uniphase

CHICAGO, March 17, 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 Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL-Free Report), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR-Free Report), Google (Nasdaq:GOOG-Free Report), Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT-Free Report) and JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq:JDSU-Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Friday's Analyst Blog:

Apple Introduces "Selfie" Section on App Store

Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL-Free Report) recently added a new section to its App store, which is solely dedicated to apps for clicking self-portrait-style pictures, more popularly known as selfies. This newly-devised section, Sharing Selfies, will be available on both the mobile and desktop versions of the App Store for iOS devices.

The term 'selfies' was coined to describe self-portraits, which users of smartphones and other devices post on social media networking sites. The term became popular after it was declared to be the Word of the Year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.

The Ellen DeGeneres selfie at the Oscars this year ended up being one of the most retweeted photographs in the history of Twitter (NYSE:TWTR-Free Report).

The App Store's new section will cater to the needs of all those people who feel the urge to click their own photographs and share them with others. It features numerous applications such as Snapchat, Picr, Frontback, Samba, Facetune, and many more. Some of these applications are free while others are paid ones.

We believe that Apple's intention to extend its foothold into new product categories in the near term will drive growth and profitability going forward.

Apple's loyal customer base, international expansion and a solid cash position are expected to aid long-term growth. However, increasing competition from the likes of Google (Nasdaq:GOOG-Free Report) and Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT-Free Report) in most of its major product segments, higher operating expenses and increasing legal complexities are headwinds.

Currently, Apple has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

JDS Uniphase Sees Strong Growth Ahead

Recently, JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq:JDSU-Free Report) expressed its confidence about an improved performance in the near term, primarily buoyed by increased deployment of optical fiber networks and 4G LTE (long-Term Evolution) networks.

The company is a leading provider of communications test and measurement solutions, and optical products to telecom carriers, cable operators and network equipment manufacturers.

Importantly, JDS Uniphase has established a viable position in both wireline and wireless segments. In the wireline segment, data communications is the main focused area of the company.

Currently, this segment is upgrading from 10 Gbps speed to 40 Gbps speed. In the preceding quarter, the company's Cloud and Data Center business generated significant pre-bookings related to the new 40 Gbps version of its Xgig storage solution.

Additionally, JDS Uniphase sells its equipment directly to some large hyperscale data centers. Hyperscale data centers are those large company's which builds their own datacom networks. Although this business generates not very significant revenues, it did help the company in terms of high margins.

On the other side, in the telecom infrastructure sector, the competition is mainly in the 100 Gbps network. Here, JDS Uniphase competes directly with Infinera Corp. and Ciena Corp.

In the wireless segment, the rapid growth of 4G super-fast LTE networks has significantly boosted JDS Uniphase's LTE test equipment and high-speed mobile back-haul network businesses.

The company has launched its customer experience assurance solutions called xSIGHT for LTE carriers which will enable them to access and analyze value-based data from a wide variety of sources.

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