By Peter Lauria, contributor
The big banks are back to help the Valley's tech pirates turn into titans, but this time there's a chill in the air.
FORTUNE -- They're back.
After all but abandoning Silicon Valley in the wake of the first dotcom implosion, Wall Street bankers have returned to the tech Mecca en masse, in search of -- what else? -- riches to be made taking startups public.
But the moneymen of MOREJun 24, 2011 11:47 AM ET
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
Troubling financials and an offering letter full of mixed messages should make investors wary about buying into Groupon's IPO.
FORTUNE --- Dear Potential Groupon Shareholder,
I'm writing this letter to provide some insight into the Groupon IPO that was omitted from the cheery, twee "Letter from Andrew D. Mason" that prefaced the prospectus filed by the group-buying startup.
You get the feeling that the original draft of Mason's letter was MOREJun 6, 2011 11:35 AM ET
Who's behind the weekly Max Pain phenomenon that has become the tail that wags the dog?
In our ongoing quest to understand what part the trade in weekly Apple (AAPL) options plays in keeping the company's stock price from reflecting its performance (see here, here and here), we had a chat the other day with Mark Sebastian, a former market maker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange who posts frequently on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 27, 2011 8:53 AM ET
The institutions that control 71% of the company's stock moved a lot of shares last quarter
Sammy the Walrus IV, who writes a Tumblr blog called AAPL Orchard and describes himself with a pseudo mathematical formula (Engineering and Finance background + Cynicism + Apple Knowledge = the Sammy Persona) seems to have got hold of some interesting Apple (AAPL) institutional shareholder information.
He shared it with @SammyWalrusIV's 129 Twitter followers Tuesday in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 25, 2011 11:52 AM ET
Some of the worst were much-improved this quarter. Others have a lot to answer for.
Although they were once again bested by the amateurs in last week's Apple (AAPL) earnings smackdown -- as they have been every quarter since we've been keeping track -- it was not all bad news for the Wall Street analysts who are paid to predict the company's quarterly results.
As the spreadsheet at right shows, most of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 25, 2011 7:29 AM ET
With 2013 looming as a tipping point for ebooks, the struggling giant should regroup behind its Nook ebook business, fast.
In the late 1990s, the book industry was upended by the rise of the superstore. With big footprints in exurban shopping centers, Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Borders (BGP) superstores offered what many shopping-mall-sized and downtown mom and pop stores couldn't: aisles upon aisles of hardbacks, paperbacks and magazines, and cushy MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 13, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Analysts' estimates range from nearly 20 million to less than 13.25 million
Apple's second fiscal quarter, which ended March 26, was a tricky one for analysts trying to figure out how many iPhones the company sold.
Sales of cell phones and other electronic gadgets usually fall off after the holidays. But on February 10, smack in the middle of the quarter, Apple (AAPL) launched the iPhone for Verizon (VZ), which should have MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 7, 2011 12:05 PM ET
But not serious enough to keep it from being "a critical positive catalyst" for Apple
Apple (AAPL) is once again "pushing the technological envelope" by making the new iPad set to be unveiled March 2 far thinner than its predecessor, according to an unsigned Goldman Sachs research note issued Monday.
"The iPad 2's ultra-thin glass screen is generating yield issues," the report states, citing information from its Asian technology research team. "This MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 28, 2011 10:59 AM ET
A curated selection of the weekend's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
"It's a complete work of fiction. There are no Victoria's Secret models in Silicon Valley ... I kind of wish my life were that cool." -- Former Facebook president Sean Parker on Justin Timberlake's portrayal of him in The Social Network (Reuters)Facebook issued a rare press release confirming it had raised $1 billion from investors in a deal MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 24, 2011 6:00 AM ET
A curated selection of the long weekend's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.A flurry of rumored iPad details hit the Interwebs over the weekend, adding more fuel to the flames. The thinner, sleeker Apple tablet could sport a dual-core 1GHz ARM CPU with a new SGX543 graphics and video core offering twice the processing power at the same clock speed, a new screen technology similar to -- but not MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 18, 2011 6:00 AM ET
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