Why Research In Motion Shares Popped

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What: Shares of Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) have popped today by upwards of 12% after CEO Thorsten Heins said the company is considering a wide range of strategic options.

So what: In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Heins said that could include selling the company's hardware operations as well as potentially licensing its new BlackBerry 10 operating system platform to other vendors. Heins emphasized that the first thing that the company needs to focus on is launching BlackBerry 10 and proving it as a viable competitor.

Now what: The news comes as market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech released estimates showing that RIM's market share in the U.S. fell to 1.1% during the 12 weeks ending Dec. 23, so the company is in dire need of success from BlackBerry 10. Licensing the platform to other OEMs could boost margins, though at the risk of reducing its control over its hardware. BlackBerry 10 launches on Jan. 30 and Research In Motion has already lined up numerous carrier partners.

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  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2013, at 5:23 PM, TimKnows wrote:

    I was hoping for another cut and paste to go with the other 47 c&p of late. Can we set a record for the most non-informative articles on RIM and Apple in one day?

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2013, at 5:28 PM, Arthur1111 wrote:

    What is the point of this article? Everyone knows the comments Heins had made to the German newspaper Die Welt. Why are you telling us this after 2 days?

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2013, at 5:37 PM, Blablablabla123 wrote:

    I dont know who runs this website but you aint too bright my friend. You're a moron IMHO. I'm making money on RIM before i even wake up every day. ( i wonder if apple shareholders can say the same...) hmm lets see...in same period of of lets say last 3 months Apple stock fell down over 200 bucks while RIM TRIPPLED...rim is posting EXPAND EXPAND EXPAND news and offers 6 or more devices for 2013..while apple is doing CUT CUT CUT ...and lets not forget the slavecamps in china being used for production of apple stuff. Thank you but as a human being i refuse to use a product of a company which supports slavery and abuse of workers.

    I don't listen to retards like this clown running this website and im fine. I listen to my OWN research and my own decisions...and thus far im OK ...

    I even made money on Nortel :)..can you say the same mr. whatever foolsomething your name is?

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2013, at 7:54 PM, vloyola wrote:

    Blablabla...Apple is up over 20% from last year even after losing the (temporary) $200....RIM is still far down from where it was a year ago...I like both RIM and Apple and both great stocks right now...$500 is a steal for apple right now with the growth of apple in Asia...you do realize that a tiny market share in Asia is like 1000x the size of north america markets.

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