Good apples, bad apples, and cool beans rocked the week that was. Let's check out what happened.
No worm in this Apple
The mini products introduced at Macworld earlier in the week may not amount to much. The entry-level Mac Mini, priced in the reasonable $500 to $600 range, ships more like a glorified doorstopper as it comes packaged without a mouse, keyboard, or monitor. Yet from doorstopper to showstopper, Apple's eventual earnings report even swayed a few vocal naysayers into believing that the company's turnaround is for real. Efficiently producing net margins of 8.5% that would even have slick computing king Dell
Stunning news -- and then some
It has been a wild year for stun gun maker Taser
No, the stock is nowhere near its all-time highs right now and it still has a fair share of demons to tackle, but it's a perfect example of how sometimes the market overreacts and how investors can profit from the market's pricing inefficiencies.
Would you like a McLatte to go with that Egg McMuffin?
In a move that is long overdue, McDonald's
Other iconic foodstuff peddlers like 7-Eleven
Will this hurt Starbucks? Not really. The company's comps continue to climb despite the proliferation of high-end bean blends elsewhere. While this move may bear watching because McDonald's has a gargantuan network of fast food units dotting the country's landscape with drive-thru convenience, I still can't picture java-craving college kids sipping down mocha cappuccinos under the chain's bright lights and the crazed gaze of that condiment-colored clown.
Until next week, I remain,
Rick Aristotle Munarriz
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz really doesn't like Ronald McDonald, but it may have been something that he ate. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.