The market is a discounting machine, as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's
Sorry, RIM. Expectations of that result may have helped your stock six to 12 months ago, but that's yesterday's news. Old hat. Dead and buried. Instead, the market focused intensely on lower-than expected profits in the current quarter, because of increased marketing costs associated with new product launches. (RIM is launching at least three new handsets by year's end.)
Formidable new rivals
As the line between mobile computers and mobile phones grows increasingly blurry, RIM finds itself competing with the big boys in the handset industry, including Nokia
You're confident of that?
RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie expressed confidence that his firm won't be hit by these new entrants, but it's tough for me to muster up any degree of certainty in that prediction.
Sure, smartphone sales are growing at a good clip -- research group Gartner
And sure, Research In Motion has been nimble and successful so far, and it's in a very hot market. However, that prime spot now places RIM in an even hotter contest for growth and profits. Investors in RIM (and the overall industry) need to accept -- if not embrace -- that fact.
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