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Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nokia, AT&T, Apple, Research In Motion and Google

CHICAGO Jan. 21, 2011 Nokia Corp. NOK AT&T T Apple Inc. AAPL Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM Google Inc. GOOG

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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Nokia’s Nightmare Continues

Nokia Corp. NOK AT&T T

What is more surprising is that it was Nokia — and not AT&T — which cancelled this deal. Although Nokia officially declined to comment, The Wall Street Journal predicted that Nokia sensed a lack of marketing and subsidy support from AT&T.

In the U.S., the handset makers launch their products with one or sometimes more than one carrier. The carriers provide subsidy to the handset makers, which help them to keep handset prices low and competitive. Additionally, telecom carriers also provide market promotion to those phones based on their own perception.

A firm carrier partner agreement is a precondition in the U.S. for the commercial success of any mobile phone. For smartphones, this is a necessary condition since these feature-rich phones are very costly for which carrier subsidy is required to offer a competitive price.

Apple Inc. AAPL Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM Google Inc. GOOG

($469) $200-$250

We maintain our long-term Neutral recommendation for Nokia. Currently it is a short-term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold) stock.

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