Smartphones Vie for Market Share

The results are just in and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android boasted the biggest share of holiday smartphone sales, followed by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Data released by ComScore shows market share for Android went to 47.3 percent, and increase of 44.8 percent over the previous quarter. Apple came in second at 29.6 percent from a previous 27.4 percent.

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Apple sold 37 million handsets, record sales, for the holiday quarter. Android sold phones from LG, Motorola (NYSE:MMI), Samsung and other smart phone manufacturers. Bragging rights in the ongoing rivalry between handset producers Samsung and Apple, for now at least, goes to Samsung as they held the total lead for the year.  But Apple won the battle in the last quarter. Could it be the sign of a momentum shift, or will Samsung try harder?

RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM) lost market share dropping from 19 to 16 percent. Will that be more evidence for chief executive Thorsten Heins not to change anything? Both Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone and Nokia’s Symbian lost market share. Wimdows came in at 4.7 percent and Nokia (NYSE:NOK) at 1.4 percent.

The two latter companies are combining forces in hopes of becoming number three in smart phones. A rough year is expected by Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Nokia, but he feels Nokia-Microsoft will eventually become one of the top three platforms.

Here’s how these stocks are reacting to the news:

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): GOOG shares recently traded at $594.99, up $9.88, or 1.69%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $473.02 to $670.25. Volume today was 2,066,074 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,040,000 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 19.99, while trailing earnings are $29.76 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $459.48, up $4.36, or 0.96%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $458.99. Volume today was 6,595,484 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 12,515,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 13.08, while trailing earnings are $35.14 per share.

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MMI): MMI shares recently traded at $38.93, up $0.16, or 0.41%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $20.77 to $39.20. Volume today was 4,544,328 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 3,250,430 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.84 per share.

Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM): RIMM shares recently traded at $16.90, down $0.31, or 1.8%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $18.02 to $70.54. Volume today was 14,650,141 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,362,600 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 3.99, while trailing earnings are $4.25 per share.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $30.31, up $0.36, or 1.2%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $30.17. Volume today was 27,344,133 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 55,050,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 11.00, while trailing earnings are $2.76 per share.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK): NOK shares recently traded at $5.10, up $0.08, or 1.59%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $4.46 to $11.75. Volume today was 14,528,169 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 30,634,700 shares. The company’s trailing earnings are $-0.41 per share.

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