I agree with Bolaji and Anna on the downgrade...it's not the most applicabe measure of how well or how badly the company is doing. It reflects analysts' and Wall St's sentiment about how they think the company is doing, but at the day this has to be weighed against a host of other figures.
Prabhakar - I agree, I think Nokia is playing a catch-up game, and given how the market and brand loyalty has already taken shape, it will be hard for them to muscle significant smartphone market share in mature markets. If I was calling the shots, I'd start looking at how Nokia can cost-effectively transition its global feature phone user base into smarthone users. Nokia phones are incredibly widespread in the developing world. If the Nokia can develop smartphones at the right price point for the emerging markets, they may be able to move away from fighting fires in the mature markets and secure a better competitive position elsewhere in the world.
Nothing's impossible if there is a good strategy in place and even better execution. It may be an uphill battle but they still have potential. They are just unfortunate that the brand has been out of sight & mind for so long.
"Nokia's stock was not downgraded.... However, the cost of raising money through the equity market may be higher."
Thanks for elaborating on that. Lower credit ratings may be bad for the borrowing costs, but Nokia says Moody's rating downgrade is a non-issue, because the company's net cash is actually higher than a year ago. Why hasn't Moody's taken that into account?
Nokia's stock was not downgraded. The downgrade applies to its bonds or debts all of which are publicly traded too. Analysts have in the past downgraded its stock but that is the least of the company's problems since it is not seeking to sell shares now. However, the cost of raising money through the equity market may be higher.
@HH, a negative stock downgrade of a company may not seem an end itself. However, may affect a company's marketable and financial standing for recovery. For Nokia is certainly a concern in the short term.
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