In the early days, iRobot developed Genghis™, a robot designed for space exploration. In 1997, the company designed “Sojourner” for Mars exploration due to request from NASA. Since the introduction of its Roomba® robot vacuum cleaner in 2002, iRobot has sold more than 25 million robots and become a leading global consumer robot company with strong revenue growth over the past decade.
The Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is up about 7 percent in the last week, making it the best-performing major fund in the entire market. Its sharp gains so far in April also put it on pace for its best month in over a decade.
Apple (AAPL), which didn’t even make the Top 10 in June or July, was the busiest stock at TradeStation last month. The surge in activity came after a transformative earnings report drove the smart-phone giant into new record territory.