RIM Shares Up After Positive Review of New OS

Shares in
Research In Motion jumped more than 5 percent on Tuesday morning after
an analyst praised its new QNX operating system as flexible, portable
and likely to be integrated into its smartphones faster than expected.

A Chinese consumer service and
the global popularity of its BlackBerry Messenger texting service are
boosting RIM’s international growth and should carry the Canadian
company until it launches new QNX-based products, Jefferies analyst
Peter Misek said in a research report.

The stock was up 5.4 percent at $62.16 on the Nasdaq and jumped 6.4 percent to C$63.82 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The
QNX operating system will make its first appearance in the PlayBook
tablet due out early in 2011 and Misek, who upgraded RIM to "buy" from
"hold" and raised his price target to $80 from $55, said QNX could be
tested on handsets in the first quarter.

The operating system can be modified to fit low-end phones and ramp up for more powerful versions and tablets, he said.

It
can easily port applications from Google’s Android system, potentially
giving RIM access to more than 160,000 apps. RIM’s own App World
contains around 10,000 apps while Apple’s App Store has some 300,000.

BlackBerry
smartphones have been pressured in their core business and professional
market as banks and other corporate customers test whether to allow
employees to use Apple’s iPhone or Android-based devices to receive work
email.

But Misek said RIM retained
a strong reputation for its security and will likely only lose 300,000
enterprise subscribers in 2011.

Misek also said telecom companies would increasingly favor RIM’s bandwidth efficiency as data-heavy use burdens networks.

($1=$1.03 Canadian)

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Rob Wilson)

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