These electronics products manufacturers' core business units operate in cyclical end markets. Specifically, spending by financial institutions and banks, as well as the broader call centers and office sector, typically increases when the economic picture brightens. Capital spending by banks is a key determinant of two of the following companies' prospects. All of these three operate core units that are tied to the business spending environment, while they may also more »
Harman International (NYSE: HAR), the audio products maker, has experienced periods of rapid growth at times, while also facing significant challenges. An overview of the company through a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) can reveal to investors what to look for going forward. The S and W portions point out the internal factors affecting the company, while the O and T discussions illustrate the external climate.
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Tuesday, January 29th falls in the heart of earnings season. More than 100 companies will post results on that day, as well as the next two. Among those reporting on the 29th are the following.
Corning (NYSE: GLW)
Sales in the company’s core liquid-crystal-display (LCD) glass business have probably turned the corner behind rising retail sales of LCD televisions and computers in the U.S. and China more »
The auto industry has just recorded its highest monthly sales totals in five years, a sign that the downturn that was spurred by skyrocketing oil prices is far behind us. If the upturn continues, it could well have a reverberating effect on the entire economy, particularly on numerous suppliers and complementary product makers. Here are a few such examples, including some that are not readily apparent.
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT)
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Motorola (NYSE: MSI), or at least Motorola Mobility, may be stealing the headlines as 4,000 unfortunates lose their jobs at the hands of Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). But another player in the telecommunications sector, Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), has enjoyed a positive bump of late.