As the earnings season kicks in, it will be interesting to see if the market gains or loses momentum. By most estimates, the economy improved modestly, possibly at a 2% plus pace, but better than the 0.4% fourth-quarter advance. The following are just three of the earnings releases on tap for Wednesday, April 17, when nearly 70 companies plan to post results.
Textron (NYSE: TXT)
The defense contractor with more »
Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers’ stocks often trade at low valuations relative to the broader market. This may be because of their thin operating margins, as well as often their reliance on a small number of customers, and sometimes frequent restructuring activities. Nevertheless, with numerous industries ramping up their outsourcing of production, there could be some upside to be found here. Factors to consider include in what end markets a more »
Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL) is an electronics supplier to key companies such as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: BBRY). However, the company is down almost 30% since the start of the second quarter; worse yet, it’s lost 20% over the past two weeks.
At the end of the second quarter there were three top funds upping their stakes in Jabil, including Citadel Investment Group, which upped more »
Today, personal computers are passé and computing components are considered mundane. Printed circuit board companies may not be in the limelight, but many of these firms offer investors the opportunity to buy growth at reasonable prices or buy steady income at attractive valuations.
Case Study: iPhone 5 Hiccup and Supplier Woes
Being in the tough technology manufacturing business, Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) is not in the best space possible. Its inconsistent profitability over the past 5 years shows that. The valuation metrics differ quite significantly on the stock with an unclear conclusion.