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Overview of Motorola Solutions

. Motorola—an industry leader Motorola Solutions (MSI) is an American-based multinational company in the data communications and telecommunications segment that succeeded Motorola, Inc., after the spin-off of the mobile phone division into Motorola Mobility in 2011. The company is headquartered in

The Crude Tanker Industry through Frontline’s 2Q15 Results

Crude tanker industry Crude oil tanker rates took a U-turn in mid-July after reaching a high point earlier this year. Refinery maintenance costs and weaker refining margins in Asia have affected tanker rates negatively. In this series, we’ll analyze the

Initial Jobless Claims Increase above Expectations

On September 3, the U.S. Department of Labor released its weekly statistics for initial jobless claims for the week ended August 29, 2015. The figure came in at 282,000, an increase of 12,000 from the prior week. The recent number

Emerging Market Equities Continue to See Outflows

Outflows In the week ended September 4, emerging market equities (EEM) saw total outflows of $276 million compared to outflows of $965 million in the previous week. The region saw outflows for the fifth consecutive week. Investors withdrew funds from

Falling Coal Inventories in June 2015 May Not Offset Low Natural Gas Prices

Coal inventories In its August 26 report, the EIA (US Energy Information Administration) published data that specified coal inventories with utilities at the end of June 2015. Warmer weather across the US led to a fall in coal inventories at

US Equities Continue to See Outflows on Global Growth

Continuous outflows In the week ended September 4, 2015, US equities saw total outflows of $1.6 billion compared to outflows of $1.4 billion in the previous week. The rate of equity outflows rose due to investors pulling out funds on slowing

Emerging Market Equities See Valuations Fall on China Slowdown

Valuation movement Emerging market equities are trading at 9.9x on a one-year forward earnings basis. Valuations fell 2.72% in the week ended September 4, 2015. The fall was due mainly to a slowing Chinese economy and falling commodity prices and exports.

Emerging Market Equities Fall on Weakening Fundamentals

Emerging market equities Emerging market equities (EEM) fell 3.86% in the week ended September 4, 2015. They were negative mainly due to declining manufacturing and slowing services growth in China. Enlarge Graph China’s Shanghai Composite registered a fall of 2.23% during the

Wage Growth Could Possibly Be Ticking Up

Employment and wages are key indicators for the Fed  Aside from employment, the most important indicator of economic well-being is wages. Despite falling unemployment, one of the conundrums of the current labor market is flat real, or inflation-adjusted, wages. Over the past decade, wages have

Will Crude Oil Prices Hit $20 per Barrel?

Downtrend price channel  WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures contracts for October delivery are trading just above the nearest support of $44 per barrel as of September 11, 2015. Prices have been showing the emergence of a downward trending

US Equities’ Valuations Fall Last Week on Global Weakness

Higher valuations US equities (SPY) are trading at 14.6x on a one-year-forward earnings basis. Valuations fell 3.7% in the week ended September 4, 2015. They were revised due to less growth in emerging markets, a slowdown in China’s economy, and weaker US manufacturing

US Crude Oil Inventories Up, but So Were WTI Crude Oil Prices

US crude oil inventories In its weekly “Petroleum Status Report” released on Thursday, September 10, the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration) reported a rise of 2.6 MMbbls (million barrels) in crude oil inventories for the week ending September 4. Analysts were

US Natural Gas Production Still Higher in 2015 than in 2014

Natural gas production On July 31, 2015, the EIA (US Energy Information Administration) published the natural gas production data for June 2015. In line with the past trend, natural gas production fell over the previous month. Natural gas production in

Campbell Soup Stock’s Reaction to Fiscal 4Q15 Earnings Release

Stock price performance The Campbell Soup Company (CPB) reported its fiscal 4Q15 earnings results on September 3, 2015. Following its earnings release, the stock went up by 2%, closing at $48.53 on September 3, 2015. The stock price continued to

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