HP Needs a Higher Bar for Whitman

This may be news for the board of directors at {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}, but shareholders are feeling too mangled right now to care whether new CEO Meg Whitman is getting $1 or $20 million in annual salary. They just want the mess at HP cleaned up quickly. If they still don't understand this, here's another…

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Vishay Buys a Resistor Line

MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, (NYSE: VSH), one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components, today announced the acquisition of the resistor businesses of Huntington Electric Inc. comprised of Huntington, Milwaukee, Central and Mills Resistors. The purchase price for these businesses was approximately $19.6 million subject to customary post-closing adjustments.…

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Inside the Apple Bubble

The aura surrounding {complink 379|Apple Inc.} can be overpowering. So overwhelming is the distorted reality surrounding the company even the financial analysts who track it have fallen under its spell. Most of their stock price targets, margin, sales, and net income forecasts for Apple, for example, regularly fall short or overshoot, making them completely unreliable…

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Atmel Buying ADD Semiconductor

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Digital Design, S.A. (“ADD Semiconductor”), a privately held company based in Zaragoza, Spain that develops power line communication solutions. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in October. Atmel…

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‘Sell More Stuff’ Isn’t a Long-Term Strategy

Despite continued worldwide uncertainty, manufacturers are putting their collective short-term hope for growth into new products, strategic acquisitions and alliances, and emerging markets, according to a recent report from KPMG. The firm's annual Global Manufacturing Outlook, which surveys 220 executives from global companies, pegs the top priorities for the coming two years on top-line growth,…

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