RIM Shedding Jobs

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is the latest electronics company to announce job cuts. Businesses across the industry are striving to increase profitability, but the stakes are even higher for RIM. The BlackBerry maker is seeking to stem losses and regain the edge it once had in the mobile communications market. After a series…

Triple Whammy in the PC Arena

They say bad news comes in threes, and it certainly has for the PC industry. First, {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.} announced last month that it was slashing its workforce by almost 30,000. (See: Counterculture: Slash & Burn May Not Save HP.) Then yesterday, Dell Inc. announced it plans to cut $2 billion in expenses over three…

Cypress Pursues Hostile Takeover of Ramtron

{complink 1474|Cypress Semiconductor Corp.} has launched a new hostile bid for memory semiconductor vendor {complink 12930|Ramtron International Corp.}, offering to pay a premium of 37 percent on the target company's latest stock closing price. It was the same premium Cypress offered for the company last year, but the valuation is lower this time due to…

What Is a Midsized Tech Firm Really Worth?

The technology merger and acquisition market has been quite active in recent years for medium and large companies, but the real story of how prices are determined is often a mystery. This article seeks to shed a little light on the topic for technology company owners and shareholders. We've all seen the headlines about big…

Dell Struggles in Post-PC World

The computing market is headed where {complink 1544|Dell Inc.} is weakest. The company has no easily recognizable offerings in the tablet PC or smartphone markets, but that's where demand is booming and not in the consumer and enterprise computer segments Dell once dominated and where it is still one of the leading players. Dell isn't…

Manufacturers Remain Upbeat

North American manufacturers remain optimistic about their growth prospects for 2012, according to a recent survey by Accenture. The results underscore sentiments in similar surveys among US purchasing professionals and manufacturers. (See: US Buyers Optimistic for 2012 and Data Points to More Onshoring.) Eighty-nine percent of senior executives at North American manufacturers expect their company’s…

Cisco: Global Uncertainty Worries High-Tech

As chairman and CEO of a $43 billion global company, John Chambers talks regularly with other high-tech executives to gain a better view of the world economic environment and the potential impact of it on their businesses. Right now, the top boss at {complink 1131|Cisco Systems Inc.} doesn't very much like what he is hearing…

6 Trading Myths Shocker

Get ready to have your bubble busted. Too many economic and business decisions by national political leaders, corporate executives, their suppliers, and their customers are based on unfounded, yet generally accepted and oft-quoted, myths, according to a research company. Some of these myths, alleged by McKinsey Global Institute, a division of research and consulting firm…

International Rectifier Announces Q3 Results

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF) today announced financial results for the third quarter (ended March 25, 2012) of its fiscal year 2012. Revenue for the third quarter fiscal year 2012 was $248.1 million, a 7.8% increase from $230.1 million in the second quarter fiscal year 2012 and a 16.4% decrease from $296.7…