Commodity Prices on the Rise

Overall manufacturing activity in the US is continuing to expand, but increasing prices for commodity goods could eventually hamper growth in some industry sectors. While manufacturers are benefiting from strength in new orders and production, there is significant concern with regard to commodity prices, according to the Institute for Supply Management's most recent Manufacturing Business…

RF Monolithics Reports Q2

DALLAS, Texas — RF Monolithics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMI) today reported net income of $77,000 or $0.01 per share for its second quarter ended February 28, 2011, compared to net income for the comparable prior year second quarter ended February 28, 2010 of $174,000 or $0.02 per share and net income for the first quarter of…

It’s Only a Holiday if You Actually Pay Taxes

{complink 2294|Google} is among a number of high-profile tech companies lobbying for a tax holiday to repatriate earnings from offshore. I'm wondering how much of a holiday Google needs from the 2.4 percent tax rate it is currently paying on its overseas earnings. In October 2010, Yahoo Finance's Economics Editor Daniel Gross wrote an article…

Universal Display Announces Share Offering

EWING, N.J. — Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED® technology and materials, today announced the pricing of its public offering of 5,000,000 shares of its common stock at $46.00 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 750,000 shares during…

Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are pouring money into a new generation of companies that will ride the social networking wave. Am I the only one having flashbacks? Yesterday's Wall Street Journal featured an article about how Silicon Valley VCs are investing in “companies that hope to unshackle social networking from personal computers — and shift…

Cisco’s Paying Dividends; So Should Apple

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} and {complink 1131|Cisco Systems Inc.} share a notoriety: Neither company has ever paid dividends since it was founded. The two also share a notable and admirable quality: They both generate a phenomenal amount of cash each quarter, helping them to build up billions in cash and short- and long-term securities. At the…

Beware the Single-Source Noose

Few companies can shake off quite as easily the big wallop {complink 5703|Texas Instruments Inc.} is receiving from {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} following the decision to phase out Symbian, its smartphone operating system, replacing this with the Windows OS from {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.}. That decision will cost TI, the sole supplier of chips for Symbian-based product,…