Scientific & Technical Instruments

(FLIR) FLIR Systems Earns Contracts

Recently, FLIR Systems Inc. (FLIR) was awarded a contract to support the U.S. Coast Guard for the Coast Guard’s Electro-Optical Sensor System configuration of FLIR’s commercially developed military qualified Talon 9-inch...

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(A) Will Agilent Beat Earnings Estimates in Second Quarter?

Agilent Technology (A) is set to announce its second-quarter 2013 results on May 14. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Growth Factors This Past Quarter

Agilent posted moderate...

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(A) Making Sense of Market Forecasts

It’s been another big month for the stock market. This stock market’s positive feedback loops were on full display in Consumer and Finance stocks.

Stock Prices Slightly Above Fair Value

At 15.4 times this year’s conservative earning estimate, stocks look fairly...

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(A) Agilent Technologies Upgrades Oscilloscopes

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) has introduced upgrades to its InfiniiVision 2000 X-Series oscilloscopes. Agilent’s InfiniiVision 2000 and 3000 X-Series oscilloscopes were introduced in 2011, which incorporated advanced technology to...

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(A) April Market Strategy Summary

U.S. Payrolls, Fair Value and Earnings Season

ADP payroll numbers of +158,000 for March came out in early April and spooked an over-extended five month long rally.  A troll (hopefully) put together very weak weekly unemployment claims numbers that followed.

How about...

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(BMI) Badger Meter to Outperform

On Mar 14, we maintained our Outperform recommendation on liquid flow measurement products and control technologies provider – Badger Meter Inc. (BMI) – on the back of acquisition benefits of Racine Federation, recovery in municipal...

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(ITRI) Invest in Pockets of Semiconductor Strength – Zacks Industry Rank Analysis

What is consistently ranked an Outperform sector by both buy-side and sell-side over the last two years? — The Info Tech Sector.

In light of this dominant and persistent top-down investing recommendation, look further for top Zacks Ranked industry segments inside IT.  This can...

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(ITRI) Itron Wins Contract in Poland

Itron, Inc. (ITRI) has signed a contract with Pomerania Gas Company, one of six gas distribution companies in Poland for the supply of nearly 200,000 residential and commercial gas meters in Poland.

The Itron meters will...

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(TRMB) Trimble Navigation Buys ALK Technologies

Trimble Navigation Ltd. (TRMB), original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of positioning, surveying and machine control products, has completed its acquisition of ALK Technologies Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

New Jersey-based ALK...

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(FLIR) FLIR Systems Acquires Traficon

FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) recently announced the acquisition of Traficon International NV, one of the leading players in video detection technologies for traffic applications, for about $46 million in cash.

Based in Wevelgem,...

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(BMI) Badger Meter – Bull of the Day

Badger Meter (BMI) reported earnings of $0.62 in the third quarter of 2012 and revenues of $87 million, up 35% and 25%, respectively. Both outpaced the respective Zacks Consensus Estimates. The acquisitions of Racine Federation, Cox Flow Measurement...

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(A) Agilent Technologies to Showcase New EMPro 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) will demonstrate the latest version of its flagship EMPro 2012 software at European Microwave Week.

Agilent’s EMPro 2012 will facilitate the designing of 3-D models by analyzing the electrical performance...

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(A) Agilent Technologies’ Latest ADS 2012

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) launched the latest version of its flagship Advanced Design System (ADS) 2012 software for its radio frequency (RF) and microwave EDA platforms.

Agilent’s ADS is an automatic electronic design software...

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(A) Bank Stress Test Process Expands

Bank regulating authorities have finally approved the new stress test rules under the purview of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 for assessing the capacities of banks to withstand severe financial crisis. These rules are an expansion of the stress test developed...

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(A) Agilent Upgrades GNSS Software

Agilent Inc. (A) has upgraded its Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) software N7609B with real-time and basic capabilities. The upgraded version enables engineers to replicate Galileo signals required in the manufacturing test...

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(CPHD) Cepheid’s Preliminary 3Q Disappoints

After reporting a disappointing second quarter 2012, Cepheid’s (CPHD) preliminary results for the third quarter of 2012 were also below the consensus estimate. The company is likely to report revenues in the range of $79?$81 million,...

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(A) Agilent Technologies and LipoScience Sign Agreement

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) will be supplying nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) components for LipoScience Inc.’s Vantera Clinical Analyzer by virtue of an agreement that the two signed recently.

The...

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(A) Agilent Technologies Wins Patent in US

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) has won the patent for comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) methods in the U.S.

CGH methods facilitate the basic and clinical study of genetics and cancer.  Being a method of studying genes, it...

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(GRMN) Garmin Posts Solid Results and Guidance

Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) reported second quarter earnings that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimates by 28 cents, or 41.4%. Currency had a 4 cent negative impact on earnings, and if excluded would have raised the EPS by a similar amount.

The...

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(BMI) Badger Meter Ups Dividend a Penny

Badger Meter, Inc. (BMI), in an effort to add value to shareholders, has increased its quarterly dividend by 1 cent to 17 cents per share. This translates to a 6.25% increase from the prior dividend of 16 cents. The revised dividend...

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(IIVI) Company News for June 18, 2012 – Corporate Summary

•    Shares of II-VI, Inc. (NASDAQ:IIVI) plunged 12.6% after it lowered the earnings forecast for the current quarter as well as for the next fiscal year ending June 2013

•    Argentina’s largest oil and natural-gas company...

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(A) Agilent Technologies Launches Bluetooth Test

Agilent Technologies Inc. (A) announced the availability of its Bluetooth low-energy test solution on the N4010A wireless connectivity test set. The company stated that Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN)...

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(GRMN) Garmin Expands Overseas

Garmin Ltd (GRMN), the maker of portable navigation devices, has opened offices in Shanghai, China; Stuttgart, Germany; and Yokohama, Japan. The idea is to get closer to all the major auto manufacturing markets of the world to sell...

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(GRMN) Garmin Limited Quarterly Earnings Blew Past Estimates

Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) reported quarter earnings that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimates by 20 cents, or 30.5%. Currency had an 11 cent negative impact on earnings, and if excluded would have raised the EPS by a like amount. Revenue exceeded...

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(TMO) Thermo Fisher Scientific Shares Maintained at Neutral

Recently, we reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) with a target price of $47.00.

Thermo Fisher continues to be focused on effectively deploying its cash balance to create value through share...

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(GRMN) Garmin Limited – Bull of the Day

Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) is an OEM of GPS-based equipment. September quarter earnings thrashed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and 2011 guidance was raised. Garmin s market share, brand equity, compelling new products across segments, significant...

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(AFFX) Affymetrix’s Second Quarter Preliminary Sales Miss

Genetic products maker Affymetrix Inc (AFFX) has announced disappointing preliminary sales for second-quarter fiscal 2011. The California-based company expects to post revenues in the band of $64-65 million for the quarter, which...

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(ITRI) Itron Installs ChoiceConnect

Itron Inc. (ITRI) recently announced the completion of the installation of more than 150,000 Itron gas meter communication modules in Greater Houston for a natural gas distribution subsidiary of CenterPoint Energy Inc....

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(ITRI) Itron & Tropos Networks’ Smart Grid Chosen by Avista Corporation

Itron Inc. (ITRI) and Tropos Networks’ jointly developed Smart Grid solution has been chosen by Avista Corp. (AVA) as part of its $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration...

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(CPHD) Cepheid Targets Infectious Diseases

Cepheid (CPHD) announced the appointment of Robert Kwiatkowski as the Vice President of Infectious Disease Research and Development. He would be reporting to David Persing, the company’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer.

Dr....

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