The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation, Timken Co., Cummins and Toro Co.

   The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Boeing Company, Microsoft Corporation,
                       Timken Co., Cummins and Toro Co.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Boeing Company (BA), Microsoft
Corporation (MSFT), Timken Co.(TKR), Cummins (CMI) and Toro Co. (TTC).


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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

A Resurgent America

Exports have been an American success story lately. This is corroborated by
the U.S. trade deficit falling from 6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2006
to the neighborhood of 4% lately. A weaker dollar, in conjunction with
stagnant wages at home, has improved American competitiveness vis a vis China
where pay scales have moved up.

More recently, in September 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau
of Economic Analysis revealed that American exports stood at $187 billion and
imports at $228.5 billion, yielding a monthly trade deficit of $41.5 billion,
down from $43.8 billion in August. Stronger exports led to the narrowest trade
deficit in a while. Both merchandise and service exports have been on the

Not only have exports boomed but the basket of exports has evolved over time.
Formerly, the export limelight went to the big corporations such as The Boeing
Company (BA) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). Today, a multitude of small and
large companies are enjoying success in overseas markets. The services sector,
a traditional American strong point, is doing even better. We believe that
companies operating in global markets enjoy diversified revenue streams which
may cushion them from shocks.

Of late, U.S. engineering companies have staged a dramatic comeback. Several
companies based in the Mid West, such as Timken Co. (TKR), Cummins (CMI) and
Toro Co. (TTC), are building Asian and other economies. In the process, they
are creating jobs back home. In conjunction with cheap shale gas from
fracking, this export- led boom may be a second chance towards
industrialization for the Rust Belt of the U.S.A.Based in Canton, Ohio,
Timken uses its understanding of management of friction, materials and
transmission of power to enhance the performance of machinery used in
industrial settings. The company operates in four segments, namely, steel,
aerospace and defense, mobile industries and process industries. It had sales
of about $5,200 million in 2011. At Timken, almost one-third of sales were
outside the U.S. Emerging markets accounting for close to $900 million of the
company's revenues. Its sales in Asia climbed 21% year over year.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins designs, produces and sells
engines. It had sales of $18,048 million in 2011, up 36% year over year, and
generated 54% of its revenues outside U.S. in the most recent four quarters.
Its far-flung operations across China, Brazil and India partly insulate it
from a slowdown across industries or geographies.

Toro, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, has its centennial coming up in 2014.
It is a provider of landscape maintenance and turf equipment as well as
irrigation systems. The company has a solid following among golf courses
throughout the world. Toro had sales of $1,884 million in fiscal 2011 and
derived about one-third of its revenues from international markets. Most of
its export-driven production takes place in America.

The services line item is showing buoyancy and not just in traditional plain
vanilla activity such as travel and tourism. Instead, we see broad-based,
value-added exports, in such spheres such as consultancy, design, engineering
and financial services. Many of these knowledge-based companies may be

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