The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Motorola Solutions, Microsoft, Apple,
Google and Canadian National Railway
CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013
CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks.com 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 Motorola Solutions Inc.
(NYSE:MSI), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL), Google
Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG) and Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI).
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Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog:
MSI to Launch New Tablet PCs
To boost the working condition of the blue collar employees, police officials
and other factory workers,Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) plans to launch a
tablet-like PC device supported by Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT) Windows
The new tablet PC will likely hit the market in the second half of fiscal 2013
or in the beginning of 2014.
These days, most firms are sidelining their traditional PCs and adapting to
laptops. Moreover, with the advent of popular tablets like Apple Inc.'s
(Nasdaq:AAPL) iPads, the ease of doing work has become much easier.
So to tap the growing potential of the changing PC market, Motorola Solutions
is emphasizing on developing such handheld tablet-like devices based on the
newly launched Windows 8 operating system, hence giving these governments and
low-paid employees the ease of doing their task effortlessly.
Motorola Solutions also manufactures tablets supported by Google Inc.'s
(Nasdaq:GOOG) Android software. Therefore, the company likes to expand its
flexibility by offering multiple operating systems to its customers.
Recently, Motorola Solutions reported strong fourth-quarter 2012 results with
the bottom line topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the top line missing
Quarterly total revenue came in at $2,441 million, up 6% year over year. The
uptick was mainly fueled by higher global demand across the government
segments. Moreover, the company generated solid operating cash flow of nearly
$1.1 billion for full fiscal 2012.
Currently, Motorola Solutions Inc. carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
CNI: 2013 Capital Outlay
Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI), leading Canadian Freight railroad
announced capital investment of C$1.9 billion in 2013. The investment plan
will focus mostly on building infrastructure, equipment and technology that
will drive safety and quality service for the rail. Over the long term, we
believe these investments will support the company's growth goal by enhancing
productivity measures and network fluidity.
The company expects to spend approximately C$1 billion on developing railway
track infrastructure to enhance business networks. Further, the company aims
to direct C$700 million of its total investment on market expansion that
includes increasing distribution centre, constructing intermodal terminals and
investments in intermodal terminals.
Moreover, the company will spend approximately C$200 million on the purchase
of locomotives, intermodal equipment and vehicles. In 2013, Canadian National
expects to purchase 40 new and 37 second-hand high-horsepower locomotives.
Canadian National aims to maintain high railroading (velocity, reliability,
lower cost and asset utilization) standards. In addition, it is continuously
seeking productivity initiatives to reduce costs and leverage its assets. We
believe Canadian National's ability to transport incremental volume at a low
cost provides it with greater operating leverage.
In an effort to propel growth, the company seeks a 2–4 year capacity
improvement plan. Likewise, the company is launching a new train service from
Prince Rupert to Calgary and Edmonton to support the Calgary log park project
slated to open in 2013.
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