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    Industrials

    How Truckload Carriers Have Returned Cash to Investors in 2Q17

    J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) raised its share repurchases by $80.0 million in 1H17 compared with 2Q16.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies: Why It Fell

    Honeywell’s (HON) Performance Materials and Technologies (or PMT) segment accounted for 22.2% of HON’s total revenue in 2Q17.

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which US Trucking Carrier Has the Best Operating Cash Flow?

    Operating cash flow is a vital parameter for judging the health of a transportation company because it points to efficiency in operating assets and liabilities.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Trucking Company Tops in Dividend Growth?

    In the second quarter 2016, Werner Enterprises (WERN) declared a dividend of $0.06 per share. That’s an increase of 20% from the corresponding period last year.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Yearly Div Article
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Does GE Have Enough Free Cash Flow to Support Dividend Growth?

    General Electric’s dividend compound annual growth rate in the last seven years ended in 2015 was 7.1%. This single-digit growth wasn’t that impressive.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Honeywell PMT Q Post
    Earnings Report

    Why Honeywell’s Performance Materials Segment Margins Declined

    In Q3 2018, Honeywell’s (HON) Performance Materials and Technologies segment was the second-largest contributor to HON’s total revenue.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///JBHT Intermodal
    Earnings Report

    J.B. Hunt’s Intermodal Revenues Grew in the Third Quarter

    In the third quarter, the Intermodal segment’s revenues were $1.22 billion—up 16% compared to $1.05 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Trade War Could Add to GE’s Operating Margin Woes

    In 2017, General Electric received $22.3 billion of its total $122.1 billion in revenues from Asia. The revenues accounted for 18.3% of GE’s total revenues.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Analysts’ Recommendations on United Parcel Service

    Of the 27 analysts covering United Parcel Service (UPS), six analysts (22%) have a “strong buy” recommendation on the stock.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts’ Recommendations for XPO Logistics before Q2 Earnings

    Currently, 20 analysts are covering XPO stock. Four (20%) of them are bullish and have rated it a “strong buy.”

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    How Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions Did in 1Q18

    Honeywell International’s (HON) SPS (Safety and Productivity Solutions) segment is its smallest revenue contributor, accounting for 13.9% of its total revenue in 1Q17 and 1Q18.

    By Peter Neil
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    Earnings Report

    What Helped Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions Revenue

    Safety and Productivity Solutions in 4Q17 Honeywell International’s (HON) Safety and Productivity Solutions (or SPS) segment is its smallest revenue contributor, accounting for 13.6% of its total revenue in 4Q17. In 4Q16, it accounted for 12.9% of its total revenue. Between 4Q16 and 4Q17, the segment’s revenue rose 14.0% to $1.5 billion from $1.3 billion. The segment’s revenue […]

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///KSU Val
    Earnings Report

    How Kansas City Southern Is Valued among Peers after 4Q17

    KSU has the lowest PE ratio of 17.7x in the peer group, most likely due to the uncertainty of the NAFTA renegotiations.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///KSU OpMar
    Earnings Report

    How Kansas City Southern Delivered on 4Q17 Operating Margins

    In 4Q17, Kansas City Southern (KSU) reported an improvement of 80 basis points in its operating margin, which rose to 36% from 35.2% in 4Q16.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Part  valuations Q
    Earnings Report

    Where Does Honeywell’s Valuation Stand Compared to Peers?

    The strong upward trend in the market has pushed Honeywell’s (HON) one-year forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple to 20.30x as of January 22, 2018.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///EPS
    Earnings Report

    Tracking the Truck Tonnage Index of US Truckload Carriers

    The ATA’s advanced seasonally adjusted index of for-hire trucks rose 3.3% to 147.6 in October 2017 on a sequential basis, from 142.9 in the previous month.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///EBITDA
    Earnings Report

    Leverage Position of US Truckload Carriers after 3Q17

    Ryder System (R) has a forward EBITDA of ~$1.8 billion against a total debt of ~$5.3 billion.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///Part  SPS Q
    Earnings Report

    Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions: Acquisition Wave

    Honeywell International’s (HON) Safety and Productivity Solutions segment is a fairly new segment and its lowest revenue contributor, accounting for 14.0% of total revenue.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///GE FCFs
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Will Free Cash Flow Halt Dividend Growth for General Electric?

    In the last ten years, GE has raised its cash dividends to common for seven of those years. The annualized $0.96 per share dividend results in a dividend payout ratio of 61.1%.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    A Freight Growth Summary for Canadian Pacific Railway in Week 25

    In this article, we’ll take a look at Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CP) overall traffic. The company’s overall freight traffic also consists of its intermodal volumes.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    HON’s Safety and Productivity Solutions Segment Rides High

    HON’s SPS segment’s strong performance was primarily driven by the acquisition of Intelligrated.

    By Peter Neil
  • uploads///KSU Operating Margin
    Earnings Report

    Kansas City Southern’s Operating Margin Rose in 1Q17

    Kansas City Southern (KSU) reported a 120-basis-point rise in its 1Q17 operating margin. KSU recorded 34.6% operating margin in 1Q17, compared to a 33.4% in 1Q16.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Why Kansas City Southern’s Energy Revenue Rose 64% in 1Q17

    In this article, we’ll examine Kansas City Southern’s (KSU) Energy freight revenue in 1Q17. In the quarter, KSU’s Energy freight revenue was $69.0 million.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    How Analysts View General Electric Leading Up to 1Q17

    In this article, we’ll review analysts’ recommendations for General Electric (GE) ahead of its 1Q17 earnings release on April 21, 2017. Wall Street analysts seem to be divided over GE.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Dividend
    Earnings Report

    Should We Expect General Electric to Raise Dividends in 2017?

    For a long time, General Electric (GE) has remained a decent dividend distributor in the S&P 500 space. The company raised its dividend per share by $0.01 to $0.24 in January 2017.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Pension Article
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing General Electric’s Pension Plan Assumptions

    General Electric’s (GE) projected benefit obligation (or PBO) calculation takes into account the average years of service, salary growth, and the discount rate.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Pension Article
    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Does General Electric’s Pension Plan Entail?

    Under a defined contribution plan, the employer contributes a fixed amount to the fund on behalf of the employee.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Pension Assumptions
    Company & Industry Overviews

    In Focus: General Electric’s Pension Plan Assumptions

    General Electric’s (GE) projected benefit obligation (or PBO) calculation takes into account the average years of service, the salary growth, and the discount rate.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Pension cost
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Deep Dive into General Electric’s Pension Plan

    After the financial crisis of 2008, many companies shifted toward defined contribution pension plans.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    GE Digital Sticks Another Feather in Its Industrial Internet Cap

    On November 14, industrial heavyweight General Electric acquired ServiceMax, a global provider of field service management software based in California.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    What’s the Rationale behind GE’s Proposed Acquisition?

    In this article, we’ll go through the rationale behind GE’s planned acquisition of LM Wind Power. According to the GWEC, worldwide wind capacity is expected to nearly double in the next five years.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Miscellaneous

    GE’s Acquisition Spree Continues with LM Wind Power

    On October 11, 2016, General Electric (GE), an industrial behemoth, said that it was set to acquire LM Wind Power for $1.7 billion.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Is General Electric Focused on Additive Manufacturing?

    General Electric’s focus on 3D printing Earlier in this series, we looked at General Electric’s (GE) expected operating margins and profit in 3Q16. In this part, we’ll look at GE’s plans in the additive manufacturing space. On September 6, 2016, GE acquired two 3D printing companies, Arcam and SLM, for $1.4 billion in cash. General […]

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Revenues
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Do Analysts Expect General Electric’s 3Q16 Revenues to Rise?

    Analysts’ estimates Analysts estimate that General Electric’s 3Q16 revenues will total $30.0 billion, up by 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. Even though energy markets are acting as a deterrent to General Electric’s (GE) overall revenues, the favorable business environment in power, aviation, and healthcare will jack up the revenues. Analysts expect the next four quarters’ revenue to […]

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Aviation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Does GE’s Aviation Segment Look Pre-3Q16 Results?

    General Electric’s Aviation segment General Electric’s (GE) Aviation segment is the second-largest contributor to the company’s overall revenues. This segment’s 22.5% operating margins in 1H16 were the largest among all eight segments reported under GE Industrial. Commercial aviation According to the International Air Transport Association (or IATA), global air traffic is expected to fall to […]

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Looking at US Truckload Carriers through Analysts’ Eyes

    In this part of the series, we’ll take a look at what Wall Street analysts are saying about US truckload carriers and how they’re rating the stocks.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///GE Dividend FCF
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Are GE’s Free Cash Flows Sufficient for Dividend Growth?

    General Electric’s 2016 free cash flows are expected to remain at $8.2 billion. This is mainly due to free cash flows of -$6.0 billion generated in 1H16.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Truckload Carrier Posted the Most Debt in 2Q16?

    Landstar System (LSTR) and Heartland Express (HTLD) have higher available cash on their balance sheets than total debt.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///KSU OpMar
    Earnings Report

    Why Kansas City Southern’s Operating Margin Rose in 2Q16

    Kansas City Southern (KSU) reported a 3% decline in 2Q16 revenues to $568.5 million on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///KSU Energy
    Earnings Report

    Kansas City Southern’s Energy Segment Lost Its Sheen in 2Q16

    Kansas City Southern’s Energy segment Previously, we discussed the revenue of Kansas City Southern’s (KSU) Agriculture & Minerals segment in 2Q16. Now, we’ll examine KSU’s Energy freight revenues in 2Q16. In the reported quarter, KSU’s Energy freight revenues came in at $37.2 million, down by 16% from $44.2 million in the same period last year. […]

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which US Truckload Carrier Holds First Place in Dividend Growth?

    Among major truckload companies, in 1Q16, Werner Enterprises (WERN) declared the highest dividend growth, at $0.06 per share, which is a 20% YoY increase.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Which Is the Least Leveraged Truckload Carrier among Major Peers?

    Among truckload companies, Landstar and Heartland have a lot of available cash compared to total debt. Swift and J.B. Hunt have high net debt-to-EBITDAs.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    The Word on the Street: What Analysts Are Saying about Truckload Carriers

    Swift Transportation has a consensus rating of 4.36 or “strong buy” among truckload carriers. Out of 22 analysts, 15 gave it a “buy” recommendation.

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///KSU Carloads
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Kansas City Southern’s Carloads, and What They Have to Do with Mexico

    In the week ending June 11, 2016, Kansas City Southern’s (KSU) total railcars declined by 8.1% YoY (year-over-year).

    By Samuel Prince
  • uploads///UNP Carloads
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Next Chapter in Union Pacific’s Carload Slump

    In the week ending May 21, Union Pacific’s total railcars declined by 13.5% YoY to ~86,000 units, which was down from ~99,000 units one year previously.

    By Samuel Prince
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    Earnings Report

    Will United Parcel Service Increase Its Dividend Payout in 2016?

    United Parcel Service (UPS) has been a consistent dividend payer for the last 20 years.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Global
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Remained Subdued in January 2016

    According to JPMorgan Chase and Markit, the global manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose slightly to 50.9 in January 2016.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Remained Soft in November

    According to J.P.Morgan and Markit, the global manufacturing purchasing manufacturers’ index fell slightly to 51.2 in November, compared to 51.3 in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
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