Recent News and Analysis
- ViaSat, Inc. - New Contracts Result In Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Gain; Stock Advances
- Autodesk, Inc. - Shares Slip On Sluggish First-Quarter Results And Tempered Guidance
- Aruba Networks - Disappointing Fiscal Third-Quarter Results Send Shares Sliding
- Dell Inc. - Stock Barely Moves Despite Poor April-Quarter Results
- Eagle Bulk Shipping - Settlement Lifts First-Quarter Results; Stock Trades Higher
- Wal-Mart Stores - April-Period Results Disappoint; Shares Dip
- Cisco Systems - Stock Surges On Solid April-Period Report
- Computer Sciences - Mixed Fourth-Quarter Results Draw The Ire Of The Investment Community; Stock Declines
This article touches on the importance of having an understanding of balance sheet considerations when investing, particularly during tougher economic times. We describe Value Line’s Financial Strength ratings system, and list the main factors that determine individual categories. We also note some of the different capital structures among industries.
The Foreign Electronics/Entertainment Industry is comprised almost exclusively of Japanese companies. These firms, which possess some of the world's oldest and most recognizable brand names, have their roots in the electronics business. But many, during the boom times of the 1980s, acquired entertainment outfits in order to benefit from the marriage between consumer content and audio-visual hardware and software. The companies here are a diverse mix, marketing everything from copy machines, digital cameras and flat-panel televisions to power plants and blockbuster Hollywood-style movies.