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Chicago, IL - May 4, 2012 - 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
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Research in Motion Ltd
The Andersons, Inc.
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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst
Nokia Fights Patent Battle
) has entered into a legal battle claiming that its patents have
been violated by rivals
Research in Motion Ltd
), HTC and Viewsonic Corp. The case has been filed in U.S. and
Germany against infringements of Nokia's dual function antennas,
power management for mobile devices and various software related
Presently, Nokia is in dire straits, losing on every front.
Nokia remains severely challenged owing to stiff competition,
) iPhone, and an array of other smartphone manufacturers using
) Android platform. In this situation if the company fails to
protect its patent portfolio, the outcome can be worse.
The company has the strongest patent portfolio in the wireless
industry and has spent almost $62 billion in the last two decades
in research and development. Nokia possesses a very strong
portfolio of around 10,000 patents.
Furthermore, the company has patent licensing agreements with
around 41 mobile handset manufacturers who can use its patents. The
company earns a healthy royalty income from this licensing
agreement. Recently, the company has lost its title as the world's
biggest mobile manufacturer to Samsung Electronics. We believe that
Nokia will fight till the end to protect its patent.
For quite some time now Nokia has been defending its patents
against other handset manufacturers. Last year, the company filed a
lawsuit against iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc. for some of its
patents which were settled after Apple agreed to pay a one-time
payment and royalty fees.
In this current round of litigation, Nokia has sued HTC for
unauthorized use of its proprietary innovations which are not
widely licensed. They have also accused California-based tablet
maker Viewsonic corp. of infringing four patents relating to 3G and
Wi-Fi technology industry standards. According to Nokia, they just
want to stop the illegal use of their proprietary technologies in
Therefore, we retain our long-term Underperform recommendation
on Nokia. Currently, Nokia has a Zacks #5 Rank, implying a
short-term Strong Sell rating.
The Andersons Buys Ethanol Biz
The Andersons, Inc.
) has completed the purchase of an ethanol facility
in Denison, Iowa from Amaizing Energy Dennison LLC and
Amaizing Energy Holding Company, LLC.
The new plant consists of an ethanol production facility with an
adjacent 2.7 million bushel grain terminal. It will carry out its
operations in the west of Mississippi. It would be included in the
Ethanol Group of The Andersons Dennison Ethanol, LLC, a subsidiary
of Andersons. The Ethanol Group generated nearly about 12.7% of the
total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Andersons Denison Ethanol LLC was formed to offer investment
opportunities for The Andersons as well as outside investors. The
Andersons will manage the operations, and provide grain
origination, risk management, and DDG and ethanol marketing
The Andersons' Ethanol Group already manages the operations of
three plants - Andersons Albion Ethanol LLC in Michigan, The
Andersons Clymers Ethanol LLC in Indiana and The Andersons Marathon
Ethanol LLC in Ohio.
This is Andersons' first ethanol plant in west Mississippi.
Through this acquisition, Andersons will extend its geographical
boundaries, to diversify and augment the customer base in its
Ethanol Group. It will extend both production and marketing
services in area.
The new facility is expected to render greater efficiency to the
grain market and other, related services of grain producers based
in Iowa. In addition, the new plant would complement the Iowa
Northern Railway Company and Lansing Trade Group LLC.
Andersons generates the majority of its revenue from the Grain
and Ethanol Group. It contributed nearly 80% in the fourth quarter
of 2011. The company makes constant efforts to upgrade the business
and strengthen its market position in the face of growing
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