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The Country Caller reviews how Donald Trump is affecting the shares of the defense company

Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) is expected to face two main risks with its business and revenues in the year 2017. These risks are the decline in profit margin in its commercial airplane business and secondly, the risk associated with the coming of President-elect Donald Trump and his associated trade policy agenda.

A strong correlation is found with the average age of Boeing’s planes and commercial operating margins. The signs that drive these profits are also very much visible and their life is visible in the market in which it operates.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has adopted very protectionist trade policies. Whether this will be the actual case when he resumes office or not, only time will be able to tell. Donald Trump will support US-based companies, providing jobs to the US, and not costing to the country in the larger sphere.

Stock Update

Boeing has been assigned Underperform rating at RBC, due to market being inferior. The market for next generation fighter and bomber planes is slowly sliding down. RBC has also assigned a target price of $136.

The company stock traded at $157.03, sliding 1.50% as at 10:46 AM EST. It trades in the 52-week range of $102.10-160.07. The company possesses a huge market capital of $97.15 billion. The stock has a year-over-year (YoY) increase of 19.07%, and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23.90. The company has earnings per share (EPS) of 6.57.

The successor to Polaris will introduce high-end GPUs to the market

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMD) Radeon RX-480’s launch has carved the path for upcoming GPUs. Vega, which is the successor to AMD’s current Polaris architecture and will lead the way next year, as per the company’s official roadmap shared earlier this year.

Fudzilla is reporting that the first GPU in Vega 10 lineup could see a release as early as Q1 2017 or in the first half of 2017. The report goes in line with AMD’s official roadmap which projects Vega’s arrival for Q1 2017. Last month, Radeon Technology Group’s Raja Koduri met with Vega’s development team in Taiwan to celebrate a new milestone. The milestone is something no one knows about but it should be a big one considering it called for a celebration.

In light of this news, anticipation rose that Vega could see a launch earlier, but the excitement was shot down when Raja Koduri said Vega is still a long way to go. Now the report confirms this that we should not expect Vega to launch before next year. AMD is keeping 2016 exclusively for Polaris 10 and Polaris 11.

Speaking of Polaris 10, there was a common assumption that we could see the addition of RX-490, which will fill the high-end slot that is currently left open. This GPU will be the answer to NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) GTX 1070. But a recent revelation has ruled out any possibility for RX-490 in Polaris 10. AMD’s Senior Product Manager, Evan Groenke, confirmed that Polaris 10’s full configuration has 36 Compute Units. Unless there is another Polaris performance segment that AMD has kept under wraps, RX-490 is not happening in Polaris.

Now that Vega is the only logical candidate for a high-end entry and it is going to be a pretty long wait for AMD fans. High-Bandwidth Memory 2 will be introduced with Vega, but it’s unlikely AMD will adopt such as expensive solution for a GPU like RX-490. It is reserved for Fiji successors that will take on NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti.

Tesla contractors at solar panel factory in Buffalo NY have not been paid by the state since September

With the acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) inherited a solar panel factory at Riverbend in South Buffalo, New York. Though, the automaker actually took over a free lease for the factory called Gigafactory, as the State of New York paid $750 million for its construction equipment. Therefore, the state technically owns it, according to Electrek.

The Buffalo News reported Monday that an on-going investigation has been causing delays in payments to contractors and subcontractors. The plant’s contractor LPCiminelli has been charged with illegal lobbying to get selected for the construction of $900 million project.

Therefore, the contractors have not been paid over for the last three months. They received last payment in September for the work they completed in July. The payment delays led to layoff of some workers at the site this spring. Though, fortunately for Tesla, it had no impact on the timeline of the projects underway at the factory, where construction is nearly completed.

Empire State Development President, Howard Zemsky, said in a statement: “Everyone will get paid for their work, but in light of the investigation, the payment process has extra layers of review and takes additional time.” However, he did not disclose when the state will make its next payment to contractors.

Tesla’s new 1.2 million-square-foot factory is being built under an agreement between the state and a solar panel startup, Silevo, which was acquired by SolarCity in 2014. The solar installer took over the Gigafactory last month, a couple of weeks before the official merger with Tesla.

In October, The Country Caller reported that Tesla strengthened its partnership with Panasonic Corporation, as the Japanese company will manufacture solar cell and modules at the Buffalo factory. Tesla will start production of solar panel and solar roof there next year. Panasonic’s solar cell technology combined with SolarCity’s Silevo technology will be used to build solar modules for the automaker’s residential and commercial projected, Electrek noted.

Tesla Motors Inc mass market upcoming Model 3 is expected to face no delays for its roll out according to Global Equities

Tesla Motors Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 is being marketed as a mass market product and has therefore attracted a lot of concern. Tesla has not yet proven its production capabilities with its Model S and Model X customers having to wait years to get a hold of their model. Global Equities however is confident that the company’s production ramp is in position with new information surfacing regarding the amount of preparation Tesla has given to its newest model. The sell side has an Overweight rating on the company’s stock as well as a $385 price target.

According to a note from Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities, just a day before Tesla’s Model 3 event, the Model 3’s chassis design was already ready in 2015. The Model 3 event is where potential Tesla customers will get their first chance to get an eyeful of the newest model. Global Equities’ previous coverage has pointed out their views regarding how well Tesla has improved its production platform and learnt from its mistakes. The latest news however is regarding the fact that Tesla’s Model 3 chassis was designed by Aston Martin’s Chris Porritt who also worked on the chassis for the luxurious and futuristic Model X. Porritt has apparently been working on the chassis for the car since 2014 and is a well-respected designer.

Previous notes by Global Equities highlighted the fact that the Model 3 would be using steel instead of aluminum which would not only shed material, labor and production costs for Tesla but also simplify the production process and allow the rate of production to be doubled. While steel will add more weight to the car, the tradeoff is that steel workers are easy to find and cheaper with respect to aluminum. Steel also costs less and is not only easier to work but easier and more cost effective to repair in case of damage. All these factors will allow Tesla to roll out the car on time and ensure a smooth and fast production process.

 

An in-depth comparison of two best 2-in-1 tablets available in the market

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has quite comfortably dominated the two-in-one tablet industry with its strong lineup of Surface Pro devices. The Surface Pro 4 is currently one of the best available two-in-one tablet/laptop in the market and only a few came close to the brilliance it offers. Huawei has certainly been inspired by the success accumulated by Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, which has led to the release of the Huawei MateBook, but let’s see if it can match or even overcome the power of the Surface Pro 4.

Design:

The Surface Pro 4 has an elegant design and its body is made of magnesium alloy, which gives it a very premium feel. The Huawei MateBook is certainly good too, as it is crafted with an aluminum design. The design of the former has a significant advantage over the latter because the former has an inbuilt kickstand, whereas the latter requires the use of a separately sold keyboard cover to act as a kickstand. Huawei MateBook offers a built-in finger print sensor but Surface Pro 4 requires a separately sold keyboard with a built-in fingerprint reader.

Display:

The Surface Pro 4 has one of the best display screens on a tablet, which can easily hold elegance among the very best displays on offer. It sports a 12.3-inch high-resolution Pixel Sense display that offers 2736×1824 pixels per inch. Huawei MateBook offers a slightly smaller 12-inch display screen with resolution of 2160×1440 pixels per inch. A great benefit of owning Surface Pro 4 is a facial recognition sensor located on top of its display screen, which gives better security to the device as compared to Huawei MateBook.

Hardware:

The Huawei MateBook comes in a standard model, which is powered by dual-core 3.1GHz Intel processor. The sixth generation Intel processor on the MateBook is backed by 4GB of RAM. The device offers an impressive internal storage of 128GB. However, Surface Pro 4 comes in three different variant options and gives users the freedom to choose from a range of different configuration option. It is offered in Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processor that is clocked at 900 MHz, 2.4GHz and 2.2GHz respectively. Surface Pro 4 is completely configurable according to users’ needs, so it supports RAM from 4GB to 16GB. The storage option offered for the Surface Pro 4 includes 128GB, 512GB or a whopping 1TB.

Verdict:

It is little surprise that the powerful specifications and the option to completely configure Surface Pro makes it more powerful device than Huawei MateBook. This does not mean that Huawei MateBook is not a capable 2-in-1 device because it offers very impressive specs that are coupled with an in-built finger print reader. If you have extra cash to burn, then definitely go for Surface Pro 4 but Huawei MateBook is a safe option as well.

The upcoming Surface Book 2 is highly tipped to outperform the next generation MacBook Pro

Both Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are highly expected to be working on their respective next generation laptops which will directly compete with one another for supremacy. However, the latest rumors are speculating that the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 2 could potentially outperform and outmuscle the next generation MacBook Pro.

Reliable sites are stating that the upcoming Surface Book 2 will be powered by the seventh Generation Intel Kaby Lake processor which would not only make the device super-fast but also significantly efficient as compared to its predecessor model. The incorporation of the latest Intel processor could be a huge advantage for the Surface Book 2 over the next generation MacBook Pro, as the latter is rumored to feature the sixth generation Intel Skylake processor. Also, there are rumors that the Surface Book 2 will feature an upgraded 4K resolution display in its high-end versions which would be perfect for the efficiency of the Intel Kaby Lake processor. However, a Skylake processor will be less effective at keeping up with the powerful demand of a 4K display which is why the next generation MacBook Pro is not expected to sport such an advance technology. Furthermore, the Surface Book 2 will also give users the added benefit of working with the device’s Surface Pen which can prove to be very handy while designing and inputting data. Also, the Surface Book 2 should run on the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 2 operating system which would further boost the device’s performance.

Microsoft is not expected to release its next generation Surface Book until early 2017, so there will be numerous reports regarding the possible specifications of the upcoming device. However, judging on the latest reports, it seems the wait will be worth it, as Microsoft looks to get the better of one of its biggest rivals.

With the Beijing Auto Show setting up stage for the world’s auto makers to showcase their vehicles, there is a lot of talk about a smashing Tesla electric car coming from China

Competition wows are nothing new to Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) and with the latest auto show kicking off in Beijing, China, the hunt for the next potential “Tesla killer” is on once again. Quoting  comments from a leading China-based analyst for auto research firm IHS Automotive, a recent CNBC report said that at least 10 startups backed by venture capital firms as well as other more established Chinese auto makers are trying to take on Tesla with their own versions of high-tech electric vehicles.

A Bloomberg report further claims the Chinese electric vehicles space has seen an investment injection of an estimated 37 billion Yuan ($5.6 billion) spurred by meaty government incentives, heavily favoring domestically manufactured clean-energy vehicles. Apart from being the world’s largest auto market, China is also one of the main countries being affected by rapidly-escalating pollution problems.

At the ongoing Being Auto Show several startups and seasoned players like BYD Co. are out displaying their futuristic electric vehicle technology that they vow will mark unique distinctions and disruptions. Chinese electric vehicle startup ‘LeEco LeSEE’ has unveiled a concept electric car resembling Tesla’s upcoming Model 3 with a grille-less nose. One of the spearheads for the startup is shared by a similar startup ‘Faraday Future’ that itself showed off its FFZero1 concept – a futuristic electric car that the company plans to build at a proposed 900-acre factory that it recently began developing in Nevada. Furthermore, a new Chinese vehicle brand Cowin Motors displayed its upcoming electric SUV X3 built on a design that the company funded out of a crowdsourcing campaign.

Among the more established auto makers flaunting their electric vehicle technology are Jianghuai Motor Co., maker of large commercial trucks as well as compact city cars, which showed off new styling for its electric vehicle lineup, including the 1EV6E. On the other hand, Warren Buffet-backed BYD is displaying its new EV 300 sedan.

Despite the rising competitive threat, Tesla has recently had some positive developments to brag about as well. The company unveiled its forthcoming mid-priced sedan, the Model 3, late last month and has since bagged nearly 400,000 orders for it. The development tops already strong sales profile for the Model S premium sedan and the Model X crossover, both of which have led Tesla to flaunt an ambitious vehicle delivery target of at least 80,000 units this year, up from slightly more than 50,000 units sold all over the world in 2015.

The development took place after a majority of NetSuite shareholders voted in favor of the acquisition

Computer technology giant Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) announced that it will officially seal the acquisition of San Mateo based cloud computing company NetSuite Inc. (NYSE:N) in a $9.3 billion deal on Monday. This translates into a value of $109 per share. Although a major NetSuite shareholder, T.Rowe price Group had earlier stated that the company will seek additional offers, as it insisted to finalize a deal at $133 per share. The deal was finalized earlier today. .

The development took place after a majority of NetSuite shareholders voted in favor of the acquisition. NetSuite had received acquisition offers from other cloud computing giants such as Salesforce.com and Workday Inc. The acquisition offer was welcomed by shareholders of the cloud computing giant, as shares rose to $109, following the news. However, the argument by T.Rowe price group created concern among investors, as shares plummeted to $90. Now that the matter has been decided, we might again see a bull dominated session on Monday.

The deal would create positive synergies ahead, as Oracle and NetSuite have similar offerings. Historically, Oracle has not been one of the major players in cloud computing, thus the deal would indeed be a boost for the $155.4 billion technology giant. This is perhaps the biggest development over the weekend, while it will be interesting to see how investors of Oracle respond on Monday.

The street has held bullish views for both companies, as the consensus price target for Oracle Corporation offers over 20% upside, while NetSuite remains fairly valued. However, we may expect sell side firms to change their ratings on Monday before market. Considering the current market conditions, share price of Oracle may further decline until the external conditions improve.

Here’s how you can increase your chances of finding 10 KM eggs

In Pokemon GO, apart from hunting for the few extremely rare Pokemon in the game, the next best thing are 10-kilometer Eggs, as they give the players a chance at getting those few rare Pokemon without having to go and look for them.

Those of you who are thinking that if these Eggs give players a chance at finding those rare Pokemon without having to go and look for them, then why aren’t Pokemon trainers hunting for Pokemon in the first place, they should just get these. Well, we’ll tell you why.

Firstly, to crack open these Eggs, trainers have to walk for at least 10 kilometers which is quite a lot for someone in this day and age. Secondly, the Pokemon you get from these eggs are based on chances and those few rare Pokemon which we have been talking about, have very little chances of hatching from these Eggs. And the third reason is why we are here today.

Coming across these 10 Km Eggs in Pokemon GO are very rare on their own as not all Pokestops give players 10 Km Eggs. These eggs are the rarest of all the types available in the game. And since you can’t discard eggs, it gets even harder as you have to hatch the previous eggs first, in order to make space for future eggs.

But don’t you worry as our dedicated Pokemon trainers have assembled a list of things you can do, to increase your chances of coming across 10 Km Eggs in Pokemon GO. So let’s get started.

Hatch all the Eggs together

This is one of the simplest tricks in the game. However, having said that, not many people are aware of this, which is why we are talking about this today. In Pokemon Go, the maximum number of Eggs, one trainer can have at a time is 10 and since you can purchase additional incubators, you can hatch all of those eggs at the same time.

So let’s say, you have five 2 Km Eggs, four 5 Km Eggs, and one 10 Km Egg. You put the 10 Km Egg in an incubator and start walking. When you have reached the 5 Km mark on the 10 Km Egg, you put all four of the 5 Km Eggs, for incubation. Now when 2 Km is left in all of your Eggs, you add in the remaining of your Eggs (you five 2km Eggs) in their designated incubators.

This way all of your Eggs will hatch at the same time. This will give you an empty inventory for your new Eggs and hence, give you the highest chances of finding 10 Km eggs.

2. Find the “Lucky” Pokéstop

According to several Pokemon GO players, there are “Lucky” Pokestops scattered throughout the world. These Pokestops give the players a guaranteed 10 Km, if they have an empty Egg slot that is. However, keep in mind this is based on speculation and is not confirmed by the developers.

Having said that, we advise you to keep a track of all the Pokestops which have given you a 10 Km egg. This way you can go back to these Pokestops and see, if what these Pokemon GO players have said, is true or not.  

Comment below and let us know what you think of our guide mentioned above. Tell us if our guide has helped you increase your chances of coming across 10 Km Eggs.

PC gaming would be on its way to the golden period if Microsoft can use this feedback

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has launched a survey to learn what could improve the gaming experience on PCs and to create the most optimal operating system for personal computers. The company is set to launch the Play Anywhere platform on September 13 starting with ReCore, and extending to popular titles like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4.

On the first page of the survey, it is stated that “the best Windows yet for gaming” would be developed by using the feedback and information provided by the users. Also, no personal identification of any user would be made public from the responses in the survey.

Starting off, the survey asks about the gaming platforms that a user owns including the operating systems, and inquires the tentative amount of time that a user spends on gaming on their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Moving on, the survey inquires the specs, estimated price, and whether a particular user bought a gaming PC or built it on his own. Later, peripherals and accessories used in gaming are also asked in the survey.

Questions about games are also mentioned in the survey. Genres, subscription or free-to-play, and pirated, if any! Some open-ended and opinionated questions are also included in the survey, like “What would improve your gaming experience?” and “What changes or new features would make it better?” For response to these questions, the survey gives 1,000 words to record their answers.

Microsoft holds in its hands an instrument to make all the changes that a user would ever ask for, if the surveys are employed effectively. If this power could be harnessed, the company would be able to create a platform that would be optimized and configured to no end to improve the experience, and without putting a lot of legwork to determine what it needs to do to create that platform.