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|Articles - August 2011|
|Wednesday, July 20, 2011|
By Brandon Sawyer
The global sales of North American semiconductor equipment producers have bounced back from their recessionary lows of mid-2009 to levels not seen since 2007. Bookings represent the value of orders placed, and billings are the amount invoiced for products after shipment. The book-to-bill ratio compares the two values for a given period of time and is a leading indicator of demand for semiconductor products. The three-month average for May 2011, latest available, had $1.6 billion worth of orders placed and $1.7 billion shipped, resulting in a 0.97 book-to-bill ratio as 97 cents worth of orders were received for every dollar of product invoiced. During most of 2010, this ratio hovered well above 1 for the first time since 2006, showing strong demand. In recent months, the book-to-bill ratio has dipped back below 1, indicating a weaker but relatively healthy market with supply just slightly greater than demand.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
BY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER
Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?
Thursday, June 12, 2014
BY ANDREA DURBIN | OB GUEST BLOGGER
Last week, the Obama administration took an important and welcomed step in the effort to protect the health and well-being of all Oregonians by limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Oregon Business magazine won two silver awards for excellence in writing in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors Western region competition.
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An old profession is new again.
Friday, July 18, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”
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Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
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