@Himanshugupta, Siemens is a big company with almost $100 billion in annual revenue so the increase in its R&D budget isn't as huge as it sounds. However, you are right to wonder what the company wants to spend the money on and I agree energy will be a major part.
Hi Jennifer, increasing RnD by 500Million is really a lot. In which areas is Siemens spending apart from gas turbine? I read a report on The Economist that the emerging nations are the most enery hungry and potential targets of the energy related investments.
Great news from Siemens, and I guess it also has to do how Germany is doing, the EuroZone is going to pieces (Greece, Italy... and other to follow?) but Germany has been growing. Lets hope that it can continue to grow.
It is great news that Siemens has been growing, and not exactly surprising that they are expecting a slowdown. The good news is that they are focusing on some emerging markets, and this should help the company grow for the long term.
Interesting article, Jennifer. Any idea how other electronic giants (particularly the ones in Europe) are doing in terms of profits and growth? Comparing the performance with them will give a better idea of how Siemens is really doing.
Yes, some pixie dust would be nice. And, as the others mention, it will be interesting to see how companies who know the economy is slowing respond and if Wall Street gives them some leeway in how numbers shake out the next few quarters.
The good news is that, those companies will have a good revenue margin before facing 2012 challenges and they might do relatively well next year as the market is promising due to recent change of heads in Europe.
Jennifer, most of the companies are showing a better sales and profit rate in Q1-Q3 of 2011. But due to the economic slowdown and financial crises they are not expecting the same rate of growth and production in 2012. This is quiet natural and in such a situation, keeping a lower target is very much appreciable.
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