Solar Battery Charger For Electronics

Solar battery charger for a personal electronics such as cell phones, laptops, cameras and more, can be used everywhere if you don’t have electric power. Solar battery chargers for a small and portable electronics don’t need any electric power or outlets. These electronic devices don’t require any external electrical sources, and are very suitable for example in the traveling areas. Also, these electronic devices can be used as chargers for cars, boats or RVs. Solar battery charger is an universal and emergency charger that can charge your specific electronics or products such as laptop or notebook computers, mobile phones, mp3, mp4, digital cameras, iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc. It uses sunshine to store the power then transform to your digital products. This kind of product is popular in nowadays as electric power shortage and good for environmental protection. Solar chargers convert light energy into DC current. They are generally portable, but can also be fixed mount. Fixed mount solar chargers are also known as solar panels. Solar panels are often connected to the electrical grid, whereas portable solar chargers are used off-the-grid, i.e. cars, boats, or RVs. A portable solar chargers obtain energy from the sun only, they still can be used in low light applications. Portable solar chargers are typically used for trickle charging, although some solar chargers, can completely recharge batteries. It can then be used to recharge a small personal device. Click to See More Energy Info

U.S. Auto Sales in November Rose

U.S. auto sales in November 2011 rose. Also, November sales were buoyed by brisk pickup truck sales spurred by lower fuel prices and greater demand from business owners. The improved performance comes as the industry recovers from the March earthquake in Japan, which triggered vehicle shortages that hollowed out dealer inventories and depressed sales during the summer. However, analysts cautioned that the recent performance of U.S. auto sales, which comes amid mounting concerns about the health of the U.S. economy, may be a function of so-called deferred demand. Deferred demand for Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Co., vehicles may have boosted sales for the month by 200,000 analysts estimated. Without this boost, the U.S. auto sales rate would hover around 13.1 million, he added. Honda and Toyota could capture a combined 23.5 percent of the U.S. market in November, up from 20 percent in October. Analysts expect Toyota’s U.S. market share to be 13.5 percent, the highest since April, before the earthquake effected supply. U.S. automakers General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. automakers are expected to sell around 12.7 million vehicles this year, according to J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive. Incentives offered by the Detroit automakers rose $241 largely due to deals on pickup trucks. These deals, coupled with a drop in fuel prices, helped boost demand for pickup trucks, which have sold well this fall. Click to See More Auto Info

U.S. Economic Activity Continued To Expand

U.S. economic activity continued to expand in October; index of leading economic indicators rose 0.9% last month, significantly faster than the revised 0.1% rise in September and the 0.3% increase in August. The economy, after growing at an anemic pace of just 0.9% in the first six months of the year, grew at a 2.5% rate in the July-September quarter. Some analysts are looking for even stronger growth in the current October-December quarter. But even the most optimistic forecasters are not predicting growth will rebound to levels that would make a significant dent in the unemployment rate, which has been stuck around 9% for the past two years. The October rebound in the leading index reflected positive contributions from building permits, the spread between short-term and long-term interest rates, a rising stock market and a slightly better employment reading. Economists said the strong October gain in the leading index and other positive reports recently had at least eased fears that the economy would be in danger of slipping into a recession.

Periodic Tests To Ensure A Stable Of U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve announced that a central bank will conduct a fourth round of stress tests in the coming weeks to determine if U.S. banks can withstand a recession. These tests are necessary to ensure a stable of U.S. economy. Federal Reserve also mentioned an increased downside risks that Europe’s debt crisis poses to financial markets and the global economy. Federal Reserve are monitoring European developments very closely, and will continue to do all that can to mitigate the consequence of any adverse developments abroad on the U.S. financial system. The central bank announced the stress tests are a key part in its ongoing efforts to make sure that banks, and the entire financial system, are stable. Banks that don’t pass the stress tests are asked to take steps to raise new capital in case of big losses. The Fed also oversees Wall Street’s biggest banks, including Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo. The Fed has performed periodic stress tests on the 19 banks it watches since 2009.

Toyota Automaker Is Recalling 550,000 Vehicles

Toyota automaker is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide including of the United States, for steering problems. The recall affects 447,000 vehicles in North America, as well as 38,000 in Japan and another 25,000 in Australia and New Zealand. In Europe some 14,000 vehicles are being recalled along with 10,000 in the Middle East and 14,000 in Asia outside Japan. Toyota’s reputation has taken a hit over the last two years due to a string of huge recalls that have ballooned to 14 million vehicles over that time, including millions recalled last year for acceleration problems. It faces damage lawsuits and lingering doubts in the U.S. about whether it had been transparent enough about the recall woes. Japan’s largest automaker has been trying to communicate better with customers and empower regional operations outside Japan to make safety decisions. The news comes a day after Toyota said its July-September profit slid 18.5 percent to 80.4 billion yen ($1 billion) on plunging sales caused by parts shortages from the tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan. The latest recall is due to the possibility that the outer ring of the engine’s crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise or a warning signal to light up, the company’s U.S. sales unit said in a press release. If the problem isn’t corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley, making it suddenly more difficult to turn the steering wheel. In the United States, the automaker is recalling 283,200 Toyota brand cars, including the 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Solara, the 2004 Avalon and the 2006 Highlander HV. Its recall of 137,000 Lexus vehicles includes the 2004 and 2005 ES330 and RX330 and 2006 RX400h. The recall notification process varies from country to country. Click To See More Auto Info

Fed Has Expressed Optimism About The U.S. Economy

Fed has expressed cautious optimism about the US economy, but also warned of significant downside risks. At the end of their two-day meeting, Fed officials said the economic recovery has strengthened since the summer in part thanks to a reversal of the temporary factors that had weighed on growth earlier in the year when the US was feeling the impact of higher oil prices and Japan’s nuclear disaster. The Fed report comes after the US’s latest gross domestic product survey showed signs of strengthening recovery in the economy. The committee said household spending had increased at a faster pace in recent months and investment in equipment and software continued to expand. But the jobs market remains a worry and the slow pace of growth means the unemployment rate will decline only gradually. The news comes as the latest jobs survey by Automatic Data Processing said the US added 110,000 new private-sector jobs in October, 10,000 more than had been expected. On Friday the US will release the latest monthly non-farm payrolls report. The US economic recovery is still being held back by construction and the housing sector remains depressed. Inflation appears to have moderated since earlier in the year as prices of energy and some commodities have declined from their peaks. Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.

October Revenue At Retail Stores Rose 3.7 Percent

October revenue at retail stores rose 3.7 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ tally of 25 retailers. Retailers hope they’ll continue to do so heading into the holiday shopping season, a period when merchants can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue. But so far, consumers aren’t giving them a clear sign. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, predicts winter holiday sales in November and December to rise 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion this year. That would be a smaller than the 5.2 percent increase last year, but higher than the average over the last 10 years. Many retailers already are beginning to offer holiday discounts to draw shoppers in early. Some also are offering layaway. And others have announced expanding hours for the Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Although October results weren’t as promising as retailers had hoped, revenue was impacted by unseasonably warm weather during beginning of the month and then a snowstorm at the end of the month. And most merchants reported revenue that was only slightly off from Wall Street estimates. Costco Wholesale Corp.’s revenue at stores open at least a year climbed 9 percent in October, for instance, slightly lower than the 9.2 percent increase analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had predicted. And Limited Brands said revenue at stores open at least a year rose 6 percent in October, down from analysts’ estimates of 6.2 percent. A few merchants reported much more disappointing results. Macy’s Inc. posted a 2.2 percent increase in revenue at stores opened at least a year, which was below the 3.6 percent increase that Wall Street analysts had expected. The department store chain said revenue was hurt in part by the snowstorm at the end of the month that kept shoppers at home and warm weather during the rest of the month that kept them from buying winter clothes.