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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Little guys come up short in 1st quarter | Taking Stock

When I work on the quarterly numbers for Washington companies, I find myself rooting for the little companies, the startups and the ones that are just hanging on. Most are... — Updated 4/5/2017 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Monte Cristo may be gone, but its legacy lives on | Taking Stock

Monte Cristo is now just a destination for hikers, located about 30 miles east of Granite Falls and a 4-mile hike from the Mountain Loop Highway. Little is left of the boomtown... — Updated 3/29/2017 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Unlike others, Snohomish County banks survive Great Recession | Taking Stock

The city of Seattle has decided to fire its banker, Wells Fargo. This was totally a politically motivated decision and shouldn't reflect on the bank. But, political or not,... — Updated 3/22/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Kalama and the history of transportation | Taking Stock

Kalama, Washington is a contemporary of Mukilteo and Edmonds – older than Edmonds and younger than Mukilteo. Like most towns of the era, Kalama lived and died by the transportation... — Updated 3/15/2017 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

County’s market value reaches $30-billion milestone | Taking Stock

On March 1, Snohomish County reached $30 billion in market capitalization. I had been anticipating this event since last fall when Seattle Genetics reached $10 billion in market... — Updated 3/8/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

At $20 billion, Fortive still county’s most valuable company | Taking Stock

Fortive, based on Seaway Blvd. in Everett, has become the first company in Snohomish County to reach $20 billion in market capitalization. Market capitalization is measured by... — Updated 3/1/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Washington helps S&P 500 hit record high | Taking Stock

On Monday, Feb. 13, for the first time ever, the value of the companies that make up the Standard & Poor 500 Index reached $20 trillion – a milestone and just plain a lot of... — Updated 2/22/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Fortive sales qualify for Fortune 500 | Taking Stock

For more than six months, I have been gushing that the newest, largest company in Snohomish County – Fortive – would probably qualify for inclusion on the 2017 Fortune 500 list... — Updated 2/15/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

HMS Montagu and the cost of arrogance | Taking Stock

Few have probably heard of HMS Montagu, but I would imagine that many have heard of the story of the battleship and the lighthouse. The two stories go together. The... — Updated 2/8/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Seahawk home playoff games add to local economy

The Seahawks didn’t win in Green Bay on Sunday, but Arizona lost in Miami. That puts the Seahawks’ magic number at one. One Seahawks win or one Arizona loss will confirm the... — Updated 12/14/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

2 Snohomish County companies top $10 billion | Taking Stock

Snohomish County is now home to two $10 billion companies. As of Nov. 15, Snohomish County’s heavyweights are Fortive and Seattle Genetics. Before July 5, the county had never... — Updated 11/23/2016 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Anyone remember Mosher and Manordale? | Taking Stock

We all know the southwest Snohomish County of today. Mukilteo, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier are the municipalities. But what about 100 years ago?... — Updated 11/7/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Fortive well on its way to Fortune 500 | Taking Stock

Fortive, the newest and largest exchange traded, shareholder-owned company headquartered in Snohomish County, released its third-quarter sales and earnings figures on Oct. 27.... — Updated 11/2/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Snohomish County 100 years ago | Taking Stock

We all know southwest Snohomish County of today. Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Brier are the municipalities. But what about 100 years ago? Where... — Updated 10/27/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Washington stocks set records this quarter | Taking Stock

Washington shareholder-owned companies finished the third quarter at a record high value of nearly $1.2 trillion in market capitalization. Market capitalization is measured by multi... — Updated 10/5/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Era of locust economy is gone | Taking Stock

I was looking for the headquarters of Fortive, Snohomish County's newest and largest company. I drove by a solitary coyote standing on the sidewalk of Seaway Boulevard. The coyo... — Updated 9/14/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Microsoft and Amazon top $800 billion | Taking Stock

At the close of trading on July 29, the combined market capitalization of Microsoft and Amazon was $801.6 billion. Market capitalization or market value is calculated by... — Updated 8/12/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Fortive to put Everett on world financial map | Taking Stock

The new Everett-based company Fortive is already measurable as the eighth most valuable company in Washington, and the most valuable in Snohomish County. Fortive Corp. is just... — Updated 8/3/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

There’s a new giant in Snohomish County | Taking Stock

There is a new corporate giant in Snohomish County. Fortive Corp. is became active earlier this month. Fortive is made up of former units of Danaher. In a corporate restructuring,... — Updated 7/29/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The world's most valuable companies | Taking Stock

Forbes Magazine recently released its Global 2000 list. Forbes uses a variety of databases to determine the 2,000 most significant companies in the world. Forbes measures sales, pro... — Updated 6/22/2016 Full story

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Boeing KC-46 is behind schedule | Taking Stock

Hours after the stock market closed on Friday, May 27, and everyone had left for the holiday weekend, Boeing Co. and the U.S. Air Force announced that the Boeing KC-46 refueling tan... — Updated 6/1/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

First quarter decline for Washington stocks | Taking Stock

At the end of 2015, the combined market capitalization of Washington state stocks was a record $1.074 trillion. The first quarter of 2016 didn't produce a new record. Combined... — Updated 4/6/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

All aboard the history train | Taking Stock

The Sounder commuter train travels from Everett to Mukilteo, down to Edmonds and then on to Seattle. Four trains a day each way. One hundred years ago it was a bit different. There... — Updated 2/25/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

When coal was king | Taking Stock

I recently visited Anthracite Creek, east of Skykomish. The name of the creek reminds us that once coal was important in this region. When discussing the history of Western Washingt... — Updated 2/17/2016

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

787 still not breaking even | Taking Stock

Boeing released its annual earnings on Jan. 27. Wall Street was disappointed and the shares promptly dropped 8 percent, or more than $11 a share. One of the disconcerting numbers... — Updated 2/11/2016 Full story

 

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