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Optimal Leasing LLC has operated as an independent Minority Business Enterprise Lessor with an emphasis on Capital equipment primarily IT, Data Storage, Telecom, Point of Sale, Medical and Material Handling equipment.

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U.S. factory orders barely rise; shipments fall further
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-made goods rose less than expected in January and shipments fell for a fourth straight month, offering more evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing activity.

Factory goods orders edged up 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday, held back by decreases in orders for computers and electronic products, after rising by the same margin in December.

There were also declines in demand for primary metals and fabricated metal products.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast factory orders rising 0.3 percent in January. Factory orders increased 3.8 percent compared to January 2018.

Shipments of factory goods fell 0.4 percent after dropping 0.2 percent in December. They have now declined for four consecutive months, the longest streak since mid-2015.

Factory orders are likely to remain soft as unfilled orders rose only 0.1 percent in January after dropping for three straight months.

Stocks at manufacturers jumped 0.5 percent in January after edging up 0.1 percent in the prior month.

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