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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTDHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FIS, MET, QCOM, CFThe Barron's 500 for 2012 honors companies with strong financial performance
The Barron's 500 is our annual salute to companies that have done the best job of growing their businesses. The lists seeks to identify companies with superior financial performance. To receive an "A" this year, companies had to log sales growth of 22% in their latest fiscal year. This year's top-ranked company in the No.1 spot is CF Industries Holdings (CF). Technology names are well represented toward the top of this year's list, with Apple (AAPL) landing at No. 2, and Intel (INTC) at No. 6. Other tech stalwarts high on the 2012 list include Qualcomm (QCOM), EMC (EMC) and IBM (IBM). Few financial companies have landed near the top of the Barron's 500 in recent years, but insurer MetLife (MET) cracked the top 10 this year, moving up to No. 9 from No. 124 - based on its $16.3B acquisition of American Life Insurance Co., or Alico. from American Int'l Group (AIG) in November 2010. Some regulars, that generate lots of cash flow, have returned to top spots again: Visa (V) is among the top 10 again this year, while Fidelity National Information Svcs (FIS) is No. 25, down from No. 3 last year. Both companies could enjoy tremendous operating leverage as business improves.Barron's says. The auto industry's revived fortunes are apparent, as several industry suppliers have risen in the rankings. BorgWarner (BWA) clocks in at No. 19, up from No. 46 in 2011, and Autoliv (ALV) is No. 21, advancing from No. 89 last year. Many commodities-focused companies also fared well, including No. 3-ranked Southern Copper (SCCO). Also making the cut to join the club were: Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and CVR Energy (CVI). Philip Morris (PM), which garnered the No. 7 spot this year, is up up from No. 34 last year, as it grew revenue by 14% in 2011. Home builders PulteGroup (PHM) and D.R. Horton (DHI) aren't included this year because their sales fell below Barron's cutoff. American Airlines' parent, AMR (AAMRQ), was disqualified when it filed for bankruptcy protection. Other companies, such as BJ's Wholesale Club, were acquired. In all, 32 names that were on the 2011 list are absent this year, replaced by newcomers such as CF Industries. Reference Link
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07:10 EDTAAPLSoftbank, Foxconn form JV to make robots, Nikkei reports
Softbank (SFTBF) and Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn will set up a joint venture to make robots, The Nikkei reports, citing sources. According to the sources, the JV may first focus on mass production of Pepper, a home robot that can respond to human emotions and requests, and plan to initially make around 10,000 units annually. The JV may also market the robot and potentially other models globally. Reference Link
06:32 EDTMETMetLife files brief challenging ‘too big to fail’ label, NY Post reports
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June 16, 2015
17:49 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal AIG ruling, WSJ says
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16:22 EDTAIGStarr International to appeal court decision on AIG damages, CNBC says
16:01 EDTAAPLApple Twitter Facebook Bank of America Yahoo Netflix Alibaba WisdomTree Coca-Cola Goldman Sachs Micron General Electric
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
15:19 EDTAAPLMonster says Apple revoked license folowing Beats lawsuit, WSJ reports
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14:53 EDTAAPLMobileIron up 8% after TechCrunch discloses partnership with Apple
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14:48 EDTAAPLMobileIron working with Apple for iPad applications, TechCrunch says
Apple (AAPL) is working with MobileIron (MOBL) to help deploy applications into the enterprise, TechCrunch reports. Reference Link
10:16 EDTQCOMApplied Micro may be more open to takeover, The Deal reports
The addition of hedge fund investor Christopher Zepf to Applied Micro Circuits' (AMCC) board may signal the company has become more open to being acquired, The Deal reports. The company could be an attractive target for Qualcomm (QCOM), industry sources told the website. Reference Link
10:01 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:51 EDTAAPLApple stores begin selling Apple Watch, BGR reports
Apple stores around the country have begun to receive shipments of the Apple Watch for sale, reports BGR. According to sources, the stores can sell the device for sale through in-store reservations for personal pickup after an online purchase. There's no word on the product mix at this point. Reference Link
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:51 EDTAIGCourt decision removes AIG overhang, says Bernstein
After a judge ruled that the government's bailout of AIG was illegal but awarded no damages, Bernstein says that AIG will most likely not have to pay any damages as a result of the lawsuit. The firm believes that the decision is a significant positive catalyst for the stock, It keeps a $65 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:22 EDTAAPLApple iPhone demand holding up better than expected, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says its initial estimates of iPhone component orders for the September quarter indicate that iPhone demand should hold up better than it had previously expected. The firm adds that iPhone demand appears to have remained solid in recent months, which should enable Apple's Q3 EPS to beat expectations. Pacific Crest adds that its more upbeat view on the iPhone is "somewhat offset" by its less positive outlook on Apple Watch sales. Nevertheless the firm thinks that the iPhone's improved outlook reduces the stock's downside risk. However, it keeps a Sector Weight rating on the shares.
08:08 EDTWYNNMacau Q2 estimates lowered below consensus at Morgan Stanley
Following a trip to Macau, Morgan Stanley said the market is still far from a turnaround and trends are still weakening. The firm does not expect Q2 to-date GGR results of (36%) to improve, below its prior estimate of (30%), and lowered forecasts. Morgan Stanley's Q2 Macau property-level EBITDA estimate for MGM Resorts (MGM) falls to $121M vs. consensus of $141M, Wynn Resorts (WYNN) lowered to $200M vs. consensus of $210M, and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) drops to $521M vs. consensus of $549M.
07:27 EDTFISFIS analysis shows 'considerable' upside potential, says Citi
Citi says its sum-of-the-parts analysis for FIS shows "considerable" upside potential from current share levels. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $71 price target.
07:17 EDTAAPLUber previously had talks with Apple, Starbucks on logistics tie-up, WSJ says
Uber was reportedly in talks “in recent months” with Apple (AAPL) and Starbucks (SBUX) to create partnerships to help build its same-day product delivery program, but both companies instead went with startup courier service Postmates, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber launched its logistics service a year ago with plans to sign up with “dozens” of retailers, yet has announced partnerships with only six, the report says. Eat24, owned by Yelp (YELP), and GrubHub (GRUB) also held discussions with Uber but haven't reached any agreements, the report says. Reference Link
07:11 EDTAIGSurprise AIG ruling may make future bailouts unlikely, even if needed, NYT says
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06:39 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Joshua Shanker downgraded AIG to Hold citing valuation with the stock near his price target of $64. Yesterday's Starr court decision removes some overhangs, and the stock is "not without positive catalysts," Shanker tells investors in a research note. Nonetheless, the analyst thinks outperformance in the first half of 2015 has brought the stock around the levels where it will be trading at this time next year. Shares of AIG closed yesterday up 69c to $62.58.
06:13 EDTAAPLAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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