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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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January 20, 2015
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 Global Services segment revenue down 8%
Global Services segment revenues decreased 8% to $13.5B. Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 8 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and for currency) to $9.2B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 8% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.3B. Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 26% and pre-tax margin decreased to 15.6%. Global Business Services pre-tax income decreased 22% and pre-tax margin decreased to 16.4%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. The estimated services backlog at December 31, 2014 was $128B, flat year to year adjusting for the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and currency.
16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 EPS $5.81, consensus $5.41
Reports Q4 revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.77B.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM estimates cut by Jefferies, BofA ahead of report
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15:21 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:28 EDTIBMIBM January weekly 155 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
09:44 EDTVSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:16 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
07:11 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Price target lowered to $19 from $20.
06:38 EDTAAPLApple stops developers in Crimea from creating App Store apps, TechCrunch says
Apple has sent out emails to app developers in Crimea telling them that they can no longer develop iPhone apps, TechCrunch reports. The move is based on new U.S. sanctions against Crimea, the Russian-annexed area of Ukraine. Reference Link
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
January 18, 2015
16:07 EDTWYNNMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
13:45 EDTAAPLGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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