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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTCF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FIS, MET, QCOMThe 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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February 19, 2015
08:50 EDTAAPLApple could return $150B-$200B to shareholders, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Apple could return $150B-$200B to its shareholders over the next three years. The firm expects the company to return 100% of its annual free cash flow to shareholders. It raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:35 EDTCVICVR Energy reports Q4 Petroleum business sales $1.77B
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08:34 EDTCVICVR Energy reports Q4 EPS (51c), may not be comparable to consensus 69c
Q4 net income negatively affected by unfavorable FIFO accounting impact of $154.6M. Reports Q4 adjusted EBITDA $81.7M. Reports Q4 revenue $1.84B, one estimate $1.84B.
08:21 EDTAAPLApple Pay faces resistance from China, MarketWatch says
Apple (AAPL) is attempting to launch Apple Pay in China, but a People's Bank of China official stated the company has not acknowledged regulators and "it's unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements,” while talks with state-owned card payment operator UnionPay "have stalled" according to sources close to the companies, reports MarketWatch. Alibaba (BABA) currently operates the similar Alipay service and an Alibaba employee stated the two companies "have stayed in contact and are preparing for several projects," but because all payments go through UnionPay, Apple's entry into the market is ultimately controlled by the state-owned firm. The Chinese government has raised numerous concerns regarding Apple Pay, and is demanding the company open a mainland China data center to house customer information. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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08:04 EDTVVisa to extend Visa Checkout service, totaling 16 markets by late 2015
Visa announced that Visa Checkout will become available in a total of 16 markets in 2015. Currently, consumers from 10 countries can sign up for Visa Checkout. By the end of 2015 Visa Checkout will be available in the following 16 markets: U.S., Australia, and Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Consumers in newly-enabled markets will first be able to use Visa Checkout to buy from merchants in the U.S., Australia and Canada that accept Visa Checkout and ship internationally. As the rollout continues, select markets will begin to incorporate issuer, merchant, acquirer, and channel partnerships to support local commerce with Visa Checkout. Visa will also launch localized Visa Checkout websites for many of these markets.
07:12 EDTIBMWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTAAPLA123 Systems sues Apple for poaching employees, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLCiti lists five reasons for why Apple shares are going higher
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February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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13:38 EDTPMPhilip Morris reaffirms FY15 EPS view $4.27-$4.37, consensus $4.32
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09:37 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTPMAltria Group sees shipping e-vapor products for international market in Q1
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08:43 EDTQCOMIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
07:59 EDTAAPLBlackBerry files copyright lawsuit against Typo Products, AP says
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07:13 EDTQCOMNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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06:52 EDTAAPLApple could bringing Touch ID to Mac, 9to5Mac says
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06:45 EDTAAPLApple Watch launching without health monitoring functions, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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05:57 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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