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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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July 20, 2015
16:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 Global Technology Services revenues down 10%
Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, up 1% percent adjusting for currency and the divested System x business, to $8.1B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 12%, down 3 percent adjusting for currency, to $4.3B. The estimated services backlog as of June 30 was $122B, up more than 1% year-to-year adjusting for currency.
16:06 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $15.88
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16:04 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 EPS $3.84, consensus $3.78
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16:01 EDTIBM, AAPLOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:10 EDTIBMIBM July weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q2
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15:07 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
IBM July weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, August is at 23, September is at 19 compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 20.
15:01 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
13:37 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Apple July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 31, October is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 21.
13:28 EDTAAPLSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:40 EDTAAPL, IBMEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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10:45 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple rallies ahead of earnings
Shares are up over 1.3% to $131.41 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $134.54, the life high. Support is at $130.50.
09:34 EDTINTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTCFCF Industries will likely have to pay up for OCI, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray has a favorable initial view of CF Industries' potential acquisition of OCI, but feels the company will have to pay up for the assets. Piper only expects modest savings from a potential inversion given the heavily U.S. based business for CF. It still believes the deal would be accretive, however. It keeps an Overweight rating on CF with a $71 price target. Piper points out that there is a "lot of uncertainty" if a deal will happen.
06:48 EDTAAPLApple in talks to create free streaming TV channel, NY Post reports
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06:39 EDTAAPLNew iPods won't run Apple Music to prevent piracy, 9to5Mac reports
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06:31 EDTAAPLAnalysts down on Apple Watch sales, AFP reports
Certain analysts have said that Apple's new smartwatch is not a mainstream hit due its disappointingly low sales figures, AFP reports. A study from Slice Intelligence suggests that Apple Watch orders have decreased 90% since the week the device made its debut, the report says. In response, BMO Capital Markets said it told investors that they were "disappointed" and reduced their estimate for Apple Watch sales in the upcoming year, the report adds. Richard Windsor at Edison Investment Research said that even if Slice is off the mark about the plunge in Apple Watch orders, it was evident that the wearable has sold way less than even conservative expectations, AFP says. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:57 EDTAAPLApple iPhone momentum to continue in June quarter, says Piper Jaffray
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05:23 EDTCFCF Industries confirms talks with OCI N.V.
CF Industries confirmed that it is in preliminary discussions with OCI N.V. regarding a potential combination involving certain of OCI's businesses. There can be no assurances that these discussions will result in any transaction. CF Industries does not intend to comment further at this stage and any further statements will be made if and when appropriate.
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