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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTCF, DHI, PHM, PM, CVI, WYNN, SCCO, ALV, BWA, FIS, V, AIG, MET, EMC, IBM, QCOM, INTC, AAPL, AAMRQThe 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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September 18, 2014
05:31 EDTVVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visa’s holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visa’s investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
September 17, 2014
16:46 EDTAAPLApple says HealthKit apps not available until end of month
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple using own CDN, not Akamai, Level 3, for iOS 8, StreamingMediaBlog says
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14:41 EDTMETMetLife management to meet with Sterne Agee
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13:57 EDTAAPLiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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12:27 EDTAAPLNet Element shares higher by over 29% after integrating Apple services
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12:17 EDTIBMIBM cuts pay by 10% for some employees, ComputerWorld reports
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11:42 EDTAAPLVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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10:15 EDTAAPLDiscover calls active, rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, report
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10:07 EDTAAPLApple could announce new products at October event, Apple Insider says
Apple is said to be planning an event for the second half of October where it will unveil more gadgets, a source tells Apple Insider. The company may unveil a next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini which is rumored to feature the company's Tough ID fingerprint sensor. Reference Link
10:04 EDTAAPLDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
08:23 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting
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07:43 EDTAAPLApple iPhone prices could rise, says RBC Capital
After conducting a survey of consumers, RBC Capital believes that average sales prices for Apple's iPhone could rise $90 quarter-over-quarter and $65 year-over-year, while gross margins could increase as a result of higher average memory per device. The firm raised its price target on the name to $114 from $110 and keeps an Outperform rating.
07:22 EDTAAPLEarly reviews point to iPhone 6 battery life similar to iPhone 5s, BI says
After analyzing the first round of major tech publications' reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Business Insider said critics have "mixed" opinion's on the battery life of the 6 and that it "seems like" the smaller phone's battery life won't be radically different from the iPhone 5s. Reference Link
06:31 EDTAAPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
06:29 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 products sell out fast in Taiwan market, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTQCOMGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
06:17 EDTAAPLApple supplier reportedly struggling to meet iPhone demand, WSJ reports
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