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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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July 15, 2014
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 revenue growth approximately 5%, consensus $54.55B
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16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.02B
Sees Q3 gross margin 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 52c
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:27 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:55 EDTAAPL, INTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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11:32 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2 and outlook
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
09:33 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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08:03 EDTIBMCajamar and IBM sign 10-year applications management contract
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07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm estimates adjusted to reflect inventory transition, says Canaccord
Canaccord adjusted its estimates for Qualcomm to reflect an ongoing inventory transition in China from 3G to 4G devices. The firm continues to expect strong growth of smartphones, the upgrade to new air interface technologies, and strong market share gains to drive sales and earnings growth. Qualcomm shares are Buy rated with a $95 price target.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:23 EDTIBM, INTCFortune to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTQCOMSamsung, HiSilicon to sell more handset solutions to vendors, DigiTimes says
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