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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTMET, QCOM, CF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FISThe 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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12:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm plummets after results and guidance disappoint, FTC probe disclosed
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11:29 EDTMET, AIGFinancial Stability Board updates list of global systemically important insurers
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10:54 EDTAIGGenworth sinks after raising reserves, taking goodwill impairments
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10:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm tumbles after results, guidance, FTC investigation
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09:59 EDTPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ANSYS (ANSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... American Eagle Energy (AMZG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... American Electric (AEP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Blucora (BCOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... ChemoCentryx (CCXI) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Cott Corp. (COT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Fox Factory (FOXF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Hormel Foods (HRL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Ironwood (IRWD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Cantor... Lloyds Banking (LYG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Neenah Paper (NP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... ProAssurance (PRA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Sykes Enterprises (SYKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Tangoe (TNGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Web.com (WWWW) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
09:40 EDTQCOM, AAPLActive equity options trading
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09:36 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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09:17 EDTAIGInvestor sentiment towards AIG overly negative, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes that AIG delivered "fairly solid" Q3 results, while investor sentiment towards the name appears to be rather negative. The firm does not believe that the company is facing any systemic challenges to its continued improvement and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
09:11 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tesla (TSLA), up 0.6%... CBS (CBS), up 2.3%... Whole Foods (WFM) up 8.4%... American Capital (ACAS), up 9.5%... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) up 6.8%... Kate Spade (KATE), up 10%. ALSO HIGHER: Planar Systems (PLNR), up 70%, upgraded at Needham following the company's Q4 results... Tableau (DATA), up 9.8%, upgraded at RBC Capital following the company's Q3 earnings report... Allergan (AGN), up 1% after disclosing in new regulatory filing that discussions between the company and another unnamed party regarding a potential merger transaction have continued and "may lead to negotiations.” DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Qualcomm (QCOM), down 6.9%... Zillow (Z), down 6.7%... PhotoMedex (PHMD), down 17.3%... Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC), down 7%... BioScrip (BIOS), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: Solazyme (SZYM), down 47%, downgraded at RW Baird, Pacific Crest and Cowen following the company's Q3 report... Genworth (GNW), down 23%, downgraded at Compass Point following the company's Q3 results... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), down 19%, downgraded at various firms including William Blair and FBR Capital following the company's Q3 report.
09:09 EDTQCOM, QCOMQualcomm risk/reward remains attractive, says CLSA
CLSA believes Qualcomm's risk/reward is still attractive, especially given cash returns, despite the messy quarter. The firm rates said shares are inexpensive and reiterates its Outperform rating with a $85 price target, down from $90.
08:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:53 EDTAIGPepsi, Amazon among many said to have secret Luxembourg tax deals, ICIJ reports
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07:51 EDTPM, PMPhilip Morris downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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07:42 EDTQCOMQualcomm has limited risk, says Oppenheimer
After Qualcomm reported weaker than expected Q3 results and provided weaker than expected full-year guidance, Oppenheimer says the misses were due to multiple difficulties in China. But the firm believes that the stock is unlikely to fall much further, given what it sees as the company's strong technology foundation and ability to return significant amounts of funds to shareholders. The firm keeps an $84 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $80 from $89 at Brean Capital
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07:32 EDTALVAutoliv management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:28 EDTQCOMQualcomm litigation issues to persist, says William Blair
William Blair attributes Qualcomm's weaker than expected results to headwinds in China related to the NDRC litigation and Chinese handset vendors continued unwillingness to pay the company royalties as well as the continuing mix shift toward low-end smartphones. The firm expects the litigation to persist in the near term, but sees "several reasons to remain positive in the long run." It keeps an Outperform rating on Qualcomm, saying the November 19 analyst day could be a catalyst for the stock.
06:40 EDTAAPLApple passes Samsung to become China's top mobile brand, CNet reports
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple may be planning glasses-free 3D display for next iPhone, MacRumors says
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06:22 EDTAAPL, IBMGlobal companies silent on local impact, transparency report shows
Transparency International issued a report saying that global companies are saying too little regarding their businesses abroad. The agency said, "The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International reveals. Ninety of the 124 companies assessed do not disclose the taxes they pay in foreign countries, while 54 disclose no information on their revenues in other countries. BHP Billiton (BHP), Eni (E), Statoil (STO) and Vodafone (VOD) scored more than six out of ten. The four companies report on a range of corruption prevention measures and disclose details of subsidiaries. However, only three companies, Statoil, Telefónica (TEF) and Vodafone score above 50% for country-by-country reporting, disclosing tax payments in almost all the countries where they operate, though not all financial data. Forty-four of the firms in the report are American, of which Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Google (GOOG) performed worst. Only two US companies publish tax payments in foreign countries, ConocoPhilips (COP) in Canada, Walmart (WMT) in Chile. Surprisingly, the sector that makes greater transparency possible is one of the least transparent. U.S. tech giants Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Google and IBM (IBM) all score less than three out of ten." Reference Link
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