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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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Price target lowered to $195 from $210.
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06:36 EDTAAPL'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAAPLApple expected to show new iPads at Thursday's event, Re/code says
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06:30 EDTAAPLSolvay, Apple allegedly enter supply agreement, Bloomberg says
Solvay (SVYZY) and Apple (AAPL) have supposedly entered a supply agreement in which the Belgium chemical company will supply a type of high-performance plastic for iPhone 6 devices, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
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06:10 EDTBWABorgWarner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded BorgWarner to Buy based on valuation, strong balance sheet optionality, and outsized industry growth. Price target raised to $67 from $64.
October 13, 2014
16:55 EDTEMCEMC to acquire cloud-computing firm Cloudscaling, Bloomberg reports
EMC is acquiring cloud-computing startup Cloudscaling, which helps companies manage computers that are tied together by OpenStack, says Bloomberg Businessweek. The purchase price is less than $50M, added Bloomberg Businessweek. Reference Link
16:02 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTDHIUS Building Products & Homebuilding sector lowered at Barclays
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:19 EDTVAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:15 EDTEMCNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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October 12, 2014
17:27 EDTBWABorgWarner, Delphi Automotive, Gentex look cheap, Barron's says
BorgWarner (BWA), Delphi Automotive (DLPH), Gentex (GNTX), look cheap and promising, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
17:20 EDTQCOMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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