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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTSCCO, FIS, MET, QCOM, CF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PMThe 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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April 8, 2014
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06:07 EDTAAPLMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTAIGStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AIG
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April 7, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple slips to lows of the day, levels to watch
Shares were last at $522.56, just off the session low. At current price, next support is at $517.35. Resistance is at $527.67.
10:10 EDTIBMAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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10:00 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTAAPLInvenSense price target raised to $27 from $20 at Pacific Crest
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple sent iTV panel samples from Korean display maker, Korea Herald says
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07:51 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded D.R. Horton to Underperform given exposure to first-time buyers access to mortgage financing and low rankings of communities vs. peers in terms of average school ratings.
07:37 EDTAAPLApple considered dumping long-time ad agency, WSJ reports
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07:16 EDTAAPL, VRetailers muscle into competitive mobile payment market, Reuters says
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG loss ratio to continue to improve, says Bernstein
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06:36 EDTAAPLApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
05:55 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded its rating on Intel (INTC) shares to Outperform with a $31 price target citing improving corporate PC demand and expectations the company's Grantley server platform will drive spending at traditional IT customers in 2015. Shares of Intel closed Friday down 25c to $26.16.
April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAAPLGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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April 5, 2014
13:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm looks like a deal, Barron's says
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