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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTIBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FIS, MET, QCOM, CF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIGThe 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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November 10, 2014
15:26 EDTDHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings DR Horton (DHI), consensus 48c; Sabre (SABR), consensus 26c; AECOM Technology (ACM), consensus 82c; CST Brands (CST), consensus 57c; Qiwi plc (QIWI), consensus 36c; INSYS Therapeutics (INSY), consensus 29c.
15:17 EDTVCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
14:22 EDTDHID.R. Horton volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:59 EDTDHID.R. Horton technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed, trading up over 15%. Over the prior year the shares have traded in a range largely contained by $20 at the low and $25 at the high. Ahead of earnings, the stock is trading closer to the top of the range. When looking at a long-term chart, 10-year basis, the price action from March 2013 until now appears to be a symmetrical triangle in formation. That pattern would be a bullish continuation pattern given the uptrend that preceded its formation. On strong news and outlook, a move above $25 would trigger that pattern. Upside objectives could be at resistance at $25.97, $27.75, and $29.22. If the news disappoints, the lower bound of the triangle could be tested at the $20 area. A breakdown below $20 would void the pattern. Support levels that could become downside objectives would be at $18.99, $17.60, and $16.32.
12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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12:07 EDTCFUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
10:04 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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08:19 EDTBWABorgWarner expects powertrain business to drive CAGR of 10%-12% through 2017
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07:51 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded PulteGroup to Buy from Neutral. The firm's checks indicate PulteGroup's order growth is at a positive inflection point and its balanced approach to capital allocation will drive EPS accretion. Price target raised to $25 from $23.
07:44 EDTMETMetLife could challenge SIFI designation, WSJ reports
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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07:12 EDTV, IBMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:08 EDTMETCredit Suisse to hold a conference
2014 Boston Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Boston on November 10-11.
06:28 EDTQCOMReport: TSMC may buy Qualcomm Taiwan factory, DigiTimes says
TSMC (TSM) is considering an acquisition of Qualcomm's (QCOM) Taiwan factory to expand its packaging and test business, reports DigiTimes. Citing a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, the Qualcomm factory will be acquired for several billion NT dollars. Reference Link
06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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