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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTAAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FIS, MET, QCOM, CF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTC, PHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPLThe 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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05:57 EDTCFCF Industries upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
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18:03 EDTAIGAIG amends by-laws to implement proxy access
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17:16 EDTAIGIcahn liquidated eBay stake, took Paypal stake
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17:10 EDTDHISoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
16:43 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:53 EDTQCOMJANA Partners reduces stakes in Rackspace, Qualcomm
JANA Partners gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Mattel (MAT), Zoetis (ZTS), and Aramark (ARMK). INCREASED STAKES: ConAgra Foods (CAG). DECREASED STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Qualcomm (QCOM), Time Warner (TWX), Starz (STRZA), and Lions Gate (LGF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson Controls (JCI), Precision Castparts (PCP), AerCap Holdings (AER), United Rentals (URI), and HD Supply Holdings (HDS).
12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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10:25 EDTAAPLUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:37 EDTINTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTWYNNDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:16 EDTCFHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
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