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May 6, 2012
12:51 EDTPHM, WYNN, BWA, AIG, IBM, AAPL, AAMRQ, PM, SCCO, FIS, MET, QCOM, CF, DHI, CVI, ALV, V, EMC, INTCThe 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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January 26, 2016
08:49 EDTAIGAIG rallies in pre-market
The shares are up over 2.5% to $56.75 at time of writing in pre-market trading. This move up may break the short-term downtrend which would be bullish for future price. At current price next resistance is at $57.78. Support is at $55.91.
08:43 EDTDHID.R. Horton reported solid Q1 results, says JMP Securities
After D.R. Horton reported higher than expected Q1 EPS, JMP Securities thinks that the company "is the best positioned large cap builder to benefit from upside from the return of the first-time buyer." The firm recommends buying the stock at current levels and keeps a $33 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:57 EDTVVisa shares 'becoming increasingly attractive,' says Bernstein
After Visa's stock fell 7% so far this year, Bernstein says the stock "is becoming an increasingly attractive, defensive investment in a bearish market." The firm expects the company's EPS to increase 19% through 2020, and says fears about the impact of macro issues on Visa's EPS growth are overdone. Most of the company's EPS growth will come from business model changes and factors that won't be impacted by the macro performance, the firm stated. It keeps a $90 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:49 EDTAAPLApple remains a long-term attractively priced asset, says Brean Capital
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07:48 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Apple 1/29/16 call option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 42. March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 55, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today after the market close.
07:06 EDTAIGAIG sees consolidated normalized ROE about 9% by 2017
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07:04 EDTAIGAIG to pursue IPO of United Guaranty Corp in mid-2016
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07:04 EDTAIGAIG believes a full breakup in near-term would detract from shareholder value
With these actions, AIG has taken another major step in simplifying our organization to be a leaner, more profitable insurer, while continuing to return capital to shareholders and improve shareholder returns," said President and CEO Peter Hancock. "The creation of more nimble, standalone business units that can grow within AIG or be spun out or sold allows us to do what is in our shareholders' best interests." Douglas M. Steenland, AIG's Non-Executive Chairman, said, "The Board's actions reflect its full support for the plans that Peter Hancock and his management team have put forward, and we are aligned that these steps will deliver strong results while creating more options for shareholder value creation in subsequent years. After careful consideration, AIG believes that a full breakup in the near term would detract from, not enhance, shareholder value. A lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution, and there would be a loss of tax benefits. Being a non-bank SIFI is not currently a binding constraint on return of capital," said Mr. Steenland.
07:03 EDTAIGAIG says board approves organizational changes, including nine 'modular' units
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG announces targeted expense reductions of $1.6B within two years
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG board committs to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years
The Board of Directors has committed to return at least $25 billion of capital to shareholders over the next two years via buybacks and dividends without compromising the utilization of the Company's deferred tax assets; approved the IPO of up to 19.9% of United Guaranty Corporation as a first step towards a full separation; and approved the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital LLC and PSP Investments.
07:02 EDTAIGAIG announces actions, organizational changes to create leaner insurer
07:02 EDTAIGAIG says strengthens reserves by $3.6B pre-tax in Q4
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07:01 EDTAIGAIG to sell AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital, PSP Investments
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07:01 EDTAIGAIG to sell AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital, PSP Investments
06:30 EDTSCCOGrupo Mexico downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:28 EDTSCCOSouthern Copper upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:03 EDTAAPLVirnetX seeks $532M from Apple for alleged patent infringement, Bloomberg report
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06:00 EDTEMCEU to decide on Dell, EMC deal by February 29, Reuters reports
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05:15 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AXP INTC
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; American Express (AXP) 28, Intel (INTC) 27 according to iVolatility.
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