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Reuters reported on Wednesday that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is believed to be planning a $1 billion bond issue in Taiwan for the first ever in the country.
Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday the company is looking to expand its bond issuance in the region and plans to raise $3 billion to $4 billion in Taiwan and Australia. The publication, citing "a person with knowledge of the plans," noted that Apple will continue using the proceeds from debt offers to fund its stock buyback program and dividends rather than repatriating its offshore cash which is subject to taxes.
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Apple recently committed to returning $250 billion to shareholders through March 2018, representing an uptick from its prior pledge in which the company said it will return $200 billion by March 2017 through dividends and share buybacks.
Top 5 Restaurant Stocks To Watch For 2016: Smithfield Foods Inc.(SFD)
Smithfield Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and marketing of fresh meat and packaged meats products in the United States and internationally. The company involves in the production of hog; and produces various fresh pork, beef, poultry, and packaged meats products. It sells fresh pork to retail customers as unprocessed and trimmed cuts, such as butts, loins, picnics, and ribs; packaged meats products, including smoked and boiled hams, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli and luncheon meats; specialty products, such as pepperoni and dry meat products; and ready-to-eat prepared foods comprising pre-cooked entrees, and pre-cooked bacon and sausages. The company offers its products to supermarket chains; wholesale distributors; the foodservice industry, including fast food, restaurant and hotel chains, hospitals, and other institutional customers; export markets; and other further processors. It sells its products through its salespersons an d independent commission brokers. Smithfield Foods, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia.
- [By Victor Mora]
Smithfield Foods is a provider of fresh and packaged meat products that are seen as a staple food item for many consumers and growing populations worldwide. A takeover of the company is believed to be going through after a shareholder vote scheduled for Tuesday. The stock has been moving higher in recent years and is now trading slightly below all-time high prices. Over the last four quarters, investors have had mixed feelings about the company, as earnings have been decreasing and revenues have been rising. Relative to its peers and sector, Smithfield Foods has been a year-to-date performance leader. WAIT AND SEE if a vote to acquire Smithfield Foods goes through.
Top 5 Restaurant Stocks To Watch For 2016: Lowe’s Companies Inc.(LOW)
Lowe’s Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, home decorating, and property maintenance. It provides home improvement products in the categories of appliances, lumber, paint, millwork, building materials, lawn and landscape products, flooring, rough plumbing, seasonal living, tools, hardware, fashion plumbing, lighting, nursery, outdoor power equipment, cabinets and countertops, home organization, rough electrical, and home fashion, as well as boards, panel products, irrigation pipes, vinyl sidings, and ladders. The company also offers installation services through independent contractors in various product categories. Lowe’s Companies serves homeowners and renters primarily consisting of do-it-yourself customers and do-it-for-me customers; and commercial business customers, who work in the construction, rep air/remodel, commercial and residential property management, or business maintenance professions. As of August 15, 2011, it operated approximately 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company also offers its products through electronic product catalogs and Lowes.com. Lowe’s Companies, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is based in Mooresville, North Carolina.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We observed an earnings beat from Urban Outfitters (URBN), Target’s (TGT) lowered guidance, and Lowe’s (LOW) big earnings miss.
We highlighted Noble’s (NE) latest fleet-status report, Ed Yardeni’s optimism about and fear for the Bull market, the sacking of the CEO of Barnes & Noble (BKS), and Morgan Stanley’s upgrade ofValeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX).
5 Best Growth Stocks To Buy For 2016: MPLX LP(MPLX)
MPLX LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil, refined product, and other hydrocarbon-based products in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned a 99.5% interest in an entity, which in turn collectively owned and operated a network of pipeline systems that include approximately 1,004 miles of common carrier crude oil pipelines; and approximately 1,902 miles of common carrier product pipelines in 9 states. It also holds a 100% interest in butane cavern located in Neal, West Virginia with approximately 1 million barrels of storage capacity. In addition, the company operates crude oil and product pipelines owned by third parties. MPLX GP LLC acts as the general partner of MPLX LP. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. MPLX LP is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Lastly, Citi says Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) remain Buy rated the heels of benefits derived from strong product demand and the NGL recovery.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):
Top 5 Restaurant Stocks To Watch For 2016: Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(TTWO)
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment for consumers worldwide. The company offers its products under the Rockstar Games and 2K labels. It develops and publishes action/adventure products under the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Midnight Club, and Red Dead names through developing sequels; offering downloadable episodes, and content and currency; and releasing titles for smartphones and tablets. The company also develops brands in other genres, including the L.A. Noire, Bully, and Manhunt franchises. In addition, it publishes various entertainment properties across platforms and a range of genres, including shooter, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, and family/casual entertainment under the BioShock, Mafia, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and XCOM Enemy Unknown series, as well as Borderlands and Evolve franchises; and various sports simulation titles, including its flagship NBA 2K series, a basketball video game and the WWE 2K series. The companys portfolio of brands also comprise Carnival Games, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Spec Ops, and Top Spin. Its products are designed for console gaming systems, such as Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One; handheld gaming systems; and personal computers comprising smartphones and tablets. The company delivers its products through physical retail, digital download, online platforms, and cloud streaming services. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
- [By CNNMoney Staff]
What’s moving: Shares of Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) jumped after the company said its latest game, Grand Theft Auto V, raked in $800 million in worldwide retail sales on the first day of its release Tuesday.
- [By Ahiza Garcia]
The suit against Take-Two Interactive (TTWO) is being brought by Solid Oak Sketches, a group that holds the rights to the tattoos.
Solid Oak Sketches obtained the rights from five tattoo artists by agreeing to pay royalties based on the use of the tattoos, according to the suit.
- [By Christopher Freeburn]
On Tuesday, Rockstar Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO), released its much anticipated Grand Theft Auto V. The game allows players to navigate a large city, interacting with various unsavory and often violent criminals as they carry out missions. Players get to take part in car chases, shoot-outs and assorted examples of mayhem. The game’s latest edition remains true to the spirit of gleeful carnage found in its previous iterations, USA TODAY notes.
- [By Rich Bieglmeier]
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (TTWO) is probably going to steal the show on Wall Street today. After Wednesday’s close, the Multimedia & Graphics Software maker announced “Grand Theft Auto V” generated $800 million in global sales in the first 24 hours. Humpday yeah!
Top 5 Restaurant Stocks To Watch For 2016: Square, Inc.(SQ)
Square, Inc. develops and provides point-of-sale software worldwide. It provides Square Register, a point-of-sale system that takes care of digital receipts, inventory, and sales reports, as well as provides analytics and feedback. The company serves big and small businesses from bakeries to retailers. Its product, Square Register, is available in the App Store and on Google Play, and it is designed to run on a smartphone or tablet, and on counter. Square, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Square Inc (NYSE: SQ) shares dropped 19 percent to $10.58. Square reported a loss of $(0.29) per share and sales of $379 million. Wedbush downgraded Square from Neutral to Underperform.