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blueeyes3371 8 posts  |  Last Activity: Feb 25, 2015 10:07 AM Member since: Jan 4, 2008
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  • "In a report published Wednesday, Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers wrote that Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) "very strong" free cash flow, coupled with its recently announced debt issuance comments that it would not be "hoarders" of cash, has left high expectations of a strong capital return message in April.

    Shares were maintained with a Buy rating with a price target raised to $150 from a previous $130.

    Rakers noted that since September 2012, Apple has returned 78 percent of its free cash flow, reduced its share count by 11.4 percent while maintaining an annualized dividend payout in the $10 billion to $11 billion, and increased its quarterly dividend per share payout by 15 percent and 8 percent in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

    "We believe Apple has more than enough capacity to increase its quarterly dividend significantly – up to $13.5 billion to $14.0 billion/annum (~$2.30-$2.40/share)," Rakers wrote. "We believe investors could look at Apple's potential dividend increase as a key proxy on the company's free cash flow expectations when considering Apple has averaged a dividend payout of ~23 percent when compared to TTM free cash flow over the past few years."

    Rakers also added that "platform effect" of Apple, and the company's strong fundamentals, will continue to resonate as a strong underlying positive for shares."

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    LVLT expands into Cyber security

    by jbpsb1 Feb 12, 2015 10:15 AM
    blueeyes3371 blueeyes3371 Feb 12, 2015 12:27 PM Flag

    "Level 3 Communications Inc. is using its position at the crossroads of global networks carrying Internet traffic to expand into cybersecurity and offer companies protection against crippling denial-of-services attacks.

    It's the largest foray into cybersecurity to date by the Broomfield-based telecom network company (NYSE: LVLT). It's also a service that customers have asked it to develop.

    Level 3 owns fiber optic network crossing the U.S., Europe and Latin America, and connecting to Asia and other parts of the globe. That network handles 40 billion data transmissions each day, giving Level 3 a look at 70 percent of world's Internet traffic at any given moment, said Chris Richter, Level 3's senior vice president of managed security services."

    Sentiment: Buy

  • blueeyes3371 by blueeyes3371 Feb 12, 2015 12:23 PM Flag

    DURHAM, N.C. — Fast Company Magazine has ranked Cree Inc. among the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies worldwide. In addition to that distinction, the company has also been ranked number one in Fast Company’s annual Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy list.

    Cree Inc. revolutionized the consumer lighting industry by delivering the first sub $10 LED bulb and extended its leadership position by rapidly developing an entire line of consumer LED bulbs. To achieve this success, Cree Inc. leveraged the experience gained from reinventing the commercial lighting industry by introducing products that approach price parity with traditional lighting without compromise, as well as its 27-year heritage in semiconductor technology. As a result, Cree LED Bulbs have become among the top-selling lighting products in the U.S. within two years of first being launched. Dedicated to continuous innovation and achieving 100 percent LED adoption, Cree Inc. continues its focus on delivering the best overall lighting experience to the consumer.

    Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2015) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/section/most-innovative-companies-2015 as well as in app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning Feb. 17.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that it will provide television broadcast video services to the NFL and NBC Sports for the presentation of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, as well as additional Super Bowl-related programming, using Level3's Vyvx VenueNet+ technology. This is the 26th consecutive year that Level 3 Communications has provided such services for the Super Bowl.

    The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched television events in the U.S. each year last year, it drew in 111.5 million viewers, which is the largest audience in television history. This year, the Super Bowl will be hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which is connected directly to Level 3's advanced fiber-optic network, enabling the TV broadcast of the event. Level 3 will also support NBC broadcasts from downtown Phoenix, which will occur in the days leading up to, and the day of, the event. In total, more than 3,000 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across Level3's Vyvx VenueNet+ platform as part of the Super Bowl coverage.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • It remains to be seen whether opposing quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady will light up the scoreboard at Super Bowl XLIX, but it’s a sure bet that Durham-based Cree will light up the stadium.

    Cree reports that the 312 LED lighting fixtures at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where Sunday’s contest is being played, feature no less than 44,928 Cree brand LEDs.

    The fixtures from Ephesus Lighting replaced traditional metal halide fixtures and are 75 percent more energy-efficient – requiring 310,000 watts of energy rather than the 1.24 million watts consumed by the prior system, according to Cree.

    Cree also notes that the LED fixtures provide nearly double the illumination of the traditional fixtures. That enabled the stadium to reduce the number of fixtures by more than half; it previously boasted 780 fixtures.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Moissanite gemstone maker Charles & Colvard announced that it has a new agreement to purchase silicon carbide crystals from Durham-based Cree that runs through mid-2018.

    The new agreement for silicon carbide, which is used to make moissanite gemstones, went into effect last week and replaces a deal that was set to expire in 2015. Morrisville-based Charles & Colvard’s new agreement with Cree also includes a two-year renewal option, subject to meeting certain conditions.

    Cree, best-known for its LED lights, primarily produces silicon carbide for its LEDs."

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    LVLT to help Noorad connect Santa's hot line phone

    by jbpsb1 Dec 5, 2014 9:54 AM
    blueeyes3371 blueeyes3371 Dec 5, 2014 10:26 AM Flag

    Ho Ho Ho!

    "Level 3 Communications, Inc. (LVLT) will assist the NORAD Tracks Santa program during the 2014 holiday season by providing voice services to the Peterson Air Force Base and North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD hosts an annual mission to track Santa Claus as he journeys across the globe to deliver presents on December 24.The popular program is centered on a live operations center manned by 1,250 volunteers, named Santa Trackers, who answer phone calls and emails from children around the world. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based center receives around 117,000 phone calls annually from children asking the whereabouts of Santa."

    Sentiment: Buy

  • blueeyes3371 blueeyes3371 Dec 1, 2014 10:12 AM Flag

    Buying opportunity.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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