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Did You Know.....

By: Ted Allrich
Posted: 2/1/2011 1:32:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: AAPL;AMB;AMGN;AZN;BLL;BRKA;COH;DD;DUK;GE;INTC;MSFT;QCOM;SJM;XOM;YUM

Coca-Cola has over $13 billion in cash.

The top 5 companies (according to Market Cap) are:
       Exxon Mobil (XOM) $398.3 billion 
       Apple (AAPL) $309.0 billion
       Microsoft (MSFT) $237.5 billion
       General Electric (GE) $215.0 billion
       Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) $202. 5 billion
(Market Cap is the number of shares times the price of the stock.)

These companies are buying back their shares:
       Intel Corp.                           (INTC) $10 billion worth
       Fidelity national Financial (FNF) 10 million shares
       Yum! Brands                       (YUM)    $750 million worth over 18 months
       Altria                                     (MO)    $ 1 billion
       AstraZeneca                        (AZN)    $ 4 billion
       Ball Corp.                             (BLL)    20 million shares
       J. M. Smucker                      (SJM)      5 million shares
       Coach                                    (COH)  $1.5 billion

These stocks are splitting:

       Ball Corp.     2 for 1  Pay date: 2/15 (BLL)
       Potash          3 for 1  Pay date: 2/24 (POT)
       Eaton Corp.  2 for 1 Pay date: 3/1   (ETN)
       Hormel Foods  2 for 1 Pay date: 2/14

These stocks are merging or being acquired:

       Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) to buy Massey Energy (MEE) for $7.1 billion
       AMB Property (AMB) to merge with ProLogis (PLD) in a stock swap valued at $8.4 billion.
       Amgen (AMGN) to buy BioVex for up to $1 billion in cash.
       Rock-Tenn (RKT) to acquire Smurfit-Stone (SSCC) for cash and stock valued at $3.5 billion.
       Duke Energy (DUK) to buy Progress Energy (PRG) for $13.7 billion.
       DuPont (DD) to acquire Danisco for $5.8 billion in cash.
       Qualcomm (QCOM) to buy Atheros (ATHR) for $5.8 billion in cash.

That China is the largest car market.  In 2010, total sales were 18.3 million units.  Total U.S. sales were 11.588 million units (light vehicles), up 11.1% over 2009.

That all of these data points were taken from The Online Investor, except for the car markets.

- Ted Allrich
February 1, 2011