Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): According to Samsung Electronics, a court in the Hague says that it can’t pursue injunctions against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) for infringing standards-essential patents if it appears willing to negotiate license agreements, reports the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) are falling slightly after Jefferies reduced estimates for the two PC makers. Unlike most other prognosticators, Jefferies expects PC sales to drop by a significant amount this year. Specifically, the firm predicts that PC sales will fall 3% in 2012, driven by several factors, including the pending launch of Ultrabooks. Ulrabooks – along with upcoming products launches by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) – will cause consumers to delay purchasing PCs, predicted Jefferies, adding that the launch of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPad creates another headwind for PC sales. Meanwhile, the firm expects higher prices for DRAM – a type of computer memory – and disk drives to pressure PC makers’ profit margins. The firm now expects the earnings of both HP and Dell to come in 1c below the consensus estimate for the current quarter. Jefferies maintains a Buy rating on HP and a Hold rating on Dell.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD): Guggenheim raised Rite Aid estimates based on Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) windfall and stronger core business performance. The firm remains positive on Rite Aid’s fundamentals but believes a potential takeout by Walgreens is unlikely. Shares are Buy rated with a $2.25 price target, up from $1.60.
Barclays Capital (NYSE:BCS): Barclays Capital Japan has been fined Y10M by the Japan Securities Dealers Association for breaking laws and regulations, the Nikkei reports. Offenses include placing sell orders at the Osaka Securities Exchange without indicating they were short sales.
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