Apple, Boeing, Illumina, WellPoint Lead Stocks Driving Demand Jan 25th

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, developed in cooperation with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), is not one of the devices that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is seeking to ban in Germany due to alleged patent infringement, according to The Korea Herald, which cited an unnamed Samsung official. Meanwhile, a ruling against Apple in two cases in Germany – set to be decided tomorrow and February 2 – would cause sales of Apple’s iPhone to be banned in the country until an appeal, the newspaper added. Shares of Apple Inc. are trading 6.87% higher today.

The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA): Boeing and Norwegian have announced a firm order for 100 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes and 22 Next-Generation 737-800s. The total order is valued at $11.4B at list prices and represents the largest-ever Boeing order from a European airline. Oslo-based Norwegian is the first European carrier to finalize an order for the 737 MAX. The order supports Norwegian’s plans to build on the success provided by its fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s for its rapidly expanding operations. This order continues the momentum for the 737 MAX. With the Norwegian order, the 737 MAX has orders and commitments for more than 1,000 airplanes from 15 customers and the Next-Generation 737 family has orders for more than 6,300 airplanes. Shares of The Boeing Company are trading 2.12% lower today.

Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN): Roche (RHHBY) announced that it is proposing to acquire all outstanding shares of Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) for $44.50 per share in cash, or an aggregate of approximately $5.7 billion on a fully diluted basis. This offer represents a 64% premium over Illumina’s stock price on Dec. 21, 2011 the day before market rumors about a potential transaction between Roche and Illumina drove Illumina’s stock price significantly higher a 61% premium over the one-month historical average and a 43% premium over the three-month historical average of Illumina’s share price, both as of December 21. It also represents a 30.1x multiple of Illumina’s projected forward earnings based upon analysts’ current consensus estimates for 2012. Shares of Illumina, Inc. are trading 42.98% higher today.

WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP): On January 24, 2012, the Board of Directors increased the Company’s dividend by 15% and declared a quarterly dividend to shareholders for the first quarter of 2012 of $0.2875 per share. The first quarter dividend is payable on March 23, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2012. Shares of WellPoint, Inc. are trading 5.63% lower today.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC): The company saw increased operator cautiousness during Q4 — due to uncertainties such as economic development and political unrest in some countries. Shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson are trading 15.98% lower today.

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