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Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) has, for a long time, been attempting to enhance its supply chain, and also to get its employees to concentrate on customer service, all of which shows in its growing sales numbers. Rival Lowe’s Companies, Inc.’s (NYSE:LOW) remake efforts only began in 2011, and by now sales are only beginning to show the positive effects, according to Barron’s. The stocks might thus remain pressured until the company proves that it can deliver some quarters of impressive sales and margins, and investors perhaps should wait until a better price might be had, even given the sell-off on Monday.
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and Acer want to get their chassis purchase authority back from notebook original design manufacturers in order to control production capacity and bring more profit, according to upstream supply sources to DigiTimes.
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM): Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) passed Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on Monday to become the largest American company ever as measured by stock-market value as it reached a market cap of $623.52 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) will pay approximately $600,000 for the resolution of three cases linked to its DePuy unit’s ASR hip implants, says Bloomberg. Around $200,000 will be paid per case to settle the suits before they are scheduled to go to court later in 2012. Because of the case DePuy recalled 93,000 ASR hips worldwide in 2010 and reported that more than 12 percent of the devices had failed within five years.
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