2012 was an interesting year not only for markets but few companies also which made headlines for various reasons. Here are the top 5 companies which made headlines.
1) Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made headlines and explored newer horizons this year; may it be the launch of iPhone5 or the appointment of a new CEO or winning a copyright infringement case against rival Samsung. The current fiscal year has been nothing but good news for the company all in all as its stocks soared by around 28.77%. This is around a monetary unit increase of up to $115 a share. Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) were up by 0.16% to close at $ 520.17
2) Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)
Mark Zuckerberg lead Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), has been in the news since its iPod had hit the market in May, 2011, the reason for the news have predominantly been wrong. Whether it was the over valuation of shares, the much hyped about the Morgan Stanley case, or the misleading information disclosed in its offer documents. Investors are shying away from the stock and the stock is falling almost every week. All in all the stock has fallen by a gasping 11.07%, during this year. Nevertheless, in today’s trade it closed at $26.93 for a share, up $0.67 from yesterday’s closing rate. Shares of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) were up by 2.55% to close at $ 26.93.
3) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), a retail giant in the U.S. also remained in the limelight for the most part of the year. The first news was related to the bribes that the officers of the company took while buying the goods from other wholesalers. Then the company was in focus for giving mortgages to its consumers through its retail chain. But the most sensational among the hearsay about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) was the reports of the multinational company having bribed local politicians of various host countries like India, Mexico etc. to turn tables to its advantage. However, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) stock did not react much to the bad news that it made in 2012.Its shares have gone up by $8.81 in 2012.That is a 14.74% increase since January this year. It is trading at $68.57 per share in today’s trade which is $0.08 down from yesterday’s close. Shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) were down by 0.12% to close at $ 68.57
4) General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and bankruptcy doesn’t seem to part ways, The news that renowned motor vehicle manufacturer world over filed for bankruptcy again in the fiscal year 2012, was more than an ambush. It spread like a jungle fire. The central government holds about 26% of the total equity in the company and losses in the market share have caused as much as $16.4 billion in losses to the central government. If this is not enough the market share of the company has fallen as low as 18% from over a 20% that it held a year ago in 2011.from over a 20% that it held a year ago in 2011. The shares seem to have discounted this bad news in the price as they have risen 36.46% in 2012 and today it trades at $27.66 to a share. Shares of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) were up by 1.24% to close at $ 27.66
5) Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), a technology based company in the U.S., has also been in the news throughout 2012 for many reasons. One good one has been that it is developing the world’s first 6-watt server, so as to use lower power while it’s on. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) also declared a dividend and guidance in line with market expectations. However for the engineering excellence shareholders have not been rewarded because it’s been taken as a tough time for most of the technology companies worldwide. The shares have moved down despite the innovation leap it intends to take. Their shares have dipped by 14.8% since December 31st, last year when the price was $24.25 a share. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) trades at $20.64 for a share today. Shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) were down by 0.60% to close at $ 20.64.