O'Relly Automotive Inc. (ORLY) - Get Report , Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) - Get Report and Auto Zone Inc. (AZO) - Get Report could face some market pressure Friday following a bearish Bank of America/Merrill Lynch note on the auto part retailer industry.
Advance Auto Parts was downgraded to "underperform" from "neutral" while both O'Reilly Automotive and Auto Zone were downgraded to "neutral" from "buy."
The firm is lowering its industry growth expectations while saying that sustained weakness in sentiment can no longer support premium valuations in the industry.
Advance Auto's shares fell 2.7% to $102.34 on Friday morning. O'Reilly's dropped 2.8% to $173.78.
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The biggest deal-maker around strikes again: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a division of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., (BRK.A) - Get Report(BRK.B) - Get Report , confirmed Friday that it will purchase Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC in a deal that values the bankrupt unit's equity at $11.25 billion. "Oncor is an excellent fit for Berkshire Hathaway, and we are pleased to make another long-term investment in Texas - when we invest in Texas, we invest big!", Buffett said in a statement. "Oncor is a great company with similar values and outstanding assets."
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Who cares, Elon: Tesla (TSLA) - Get Reportagreed to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery park in South Australia on Friday, signing off on a deal to finish the installation within 100 days or give it away for free. Failure to deliver the project on time would cost his company about $50 million, said CEO Elon Musk, though neither the state government nor Tesla released details of the contract.
Qualcomm battle with Apple gets even nastier: Qualcomm (QCOM) - Get Report added a couple of unexpected wrinkles into its legal salvo with Apple (AAPL) - Get Report , TheStreet's tech columnit Eric Jhonsa says. One of these wrinkles aims to neutralize some of the legal arguments Apple, as well as certain regulators, have been making against Qualcomm. The other, says Jhonsa, aims to both lower the odds of a political intervention in Apple's favor, as well as boost Qualcomm's near-term chip sales at Intel Corp.'s (INTC) - Get Report expense.
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