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January 22, 2013
05:55 EDTABT, ABT, UTX, UTX, TXT, TXT, TEL, TEL, STJ, STJ, DGX, DGX, PX, PX, MSI, MSI, MOLX, MOLX, MCD, MCD, GD, GD, COH, COH, BHI, BHI, ATI, ATI, APD, APD, WLP, WLPCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Wednesday, January 23
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Air Products and Chemicals (APD), Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Baker Hughes (BHI), Coach (COH), General Dynamics (GD), McDonald's (MCD), Molex (MOLX), Motorola Solutions (MSI), Praxair (PX), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), St. Jude Medical (STJ), TE Connectivity (TEL), Textron (TXT), United Technologies (UTX) and WellPoint (WLP).
News For ABT;APD;ATI;BHI;COH;GD;MCD;MOLX;MSI;PX;DGX;STJ;TEL;TXT;UTX;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTUTX, MCD, ATINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTMCDMcDonald's October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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13:46 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 15c-20c hit to EPS from China supplier issues
McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast food restaurants globally.EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.38 on revenue of $7.19B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.31-$1.51 on revenue of $7.03B-$7.35B. LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported second quarter EPS of $1.40 against estimates of $1.44 and revenue of $7.18B against estimates of $7.29B. McDonald's also reported global comparable sales relatively flat, with U.S. SSS down 1.5%, Europe SSS down 1% and Asia/Pacific, Mideast, Africa SSS up 1.1%. On its earnings conference call, the company forecast a 4c-5c negative impact on EPS from currency in 2014. The company said it did not anticipate any material changes to the operating environment in the second half of 2014, but said near-term results would likely remain "muted." NEWS: During the quarter, the company said it expected to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016 and that $3.2B year-to-date August had been returned. McDonald's also raised its quarterly dividend 5% to 85c per share. McDonald's said China supplier issues would negatively impact the quarter by 15c-20c largely due to a combination of lost sales, expenses associated with its recovery efforts and the impact of these items on the Q3 tax rate, which is expected to be above the company's outlook for the full-year tax rate of 31%-33%. McDonald's recently announced that Russia temporarily suspended nine of its restaurants in the country. STREET RESEARCH: UBS said its recent survey indicates McDonald's does not have a brand image issue, but rather an execution problem, which will need to be fixed to increase traffic. The firm has a Buy rating and $110 price target on shares. Morgan Stanley downgraded McDonald's to Equal Weight from Overweight due to weakening fundamentals combined with U.S. market share loss, and international pressures. Wells Fargo said McDonald's 5% dividend increase was below the Street's 7%-9% outlook and portends badly for the company's operating cash flow, willingness to increase leverage ratios and its capital intensity plans heading into 2015. PRICE ACTION: McDonald's shares are trading down almost 8% over the last three months and are near flat today ahead of the Q3 earnings report.
13:01 EDTWLPWellPoint renews agremeent with Healthways to continue SilverSneakers program
SilverSneakers Fitness program will continue to be available to most members of WellPoint’s (WLP) affiliated Medicare Advantage plans as a result of its renewed agreement with Healthways (HWAY), which administers the popular program. SilverSneakers offers fitness programs geared toward older adults, including strength training and aerobic and flexibility exercises. The program offers WellPoint affiliated Medicare Advantage members full memberships at participating fitness facilities nationwide at no extra cost.
12:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
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12:36 EDTUTXUnited Technologies technical notes ahead of earnings
In the past three months the shares have traded down more than 10%, underperforming the broader averages. The trend is distinctly down in the past three months, but that is part of a larger trend that began after price peaked in early June of this year. The long-term uptrend line has also been broken by this recent price action, leaving the technical picture distinctly bearish. If earnings and outlook continue to be below expectations, next support would be at $99.83. Additional downside objectives, on an increasing scale of bearish news, may be at the following support levels: $96.53, $92.94, and $91.15. If the news surprises on the upside, first major resistance would be at $106.07. A move above that level would put the stock back on a more neutral price path. Additional upside objectives might be at resistance at $109.22, and $110.06.
07:12 EDTSTJCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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12:58 EDTUTXUnited Technologies worth a second look, Barron's says
United Technologies stock valuation and dividend yield are starting to look attractive at current levels and if the market rebounds, then the stock should outperform, Barron's contends in its 'The Trader' column. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:56 EDTGDLongview Asset reports 9.97% stake in General Dynamics
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 12 from last week to 1918
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12:52 EDTTXTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
11:58 EDTTXTTextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
10:30 EDTAPDAir Products to increase prices for electronics offerings
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08:48 EDTATIBofA/Merrill global steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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08:26 EDTBHICredit Suisse says its time to buy Baker Hughes
Credit Suisse believes Baker Hughes shares are "washed out" and believes its time to buy shares. The analyst is confident it can hit Q4 consensus EPS estimate of $1.26 given strength in pumping and any improvement in the Gulf of Mexico. Shares are Outperform rated with an $81 price target and $97 price target.
07:34 EDTBHIBaker Hughes maintains positive outlook despite uncertainty, says UBS
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06:33 EDTTXTTextron reports Q3 Aviation revenue $1.08B, Q3 Bell revenue $1.18B
Reports Q3 Systems revenue $358M, Q3 Industrial revenue $785M, Finance revenue $25M.
06:32 EDTTXTTextron raises FY14 EPS cont ops to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12
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06:31 EDTTXTTextron reports Q3 EPS cont ops 57c, consensus 52c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.43B, consensus $3.63B
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