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April 21, 2014
12:51 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's shares up more than 3% year-to-date
McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Tuesday, April 22, 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 $1.24 on revenue of $6.73B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.20-$1.29 on revenue of $6.61B-$6.99B. LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.40 against estimates of $1.39 and revenue of $7.09B against estimates of $7.11B. McDonald's also reported global comparable sales down 0.1%, with U.S. SSS down 1.4%, Europe SSS up 1% and Asia/Pacific, Mideast, Africa SSS down 2.4%. On its conference call, the company said it expects to return $5B to shareholders in 2014 through dividends and share repurchases. The company gave fiscal year 2014 guidance for capital expenditures of $2.9B-$3.B, and said the investment will provide for 1,500-1,600 new restaurant openings and the reimaging of over 1,000 existing locations. McDonald's also forecast FY14 commodity costs up 1%-2% in the U.S. NEWS: During the quarter, McDonald's announced that Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton will retire, effective October 1. He will serve as COO during a brief transition period, and then as a special advisor to Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson. The company will not replace the COO role, but will broaden responsibilities for Pete Bensen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Steve Easterbrook, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Brand Officer. At the RBC Capital Markets Consumer & Retail Conference in March, CFO Bensen said the U.S. has the "most need" for improvement in the short-term and that the company is looking for ways to optimize capital structure while maintaining long-term financial strength. Bensen previously indicated that the company could raise its target of returning $5B to shareholders if the company increased its leverage. McDonald's also faced lawsuits during the quarter around the country claiming the restaurant chain was "systematically" stealing employees' wages, Reuters reported. PRICE ACTION: McDonald's shares are trading up over 5% over the last three months and are up over 3% year-to-date.
12:47 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:44 EDTRHHBYRoche management to meet with Jefferies
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10:57 EDTATHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility: GOOGL ATHN SNDK SPXU MAT
10:01 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTATHNOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
08:52 EDTATHNathenahealth price target lowered to $195 from $243 at Stephens
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08:49 EDTATHNathenahealth Q1 results fundamentally strong, says Sterne Agee
After athenahealth reported weaker than expected Q1 results, Sterne Agee thinks the company reported several positive metrics, including a slightly higher "take rate." The firm keeps a $195 price target and Buy rating on the stock.
06:51 EDTTSMTSMC to ramp IC packaging revenue to $2B in 2016, DigiTimes reports
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06:44 EDTMCDCompetitors gaining ground on McDonald's breakfast market, WSJ says
McDonald's (MCD) faces increased competition from Yum Brands' (YUM) new Taco Bell breakfast menu as well as Burger King (BKW), Dunkin' Brands (DD), Starbucks (SBUX), and White Castle's renewed efforts to gain ground in the breakfast market, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMCDMcDonald's planning makeover for China restaurants, WSJ reports
McDonald's is planning to overhaul some restaurants in China's big cities and add commercials featuring basketball star LeBron James, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTATHNathenahealth upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded athenahealth to Hold citing the recent pullback in shares and the company's strong small group bookings. The firm raised its price target for shares to $145 from $135.
05:03 EDTTSMAltera, TSMC announces collaboration
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April 19, 2014
11:12 EDTRHHBYLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 17, 2014
18:55 EDTATHNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:08 EDTATHNathenahealth drops after earnings miss, first look
In the extended session shares are lower by 7% to $135.23 following a miss on expected earnings. At that price, next support is at $131.25. Resistance is at $140.89.
16:07 EDTATHNGriffin Hospital Selects athenaCoordinator Enterprise
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16:06 EDTATHNathenahealth and Steward Health Care System expand partnership
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16:04 EDTATHNathenahealth reports Q1 adjusted EPS 12c, consensus 17c
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15:29 EDTATHNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include athenahealth (ATHN), consensus 17c; Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 31c; Investors Bancorp (ISBC), consensus 24c; Cepheid (CPHD), consensus (17c); Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 0c; Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC), consensus 25c; Hub Group (HUBG), consensus 36c; Capital Bank (CBF), consensus 24c; Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 32c; Acacia Research (ACTG), consensus 4c.
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