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January 30, 2015
06:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's franchisees want fewer items on menu, Reuters reports
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January 29, 2015
16:55 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street struggled for direction for the first half of the session, making several passes across the flat line. The market seemed ready for a positive day after better than expected jobless claims data, and the buyers finally emerged in the second half of the day. The past two days had taken almost 500 points from the Dow, though the blue chip index ended up recapturing about half of those losses with its gains today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims plunged by 43K to 265K last week, versus expectations for 300K first-time claims. That was the lowest weekly level in nearly 15 years, though the government cautioned that the inclusion of the Martin Luther King holiday makes the data more difficult to calculate. The pending home sales index dropped 3.7% to 100.7 in December, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) was the best performing member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rising $4.49, or 5.06%, to $93.27 after announcing last night that Don Thompson will retire as president and CEO on March 1. Steve Easterbrook, who was previously senior executive VP and Chief Brand Officer, was selected to replace Thompson as CEO... Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, that beat analysts' consensus estimate, but its revenue came in below expectations. Shares fell $8.64, or 8.78%, to $89.81 following the report. Yahoo (YHOO), which earlier this week announced that it plans to spin-off its remaining stake in Alibaba in a tax-free transaction, dropped $2.73, or 5.88%, to $43.73 in sympathy. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coach (COH), which rose $2.48, or 6.8%, to $38.94 after the luxury handbag maker reported better than expected earnings. Also higher was K12 (LRN), which jumped $3.35, or 30.32%, to $14.40 after its second quarter earnings and revenue topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which declined $7.30, or 10.28%, to $63.69 after the chip maker lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. It also announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device, which is widely believed to be Samsung's next generation Galaxy S phone. Also lower were shares of specialty chemicals company Albemarle (ALB), which dropped $7.60, or 13.73%, to $47.77 after the company reported Q4 adjusted EPS and revenue that missed analysts' consensus forecasts and guided toward FY15 revenue and profits that also were below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 225.48, or 1.31%, to 17,416.85, the Nasdaq gained 45.41, or 0.98%, to 4,683.41, and the S&P 500 added 19.09, or 0.95%, to 2,021.25.
16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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12:54 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:40 EDTMCDAnalysts say McDonald's not a quick fix, keep neutral ratings
McDonald's (MCD) is looking to make a new start by shaking up its leadership team, but three research firms continued to keep Neutral ratings or the equivalent on the stock after the company announced that its CEO is being replaced. The firms say that it will take the new team time to implement new strategies. BACKGROUND: McDonald's last night announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. The troubled fast food giant also promoted its CFO to the newly created position of Chief Administrative Officer and appointed its Corporate Controller to the CFO post. ANALYST REACTION: McDonald's new management team will probably change the company's strategy over time, but no major changes are likely to be implemented in the near-term ,wrote Bernstein analyst Sara Senatore. It will probably take the executives time to design and implement new strategies, the analyst explained. She said she would wait to hear more about the company's new strategy before becoming more upbeat on the stock. The analyst kept a $101 price target and Market Perform rating on the shares. Similarly, Oppenheimer analyst Brian Bittner wrote that, although the changes are positive because they show that the company understands the severity of the situation, it will take the company time to implement any new strategies. Moreover, the company is still poised to continue losing market share, added the analyst, who reiterated a Perform rating on the stock. Lynne Collier, an analyst at Sterne Agee, wrote that the new leadership team could change the company's direction. However, it will take time to turn around the company, warned Collier, who kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, McDonald's rose 4.4% to $92.66.
12:00 EDTRHHBYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analyst Schwartz discusses Biogen Idec BIIB037 and whether 2015 will be the year when Amyloid Beta is finally validated as a disease-modifying target in Alzheimer's Disease on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 3 at 2 pm.
10:22 EDTMCDHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTMCDActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Flextronics (FLEX), up 6%... Coach (COH), up 6.3%... Autoliv (ALV), up 4.3%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.5%... Ford (F), up 0.8%. ALSO HIGHER: McDonald's (MCD), up 3% after announcing CEO change...Xencor (XNCR), up 19% after reporting results from two trials... Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI), up 8% after providing update and outlook on trials and pipeline... Avon Products (AVP), up 2.3% after naming James Scully as CFO... Omeros (OMER), up 6% after 2.996M share spot secondary priced at $20.03. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Alibaba (BABA), down 8%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 6.8%... Alexion (ALXN), down 1.1% after reporting fourth quarter results, fiscal 2015 guidance, and CEO appointment. ALSO LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 7% following Alibaba earnings report... Venaxis (APPY), down 72% after its APPY1 Test was determined by the FDA to not meet the criteria for substantial equivalence.
08:46 EDTATHNLeerink healthcare technology analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's turnaround to take time, says Sterne Agee
After McDonald's announced that its CEO had retired, Sterne Agee says that the leadership change could take the company in a different direction. However, the firm thinks that it will take time for the company to improve, and it keeps a Neutral rating on the shares.
07:55 EDTATHNathenahealth price target raised to $165 from $150 at Leerink
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07:41 EDTDSTDST Systems reports Q4 Financial Services revenue up 2.4% to $264.3M
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07:40 EDTDSTDST Systems reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS $1.73, consensus $1.70
Reports Q4 revenue $516.7M, consensus $650.55M
05:47 EDTRHHBYRoche, Qualcomm collaborate on remote patient monitoring
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January 28, 2015
17:51 EDTMCDMcDonald's trades up after hours following CEO departure
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17:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's trading up 2% after announcing CEO change
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17:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's promotes Pete Benson to CAO, Kevin Ozan to CFO
Pete Bensen, senior executive VP and CFO, is being promoted to the newly-created role of Chief Administrative Officer. Kevin Ozan, who currently serves as senior VP and Corporate Controller, will succeed Bensen and as executive VP and CFO. The promotions will be effective March 1.
17:42 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO Don Thompson to retire, Steve Easterbrook to replace him
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14:50 EDTDSTDST Systems management to meet with Evercore ISI
Meetings to be held in Boston on February 3 and in New York on February 4 hosted by Evercore ISI.
08:07 EDTRHHBYRoche unit receives orphan status for alectinib
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05:49 EDTRHHBYRoche sees 2015 sales growth in low- to mid-single digit
Roche expects sales to grow low- to mid-single digit, at constant exchange rates for 2015. Core earnings per share are targeted to grow ahead of sales at constant exchange rates. Roche expects to further increase its dividend in Swiss francs.
05:48 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 2014 core EPS CHF14.29 vs. CHF14.27 last year
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January 27, 2015
18:05 EDTAETAetna in three-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re VI Limited
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14:00 EDTRHHBYRoche to hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTAETHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTMPEL, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... DRDGOLD (DRD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DealerTrack (TRAK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Piper Jaffray (PJC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Telefonica (TEF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Unilever (UL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... WWE (WWE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
08:17 EDTMPELMelco Crown upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming
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07:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:17 EDTATHNathenahealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:15 EDTRHHBYRoche receives FDA clearance for next generation cobas MRSA/SA test
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January 23, 2015
12:33 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The futures dipped this morning after UPS (UPS) pre-announced that its quarterly earnings would miss Street estimates. The earnings miss dragged other transportation names lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's preliminary January manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 from 53.9 previously, versus expectations for a reading of 54.0. Existing home sales rebounded 2.4% to a 5.04M rate in December, which was below the consensus forecast for a 3% increase. The leading indicators rose 0.5% to 121.1 in December, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of UPS plunged over 9% after the shipping giant warned that its Q4 adjusted EPS is now expected to be $1.25, below the consensus forecast of $1.47. "UPS invested heavily to ensure we would provide excellent service during peak when deliveries more than double. Though customers enjoyed high quality service, it came at a cost to UPS. Going forward, we will reduce operating costs and implement new pricing strategies during peak season,” said CEO David Abney. Subsequently, its peer, FedEx (FDX), reaffirmed its FY15 EPS forecast of $8.50-$9.00. The outlook compares to a consensus forecast of $8.97. FedEx shares, which were briefly halted for the announcement, are down 2% afterward... Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) slid about 1% near noon after its earnings miss, though the world’s largest restaurant chain's same-store sales declined less than analysts expected. Same-store sales in the company's fiscal fourth quarter declined 0.9%, versus the Consensus Metrix analysts' estimate for a 1.5% drop. Of note, McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales had their first monthly gain in more than a year in December, having risen 0.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Starbucks (SBUX), which rose 6.5% and had several research firms issue upbeat notes after the company reported in-line results last night. At least three firms responded to the report by raising their price targets on the shares. Also higher was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which jumped 38% after announcing that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon Products (AVP), which dropped 11% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform after shares rallied yesterday over 14% following a report that the company has held talks with TPG Capital about a possible deal. Wells says it leveraged buyout math suggests a takeout of the entire company is unlikely. Also lower was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which fell 9% after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and cut about 500 jobs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 42.58, or 0.24%, to 17,771.40, the Nasdaq was up 9.68, or 0.2%, to 4,760.08, and the S&P 500 was down 3.40, or 0.16%, to 2,059.75.
11:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's expects January comp sales to be negative
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09:21 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Infinera (INFN), up 13.2%... E-Trade (ETFC), up 5.6%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... ResMed (RMD), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: IVUS (VVUS), up 6.2% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 12.3% after 3M share Secondary priced at $11.90... lululemon (LULU), up 3.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly Clark (KMB), down 4.6%... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), down 2.1%... Altera (ALTR), down 4.4%... Kansas City Southern (KSU), down 3.3%... McDonald's (MCD), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: LeapFrog (LF), down 32.8% after reporting preliminary third quarter results and withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance... Molycorp (MCP), down 10.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Dreamworks (DWA), down 12% after announcing that it will cut 500 jobs, reduce films released per year, and seeing a $55M charge for 'The Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'... Otonomy (OTIC), down 1.8% after secondary increased to 2.55M shares, priced at $29.25.
08:17 EDTRHHBYRoche management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in New York on January 29 hosted by JPMorgan.
08:02 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: Our business continues to face meaninful headwinds
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08:02 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees FY15 CapEx $2B
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08:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: 2014 was a challenging year for McDonald's around the world
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08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q4 global comparable sales down 0.9%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q4 EPS $1.13, consensus $1.22
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07:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's held accountable for franchisee decisions, sued for racism, WSJ says
Ten former McDonald's employees are suing the company for wrongful termination related to allegedly racist hiring practices in two Virginia locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit tests the implications of the National Labor Relations Board's recent decision to hold McDonald's responsible for franchisee decisions. Reference Link
January 22, 2015
15:32 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:13 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical notes ahead of results
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12:25 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 7c-10c hit to Q4 EPS from China supplier issue
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January 21, 2015
17:27 EDTMCDMcDonald's franchisees expect sales decline, CNBC reports
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09:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's January volatility elevated into Q4
McDonald's January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 25, March is at 21, June at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 23.
09:02 EDTRHHBYRoche's Ventana seeks FDA premarket approval for ALK IHC lung cancer assay
Roche Group member Ventana Medical Systems announced its FDA submission for premarket approval of the Ventana ALK CDx Assay. The companion diagnostic immunohistochemistry test is designed to identify ALK1-positive lung cancer patients that may benefit from treatment with targeted therapy that inhibits the ALK gene. This submission was the fourth and final module and application required by the FDA's PMA process.
January 20, 2015
05:59 EDTSYTSyngenta downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:07 EDTMPELMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
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