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July 29, 2014
10:04 EDTAETAetna weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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10:02 EDTAETAetna falls after results, levels to watch
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09:09 EDTRHHBYRoche to hold an investor update
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08:15 EDTRHHBYEnzo Biochem announces August 18 as date of Markman hearing in lawsuit
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06:43 EDTMCDAnalyst: China restaurants to obtain meat locally, China Daily says
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06:16 EDTAETAetna raises 2014 Coventry accretion projection by 5c-10c to 55c-60c
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06:15 EDTAETAetna raises FY14 EPS to $6.45-$6.60 from $6.35-$6.55, consensus $6.54
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06:14 EDTAETAetna raises 2014-end medical membership to 23.4M members from 23M
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06:13 EDTAETAetna expects to achieve targeted high single-digit pretax operating margin 2014
06:03 EDTAETAetna reports Q2 operating EPS $1.69, consensus $1.60
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05:58 EDTRHHBYExelixis shares rallied on Roche rumors, says Piper Jaffray
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTAETNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:58 EDTAETEarnings Preview: Aetna shares up 16% since last earnings report
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12:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's up against meat scarcity at some China restaurants, WSJ says
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10:36 EDTAETAetna and Geisinger Health System reach five-year agreement
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10:07 EDTTSMTSMC downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill (pre-open)
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07:30 EDTRHHBYQ1 Productions to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTATHNathenahealth and Henry Schein expand strategic agreement
athenahealth (ATHN) and Henry Schein (HSIC) announced an expansion of their strategic agreement announced on May 21. Under the expanded agreement, athenahealth's athenaNet platform and Henry Schein's Dentrix Enterprise will integrate to facilitate Uniform Data System reporting, which is a requirement for CHCs.
06:23 EDTMCDHusi Shanghai withdraws products from marketplace
OSI Group, the parent company of Husi Shanghai issued a statement on its website saying that it is withdrawing all products manufactured by Husi from the marketplace. The company said, "To help rebuild the trust of our customers and consumers, as well as to cooperate with the official investigatory process, we are compelled to withdraw all products manufactured by Shanghai Husi from the marketplace. We are also conducting a thorough internal investigation into any possible failures on the part of current and former senior management. Should any misconduct be uncovered, we will take swift and decisive action against those responsible, including all relevant disciplinary and/or legal measures. In addition, a new management team has been brought in to China to ensure that operations run effectively. OSI will conduct a full, fair, and comprehensive investigation on managers at all levels for evidence of management failures. In the meantime, our local operations will be managed by global management in accordance with global standards of quality management. We remain committed to our presence in China and have sent our best team of global experts to ensure we resolve this. We are very proud of our team members and our operations in other parts of China. It reinforces our confidence and commitment to China. We have a great deal yet to deliver to China.Ē World-wide brands such as Yum! Brands' (YUM) KFC, McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the food scandal in the country after allegations arose speculating that Husi Shanghai supplied expired meat to the companies. Reference Link
06:16 EDTMCDOSI Group CEO says China food scandal 'completely unacceptable'
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTMCDS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
12:11 EDTAETWellCare profit warning sinks managed care names
A number of managed care names are falling after one of the companies in the sector, WellCare (WCG), preannounced significantly weaker than expected results. UBS, however, recommends using the weakness in the sector as a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: WellCare, which specializes in managing Medicaid and Medicare plans, preannounced a second quarter per share loss of 7c, excluding certain items. Analysts on average expected the company to report a per share profit of 90c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. WellCare cut its full-year earnings per share guidance to $2.20-$2.50 from $4.40-$4.75. The company said recipients of a new Medicaid program in Florida utilized more medical services than expected since the company began administering the program in May. Additionally, the company took an impairment charge related to an acquisition and it had an unfavorable reserve development. ANALYST REACTION: The factors cited by WellCare for the cut in its guidance appear to be specific to that company, UBS analyst A.J. Rice wrote. Meanwhile, data from other companies that administer Medicaid plans indicate that the increased utilization costs in that state are also specific to WellCare, Rice contended. For example, Centene (CNC) reported Q2 results earlier this week and indicated that utilization trends for newly covered beneficiaries in Florida was largely in line with expectations, while UnitedHealth (UNH) said its Medicaid business had performed well last quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, WellCare said that its higher than expected medical utilization costs had been caused primarily by drug costs that exceeded its forecast, Rice stated. Since drug costs tend to be known relatively quickly, United Health and Centene would have divulged any issues with drug costs in conjunction with their Q2 results, Rice said. The analyst recommended that investors buy Aetna (AET), Cigna (CI), United Health and WellPoint (WLP) on any weakness today. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Aetna fell 1.5% to $83, Cigna lost 1% to $95.50, UnitedHealth lost 1% to $84.50, WellPoint slid 1.5% to $113.50 and Centene tumbled 7% to $74 while WellCare plunged 19% to $62.
10:52 EDTAETWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
07:35 EDTRHHBYEMA recommends new indication for RoActemra in severe arthritis
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06:49 EDTMCDMcDonald's suspends nuggets, other items in Hong Kong, Reuters says
McDonald's halted sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it noted that it imported products from U.S.-owned Chinese firm, Shanghai Husi Food, who is at the core of a food safety scandal in China, according to Reuters, citing statement from the fast-food franchise. The company also noted that it is stopping all chicken product imports in Japan from China and is moving that business to Thailand suppliers. Reference Link
06:31 EDTMCDRussian watchdog looks to bar certain McDonald's products, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTTSMTSMC to offer more wafer starts ot MediaTek in Q3, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) will supply MediaTek 10% more wafer starts than what the chipset maker expected to receive in Q3, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the offering of more 28nm production capacity to MediaTek is an important strategy for the Taiwan-based foundry house. Reference Link
July 24, 2014
10:26 EDTATHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:23 EDTMCDMcDonald's chooses to keep Chinese meat provider amid scandal, WSJ says
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09:30 EDTTSMApple set to become TSMC's largest client, DigiTimes reports
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07:06 EDTDSTDST Systems reports Q2 adjsusted EPS $1.20, consensus $1.19
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06:51 EDTMCDChina investigates 581 companies, restaurants as scandal broadens, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTAETConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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06:13 EDTRHHBYRoche reaffirms outlook for 2014
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06:12 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 1H core EPS CHF 7.57 vs. CHF 7.58 last year
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July 23, 2014
17:01 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way throughout the trading day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow the laggard. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was helped by a post-earnings rise in shares of Apple (AAPL), while the blue-chip index was weighed down by Boeing's (BA) under-performance following its own quarter report. There was little movement in the averages during the day as they remained in a narrow range, but the increase in the S&P 500 did manage to push it to a new all-time closing high. After the bell, investors will receive the next wave of earnings with AT&T (T), Facebook (FB) and Qualcomm (QCOM) scheduled to report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage market index rose 2.4%, with a 0.3% rise in the purchase index and a 4.1% gain in the refinance index for the week ended July 18. Also, the International Monetary Fund predicted that U.S. economic growth for 2014 as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7%. However, barring unforeseen shocks, 2015 growth should accelerate to the fastest annual pace since 2005, propelled by strong consumption growth, a declining fiscal drag, a pickup in residential investment, and easy financial conditions, said the IMF. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple advanced $2.47, or 2.61%, to $97.19 after reporting third quarter earnings that beat expectations. However, the iPhone maker's revenue came in a bit short of analyst expectations for its just completed quarter and its guidance for sales in the new quarter was also below expectations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's September quarter guidance suggests an iPhone 6 launch on September 26, versus the firm's prior expectation for a September 19 launch. Piper views Apple's Q3 results as removing the last major variable ahead of the iPhone and iWatch launches later this year and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Another research firm, Janney Capital, said Apple did not address rumored new products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch, on its earnings call, but did indicate that its wider than normal revenue guidance range was due to "many moving pieces," suggesting one or two new products may be introduced, but late in the quarter... Dow component Boeing sank $3.03, or 2.34%, to $126.71 despite reporting "core" EPS that beat expectations and raising its fiscal year earnings outlook to a range above the Wall Street consensus. Boeing's revenue missed expectations, however, and it also reported its total company backlog of $440B was unchanged from the beginning of the quarter... Another Dow member, McDonald's (MCD), fell 92c, or 0.96%, to $95.35 after the company reported weaker than expected second quarter results yesterday and its stock was downgraded by at least five research firms. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), whose stock surged $174.40, or 295.44%, to $233.43 after the company reported positive data for its breast cancer drug and an analyst at Citigroup said that the company would probably become a takeover target. Also higher was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which rose $69.47, or 17.71%, to $461.63 and was upgraded at both Raymond James and Stifel after the company reported better than expected Q2 results. Among the noteworthy losers was Xilinx (XLNX), which tumbled $6.89, or 14.31%, to $41.26 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and forecast that its sales could drop as much as 4% in Q2 versus Q1. After the report, analysts at William Blair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital all downgraded the stock. Also lower were shares of Juniper Networks (JNPR), which fell $2.39, or 9.63%, to $22.43 and was also downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after its Q3 guidance missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slid 26.91, or 0.16%, to 17,086.63, the Nasdaq rose 17.68, or 0.4%, to 4,473.70, and the S&P 500 gained 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,987.01.
12:17 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's retreats after results miss, analyst downgrades
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10:02 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
09:17 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:08 EDTRHHBYUltragenyx appoints Sunil Agarwal, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
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09:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded at Sterne Agee
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08:37 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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07:27 EDTMCD, MCDMcDonald's downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
07:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded at RW Baird
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07:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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06:48 EDTMCDFive people detained regarding China meat scandal investigation, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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06:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
Baird downgraded McDonald's to Neutral following disappointing Q2 results and outlook.
July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:46 EDTAETCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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12:29 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees 4c-5c negative impact on EPS from currency in 2014
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11:26 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees minimal impact on Q3 EPS from currency exchange
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11:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees U.S. commodity costs up 1%-2% in 2014
Says first priority of cash is to invest in business. Says will be "disciplined" with price increases. Sees U.S. labor cost pressure in 2H.
11:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's doesn't see any material changes to operating environment in 2H
Doesn't see any material changes to operating environment in 2H. Says "no silver bullet" to improve results, but says pushing forward on multiple fronts. Says may bring in new ad agencies. Says moving with a "sense of urgency," but will take time to see results. Sees continued volatility across markets in 2H. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
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10:43 EDTAETAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
08:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: Near-term results expected to remain muted
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08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 global comparable sales relatively flat
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07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.44
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06:43 EDTMCDChina food scandal expands, ropes-in Starbucks, others, Reuters says
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05:21 EDTRHHBYRoche announces Genentech Avastin granted priority review by FDA
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July 21, 2014
17:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's stock doesn't look ready for gains, Barron's says
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16:22 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
15:30 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
In the last three months the shares have traded essentially flat, off of the life high set at $103.78 earlier in the period. On a longer term basis the shares have had difficulty maintaining price above the $100 level. Going back to January 2012 there have been three distinct times this level has been attempted which have all failed. We could be seeing major topping action in the stock. How shares behave now will be critical for the next move. On stronger fundamental news, there could be a test to the old high that holds and gets built upon. That would require the shares take out at least the $105 area on the upside without retracing below $100 thereafter. On weaker news than expected the stock could enter a major decline given these three tops above $100. Triple tops often see deeper corrections follow. Support below the current price of $97.70 is at the $94.40 area. This level has held as support in the last few months. A break below would see the 52-week low at $92.22 as next support, followed by $89.85.
14:05 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's to return up to $20B to investors from 2014-2016
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12:41 EDTTSMIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
11:00 EDTMCDStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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09:10 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
07:49 EDTATHNathenahealth shares should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
Stifel believes that athenahealth reported solid Q2 results, and the firm thinks the company has a number of upcoming positive catalysts. The firm believes that the company is in the midst of a positive turning point and keeps a $155 price target and Buy rating.
07:11 EDTRHHBYInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTRHHBYGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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06:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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05:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 20, 2014
15:42 EDTRHHBYRoche not looking for big acquisitions, Reuters says
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12:58 EDTTSMTSMC could drop over 10%, Barron's says
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July 18, 2014
12:59 EDTMPELMelco Crown July weekly & August calls active
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11:07 EDTATHNathenahealth defended, sell-off overdone, says Leerink
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07:20 EDTTSMLG Display added to Asia Focus List, TSMC removed at JPMorgan
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July 17, 2014
17:42 EDTRHHBYCepheid says Roche patent suit will not have material adverse impact on results
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16:12 EDTATHNathenahealth trades up after earnings, levels to watch
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16:09 EDTATHNathenahealth sees FY14 EPS 98c -$1.10, consensus $1.04
Sees FY14 revenue $725M -$755M, consensus $741.02M.
16:06 EDTATHNathenahealth reports Q2 EPS 32c, consensus 22c
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15:26 EDTATHNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:40 EDTATHNathenahealth July 129 straddle priced for 8.7% move into Q2
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14:30 EDTTSMFujitsu to exit chip making, sell plants to ON Semi, United Micro, Nikkei says
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06:43 EDTTSMTSMC expects to lose out to competitors in 14/16nm segment, DigiTimes says
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July 16, 2014
11:23 EDTRHHBYRoche Alzheimer drug shows mixed results in trial, NYT says
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10:48 EDTTSMTSMC falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTTSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTSYTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTTSMTSMC downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
06:26 EDTRHHBYBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
06:18 EDTTSMTSMC volatility increases as shares trade near 14-year high
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05:49 EDTTSMStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS TSM
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05:33 EDTSYTSyngenta upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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July 15, 2014
07:29 EDTTSMASML Q2 results could miss expectations, says RBC Capital
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05:37 EDTRHHBYGenentech Avastin granted priority review by FDA
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