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February 11, 2013
15:01 EDTTAL, MCD, CVD, ATVIActivision Blizzard, McDonald's added to Featured Selections List at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee added Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and McDonald's (MCD) to its Featured Selections List for February. The firm noted that new video game consoles are being introduced later this year, and that new consoles usually increase the revenue of video game makers including Activision. Sterne Agee expects McDonald's new products to generate accelerating same-store sales growth. The firm removed Covance (CVD) and TAL International (TAL) from its Featured Selections List but maintained Buy ratings on both stocks.
News For ATVI;MCD;TAL;CVD From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
08:13 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard outlook has improved, says Pacific Crest
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September 2, 2015
14:36 EDTMCDMcDonald's all-day breakfast may further crimp egg supplies, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTMCDMcDonald's risk/reward favorable under new management, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karen Short views the risk/reward for shares of McDonald's as favorable given new management's sense of urgency and willingness to challenge the previous strategies. After hosting a group of investors to discuss the bull and bear points of view on the stock, Short sees a greater interest in being long McDonald's. She has a Buy rating on the stock with a $120 price target.
September 1, 2015
15:09 EDTMCDMcDonald's to offer all-day breakfast starting October 6, WSJ says
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August 31, 2015
19:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's begins cooking breakfast items with real butter, CNBC says
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August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTMCDDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
16:17 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks slipped at the open as the futures once again were influenced by the volatile overnight trading session in China. The averages began to recover shortly after the open and turned mixed by midday. Comments from Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fisher about the central bank being open to a possible rate hike in September took some momentum out of the market. As the volume slowed and the news flow went silent, the volatility increased and the averages headed lower only to rebound before the close, but the trading was still remarkably calm when compared to the wide swings seen in the market in the earlier sessions of this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.4% in July, as expected, with consumer spending up 0.3%, which was below the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for August was revised down to 91.9 from the 92.9 preliminary reading, versus expectations for it to be bumped up to 93.0. Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count is down 8 rigs from last week to 877. WTI crude oil prices added another 6% today to yesterday's 10% rally, closing at $45.22 a barrel on Friday. U.S. crude closed with a weekly gain of 11.8%, marking its first advance in 10 weeks and best week in six years. The Federal Reserve may still raise its benchmark interest rate in September, Fed vice chairman Stanley Fischer said in an interview with CNBC, noting that Fed committee members "haven't made a decision yet" and have "time to wait and see," because the next policy-making meeting won't happen until the middle of next month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of cancer drug maker ARIAD (ARIA) surged $2.91, or 41.69%, to $9.89 after Bloomberg reported that industry peer Baxalta (BXLT) is in takeover talks with the smaller company to boost its oncology pipeline. Baxalta, which had recently turned down a merger offer from Shire (SHPG), fell $1.18, or 3.24%, to $35.25 following the report... In other pharmaceutical industry M&A news, Mylan (MYL) shareholders voted to approve the company's proposed acquisition of Perrigo (PRGO) and the related issuance of Mylan ordinary shares. Afterward, Perrigo CEO Joseph Papa said he was confident that most of his company's shareholders believe that Mylan's offer substantially undervalues Perrigo and would dilute its "growth profile and superior valuation"... Video game maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and airline owner United Continental (UAL) both advanced sharply, rising 4.62% and 6.93%, respectively, after each had their shares selected to join the S&P 500. Activision will replace Pall Corp. (PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading tonight, while United will replace Hospira (HSP) in the index after the close of trading on Wednesday, September 2. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Big Lots (BIG), which advanced $6.58, or 15.67%, to $48.58 after the discount retailer reported better than expected quarterly results and lifted its fiscal year guidance. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid $3.71, or 8.03%, to $42.49, and design software and services company Autodesk (ADSK), which fell $2.48, or 4.96%, to $47.52. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.76, or 0.07%, to 16,643.01, the Nasdaq gained 15.62, or 0.32%, to 4,828.33, and the S&P 500 advanced 1.21, or 0.06%, to 1,988.87.
12:50 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:27 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard volatility flat on addition to S&P 500
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11:16 EDTATVIBattleground: Benchmark says sell GameStop, Piper says bears misguided
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09:23 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Big Lots (BIG), up 11.1%... Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 4.8%... Splunk (SPLK), up 3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 14.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 8.46% stake in the company... United Continental (UAL), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Violin Memory (VMEM), down 23.9%... bebe stores (BEBE), down 19.8%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 4.2%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Peabody Energy (BTU), down 6.6% after Moody's downgraded the company to Caa1.
07:43 EDTATVIGameStop bear thesis not playing out, says Piper Jaffray
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August 27, 2015
19:53 EDTMCDMcDonald's, Tyson Foods drop T&S Farm after animal cruelty video, Reuters says
McDonald's (MCD) and Tyson Foods (TSN) terminated a contract with T&S Farm after animal rights activists shot an undercover video showing farm workers engaging in "unacceptable animal treatment", reports Reuters citing Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman and a statement from McDonald's. Reference Link
18:16 EDTMCDLabor Relations Board revises joint employer policy
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17:38 EDTATVIS&P announces changes to S&P 500 index
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17:30 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard up 7% to $29.99 after being added to S&P 500
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17:16 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard to replace Pall Corp. in S&P 500 as of 8/28 close
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August 26, 2015
06:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's customization kiosks fail to reach drive-thru customers, QSR reports
McDonald's' new "Create Your Taste" kiosks in all its franchises, allowing for customers to customize their orders, may present a problem since they can only be accessed from inside the restaurants, and McDonald's allegedly receives as much as 70% of its sales from the drive-thru, QSR Magazine reports. The expensive new kiosks are expected to cost franchises between $100,000-$150,000 to install, the report says. "At a cost of $100,000-$150,000 per restaurant to implement, it has a limited upside," Richard Adams, a former McDonald's franchisee, told QSR. "I think this is more a stunt to appeal to Wall Street investors instead of being practical for the restaurant operator." Reference Link
August 21, 2015
06:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's accused of mistreating employees in Brazil, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's signs franchise deal with Russia's GiD, Reuters reports
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