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March 10, 2014
12:19 EDTBA, MCD, FMC, DDD, MONT, SSYS, CQBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following disappointing economic data from Asia and a slide in shares of Dow member Boeing (BA). Boeing's drop put immediate pressure on the Dow as soon as trading began and the selling picked up momentum. At its low point of the morning, 29 of the 30 Dow stocks were lower and the index had racked up a triple digit loss. The market improved as the morning progressed, but the major averages all remained in the red as the lunch hour arrived. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Asia, China unexpectedly posted a trade deficit of about $23B in February as overseas shipments slid 18.1% compared to the same month last year. Also, Japan downwardly revised its estimate of economic growth in the fourth quarter to 0.2% from the government's preliminary 0.3% expansion estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Boeing (BA) were the Dow Jones Industrial Average's worst performer after The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday that the airplane maker has discovered cracks in some 787 Dreamliner wings which will lead to a delay in the delivery of some aircraft. Boeing led all decliners on the Dow with a nearly 2.5% pullback near noon... Another Dow member, McDonald’s (MCD), was weak early in the session but had recovered to be flat at midday. The world's largest fast-food restaurant company reported that its same-store sales declined 0.3% globally in February, with U.S. comparable sales decreasing 1.4%... FMC Corporation (FMC) jumped more than 5% after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. "New FMC" will be comprised of the company's Agricultural Solutions and Health and Nutrition segments, which will be split from FMC's current Minerals segment. Jefferies raised its price target on FMC shares to $95 from $84 after the announcement, which the firm views as an incremental positive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Montage Technology (MONT), which surged 20% after the company received a $21.50 per share acquisition proposal from China's state-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology. Also higher was Chiquita Brands (CQB), which rose 12% after agreeing to combine with another fruit company, Ireland's Fyffes, to form a new company that will be 50.7% owned by Chiquita stockholders. Among the noteworthy losers were 3D printer makers 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS), which fell 5% and 3% respectively after Barron's contended that the stocks in the sector are hyped, don't have much potential, and are overvalued. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 83.77, or 0.51%, to 16,368.95, the Nasdaq was down 12.87, or 0.3%, to 4,323.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.55, or 0.35%, to 1,871.49.
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October 21, 2014
08:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 global comparable sales down 3.3%
The decrease reflects negative guest traffic in all major segments and impact of previously-disclosed supplier issue in certain markets in APMEA. Reports Q3 consolidated operating income down 14%, half due to impact of supplier issue and remainder due to soft operating performance in US and certain markets in Europe.
08:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement in global approach to increase relevance, drive traffic
The company has announced "Mcdonald's Experience of the Future", a comprehensive restaurant execution concept that elevates the menu and customer experience elements that are hallmarks of the McDonald's brand, and capitalizes on investments in reimaging, service and technology enhancements to improve the look, feel and convenience of the McDonald's experience in ways that are in-tune with today's consumer needs. It also announced a new digital strategy and a review of the organization's structure and use of resources in order to redirect spending toward those initiatives, such as the digital strategy and the McDonald's Experience of the Future, that will support the Company's key long-term growth initiatives.
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's: Q3 results pressred by tax rate, unusual events, US underperformance
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 EPS $1.09, consensus $1.37
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06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald's turning off some diners due to increased prices, Bloomberg says
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTMCDNotable 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 EDTBABoeing partners with Kenya Airways
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12:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
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10:30 EDTCQBISS recommends Chiquita shareholders vote for combination with Fyffes
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08:52 EDTCQBWynnefield rejects Chiquita-Fyffes proposal
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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October 17, 2014
15:51 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra not considering raising $14-per-share Chiquita offer, Reuters says
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14:50 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra not considering raising $14-per-share Chiquita offer, Reuters says
11:58 EDTBATextron 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%.
09:43 EDTCQBChiquita to host special shareholder meeting
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07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
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