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March 10, 2014
12:19 EDTCQB, DDD, BA, SSYS, FMC, MONT, MCDOn 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.
News For BA;MCD;FMC;DDD;MONT;SSYS;CQB From The Last 14 Days
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December 10, 2014
06:47 EDTBABoeing says China planes deliveries to hit record in 2014, China Daily says
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06:33 EDTSSYSStratasys initiated with a Neutral at Longbow
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06:27 EDTBACongress authorizes $1.46B for Boeing attack jets, Reuters says
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06:08 EDTBABoeing cutting over 560 employees in Southern California, LA Times reports
According to documents filed in California, Boeing is planning to lay off 253 people at its Long Beach facilities, 154 in Huntington Beach and 154 employees in El Segundo, the LA Times reports. The layoffs will occur this month and in early 2015. Reference Link
December 9, 2014
15:45 EDTCQBGabelli raises stake in Chiquita to 8.16% from 6.52%
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12:38 EDTBABoeing 747 production rate cut not surprising, says Wells Fargo
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12:35 EDTSSYSStratasys management to meet with Jefferies
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12:34 EDTBABoeing to cut 747-8 production to 1.3 from 1.5 per month, WSJ reports
Boeing confirmed plans to lower 747-8 jetliner monthly production to 1.3 per month from 1.5, which will reduce annual deliveries to 16 from 18, in September of next year, reported The Wall Street Journal. Boeing said the cut enables it to "continue to run a healthy business,” the Journal quoted the company as stating. Reference Link
09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading
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06:22 EDTBABoeing sees strong demand for commercial airplanes in 2015
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's falls on weak November sales, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTMCDMarket begins lower, averages turns mixed in early trade
Stock futures trade below fair value throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The Dow finished last week at an all-time high and just slightly below its next milestone level of 18,000, but it continues to be weighed on during early trading from McDonald's (MCD), which is down over 3% following its November sales report. In early trading, the Dow is down 17 points, the Nasdaq is up 7 points and the S&P is down 1 point.
09:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees Q4 margins 'significantly pressured' by top-line performance
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09:20 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports November global comparable sales decreased 2.2%
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07:54 EDTSSYSStratasys weakness creates attractive entry point, says UBS
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06:42 EDTMCDMcDonald's coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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05:43 EDTBABoeing Business Jets, Comlux announces order for two BBJ MAX 8s
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