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May 28, 2014
10:00 EDTVEEV, QTNT, MEG, DK, WM, SBUX, NMBL, JD, CCE, WMT, RKUS, NBS, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Delek US (DK) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at CLSA... McDonald's (MCD) initiated with a Strong Sell at Standpoint Research... Media General (MEG) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... NeoStem (NBS) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Benchmark Co.... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Quotient (QTNT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Starbucks (SBUX) initiated with a Strong Sell at Standpoint Research... Veeva (VEEV) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Wal-Mart (WMT) initiated with a Strong Sell at Standpoint Research... Waste Management (WM) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital.
News For CCE;DK;MCD;JD;MEG;NBS;NMBL;QTNT;RKUS;SBUX;VEEV;WMT;WM From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
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.
08:35 EDTQTNTQuotient downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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06:55 EDTRKUSRuckus Wireless upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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07:33 EDTNBSNeoStem receives drug manufacture license for Irvine, CA facility
NeoStem announced that the State of California's Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch has completed its review of NeoStem's manufacturing and control processes at its Irvine, California cGMP facility for the production of eltrapuldencel-T and has issued NeoStem a manufacturing license permitting NeoStem to manufacture drugs from this facility, including the manufacture of eltrapuldencel-T for clinical trial use. Eltrapuldencel-T is the company's patient-specific targeted cancer immunotherapy under investigation for the treatment of Stage IV or recurrent Stage III metastatic melanoma.
January 16, 2015
15:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Starbucks January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 24, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on January 22.
11:02 EDTJDBofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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07:40 EDTDKWolfe Research to hold a conference
1st Annual Oil & Gas 1:1 Refining Conference is being held in Boston on January 16.
06:11 EDTSBUXEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTCCEKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
09:24 EDTWMTEpiq Systems to hold a webinar
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08:30 EDTSBUXEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:36 EDTMCDMcDonald's experimenting with new concepts in Australia, Reuters says
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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09:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTMCDAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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06:55 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan finds plant doesn't use plastic found in McNugget, Reuters says
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