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May 28, 2014
10:00 EDTCCE, WMT, RKUS, NBS, MCD, VEEV, QTNT, MEG, DK, WM, SBUX, NMBL, JDOn 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.
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April 23, 2015
14:56 EDTSBUXStarbucks April 49.5 weekly straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
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13:12 EDTJDEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Amazon ahead of Q1 report
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, April 23 with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (13c) on revenue of $22.39B. The consensus range is (56c)-35c for EPS, and $21.74B-$22.88B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported fourth quarter EPS of 45c against estimates of 17c, on revenue of $29.33B against estimates of $29.67B. The company gave Q1 revenue guidance of $20.9B-$22.9B and Q1 operating income guidance of ($450M)-$50M, compared to $146M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported worldwide paid Prime memberships increased 53% in 2014. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: During Amazon’s Q4 earnings conference call, CFO Thomas Szkutak said the company will look to invest in China and India. In the past quarter, an Economics Times report said the company was planning to create its own fashion and lifestyle private brands in India. RBC Capital says the company’s outlook is still positive due to significant opportunity for growth in India. UBS noted that Amazon could benefit from restructuring its China operations, making a case for Amazon to exit the country as it faces stiff competition from Alibaba (BABA) and Jd.com (JD). Amazon.com expanded its two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Baltimore, Miami, Austin and Atlanta. Piper Jaffray said the expansion of the program is "encouraging" and will prevent retailers from gaining mindshare from Amazon. The company announced the launch of its Amazon Giveaway tool, AWS Marketplace, new Fire TV features and greenlit five new Amazon Original series, but it plans to shut down Amazon Webstore. ChannelAdvisor said Amazon SSS was up 27% in January, 22.7% in February and 24.6% in March. In recommendations, the company’s price target was raised RW Baird after the firm assigned a standalone value of $40B-$45B to Amazon Web Services. Its price target was also raised at Citigroup due the company’s upcoming disclosure of new segment metrics. Earlier this month, Cleveland Research said its checks indicate Amazon has in-line sales growth and margin expansion that will lead to modest upside Q1 CSOI. Jefferies adds that the company’s fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term margin improvement with scale. Baird also said that its Amazon.com survey suggests accelerating growth trends in product selection and Prime-eligible units. Piper Jaffray said it is positive on Amazon shares because the firm believes margins will exceed expectations for the next two quarters. Ahead of the company’s Q1 earnings report, Amazon was upgraded at Monness Crespi citing a the release of results for Amazon’s Web Service segment. The firm called it a "catalytic event" outside of the company’s "standard beat-and-raise" type of report. Amazon was downgraded, however, at BGC Financial due to the negative impact of currency. BGC added that it expects the company to "sustain its investment cycle regardless of overall profitability." PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 24% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q1 report, Amazon.com shares are down 0.35%.
13:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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12:35 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q2 EPS 32c-33c on split-adjusted basis
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 31c-35c on revenue of $4.39B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, in-line with analysts' estimates, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. The company said comparable store transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S. and nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. In conjunction with its earnings release, Starbucks announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer. NEWS: At the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March, the company announced a two-for-one stock split. On a split-adjusted basis, the company revised its Q2 EPS view to 32c-33c to account for the planned stock split; previous Q2 EPS guidance was 64c-65c. The company also revised its EPS guidance for fiscal year 2015 to $1.55-$1.57, which compares to analysts' estimates of $1.57; the company's pre-split FY15 EPS view was $3.09-$3.13. At the meeting, Starbucks announced two delivery models, including a collaboration with Postmates, which will allow customers to order their food and beverage items via the Starbucks mobile app, and a "Green Apron" barista delivery option enabling customers within specified office-buildings to order food and beverages for delivery. Starbucks also reaffirmed its goal to grow its market capitalization to $100B and announced an agreement with Chinese food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. During the quarter, Evolution Fresh, a unit of Starbucks, and Dannon (DANOY) said they would launch co-branded yogurt products. They said they planned to launch Evolution Fresh Smoothies in 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and in select Starbucks locations within grocery stores nationwide. Starbucks raised suspicions among European regulators and local governments by reporting losses despite hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales, The Wall Street Journal reported in early April. STREET RESEARCH: BMO Capital recently initiated Starbucks with an Outperform rating, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. Shares were also recently initiated at Guggenheim with a Buy rating and $56 target and with an Outperform rating and $56 target at Cowen. Goldman said Starbucks is its top pick in the sector and expects an in-line earnings report. Additionally, the firm expects Starbucks to comment on mobile ordering and the potential for traffic acceleration in the back half of the year and into 2016. Piper Jaffray raised its split-adjusted price target for shares of Starbucks to $55 from $53, which implies 16% upside from current levels. Piper's five-year model suggests the company's earnings double. The firm has an Overweight rating on the stock. Bernstein increased its price target on Starbucks as the firm estimates that falling coffee prices will add at least 3c-4c to the company's fiscal 2016 EPS. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are up about 1.2% to $48.93.
12:06 EDTSBUXStreet Check: Goldman made good call on Dunkin' Brands
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April 22, 2015
16:44 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, but turned negative shortly after the open. The downside move failed to gain momentum and the averages remained near the flat line for most of the morning. The market moved to session highs by mid-afternoon and drifted higher into the close, as investors prepared for another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) rose $2.66, or 4.07%, to $68.01 and MasterCard (MA) advanced $3.43, or 3.91%, to $91.20 after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. Goldman Sachs said the overall rule is broader and simpler than expected, raising the possibility that Visa and MasterCard could operate more freely in China than the firm had previously expected... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced $2.97, or 3.13%, to $97.84 after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Organovo (ONVO), which surged 67c, or 14.99%, to $5.14 after disclosing the company entered into a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK) that gives the drugmaker access to Organovo’s commercial exVive3D Human Liver Tissue service. Also higher was Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which gained $5.54, or 14.22%, to $44.50 after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped $1.38, or 19.94%, to $5.54 after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower were shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which fell $51.29, or 7.41%, to $641.23 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter comparable sales growth of 10.4%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 88.68, or 0.49%, to 18,038.27, the Nasdaq gained 21.07, or 0.42%, to 5,035.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.67, or 0.51%, to 2,107.96.
16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
14:57 EDTSBUXStarbucks April weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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12:31 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having been on a bit of a see-saw during morning trading. The averages opened in positive territory, soon turned negative, then back into positive ground following the release of a better than expected existing home sales report. The housing data was followed by a lift in the averages, which remained in positive ground near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 2% after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. Also rising after its quarterly report was another globally recognized brand, Coca-Cola (KO), whose shares gained 1% after its comparable earnings per share topped the consensus estimate. A third member of the Dow, Boeing (BA), slid over 2.5% after its earnings beat expectations but its revenue fell short of the consensus forecast... Visa (V) rose 5% and MasterCard (MA) advanced over 4% after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 12% after the company reported it was profitable in the first quarter and announced an exclusive relationship that will see carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries give the company's members exclusive product offers. Also higher was ASML (ASML), which gained 11% after announcing that it has signed an agreement with one of its "major U.S. customers" to deliver a minimum of 15 ASML EUV, or Extreme Ultraviolet, lithography systems. Afterward, Summit Research said it thinks the most likely buyer is Intel (INTC), which the firm believes does not want to be left behind if TSMC (TSM) puts EUV to use in 10nm processing. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped 19% after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell over 9%, Cree (CREE), which slid 9%, and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which declined 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.69, or 0.16%, to 17,978.28, the Nasdaq was up 6.66, or 0.13%, to 5,020.77, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.25%, to 2,102.53.
11:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's said it raised prices by approximately 2% in Q1
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11:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's says US results were strong on breakfast comps, weak for rest of day
11:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's says China continue to recovery from brand perception
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10:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's rises on turnaround plan hopes, levels to watch
The shares are up over 4% at time of writing at $98.76. At that price next resistance is at the $100 area. Support is at $97, the opening price for the session.
10:02 EDTMEGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... American Water (AWK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Anadarko (APC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Apache (APA) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Associated Banc Corp (ASB) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Concho Resources (CXO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Consolidated Edison (ED) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Denbury Resources (DNR) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Dominion (D) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Edison International (EIX) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Encana (ECA) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Eversource (ES) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Exelon (EXC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... FirstEnergy (FE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Great Plains Energy (GXP) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Media General (MEG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Medley Capital (MCC) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Murphy Oil (MUR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Newtek Business Services (NEWT) initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg... NextEra Energy (NEE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Noble Energy (NBL) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PG&E (PCG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... PPL Corp. (PPL) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... PSEG (PEG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Pinnacle West (PNW) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Range Resources (RRC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Southern Company (SO) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
09:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's volatility elevated into turnaround plan on May 4
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08:43 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q1 EPS ex-charges $1.01, consensus $1.06
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08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q1 US comparable sales down 2.6%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's plans to share initial details of turnaround plan on May 4, 2015
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q1 global comparable sales down 2.3%
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07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q1 EPS 84c, consensus $1.06
Reports Q1 revenue $5.96B, consensus $5.96B
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