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June 8, 2012
12:12 EDTCHK, CHKM, MCD, MOH, CNC, ATPG, PRGSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday ahead of a number of potentially market moving events expected over this weekend. Stock futures began the day indicating a sharply lower open, putting the Dow's three day winning streak in jeopardy. The weakness was attributed to continuing worries about the EU's ability to support Spanish banks. The market opened lower, but found a level where it sat and began to build. An hour into the trading session the market had recouped more than half of its losses and a short time later moved back into positive territory. What looked like a day that would end in a sell off has now climbed a wall of worry into positive territory and the averages are once again positive for the year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., April's trade balance report was generally in line and wholesale inventories in the month increased 0.6%, versus an expected increase of 0.4%. In Europe, Spain is set to become the fourth, and largest, country to seek assistance since Europe's debt crisis began, according to Reuters. The news service cited officials in Brussels and Berlin, saying a conference call is planned for Saturday morning to discuss a Spanish request for aid... COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) was in focus as it held its annual shareholder meeting, where two current directors resigned after shareholder voting and a proposal to amend the company's long term incentive plan passed. Also, the company announced three separate transactions to sell its midstream assets for total proceeds of more than $4B, including the sale of its general partner interests in Chesapeake Midstream Partners (CHKM) to Global Infrastructure Partners for $2B... McDonald's (MCD) reported disappointing worldwide same store sales growth of 3.3% in May, as results were dragged down by the company's performance in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The fast food giant also warned that its Q2 results could be pressured by austerity measures in Europe, foreign currency effects and macro headwinds, sending shares down a bit more than 0.75%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Molina Healthcare (MOH), which rebounded from a slide yesterday to gain more than 27% today, after the company announced last night that it will continue as a Medicaid managed care provider in Ohio. Centene (CNC), up 10%, also benefited from Ohio reversing its earlier decision and recommending the company for a Medicaid contract. Noteworthy losers included ATP Oil & Gas (ATPG), down more than 13%, after the company said it was unable to come to an employment agreement with recently hired CEO Matt McCarroll, resulting in his resignation, and Progress Software (PRGS), down 13%, following its warning that its Q2 earnings and revenue will fall short of consensus estimates... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 11.58, or 0.09%, to 12,472.54; the Nasdaq was up 8.32, or 0.29%, to 2,839.34; and the S&P 500 was up 1.04, or 0.08%, to 1,316.03.
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July 22, 2014
10:43 EDTMOH, CNCAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle (CMG), up 10.7%... Crocs (CROX), up 5%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% after announcing intent to form MLP... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 9.5% after reporting Q2 results, preclinical study results, price target on shares raised to $19 from $13 at Brean Capital... FuelCell (FCEL), up 5.4% after announcing German government support, EUR 4.9M in research awards... Apache (APA), up 5.2% after Bloomberg says activist investor JANA Partners disclosed $1B position in the stock. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Harley-Davidson (HOG), down 4.1%... Travelers (TRV), down 3.4%... McDonald's (MCD), down 2.3%... Coca-Cola (KO), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1% following downgrade to Neutral rating at Citigroup.
08:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: Near-term results expected to remain muted
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08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 global comparable sales relatively flat
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07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.44
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06:47 EDTCNCCentene up 2.1% following Q2 earnings release
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06:43 EDTMCDChina food scandal expands, ropes-in Starbucks, others, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTCNCCentene sees FY14 EPS $3.70-$3.90, consensus $3.73
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06:12 EDTCNCCentene reports Q2 EPS ex-items 95c, consensus 72c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.02B, consensus $3.66B. Reports Q2 EPS 79c. Reports Q2 premium and service revenues $3.74B.
July 21, 2014
17:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's stock doesn't look ready for gains, Barron's says
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16:22 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
15:30 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
15:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
In the last three months the shares have traded essentially flat, off of the life high set at $103.78 earlier in the period. On a longer term basis the shares have had difficulty maintaining price above the $100 level. Going back to January 2012 there have been three distinct times this level has been attempted which have all failed. We could be seeing major topping action in the stock. How shares behave now will be critical for the next move. On stronger fundamental news, there could be a test to the old high that holds and gets built upon. That would require the shares take out at least the $105 area on the upside without retracing below $100 thereafter. On weaker news than expected the stock could enter a major decline given these three tops above $100. Triple tops often see deeper corrections follow. Support below the current price of $97.70 is at the $94.40 area. This level has held as support in the last few months. A break below would see the 52-week low at $92.22 as next support, followed by $89.85.
14:05 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's to return up to $20B to investors from 2014-2016
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11:00 EDTMCDStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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09:10 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
06:22 EDTMCDMcDonald's July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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05:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 20, 2014
11:58 EDTCHKCaterpillar, five others should benefit from global recovery, Barron's says
Caterpillar (CAT), Teradata (TDC), Kennametal (KMT), Capital One Financial (COF), T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are all relatively cheap and should benefit from global recovery, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link
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