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June 8, 2012
12:12 EDTCNC, CHKM, PRGS, MOH, CHK, ATPG, MCDOn 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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08:41 EDTCNCCentene price target raised to $120 from $100 at Leerink
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December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTMCDStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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06:06 EDTCNCCentene sees FY15 EPS $5.05-$5.35, consensus $4.92
Sees FY15 premium and service revenues $20.3B-$20.8B.
06:05 EDTCNCCentene backs FY14 EPS view of $4.35-$4.50, consensus $4.28
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December 10, 2014
16:44 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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14:51 EDTMCDMcDonald's to offer fewer food items, Reuters reports
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14:45 EDTMOH, CNCDeal would block payments to health insurance companies, The Hill says
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10:56 EDTMCDMcDonald's could test its 52-week low, levels to watch
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December 9, 2014
10:31 EDTCNCCentene to host investor meeting
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09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading
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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.
16:08 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare awarded contract to administer Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program
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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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06:42 EDTMCDMcDonald's coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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