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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.
News For CHK;CHKM;MCD;MOH;CNC;ATPG;PRGS From The Last 14 Days
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November 17, 2014
08:12 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMCDNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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12:58 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's up 2% after activist JANA reports new stake
Shares of McDonald's are up after 1% after activist investor JANA Partners reported a new 842K share stake in the fast food giant. JANA this morning disclosed its quarterly holdings as of September 30 to the SEC. The stake was acquired between June 30 and September 30 of this year. Shares of McDonald's are up 2%, or $1.63, to $97.11 in early trading.
09:38 EDTMCDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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November 13, 2014
12:19 EDTPRGSProgress Software management to meet with Benchmark Co.
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10:01 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
06:29 EDTCNCCentene downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Centene to Market Perform citing valuation following the recent rally in shares.
November 12, 2014
16:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's to enter Kazakhstan in 2015
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08:58 EDTCNC, MOHManaged Care earnings risk low from King vs. Burwell, says Leerink
Leerink believes the Supreme Court decision to the King vs. Burwell case carries low earnings risk for Managed Care companies. The case to determine the legality of Exchange subsidies administered by the Federal Government carries less than 2% and 3% of earnings risk for 2014 and 2015 estimates, respectively, Leerink believes. The firm says Humana (HUM) and Cigna (CI) are currently losing money on Exchanges, and thus could benefit from any Federal Exchange membership loss. Leerink lists Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP) and Molina Healthcare (MOH) as being most impacted.
08:02 EDTCNCCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTCHKBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 11, 2014
12:55 EDTMOH, CNCWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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05:56 EDTMCDMcDonald's recalls Hello Kitty themed whistles due to choking hazards
McDonald's is recalling about 2.3M “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” Whistles in the U.S. and about 200,000 in Canada. The CPSC says components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children. McDonald’s has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention. Reference Link
November 10, 2014
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October APMEA comparable sales down 4.2%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October Europe comparable sales down 0.7%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October US comparable sales down 1%
The company said, "To restore business momentum, the U.S. is revamping its marketing approach, simplifying the menu and creating a new organizational structure. These initiatives are designed to better address consumer preferences and the competitive dynamics of the local markets in which we compete by bringing decision making closer to our customers."
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October global comparable sales down 0.5%
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05:58 EDTCHKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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