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June 8, 2012
12:12 EDTATPG, MCD, CNC, CHKM, PRGS, MOH, CHKOn 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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January 23, 2015
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q4 global comparable sales down 0.9%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q4 EPS $1.13, consensus $1.22
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07:41 EDTCHKChesapeake initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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07:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's held accountable for franchisee decisions, sued for racism, WSJ says
Ten former McDonald's employees are suing the company for wrongful termination related to allegedly racist hiring practices in two Virginia locations, reports the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit tests the implications of the National Labor Relations Board's recent decision to hold McDonald's responsible for franchisee decisions. Reference Link
06:53 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Chesapeake to Outperform based on relative valuation, an improved balance sheet, and increased financial strength that can be used to upgrade its asset base. Price target raised to $24 from $21.
January 22, 2015
15:32 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:13 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical notes ahead of results
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12:48 EDTCHKCarl Icahn believes oil prices will go lower
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12:25 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 7c-10c hit to Q4 EPS from China supplier issue
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January 21, 2015
17:27 EDTMCDMcDonald's franchisees expect sales decline, CNBC reports
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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.
06:42 EDTCHKTotal to cut spending on North Sea, U.S. shale projects, Reuters says
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January 20, 2015
10:29 EDTCHKONGC speculated to potentially hold talks to buy Chesapeake, EnergyPlugged says
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January 16, 2015
10:47 EDTCNCBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 15, 2015
06:36 EDTMCDMcDonald's experimenting with new concepts in Australia, Reuters says
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
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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06:12 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Chesapeake to Underweight and other names in the Exploration & Production space saying downside risk outweighs potential gains, even if oil prices recover. The firm reduced its commodity price deck assumptions and believes investor expectations for an oil price recovery could prove disappointing. It lowered its price target for shares to $13 from $18.
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