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February 5, 2013
16:49 EDTBIDU, YUM, MSFT, ACM, LBTYA, DELL, MHP, CSC, VMEDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow's third straight session with a triple digit move allowed it to close just shy of the 14K level, while the S&P 500 climbed back above 1,500... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January from 55.7 in December, but beat expectations for a reading of 55.0. In Europe, the composite euro-zone services PMI rose to 48.6 in January from a 48.3 reading in the prior month. In China, HSBC's services PMI jumped to 54.0 in January from 51.7 the month before... COMPANY NEWS: Dell's (DELL) expected "go private" deal was officially announced, as private equity firm Silver Lake and Michael Dell agreed to buy the company for $13.65 in cash, or about $24.4B. As had been speculated, the financing for the deal includes a $2B loan from Microsoft (MSFT). Dell shares, which had risen about 22% over the last month amidst the going private chatter, gained 15c, or 1.13%, to $13.42... Virgin Media (VMED) rose $6.92, or 17.89%, to $45.61 after confirming that it is in discussions with Liberty Global (LBTYA) concerning a possible transaction. CNBC's David Faber reported late in the afternoon that the boards of both companies voted to approve a cash and stock deal that will see Liberty Global take over Virgin Media. Liberty shares lost $1.58, or 2.27%, to $67.88... Yum! Brands (YUM) reported earnings after yesterday's close that were in-line with expectations, but the company reported same-store-sales in China fell 6% in Q4. Shares of Yum! Brands were downgraded at RW Baird and Goldman and slid $1.86, or 2.91%, to $62.08... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Computer Sciences (CSC), up $3.84, or 9.16%, to $45.75, and AECOM Technology (ACM), up $1.95, or 7.7%, to $27.26 after both companies reported earnings that beat estimates. Among the notable losers was McGraw-Hill (MHP), which followed yesterday's slide with another loss of $5.38, or 10.7%, to close at $44.92 after the DOJ confirmed it is suing Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud in rating mortgage-based securities. Also lower was Baidu (BIDU), which fell $10.83, or 10.1%, to $96.37 after its Q4 report, as shares were downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus and Raymond James with both firms citing increased margin pressure... INDICES: The Dow was up 99.22, or 0.71%, to 13,979.30; the Nasdaq was up 40.41, or 1.29%, to 3,171.58; and the S&P 500 was up 15.58, or 1.04%, to 1,511.29.
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December 10, 2014
07:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares defended at Stifel
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07:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands now a 'show me' story, says UBS
UBS noted Yum! Brands revised its forward guidance and was disappointed as it undermined the confidence in the pace of the China recovery. The firm feels the guidance could be conservative, but said Yum! Brands is now a "show me" story with less benefit of the doubt offered ahead of a demonstrated recovery. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:31 EDTLBTYALiberty Global, Searchlight to acquire Choice
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07:10 EDTACMAECOM to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in New York on December 16 at 11 am. Webcast Link
07:05 EDTYUMYum! Brands guidance could be conservative, says RBC Capital
After Yum! preannounced lower than expected China sales, RBC Capital was surprised by the news, but thinks the company's outlook for at least 10% EPS growth in 2015 could be conservative. The firm trimmed its price target on the name to $82 from $85 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands to allow Chinese consumers to tour KFC kitchens, Reuters reports
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December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
16:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands down over 3% following FY14, FY15 guidance
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 mid-single-digit adjusted EPS growth, consensus $3.24
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says 'firmly committed to double-digit EPS growth in 2015'
Greg Creed, CEO effective January 1, 2015, said, “We are firmly committed to returning to double-digit EPS growth in 2015, delivering at least 10% growth with the potential to do significantly better. We fully expect to bounce-back in China and benefit from tremendous sales leverage as sales rebound. We have solid plans to drive same-store sales growth and margin improvement in China, while continuing to open new restaurants with confidence in the world’s fastest-growing economy. Further, sustained momentum at our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, and the recent relaunch of our Pizza Hut U.S. business are also expected to contribute to our double-digit EPS growth. Our brands are the global leaders in their respective categories, and we expect to build on this strength with breakthrough product innovation, insight-driven marketing and digital leadership in the years ahead. Overall, we expect to open over 2,100 new international restaurants next year, further strengthening our lead in emerging markets. We remain focused on the three keys to driving shareholder value: same-store sales growth, new-unit development and generating high returns on invested capital. I’m confident we’ll deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10% in 2015 and produce consistent double-digit EPS growth over the long term.”
16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides FY15 operating guidance
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16:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 China division SSS negative mid-single digits
The company said, "As previously reported, China Division sales were significantly impacted by adverse publicity in July regarding improper food handling practices by a former supplier. Sales continue to recover, but at a slower pace than expected. We estimate China Division full-year same-store sales will be negative mid-single digits. With this assumption, we now estimate mid-single-digit full-year EPS growth, excluding Special Items." FY14 EPS consensus $3.24.
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY15 EPS growth at least 10%, consensus $3.78
Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2015, excluding Special Items.
06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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09:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands to host analyst and investor meeting
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06:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands coverage resumed with a Sell at Goldman
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