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March 22, 2012
16:23 EDTFDX, GOLD, SWHC, RGR, PCLN, MCD, SONC, GME, DG, SCVL, XOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as reports of contraction in manufacturing in both China and the euro zone fueled worries about global growth prospects. Stock futures indicated a lower open and the market reacted as expected after the opening bell. The averages opened in negative territory and were never able to put together any semblance of a rally. The move lower was broad based as evidenced by the market internals, which saw declining stocks heavily outpace advancers. The market generally ignored the day’s domestic economic data, including a drop in weekly jobless claims and a better than expected report on the leading economic indicators. The market has now lost ground for the third consecutive day after recently hitting fresh recovery highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 5K to 348K, versus the expected 350K. The leading economic indicators for February increased 0.7%, versus expectations of an increase of 0.6%. Home prices held flat on a seasonally-adjusted basis in January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. In China, a "flash" purchasing managers index fell to 48.1 from 49.6 the month prior. In Europe, a composite euro zone PMI reading also fell, hitting 48.7... MARKET NEWS: FedEx (FDX) topped the list of companies reporting results this morning and saw its shares fall $3.32, or 3.46%, to $92.50 after its earnings beat expectations but its revenues and guidance disappointed. Among others reporting earnings, advancers included Shoe Carnival (SCVL) and Dollar General (DG); decliners included GameStop (GME) and Sonic (SONC)... McDonald's (MCD) CEO Jim Skinner announced his retirement, to be replaced by the company's current President and COO Donald Thompson... Priceline.com (PCLN) shares moved higher, up $8.34, or 1.19%, to $711.99, after Piper Jaffray said in a note to investors this morning that the company's shares could hit $1,000 by mid-2014 and that $50.00 of non-GAAP earnings per share in 2015 is realistic... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sturm Ruger (RGR), up $5.63, or 13.31%, to $47.93, after saying its had to temporarily stop accepting new orders after its Q1 bookings topped 1M units, and Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 78c, or 11.30%, to $7.68, as it also appeared to benefit from Sturm Ruger's news. Noteworthy losers included Randgold Resources (GOLD), down $12.80, or 12.38%, to $90.60, after reports of a coup attempt in Mali, and US Steel (X), down $1.82, or 5.82%, to $29.47, as one of the many materials names that moved lower on the signs of weakness in China... INDICES: The Dow fell 78.48, or 0.60%, to 13,046.14; the Nasdaq lost 12.00, or 0.39%, to 3,063.32; and the S&P 500 dropped 10.11, or 0.72%, to 1,392.78.
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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.
16:00 EDTDGOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
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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13:23 EDTDGHigh option volume stocks: RFMD LCI MR PII DG CTRL
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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 18, 2014
16:20 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:32 EDTFDXFedEx slips in early trading, levels to watch
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07:22 EDTGMETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMEJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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06:33 EDTFDXFedEx says loss from DOJ suit 'could be material' if convicted
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06:30 EDTFDXFedEx says innocent of charges brought by Justice Department
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July 17, 2014
18:54 EDTFDXFedEx says innocent of drug charges, will plead not guilty, Bloomberg reports
18:52 EDTFDXFedEx indicted for its role in distributing controlled substances
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09:27 EDTGMEGameStop valuation compelling, says BofA/Merrill
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