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March 22, 2012
16:23 EDTSWHC, MCD, DG, X, RGR, SONC, SCVL, GOLD, PCLN, GME, FDXOn 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.
News For FDX;SCVL;DG;GME;SONC;MCD;PCLN;RGR;SWHC;GOLD;X From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
06:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's customization kiosks fail to reach drive-thru customers, QSR reports
McDonald's' new "Create Your Taste" kiosks in all its franchises, allowing for customers to customize their orders, may present a problem since they can only be accessed from inside the restaurants, and McDonald's allegedly receives as much as 70% of its sales from the drive-thru, QSR Magazine reports. The expensive new kiosks are expected to cost franchises between $100,000-$150,000 to install, the report says. "At a cost of $100,000-$150,000 per restaurant to implement, it has a limited upside," Richard Adams, a former McDonald's franchisee, told QSR. "I think this is more a stunt to appeal to Wall Street investors instead of being practical for the restaurant operator." Reference Link
August 25, 2015
12:51 EDTPCLNPriceline August weekly volatility increases on wide price movement
Priceline August weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, September is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:23 EDTPCLNAnalyst says Priceline undervalued, looks poised to outperform
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08:22 EDTGMEGameStop August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:45 EDTPCLNPriceline shares still undervalued with issues stabilizing, says Piper Jaffray
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07:38 EDTDGDollar Tree, Dollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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August 24, 2015
15:29 EDTDGDollar General August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:32 EDTXU.S. Steel says acted to effectuate hard freeze of some benefits
In a regulatory filing from Friday evening, U.S. Steel disclosed that on August 17, United States Steel Corporation, acted to effectuate a hard freeze of benefits accrued under each of the following plans effective as of December 31, 2015: (i) the United States Steel Corporation Plan for Employee Pension Benefits and each provision, rule part, plan or program thereunder as applicable to non-union employees; (ii) the United States Steel Corporation Non Tax-Qualified Pension Plan; and (iii) the United States Steel Corporation Executive Management Supplemental Pension Program. As a result, from and after December 31 all benefit accruals under each Plan shall cease and no participant in any Plan will receive credit under the Plan for further service to the Corporation or its subsidiaries and the compensation levels resulting from any such further service will not be relevant to the determination of benefits payable under the Plans. The Non Tax-Qualified Plan and the Supplemental Plan provide benefits to Mr. Douglas Matthews, one of our Named Executive Officers. As described above, on August 1 , the Corporation enacted a hard freeze of benefits accrued under its DB Plan effective December 31. Participants of the DB Plan will be transitioned to a defined contribution retirement plan at that time. The Corporation will perform a remeasurement of the DB Plan, and will report these results in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30.
09:18 EDTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTGOLDRandgold upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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August 23, 2015
17:40 EDTFDXJudge sends FedEx driver lawsuit back to trial court, Bloomberg says
A federal appeals court has sent a dispute over the employment status of FedEx drivers back to trial court, saying a jury must decide whether the drivers are independent contractors or full-fledged employees, reports Bloomberg. The verdict gives FedEx another chance to defend its practices, according to the report. Reference Link
13:07 EDTXU.S. Steel shares could rally 60% to $28 by late 2016, Barron's says
Shares of U.S. Steel could rise more than 60% to $28 by the end of 2016 as steel prices increase, cost cutting measures take effect, and Chinese imports decline given an import tariff scheduled for November, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
08:26 EDTXU.S. Steel initiated with a Sell at Axiom
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06:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's accused of mistreating employees in Brazil, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTFDXFedEx to launch EUR 8.00 bid for TNT Express on Aug. 24
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06:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's signs franchise deal with Russia's GiD, Reuters reports
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August 20, 2015
17:52 EDTFDXUPS pilots President issues statement on FedEx/ALPA tentative agreement
The following statement is from Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association regarding the tentative pilot labor agreement between FedEx (FDX) and ALPA: "We congratulate our pilot peers and FedEx on reaching a new tentative collective bargaining agreement. While we have not seen the details, the IPA will refrain from commenting on the merits of the tentative agreement until the ALPA ratification process has been completed. If approved, however, the FedEx pilot contract will bring labor peace to our largest competitor. In sharp contrast, UPS (UPS) management has created a bitter standoff with its pilot employees, unnecessarily dragging out contract talks for four years. UPS must not allow itself to be left behind by FedEx. The IPA calls on UPS management to work with its pilots to expeditiously achieve an agreement."
17:33 EDTFDXFedEx reaches tentative agreement with Air Line Pilots Association
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12:05 EDTFDXBoeing reports eight new orders in weekly update
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August 19, 2015
06:12 EDTMCDStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
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