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May 30, 2014
08:18 EDTVTR, OXY, SABR, MKC, ROK, TYC, GGPBernstein to hold a conference
Strategic Decisions Conference to be held in New York on May 28-30.
News For GGP;TYC;MKC;OXY;ROK;SABR;VTR From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
11:31 EDTSABRSabre to host investor day
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10:09 EDTROKHigh option volume stocks
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March 27, 2015
14:56 EDTMKCMcCormick management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Chicago on April 1 hosted by JPMorgan.
13:32 EDTSABRSabre in talks for non-U.S. acquisition in travel network business
In a regulatory filing, Sabre (SABR) reports that the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this month that Expedia's (EXPE) Travelocity is not subject to Hawaii’s transient accommodation tax but is subject to its general excise tax. The court further ruled that an income splitting provision that benefits Travelocity applies to the general excise tax. Sabre initially paid $34M in 2013 in order to appeal the matter and expects to receive a majority of this amount back as a result of this ruling. The company also reports that as of the date hereof, Sabre is involved in active negotiations for a potential non-U.S. acquisition within the travel network business segment for which it is possible that it will enter into an agreement in Q2. If consummated, it anticipates that the acquisition would close in Q2/Q3 and require approximately $500M in funds. With respect to its consolidated income statement for the year ended December 31, on a pro forma basis, it expects the acquisition would have resulted in a revenue increase of approximately $250M and would have resulted in a modest increase in adjusted EBITDA. In 2015, it expects the transaction would be approximately neutral to adjusted EPS, and would have a positive impact on adjusted EPS thereafter.
March 25, 2015
09:34 EDTTYCTyco has reached attractive entry point, says Bernstein
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06:24 EDTMKCMcCormick rally yesterday likely unsustainable, says Citigroup
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March 24, 2015
12:44 EDTMKCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:40 EDTMKCMcCormick hits 52-week high after Q1 results top expectations
Shares of spices, seasonings and condiments maker McCormick & Company (MKC) are advancing after the company's first quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, McCormick reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 70c excluding a 15c impact of special charges on revenue of $1.01B, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 64c and $985.12M, respectively. McCormick's Q1 sales rose 2% from the year-ago period and in constant currency, the increase was 6%. Consumer business sales rose 5% in constant currency in Q1 due to increased volume and product mix driven by product innovation, brand marketing support and expanded distribution. Industrial business sales grew 7% in constant currency, with higher volume and product mix, as well as pricing actions. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS of EPS $3.44-$3.51, below its prior view of $3.51-$3.58 given in January and analysts' estimates for FY15 of $3.53. The company continues to expect 4%-6% sales growth in constant currency for FY15. Based on year-to-date results and prevailing exchange rates, currency is now expected to lower this sales growth range by 5 percentage points, which is more than the previous projection of 3 percentage points. In constant currency, adjusted operating income is expected to grow 6%-7% from adjusted operating income of $608M in 2014. McCormick also raised its anticipated special charges for the year to $30M from $20M due to a higher response rate to its voluntary retirement program and additional actions in EMEA. McCormick is also targeting cost reductions of at least $85M in FY15, which are expected to help offset higher material costs. The company sees its Comprehensive Continuous Improvement program delivering at least $65M in 2015, and sees savings from reorganization actions of $20M. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Wilson commented that Q1 operating income was unfavorably impacted by several factors including special charges, unfavorable currency rates and higher material costs. Wilson said the company anticipates that these headwinds will continue in 2015, but expect the benefit of pricing actions and cost reduction efforts to build in the upcoming quarters. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, McCormick rose $2.90 or 3.96% to $76.10 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. The stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $77.79 earlier in the session. Including today's advance, the shares have gained nearly 13% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the food space include TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.8%, B&G Foods (BGS), up 1.2%, and Pinnacle Foods (PF), up 0.1%.
10:49 EDTMKCMcCormick hits fresh life high after earnings, levels to watch
The shares are up 4.7%, off the high of the day which has set a new life high for the stock at $77.78. That new high is current resistance. Support for the shares is at $75.99.
09:22 EDTMKCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:36 EDTMKCMcCormick sees FY15 adjusted EPS $3.44-$3.51, consensus $3.53
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06:32 EDTMKCMcCormick reports Q1 adjusted EPS 70c, consensus 64c
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March 23, 2015
15:24 EDTMKCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include McCormick (MKC), consensus 64c... IHS Inc. (IHS), consensus $1.36... HD Supply (HDS), consensus 10c... G-III Apparel (GIII), consensus 83c.
10:00 EDTTYCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:03 EDTTYCU.S. Multi-Industry sector downgraded to Neutral at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Multi-Industry space to Neutral from Overweight saying rising headwinds could limit share upside to mid-single-digit levels in 2015, with only slight improvement in 2016. The firm believes the credit cycle is peaking and views the U.S. Dollar strength along with lower oil prices as headwinds. Concurrent with sector rating change, Barclays downgraded Dover (DOV), Grainger (GWW), Xylem (XYL) and WESCO (WCC) to Equal Weight from Overweight. It also upgraded Tyco (TYC) to Overweight from Equal Weight and Lennox (LII) to Equal Weight from Underweight, calling both defensive names in the space. The firm is also "comfortable" owning General Electric (GE), Honeywell (HON), Sensata (ST) and HD Supply (HDS) at current levels. It prefers waiting for pullbacks to buy shares of 3M (MMM).
05:49 EDTTYCTyco upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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March 20, 2015
08:06 EDTGGPGeneral Growth price target raised to $35 from $28 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on General Growth as the firm expects the company's FFO to rise by 10% this year and 13% in 2016. The firm thinks the market underestimates the company's near-term FFO growth and the value of its assets. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:40 EDTMKCMcCormick April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
McCormick April call option implied volatility is at 22, June is at 16, September is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 on March 24.
March 17, 2015
08:15 EDTGGPMacerich adopts classified board structure, stockholder rights plan
Macerich (MAC) announced that its board unanimously approved two governance changes to ensure that all stockholders have the opportunity to realize the long-term value of their investment in the company and are protected from coercive takeover attempts. As permitted by the Maryland General Corporation Law, the board has adopted a classified board structure pursuant to which directors will be assigned to one of three classes, each serving three-year terms. In order to emphasize that the classified board is solely intended to protect stockholder value and not intended to be a permanent feature of the company's corporate governance, the company has committed to review the continued need for the classified board structure in 2016. In addition, the board has adopted a limited duration stockholder rights plan, effective March 17, and authorized a dividend distribution of one preferred share purchase right on each outstanding share of Macerich's common stock. If not redeemed or otherwise exchanged, the Rights Plan is limited in duration and will expire on the date of the company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Macerich's Board of Directors elected to implement these governance changes in response to the unsolicited takeover proposal announced by Simon Property Group (SPG) on March 9. In its proposal, Simon Property Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell selected Macerich assets to General Growth Properties (GGP). In addition, on March 12, James Barkley, General Counsel of Simon Property, sent a letter to Macerich indicating that Simon was contemplating the nomination of five dissident candidates to stand for election at Macerich's 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Macerich Board believes this partnership raises serious antitrust concerns as it is a concerted effort by the two largest companies in the industry to acquire the number three company. As a result, the Board believes it is vital that it take proactive measures to protect stockholder value and prevent the accumulation of stock by any group that might seek to force the sale of the company.
08:12 EDTGGPMacerich rejects $91 per share proposal from Simon Property Group
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