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March 12, 2014
04:55 EDTHAIN, HAIN, MCD, MCD, CST, CST, EAT, EAT, COT, COT, RAI, RAI, WEN, WEN, JAH, JAH, THI, THI, NWL, NWL, YUM, YUM, BNNY, BNNY, BGS, BGSRBC Capital to hold a conference
Consumer & Retail Conference is being held in Boston on March 12-13.
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December 9, 2014
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.
14:28 EDTTHITim Hortons shareholders approve proposed transaction with Burger King
Tim Hortons (THI) announced the company's shareholders have approved the transaction with Burger King Worldwide (BKW) that will create a new global quick service restaurant leader. Following approximately 99.2% approval of votes cast by THI shareholders, the two companies announced the name of the new parent company, Restaurant Brands International. The name reflects the new company's global scale and reach, which will include more than 18,000 restaurants operating in 100 countries under its two distinct, iconic brands. Upon close of the transaction, shares of Restaurant Brands International will be traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "QSR." Units of Restaurant Brands International Limited Partnership are expected to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "QSP." The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, approval and issuance of a final order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice hearing for the final order to approve the Arrangement is scheduled to take place on December 11, and completion of the Arrangement and related transactions is expected to occur on or about December 12.
10:35 EDTTHITim Hortons to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to vote upon the proposed arrangement with Burger King Worldwide is being held on December 9 at 10 am. Webcast Link
10:19 EDTHAINHigh option volume stocks
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09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's falls on weak November sales, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTMCDMarket begins lower, averages turns mixed in early trade
Stock futures trade below fair value throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The Dow finished last week at an all-time high and just slightly below its next milestone level of 18,000, but it continues to be weighed on during early trading from McDonald's (MCD), which is down over 3% following its November sales report. In early trading, the Dow is down 17 points, the Nasdaq is up 7 points and the S&P is down 1 point.
09:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees Q4 margins 'significantly pressured' by top-line performance
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09:20 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands to host analyst and investor meeting
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08:25 EDTRAIReynolds American CFO change not related to negative event, says RBC Capital
After Reynolds' CFO retired, RBC Capital says that the CFO's retirement appears to have been planned ahead of time and does not indicate any problems at the company. The firm keeps a Top Pick rating on the shares.
07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports November global comparable sales decreased 2.2%
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07:08 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $129 from $117 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Hain Celestial shares to $129 after meeting with management and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. The firm believes Hain continues to experience strong shipment and takeaway trends.
06:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands coverage resumed with a Sell at Goldman
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06:42 EDTMCDMcDonald's coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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