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July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTDD, MCD, CROX, TRV, VZ, NFLX, CMG, UTX, KO, HOG, HLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in spite of post-earnings drops from a number of Dow components and a halt of U.S. flights to Israel's capital. Stocks began the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the entire session, moving in a fairly narrow range against the backdrop of a pick-up in the number of companies reporting on their quarterly results. The market withstood the latest headlines from Israel's conflict in Gaza, which indicated that the FAA has suspended U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours following a rocket launch that landed near the city's airport. With the Dow again near record levels, investors are preparing for tonight's earnings blast, which includes reports from both Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in June, matching expectations. The FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 212.4 in May. Existing home sales rose 2.6% to a rate of 5.04M in June, beating expectations for a 2.2% monthly increase to a 5.0M rate. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 3 points to 7 in July, missing the consensus forecast by 1 point. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Herbalife (HLF) began the day in negative territory as hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has repeatedly called the company a pyramid scheme, prepared to begin the presentation that he told CNBC yesterday would show why the company "is going to collapse." Among the allegations made today, Ackman estimated that Herbalife's nutrition clubs lose an average of $12K for their operators, that the clubs contribute "enormously" to Herbalife's results and that Herbalife insiders are selling while the company is repurchasing shares. After the multiple hour long presentation, Herbalife said Ackman "over-promised and under-delivered" on his $1B bet against the company. The multi-level marketing company added that Ackman’s claim about the earnings of its nutrition clubs is "completely false and fabricated" and the stock closed the day up $13.75, or 25.45%, at $67.77... Six members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or one fifth of the index, reported on their earnings this morning. Among them, Verizon (VZ) advanced 28c, or 0.55%, to $50.98, while Coca-Cola (KO) slid 2.85%, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 1.31%, DuPont (DD) dropped 0.9%, United Technologies (UTX) dropped 1.88% and Travelers (TRV) declined 3.81%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which rallied $69.84, or 11.84%, to $659.77 after the restaurant operator's second quarter results handily beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 comparable restaurant sales outlook. Also higher was Crocs (CROX) which rose $1.84, or 12.4%, to $16.68 after the footwear maker reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that exceeded analysts' consensus and detailed its plans for cost-saving measures and store closures. Among the noteworthy losers was Harley Davidson (HOG), which fell $3.62, or 5.4%, to $63.46 after its second quarter earnings beat expectations but the company lowered its forecast for its fiscal year motorcycle shipments. Also lower were shares of Netflix (NFLX), which fell $20.86, or 4.62%, to $431.09 after several research firms reiterated their negative outlook on the stock following the company's second quarter results. INDEXES: The Dow was up 61.81, or 0.36%, to 17,113.54, the Nasdaq was up 31.31, or 0.71%, to 4,456.02, and the S&P 500 was up 9.90, or 0.50%, to 1,983.53.
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November 18, 2014
11:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's January calls active
McDonald's January 95 calls are active on total call volume of 7700 contracts compared to its open interest of one contract. November call option implied volatility is at 16, December is at 15, January is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 30 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
17:19 EDTUTXSikorsky Aircraft awarded $535.34M government contract modification
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17:17 EDTUTXSikorsky Aircraft awarded $771.96M government contract modification
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08:44 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with UBS
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November 16, 2014
19:26 EDTDDDuPont probed on Texas chemical plant accident that left four dead, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTHLF, NFLXSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTNFLXIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTMCDNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:58 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:45 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson advances after Goldman ups rating to Buy
Shares of Harley-Davidson are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors today. The company's comparative U.S. retail sales growth accelerated last month, the firm reported. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting channel checks, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote that the motorcycle maker's U.S. sales growth for October came in above the 3.4% increase the company reported for the third quarter. The accelerating comparative sales were driven by easier comparisons and the company's new products, according to Archambault. He expects the company's momentum to continue into next year and is upbeat on the stock's longer term outlook. The analyst set an $81 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Harley-Davidson gained 1% to $68.50.
11:37 EDTNFLXNetflix shuts down public API today, Gigaom reports
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10:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's up 2% after activist JANA reports new stake
Shares of McDonald's are up after 1% after activist investor JANA Partners reported a new 842K share stake in the fast food giant. JANA this morning disclosed its quarterly holdings as of September 30 to the SEC. The stake was acquired between June 30 and September 30 of this year. Shares of McDonald's are up 2%, or $1.63, to $97.11 in early trading.
10:00 EDTHOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTMCDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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08:07 EDTHLFHerbalife director linked to Brazilian fraud case, Reuters reports
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06:19 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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05:26 EDTHOGHarley-Davidson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Harley-Davidson to Buy after its channel checks indicated U.S. retail sales accelerated in October. Goldman expects new products to drive improved revenue growth and upped its price target for shares to $81 from $66. Shares of the motorcycle maker closed yesterday up 54c to $67.65.
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