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July 22, 2014
12:29 EDTCMG, UTX, KO, HOG, DAL, DD, MCD, KMB, CIT, TRV, VZ, HLF, NFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite worse than expected quarterly sales from the owners of two of the largest, most well-known brands in the world, Coca-Cola (KO) and McDonald's (MCD). Those two were among the six Dow members that reported this morning, as earnings season significantly picks up its pace. The market has also managed to shrug off news that airlines, headlined by Delta (DAL), have suspended service until further notice to and from Tel Aviv following reports of a rocket or associated debris near the Israeli airport. 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: One fifth of the Dow Jones Industrial Average reported on their earnings this morning. Among the six members that issued quarterly reports, only Verizon (VZ) advanced, while Coca-Cola, McDonaldís, United Technologies (UTX), Travelers (TRV) and DuPont (DD) all declined... Shares of Herbalife (HLF) began the day in negative territory after having fallen yesterday after hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has repeatedly called the company a pyramid scheme, told CNBC that his presentation on the company today 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. The stock moved into positive territory shortly after the presentation began and was up more than 13% near midday as the presentation was continuing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which rallied 13% after the fast casual restaurant operator's second quarter results handily beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 comparable restaurant sales outlook. Also higher was CIT Group (CIT), which rose 11% after reporting on its second quarter and announcing plans to acquire OneWest Bank for $3.4B in cash and stock. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Harley Davidson (HOG), which fell 6%, Netflix (NFLX), which dropped 5% and Kimberly Clark (KMB), which slid more than 2%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 69.71, or 0.41%, to 17,121.44, the Nasdaq was up 36.51, or 0.83%, to 4,461.21, and the S&P 500 was up 11.54, or 0.58%, to 1,985.17.
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10:04 EDTDDDuPont drops after winning proxy fight with Trian Partners
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10:04 EDTVZVerizon's strategic policy adviser Randy Milch to retire
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10:01 EDTKMBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTDD, DALEquity options with increasing volume
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09:50 EDTDALDelta Air Lines rallies after boosting dividend, buyback program
Shares are up over 3.5% to $47.72 at time of writing. At that price next resistance is at $49.19. Support is at $47.28.
09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTDALDelta Air Lines raises 2015-2017 EPS growth outlook to 15%-plus
Delta Air Lines in presentation slides raised its 2015-2017 earnings growth outlook to 15%-plus from 10%-15%. Delta raised its 2015-2017 operating margin guidance to 14%-16% from 11%-14%. It sees return on invested capital 20%-25% versus a prior outlook of 15%-18%. The airliner also raised its operating cash flow outlook to $7B-$8B from $6B. "Strong progress drives the third upward revision to our targets in three years," Delta said in the slides. It added, "Strong operating cash flow, combined with disciplined capital spending, produces sustainable free cash flow of $4-5 billion annually."
09:21 EDTDALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:51 EDTDDTrian says 'appears Trian nominees not elected to DuPont board'
Trian Fund Management, L.P., one of the largest stockholders of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, which beneficially owns approximately 24.6 million DuPont shares, said it appears that the Trian nominees were not elected to the DuPont Board at todayís Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Trian issued the following statement: "Trianís involvement in DuPont over the past two years has created substantial value for all stockholders. We are proud of the quality of our analysis and the role we have played as a positive change agent at DuPont. Since we first invested in mid-2013, DuPont has upgraded its Board of Directors, authorized a $5 billion share buyback, begun a long-overdue cost cutting initiative, improved the design of its executive compensation program, and announced the separation of Chemours with a $4 billion return of capital. We donít believe these actions would have happened without our involvement. The vote was close. We greatly appreciate the support we received from the vast majority of institutional stockholders and mutual funds as well as the leading proxy advisory firms, who all recognize the need for change at DuPont. DuPontís Board and management team have staked their reputations on executing the Companyís current strategy. Our efforts have created appropriate pressure to prove this strategy can actually deliver high quality and consistent earnings growth. Regardless of the voting results, we believe that going forward, DuPont stockholders will be less tolerant of continued missed earnings guidance, extraordinary charges, value-destructive acquisitions and divestitures, executive compensation that is not aligned with performance, and operating metrics such as revenue growth and margins that fail to meet DuPontís own targets. We will continue to closely monitor DuPontís performance.Ē
08:31 EDTDDDuPont seen winning close proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:29 EDTDDDuPont seen winning proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:29 EDTCITUBS to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTVZ, NFLXMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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07:13 EDTDALBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2015 Transportation Conference is being held in Boston on May 13-14.
07:04 EDTDALDelta Air Lines to return additional $6B to shareholders through 2017
Delta's board announced a new $5B share repurchase program, to be completed no later than December 31, 2017. In addition, the company's quarterly dividend will increase by 50% to 13.5c per share beginning in the September 2015 quarter. These two programs are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. The company also announced that it is on track to complete the remaining $725M of its prior $2 billion share repurchase authorization by June 30. When this authorization is completed, Delta will have returned a total of $3B in dividends and share repurchases since announcing its initial program two years ago. Going forward, the company intends to return at least 50% of free cash flow to shareholders through 2017. The new $5B repurchase authorization and 50% increase to the quarterly dividend approved by Delta's board are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. Delta ended the March 2015 quarter with $7.4B of adjusted net debt, a reduction of $2B since the end of 2013 and roughly $10B since the company began its debt reduction efforts in 2009. The company has set a target to achieve and maintain $4B of adjusted net debt by year end 2017. This debt level is expected to result in annual net interest expense of ~$200M, a $1.1B reduction compared to 2009. Since 2009, Delta has increased its pension plan assets by $1.7 billion, net of $5.2 billion in distributions, through a combination of contributions and asset returns. The company plans to maintain its current $1 billion annual funding level through 2020, with a goal of achieving 80% funded status by that date. Delta made a one-time additional $200M contribution in 2015, for a total contribution of $1.2B for the year, to keep the company on track to achieve its 2020 target.
06:55 EDTNFLX, VZInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:53 EDTVZAOL CEO: AOL staying in content business, not selling TechCrunch, TC reports
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05:32 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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05:28 EDTVZAOL upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded AOL (AOL) to Neutral after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $44 from $38.
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