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July 22, 2014
12:29 EDTHLF, NFLX, HOG, CIT, CMG, DAL, TRV, UTX, DD, VZ, KO, MCD, KMBOn 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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September 18, 2014
06:18 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:12 EDTHOGNHTSA approves Michigan request to buy foreign-made motorcycles
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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September 17, 2014
18:43 EDTUTXUnited Technologies subsidiary wins patent infringement case
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16:25 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; September 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 24c to 27.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA BAC TWTR AMZN X WLT KO PBR according to Track Data.
12:22 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:42 EDTVZVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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11:39 EDTVZVerizon says tower sales options more favorable in current market
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10:00 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:45 EDTDDDuPont trades higher after Trian Fund Management urges spin-offs
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09:10 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTDDTrian requested one DuPont board seat this summer, CNBC reports
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08:22 EDTDDDuPont issues statement regarding Trian
In response to the letter from Trian Fund Management sent earlier this morning, DuPont issued the following statement: "Our board of directors and management team have taken firm action over several years that has delivered 220 percent total shareholder return since year-end 2008, compared to 144 percent for the S&P 500 during the same period, by aggressively deploying our leading science across the company, strengthening and fine-tuning our portfolio, and through disciplined capital allocation. The board and management team remain committed to executing on our strategic plan to drive growth and profitability. The recently announced first phase of our redesign initiative to drive down costs by $1 billion and embed greater efficiencies, together with the separation of Performance Chemicals and our $5 billion share repurchase program, reflect our board and management's commitment to enhance value for all DuPont shareholders. DuPont welcomes open communications with shareholders and values input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. We speak and meet with shareholders frequently, and while it is our policy not to comment on discussions with specific shareholders, we have had a constructive dialogue with Trian."
07:00 EDTDDTrian Partners calls for further initiatives to optimize long-term value
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06:53 EDTDD, KOWhite House says companies taking steps to reduce HFCs emissions
The Obama Administration yesterday announced new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, the Shite House stated. Coca-Cola (KO) has set a goal for 100 percent of its newly purchased cold drink equipment to be HFC-free, .while DuPont (DD),, announced that its new products are anticipated to reduce greenhouse gas content of refrigerants by some 90M tons carbon dioxide equivalent in the U.S., and 245M tons worldwide by 2025, the White House noted. Honeywell (HON) plans to transition the majority of its high-GWP HFC production to new low-GWP production, while Johnson Controls (JCI) committed to using the lowest GWP option for each application that best fits the needs of its customers from the standpoint of safety, efficiency, reliability, availability, and economy, according to the White House Johnson Controls also commits to spend $50M over the next three years to develop new products and improve and expand its existing low-GWP portfolio.
06:51 EDTDDTrian Partners says DuPont should separate into GrowthCo and CyclicalCo/CashCo
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06:06 EDTDDTrian Partners says DuPont's structure 'destroying shareholder value'
Trian Fund Management, L.P., whose investment funds beneficially own approximately $1.6B of the outstanding shares of DuPont, said it has sent a letter to the bomard analyzing how DuPontís conglomerate structure is destroying shareholder value. The letter and accompanying White Paper Summary also detail initiatives DuPont should take that Trian believes could significantly improve DuPontís financial performance and double the value of its common stock within three years. Trian plans to meet with DuPont shareholders to present its analysis and strongly recommends that the DuPont Board meet shareholders without management present to hear their views. In the letter, Trian said, "While we applaud the announced spin-off of Performance Chemicals, the Fresh Start initiative and the $5 billion share buyback authorization, we believe strongly that, by themselves, these moves are not enough to optimize shareholder value. We would have preferred to continue working privately with management and the Board, but it is now clear that the Board is not willing to hold management accountable for continuing underperformance and repeated failures to deliver promised revenue and earnings targets. Therefore, we can no longer be silent as DuPont continues to struggle to execute what we are convinced is a flawed business plan, especially as we have a solution that we believe could double the value of DuPontís shares over the next three years."
06:06 EDTKOWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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05:58 EDTDDTrian wants DuPont to spin off agriculture, nutrition units, WSJ reports
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