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December 10, 2012
12:20 EDTHPQ, MCD, UNXL, IN, HON, ZGNX, DECKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as some encouraging data from China offset increased worries about Europe fueled by the surprise resignation announcement from Italy's prime minister. Stocks opened quietly amid the international news. No movement was reported on the fiscal cliff negotiations, though the President and House Speaker John Boehner did meet yesterday, and investors may continue to stay on the sidelines until more clarity on that front emerges... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Europe, Italy's benchmark bond yields spiked and its stock market fell sharply after Prime Minister Mario Monti's surprise announcement of his intention to resign, which will likely prompt early elections. In China, industrial output had its best growth rate since March, rising 10.1% in November from a year ago. However, exports slowed sharply last month, rising 2.9% year over year after growing at an 11.6% pace in October. Import growth was unchanged from a year earlier, growing 2.4%... COMPANY NEWS: On the Dow, McDonald's (MCD) reported its global same-store sales rose 2.4% in November, driven mainly by strong results in the U.S. Shares rose about 1.3%, but could not catch up to Dow pacesetter Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which jumped over 3.5% following speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn is building a stake, though CNBC's David Faber disputed those rumors... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Uni-Pixel (UNXL), up 37% after rising over 18% Friday. The company said Friday it reached a deal for its technology to be used by "a large PC manufacturer" and this morning Craig-Hallum raised its price target on shares to $22 from $13. Also higher were shares of Intermec (IN), up 23% after agreeing to be acquired by Honeywell (HON) for $10.00 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Zogenix (ZGNX), down over 46% after an FDA advisory panel voted against recommending approval for its Zohydro ER pain drug. Also lower were shares of Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down more than 5% following cautious comments from Piper Jaffray regarding evidence of higher markdowns of UGG boots... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 33.99, or 0.26%, to 13,189.12; the Nasdaq was up 13.46, or 0.45%, to 2,991.50; and the S&P 500 was up 2.81, or 0.20%, to 1,420.88.
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTMCDMcDonald's October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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13:46 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 15c-20c hit to EPS from China supplier issues
McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast food restaurants globally.EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.38 on revenue of $7.19B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.31-$1.51 on revenue of $7.03B-$7.35B. LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported second quarter EPS of $1.40 against estimates of $1.44 and revenue of $7.18B against estimates of $7.29B. McDonald's also reported global comparable sales relatively flat, with U.S. SSS down 1.5%, Europe SSS down 1% and Asia/Pacific, Mideast, Africa SSS up 1.1%. On its earnings conference call, the company forecast a 4c-5c negative impact on EPS from currency in 2014. The company said it did not anticipate any material changes to the operating environment in the second half of 2014, but said near-term results would likely remain "muted." NEWS: During the quarter, the company said it expected to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016 and that $3.2B year-to-date August had been returned. McDonald's also raised its quarterly dividend 5% to 85c per share. McDonald's said China supplier issues would negatively impact the quarter by 15c-20c largely due to a combination of lost sales, expenses associated with its recovery efforts and the impact of these items on the Q3 tax rate, which is expected to be above the company's outlook for the full-year tax rate of 31%-33%. McDonald's recently announced that Russia temporarily suspended nine of its restaurants in the country. STREET RESEARCH: UBS said its recent survey indicates McDonald's does not have a brand image issue, but rather an execution problem, which will need to be fixed to increase traffic. The firm has a Buy rating and $110 price target on shares. Morgan Stanley downgraded McDonald's to Equal Weight from Overweight due to weakening fundamentals combined with U.S. market share loss, and international pressures. Wells Fargo said McDonald's 5% dividend increase was below the Street's 7%-9% outlook and portends badly for the company's operating cash flow, willingness to increase leverage ratios and its capital intensity plans heading into 2015. PRICE ACTION: McDonald's shares are trading down almost 8% over the last three months and are near flat today ahead of the Q3 earnings report.
12:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
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12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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17:55 EDTHONHoneywell sees $280B in business jet deliveries from 2014 to 2024
In its 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook, Honeywell is forecasting up to 9,450 new business jet deliveries worth $280B from 2014 to 2024. The 2014 Honeywell outlook reflects an approximate 7% to 8% increase in projected delivery value over the 2013 forecast. Slightly higher unit deliveries are coupled with modest list price increases and the continued strong showing of larger business jet models in the delivery mix to generate the growth. Honeywell forecasts 2014 deliveries of approximately 650 to 675 new jets, a single-digit increase in percentage growth year over year. The improvement in deliveries expected in 2014 is largely due to program schedule recoveries, new model introductions and additional fractional uptake. "2015 industry deliveries are anticipated to be up modestly again, reflecting momentum from several new model introductions and some gains linked to incremental global economic growth," said Brian Sill, president, Business and General Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace.
October 17, 2014
10:11 EDTHONHoneywell says 'never say never' on larger acquisitions priced $5B-$10B
The company said, "We've never done it, but doesn't mean we won't."
10:05 EDTHONHoneywell says strength of US dollar will be minor headwind in 2015
09:56 EDTHONHoneywell 'confident' in FY14 EPS achieving high end of guidance
Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:23 EDTHONHoneywell sees short cycle steady growth with relative strength in US
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07:07 EDTHONHoneywell planning for a slow growth macro environment in 2015
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07:07 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 organic sales growth 5%
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07:03 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 segment margin 17.4%, Q3 operating income margin 16.2%
07:03 EDTHONHoneywell raises FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.55 from $5.45-$5.55, consensus $5.54
Raises FY14 revenue to $40.3B-$40.4B from $40.2B-$40.4B, consensus $40.39B; Raises FY14 segment margin to 17% from 16.8%-17%; Raises FY14 operating income margin to 15.6% from 15.4%-15.6%; Narrows FY14 free cash flow to $3.9B from $3.8B-$4B
07:00 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 EPS $1.47, consensus $1.41
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06:24 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:24 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:21 EDTHPQHP dismisses concerns about drop in global notebook market share, DigiTimes says
HP has dismissed concerns from Taiwan supply chain makers that say the company's global notebook market share may drop significantly following the split, reports DigiTimes. According to makers, HP said it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31M units. Reference Link
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