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December 10, 2012
12:20 EDTHON, MCD, DECK, IN, HPQ, ZGNX, UNXLOn 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 1, 2015
10:37 EDTMCDBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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07:49 EDTHONHoneywell shares attractive after pullback, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that Honeywell has "resilient end markets" while its business is only moderately cyclical. The firm thinks that the company has already shown that it can overcome macro economic weakness this year, and Oppenheimer notes that the company's organic growth accelerated in Q2 versus Q1. It keeps a $117 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:48 EDTHPQHP board approves separation
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September 30, 2015
19:57 EDTMCDMcDonald's rolls out 'brand transformation' in Canada
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15:39 EDTHPQHP announces transactions to retire up to $8.85B of debt securities
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10:49 EDTHPQWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:25 EDTHPQJefferies more positive on EMC, more negative on IBM
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09:02 EDTHONHoneywell awarded $41M by U.S. Army for radar altimeter
Honeywell has been awarded $41M by by the U.S. Army to continue supplying its radar altimeters for use across the Army's full fleet of helicopter platforms.
08:07 EDTZGNXZogenix reports positive top-line results from Relday Phase 1b clinical trial
Zogenix announced positive top-line pharmacokinetic results from its Phase 1b multi-dose clinical trial of Relday, a proprietary, once-monthly subcutaneous investigational formulation of risperidone for the treatment of schizophrenia. If approved, Relday has the potential to be the first subcutaneous antipsychotic product that achieves therapeutic drug levels on the first day of administration, allows for once-monthly dosing and does not require reconstitution. Zogenix has retained Locust Walk Partners of Cambridge, MA, a transaction advisory firm for life sciences companies, to provide transaction advisory and support services for Relday, and has now initiated efforts to secure a global strategic development and commercialization partner for Relday. The Phase 1b multi-dose parallel group clinical trial enrolled 60 subjects comprised of three cohorts of patients receiving four monthly injections of Relday, at dose levels of either 60, 90 or 120 mg of risperidone per month. A fourth cohort received five bi-weekly intramuscular injections of Risperdal Consta. Risperdal Consta requires oral supplementation for the first three weeks following dosing initiation, and requires at least four doses to reach steady state. The results for Relday demonstrated that risperidone plasma concentrations in the therapeutic range were achieved on the first day of dosing, reached steady state levels following the second dose and consistently maintained therapeutic levels throughout the four-month period. In addition, dose proportionality was confirmed across the dose range intended for clinical practice (60 to 120 mg). Relday was generally safe and well-tolerated, with results consistent with the profile of risperidone and the Company's previous Phase 1 single-dose clinical trial.
September 29, 2015
17:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's looks pricey, Barron's reports
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12:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's updates Build-Your-Own-Burger program, Bloomberg reports
McDonald's is revamping its Build-Your-Own Burger program in an effort to snap a sales slump, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from company spokeswoman Lisa McComb in an e-mail. The name of the program has been changed from TasteCrafted to Chef Crafted and will include new flavors such as maple bacon dijon and buffalo bacon, the report says. Hot jalapeno and deluxe were tossed out, the report says. "The original name 'TasteCrafted' did not resonate with consumers," McComb said. "We decided to celebrate our chefs who have created these recipes and highlight the culinary expertise of our in-house and supplier chefs." Reference Link
11:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's rises as analysts weigh in on fast food sector
Shares of McDonald's (MCD) rose in morning trading after Credit Suisse upgraded the Big Mac maker to Outperform. Some McDonald's competitors were also active after Telsey Advisory initiated coverage on multiple companies in the quick-serve and fast casual restaurant space. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Jason West upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised his price target on its shares to $112 from $110. West said that more improvements for the company are "forthcoming" even after CEO Steve Easterbrook announced positive operational and financial steps. The analyst added that checks suggest that U.S. same-store sales trends are beginning to turn as a result of operational and menu changes, as well as some new product wins. West said he sees 5%-6% possible upside to current 2016 expectations and views a favorable risk/reward of roughly 2%-3% downside as opposed to 20% upside, even if the turnaround is "fairly modest." NOTABLE INITIATIONS: Separately, Telsey Advisory Group analyst Bob Derrington initiated coverage of several companies in the restaurant sector, stamping Panera (PNRA) with an Outperform rating and a $225 price target. The analyst noted that the company's plan to become a better dining alternative continues to build traction and that same-store sales trends are likely to speed up in 2016 and 2017. Derrington initiated Jack in the Box (JACK) with an Outperform rating and a price target of $95, as he sees it being positioned for strong appreciation in the year ahead based on management's plan to revitalize and differentiate the Jack in the Box brand. The analyst also expects the company to further differentiate, improve the returns, and position its Qdoba brand for quick growth and recycle its franchise cash flow for better shareholder returns. Derrington initiated coverage of Chipotle (CMG) with a Market Perform rating and an $800 price target, saying that despite the firm's positive prospects due to better-than-most-peer same-store sales and revenue growth, the company's margin risk makes him take a more cautious approach to his rating of the stock. The analyst also tagged Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) with a Market Perform rating and a $220 price target, noting that the company's strong growth prospects seem to be reflected in its premium valuation. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, McDonald's shares rose 1.6% to $97.49, Panera shares gained 0.9% to $191, Jack in the Box advanced 1.1% to $78.24, Chipotle added 1% to $715 and Buffalo Wild Wings were 1.3% higher at $195.68.
10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:27 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
09:03 EDTHPQHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
06:37 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised its price target to $112 from $110. Analyst Jason West said checks indicate U.S. same-store-sales trends are beginning to turn driven by operational and menu changes, and some new product wins. West sees 5-6% potential upside to current 2016 forecasts and sees favorable risk/reward of 2-3% downside versus 20% upside, even if the turnaround is fairly modest.
September 28, 2015
16:10 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:11 EDTHONAuto parts makers defend diesel amid Volkswagen scandal, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2015
18:19 EDTHPQFormer HP Chairman Ray Lane tried to stop Autonomy acquisition, WSJ says
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09:04 EDTHPQHP management to meet with JPMorgan
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