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October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTMCDMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
05:42 EDTCEOCNOOC announces new discovery Jinzhou 23-2 in Bohai
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October 23, 2014
08:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's pressured by rising competition in China, WSJ says
In addition to its food supplier issues, McDonald’s (MCD) has a bigger problem in China, namely rising competition from other foreign companies such as Yum! (YUM) and domestic chains that have gained prominence and scale, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:44 EDTCEOChina to raise energy resource tax, Xinhua reports
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October 22, 2014
09:02 EDTHONHoneywell's UOP technology selected by Chinese petrochemicals manufacturer
Honeywell company UOP's process technology will be used by CEPSA Chemical Co. to meet demand in China for key petrochemicals used to make plastics for the domestic construction and automotive industries.
05:42 EDTCEOShell announces Gabon deep-water gas discovery
Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B)announced a frontier exploration discovery offshore Gabon, West Africa. The well Leopard-1 encountered a substantial gas column with around 200 metres net gas pay in a pre-salt reservoir. Leopard-1 is located around 145 kilometres off the Gabonese coast, west of Gamba. It was drilled in water 2,110 metres deep to a total vertical depth of 5,063 metres. Shell and partners are planning to undertake an appraisal programme to further determine the resource volumes. Leopard-1 was drilled in license BCD10, operated by Shell. Second partner in the venture is CNOOC (CEO). This frontier discovery follows recent deep water exploration successes in the heartlands for Shell Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia.
October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
12:57 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTHONHoneywell responds to EC statement of objections
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11:57 EDTMCDChipotle falls after outlook for FY15 comparable restaurant sales disappoints
Shares of fast casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are falling after the company issued a disappointing outlook for fiscal 2015 comparable restaurant sales. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported third quarter earnings per share of $4.15 and revenue of $1.08B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.84 and $1.06B, respectively. Comparable restaurant sales rose 19.8% in the quarter, driven primarily by increased traffic and from a higher average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out by the end of the second quarter. The company opened 43 new restaurants in Q3. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chipotle forecast comparable restaurant sales increases in the mid-teens for fiscal year 2014, and the company said it expects to open 180-195 new restaurants during the year. The company also sees an effective tax rate for FY14 of about 38.5%. For FY15, the company sees low to mid-single digits comparable restaurant sales gains, 190-205 new restaurant openings and an effective tax rate of 39.1%. On Chipotle’s Q3 earnings conference call, management said it expects food costs to continue rising into the fourth quarter and throughout 2015. The company also noted that it was still seeing strong traction growth regardless of recent menu price increases. Chipotle said it will "opportunistically" repurchase stock in order to enhance shareholder value. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo kept a Market Perform rating on Chipotle, but lowered its price target range on shares to $600-$625 from $650-$675. In its note, Wells said greater than expected commodity inflation and labor cost pressure in 2015 will likely lead to lower Street estimates. Wells expects same store sales to decline sequentially from 4Q14 through 3Q15 due to double-digit traffic comparisons in earlier quarters and less pricing in later quarters. Another firm, Oppenheimer, recommended using any post-earnings weakness in shares of Chipotle as a buying opportunity. The firm believes investors are concerned over 2015 estimates coming down on food cost pressures. The firm said food cost issues are unlikely to get worse from here and it kept an Outperform rating on Chipotle with a $775 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Chipotle fell $44.14, or nearly 7%, to $609.28 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 21% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other fast casual restaurant companies include El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI), Jack in the Box (JACK), and McDonald’s (MCD), which reported results this morning.
11:49 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees continued margin pressure in Q4
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11:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's plans to return $18B-$20B to shareholders over three years
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11:29 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees top, bottom line performance remaining pressured in Q4
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11:26 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees U.S. dollar hurting Q4 EPS by 5c-6c, FY14 EPS by 9c-10c
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10:27 EDTHONDuPont aims to defend itself 'vigorously' against EC investigation
DuPont (DD) Chemicals & Fluoroproducts president Thierry Vanlancker commented on the European Commission's Statement of Objections. Vanlancker said, "DuPont has complied at all times with applicable laws in its development and commercialization of HFO-1234yf, and we plan to defend vigorously against the commission's allegations and preliminary conclusions. This is one step in a long process, and while it may take years to be resolved, we are confident that the Commission will ultimately conclude that actions taken by DuPont complied with applicable laws. We will fight this every step of the way, as it has no basis in law or fact. We are disappointed in the European Commission and in the process leading up to this point. DuPont and Honeywell (HON)developed HFO-1234yf jointly in response to the European Union's Mobile Air Conditioning Directive. This regulation requires automakers to use a refrigerant with very low global warming potential for vehicle air-conditioning systems. The regulatory timeframe was short considering the significant challenges of developing and commercializing a refrigerant that meets all the automotive industry's needs. This short timeframe was a primary reason for DuPont and Honeywell working jointly to develop HFO-1234yf. Regardless of the Statement, the EU MAC Directive remains in full force today, with all new vehicles required to use a refrigerant with a GWP of under 150 by January 2017."
09:37 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTMCDMcDonald's expects internal factors, external headwinds to continue in Q4
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08:09 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: These challenges call for equally significant changes
CEO Don Thompson said, "We began 2014 mindful of the challenges we faced in driving sales and profitability. The internal factors and external headwinds have proven more formidable than expected and will continue into the fourth quarter, with global comparable sales for October expected to be negative. These significant challenges call for equally significant changes in the way we do business. In the U.S., we are driving decision making from headquarters back into the field, where our restaurants serve the daily needs of our customers in their local communities. In our international markets, we are taking action to restore customer trust and regain business momentum. We understand the depth of the challenges and we are responding with the sense of urgency required to improve our performance."
08:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 AMPEA comparable sales down 9.9%
Cites the impact of the supplier issue on sales and profitability in China, Japan and certain other markets.
08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 Europe comparable sales down 1.4%
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08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement revamped marketing approach, simplified menu
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08:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 global comparable sales down 3.3%
The decrease reflects negative guest traffic in all major segments and impact of previously-disclosed supplier issue in certain markets in APMEA. Reports Q3 consolidated operating income down 14%, half due to impact of supplier issue and remainder due to soft operating performance in US and certain markets in Europe.
08:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement in global approach to increase relevance, drive traffic
The company has announced "Mcdonald's Experience of the Future", a comprehensive restaurant execution concept that elevates the menu and customer experience elements that are hallmarks of the McDonald's brand, and capitalizes on investments in reimaging, service and technology enhancements to improve the look, feel and convenience of the McDonald's experience in ways that are in-tune with today's consumer needs. It also announced a new digital strategy and a review of the organization's structure and use of resources in order to redirect spending toward those initiatives, such as the digital strategy and the McDonald's Experience of the Future, that will support the Company's key long-term growth initiatives.
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's: Q3 results pressred by tax rate, unusual events, US underperformance
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 EPS $1.09, consensus $1.37
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06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald's turning off some diners due to increased prices, Bloomberg says
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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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09:36 EDTCLDXActive equity options trading on open
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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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October 16, 2014
15:26 EDTHONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTHONHoneywell October 87 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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06:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's rehires former U.S. executive, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
13:05 EDTHONHoneywell October volatility elevated at 54 into Q3 and outlook
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12:03 EDTHONEnergy Recovery names David Barnes as Chief Sales Officer
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October 14, 2014
09:05 EDTHONHoneywell's UOP selected by PennTex subsidiary
UOP, a Honeywell company, announced that PennTex North Louisiana, a subsidiary of PennTex Midstream Partners, has selected UOP to engineer, procure and construct, or EPC, a gas processing plant to recover valuable natural gas liquids, NGLs, in northern Louisiana. The new plant will be capable of processing 200 MMSCFD of natural gas and will be in production in the Q4 of 2015. PennTex has also entered into a letter of intent with UOP to purchase a third 200 MMSCFD cryogenic plant, scheduled for delivery in November 2015, which will be used in one of Penntex's midstream platforms.
07:46 EDTHONJacobs on team to deliver Ravenhall Prison project in Melbourne, Australia
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October 13, 2014
14:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's to answer questions about food, AP reports
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09:10 EDTHONHoneywell and United Technologies complete second helicopter engine test
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05:35 EDTCEOCNOOC reports Enping 24-2 oilfield commences production
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