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November 8, 2012
17:02 EDTMWW, JPM, PRSS, ITMN, PANL, MCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower for the second consecutive day, as concern over the fiscal cliff and uncertainty in Europe continues to loom over investors. Stocks opened the day slightly higher, but quickly moved into negative territory where they stayed for the rest of the trading session. Among the notable companies reporting earnings after the bell today are Walt Disney (DIS) and Nordstrom (JWN)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, weekly jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 355,000, which was lower than expected, though the data was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in September to $41.5B, as exports climbed 3.1 % and imports rose 1.5% as well. In Europe, the European Central Bank held its main interest rate at 0.75% and reiterated its willingness to make bond purchases to aid Spain, though the nation continues to resist asking for a bailout. The Greek Parliament passed austerity measures, but reports indicated that euro zone finance ministers may delay its next tranche of aid until they get a full report on the country’s compliance with the terms of its bailout... COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) announced that it has been given Federal Reserve approval to buyback up to $3B in stock in the first quarter of 2013, and the bank also disclosed that it had reached an 'agreement in principle' to settle certain probes from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shares of JPMorgan fell slightly, declining 8c, or 0.2%, to $40.40... Fellow Dow member McDonald’s (MCD) said comparable store sales suffered their first monthly decline in nine years, falling 1.8% in October. Its shares were among the index's worst performers, falling $1.73, or 1.99%, to $85.13... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterMune (ITMN), up $1.36, or 16.67%, to $9.52 after the company's Q3 earnings beat consensus estimates and the stock was upgraded to Buy at Canaccord. Also higher was Monster Worldwide (MWW), up 58c, or 10.16%, to $6.29 following a stronger than expected earnings report and announcement of restructuring plans. Among the noteworthy losers was Universal Display (PANL), down $5.08, or 18.03%, to $23.10 after the company lowered its FY12 revenue view, and the stock received downgrades at Wedbush and Avondale, though defenses of the stock came out of JMP Securities and Cowen. Also lower were shares of CafePress (PRSS), down $1.33, or 21.28%, to $4.92 after the company reported disappointing earnings and guidance. INDICES: The Dow was down 121.41, or 0.94%, to 12,811.32; the Nasdaq was down 41.71, or 1.42%, to 2,895.58; and the S&P 500 was down 17.02, or 1.22%, to 1,377.51.
News For JPM;MCD;ITMN;MWW;PANL;PRSS From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2015
06:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's to pay $355K in penalties to settle immigration discrimination suit
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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
November 17, 2015
18:34 EDTJPMU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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07:50 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTJPMBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's to launch "McPick 2" menu on January 4, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
11:24 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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November 13, 2015
16:26 EDTMCDStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
10:00 EDTPRSSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded after Q3 miss at Sterne Agee CRT... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... (CTRP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CubeSmart (CUBE) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Digital Ally (DGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded on stock outperformance at Raymond James... Fly Leasing (FLY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GameStop (GME) downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest... Histogenics (HSGX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... MaxPoint (MXPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Rite Aid (RAD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rubicon Minerals (RBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Sensata (ST) downgraded at SunTrust... Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
09:21 EDTMCDWendy's '4 for $4' a hit, McDonald's promo may be next
An analyst at Citi believes Wendy's (WEN) has seen strong results from its ongoing "4 for $4" promotion, prompting him to add the stock to the firm's Focus List and predict that the company's same-store sales growth this quarter will beat expectations. 4 FOR $4: Under an ongoing promotion that was launched in October, Wendy's offers a junior bacon cheeseburger, four piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for $4. Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian told investors in a research note this morning that his analysis and talks with those in the fast-food industry suggest that the promotion continues to drive strong results, leading to a rise in transactions at Wendy's with little to no impact on restaurants' average check total. Badishkanian predicts Wendy's will post fourth quarter same-store sales growth of at least 4%, versus the First Call consensus forecast of 2.7% and the 3.3% growth implied by the high-end of the company's fiscal year guidance. INDUSTRY VALUE FOCUS: Wendy's management has emphasized value offerings recently, but other quick service restaurant peers are also increasing their focus on value, Badishkanian noted. The analyst sees a good chance that McDonald's (MCD) will roll-out a "2 for $2" promotion soon, which he believes could have a "modest" impact on Wendy's, but more of an impact on Restaurant Brands' (QSR) Burger King. Badishkanian predicts McDonald's same-store sales growth should accelerate further in the fourth quarter, but not at the expense of Wendy's. He keeps a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with an $11 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yum! Brands (YUM), which also competes in the quick service food space with its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, is rallying this morning after reporting last night that its China division's same-store sales grew an estimated 5% in October. PRICE ACTION: Wendy's stock has gained over 5% in the last month, closing yesterday at $9.63 per share. In that same period, McDonald's shares have risen over 8% while Restaurant Brands has declined 3%.
07:23 EDTPRSSCafePress downgraded on challenging profitable growth at Raymond James
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06:53 EDTPRSSCafePress downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
November 12, 2015
18:48 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: Pace of change had slowed within company, NYT reports
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16:41 EDTPRSSCafePress reports Q3 average order size $35, down 3% sequentially, down 12% y/y
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16:40 EDTPRSSCafePress reports Q3 adjusted EPS (7c), consensus (7c)
Reports Q3 revenue $19.5M, consensus $21.93M.
09:19 EDTJPMPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
06:12 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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