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November 8, 2012
17:02 EDTJPM, MCD, ITMN, MWW, PANL, PRSSOn 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.
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August 25, 2014
08:24 EDTITMNRoche to hold a conference call
CEO Schwan and CFO Hippe discuss the acquisition of InterMune on a conference call to be held on August 25 at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's challenged as younger eaters defect to Chipotle, WSJ says
As McDonald's (MCD) faces a prolonged slump in sales growth, data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Technomic showed that diners in their 20s and 30s are seeking out fresher, healthier food and defecting to competitors, in particular fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and higher-end burger chain Five Guys. Reference Link
07:11 EDTITMNInterMune volatility expected to move on Roche acquiring for $8.3B
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06:39 EDTITMNInterMune downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
Roche (RHHBY) is buying InterMune (ITMN) in a deal valued at $8.3B, or $74 per a share.
August 24, 2014
20:27 EDTITMNRoche drops pursuit for remainder of Japan's Chugai, Bloomberg says
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15:41 EDTMCDRussian official says no plans to close McDonald's, Reuters says
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying that there are no plans to close the McDonald's chain in the country, says Reuters. Reference Link
13:41 EDTITMNRoche to acquire InterMune for $74.00 per share
Roche (RHHBY) and InterMune (ITMN) announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire InterMune at a price of $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. This corresponds to a total transaction value of $8.3B on a fully diluted basis. This offer represents a premium of 38% to InterMune's closing price on August 22 and a premium of 63% to InterMune's unaffected closing price on August 12. The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of InterMune and Roche. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Roche will commence a tender offer no later than August 29 to acquire all outstanding shares of InterMune common stock, and InterMune will file a recommendation statement containing the unanimous recommendation of the InterMune board that InterMune's shareholders tender their shares to Roche. The transaction is expected to be neutral to core earnings per share in 2015 and accretive from 2016 onwards. The acquisition of InterMune, a Brisbane, California based biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and fibrotic diseases, will allow Roche to broaden and strengthen its respiratory portfolio globally. Roche plans a smooth transition of InterMune employees and operations into the Roche organization, ensuring readiness for an expected launch of pirfenidone in the US in 2014. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in 2014.
August 22, 2014
11:00 EDTMCDRussia continues to push McDonald's with new sanitary checkups, Reuters says
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09:51 EDTMCDMcDonald's brings back Mike Andres with retirement of Jeff Stratton
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August 21, 2014
10:14 EDTITMNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
07:34 EDTPRSSCafePress announces settlement in Tiki Shark Art copyright infringement suit
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06:43 EDTJPMRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTMCDMcDonald's looking to expand digital efforts, CNBC says
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05:22 EDTITMNInterMune downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded InterMune to Market Perform citing valuation.
August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTJPMBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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12:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's temporarily closes certain Russian restaurants
The company said, "Based on a claim from a federal consumer agency, on Aug 20 2014, McDonald’s restaurants on Pushkin Square, Manezh Square and Prospect Mira were temporary closed. We are closely studying the subject of the documents to define what should be done to re-open the restaurants as soon as possible. Our main priority is to serve our customers with top quality menu items. We will continue taking care of our employees and will do our best to continue the success of McDonald’s business in Russia."
05:53 EDTITMNStocks with implied volatility movement; NGD ITMN
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August 19, 2014
11:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's to unveil retail coffee initiative, Huffington Post says
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06:02 EDTMCDTaco Bell introducing dollar menu, LA Times reports
Taco Bell (YUM) is introducing its new Dollar Cravings menu, which features 11 items, the LA Times reports. McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN) both offer dollar menus. Reference Link
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