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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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October 21, 2014
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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09:31 EDTJPMRobinhood.org to hold conference
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07:21 EDTJPMFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTJPMStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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10:16 EDTMWWHigh option volume stocks
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09:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan and PNC Financial weakness a buying opportunity, say Morgan Stanley
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to build corporate campus in Manhattan, NY Times reports
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is in negotiations with New York state and city officials over a potential $6.5B deal that would result in the construction of a corporate campus with two high rises on the West Side of Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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14:09 EDTJPMApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
08:42 EDTJPMUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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07:23 EDTJPMIBF Conferences to hold a summit
Ophthalmology Innovation Summit is being held in Chicago on October 16.
06:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's rehires former U.S. executive, WSJ reports
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