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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTMCD, GE, IBM, DELL, BX, HPQ, VRTX, CMG, AIRMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow, which had lagged behind the other equity indices for much of the session, crossed into positive territory during the final hour of trading. Earnings from McDonald's (MCD), General Electric (GE), and IBM (IBM) weighed on the index, while the Nasdaq and S&P advanced through the session as much of the nation's attention focused on the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., earnings were in focus as little impactful economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: IBM missed expectations on the top and bottom line and the most-heavily weighted stock in the Dow lost $17.15, or 8.28%, to $190.00. However, Citigroup attributed the Q1 miss to deal slippage and said the pullback was a buying opportunity, maintaining its $250 price target on IBM shares... Shares of Dell (DELL) fell 55c, or 3.94%, to $13.40 after private equity firm Blackstone (BX) withdrew its takeover bid for Dell citing concerns over declining PC sales. Dell peer Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) also lost 65c, or 3.22%, to $19.56 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which added $32.49, or 61.45%, to $85.36 after new data from a trial of a cystic fibrosis drug candidate prompted at least two analyst upgrades and a number of increased price targets on the stock. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), up $37.89, or 11.54%, to $366.25 after its first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among noteworthy losers were Dow members General Electric, down 92c, or 4.06%, to $21.75, and McDonald's, down $1.99, or 1.95%, to $99.92, which both slipped after their earnings reports. Also lower was Air Methods (AIRM), down $6.14, or 13.38%, to $39.76 after warning it expects to report losses for its first quarter. INDICES: The Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 14,547.51; the Nasdaq was up 39.70, or 1.25%, to 3,206.06; the S&P 500 was up 13.64, or 0.88%, to 1,555.25.
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August 11, 2014
06:49 EDTMCDWorkday won human capital business at McDonald's, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its due diligence indicates Workday (WDAY) won the human capital management business at McDonald's (MCD). JMP believes the contract could be the biggest deal in Workday's history and it raised its Q2 billings estimate to $185M from $182M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Workday with a $126 price target.
August 10, 2014
15:55 EDTBXBlackstone near to acquiring Shell's stake in Haynesville shale, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTMCDMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:28 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory despite President Obama authorizing air strikes against the Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq in conjunction with a humanitarian effort. The early move higher stalled but the market then moved higher as reports confirmed that Russian military aircraft exercises near the Ukraine border had ended, as planned. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., productivity growth rose 2.5% in the second quarter, beating expectations for a rise of 1.6%. Second quarter unit labor costs, however, only increased 0.6%, which was below the 1% consensus forecast. Wholesale inventories increased 0.3% in June, and sales were up 0.2%, which were both below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) were fractionally higher despite the company reporting that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. The fast food giant stated that its U.S. comparable sales were down 3.2% in the month compared to the same month of last year and that comp sales in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa dropped 7.3%. The APMEA region's comparable sales decline reflects the impact of food quality and safety issues at a supplier to McDonald's and other food companies in China which caused a "significant negative impact" to results in China, Japan and certain other markets, the company noted. As a result of the China supplier issue, the company's previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk, McDonald's added. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose $1.54, or 8.82%, to $19.00 after the company’s second quarter profit and third quarter revenue outlook surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Also higher was small-cap Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), which jumped $6.43, or 45.06%, to $20.70 after announcing that the FDA has verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on the TKM-Ebola Investigational New Drug Application to a partial clinical hold. Among the noteworthy losers was cereal maker Post Holdings (POST), which fell $7.08, or 15.91%, to $37.43 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company reported an adjusted net loss for its third quarter and agreed to acquire American Blanching Company for $128M. Also lower were shares of Ignite Restaurant (IRG), the owner of the Joe’s Crab Shack and Macaroni Grill brands, which fell $4.33, or 34.98%, to $8.05 after reporting second quarter results that missed analysts' expectations and having its shares downgraded at Raymond James and CL King. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 185.66, or 1.13%, to 16,553.93, the Nasdaq gained 35.93, or 0.83%, to 4,370.90, and the S&P 500 rose 22.02, or 1.15%, to 1,931.59.
12:34 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:34 EDTMCDMcDonald's warns 2014 comparable sales forecast at risk due to China issue
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08:02 EDTMCDMcDonald's: AMPEA's sales reflect negative impact of food quality issues
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07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's rejports July global comparable sales down 2.5%
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07:41 EDTCMGChipotle downgraded at Longbow
As previously reported, Longbow downgraded Chipotle to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on valuation.
06:50 EDTCMGChipotle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow
06:44 EDTIBMNew IBM chip identifies patterns, NY Times says
IBM has developed a new type of computer chip that tries to imitate the pattern identifying powers of human brains, according to The New York Times. The chip could eventually perform calculations that today's supercomputers are not capable of, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:11 EDTMCDOSI withdraws products made in Shanghai in response to food scandal
After dealing with a food scandal, OSI China, parent company of Shanghai Husi Food, announced the withdrawal of products produced in Shanghai. The company said, "Husi is the subject of company and government investigations and it is proceeding smoothly. While there have been no reported illnesses linked to any Shanghai Husi products, recovering this production is an important step in facilitating the investigations and rebuilding the respect and trust of our customers, the government and the people of China. With assistances and guidance provided by Shanghai FDA, we have started the recovery process of products in question in a comprehensive and orderly." Worldwide brands such Yum! Brands (YUM) McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the scandal in China. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
18:03 EDTIBMCSC, IBM expand alliance to accelerate customers transition to the cloud
Leading technology companies CSC (CSC) and IBM (IBM) announced they are building on their existing alliance with new ways to help global customers accelerate their transition to the cloud. Both companies will collaborate on consulting, apps modernization tools, big data and analytics, cloud and mobile capabilities, and security to create a single, consumable services framework.
16:13 EDTAIRMAir Methods reports Q2 EPS 73c, consensus 66c
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12:02 EDTIBMIBM selected by Shanghai Wind Information
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11:59 EDTBXKKR, Blackstone, TPG to settle LBO collusion lawsuit for $325M, Reuters reports
According to a filing in the U.S. District Court in Boston, KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital have agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused them of LBO collusion, Reuters reports. The private equity firms will pay $325M to settle the suit. Reference Link
06:06 EDTCMGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX CMG
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