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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTVRTX, DELL, MCD, AIRM, HPQ, IBM, CMG, BX, GEOn 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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November 16, 2015
07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric shares could drop in near term, says Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTVRTXHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
07:11 EDTGEGeneral Electric added to the short-term sell list at Deutsche Bank
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06:48 EDTBXGoldman, Thomas H. Lee agree to buy GCA Services from Blackstone, Reuters says
According to sources, Reuters reports that the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to buy GCA Services Group, a facility management company, from Blackstone (BX) for about $1B, including debt. Goldman and Thomas H. Lee will have equal participation in the consortium that will buy GCA. Reference Link
06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
November 15, 2015
18:43 EDTGESumitomo, Shinsei emerge as final bidders for GE's Japan lease unit, WSJ says
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November 13, 2015
16:45 EDTGETrian gives quarterly update on stakes
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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.
16:00 EDTGEOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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11:45 EDTCMGEl Pollo LoCo sinks to 52-week low after cutting FY15 same store sales guidance
Shares of quick-service restaurant operator El Pollo LoCo (LOCO) are plunging after the company cut its fiscal 2015 same-store sales outlook and narrowed its fiscal 2015 profit view. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday night after the close, El Pollo LoCo reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of 18c, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 15c, and revenue of $88.9M, missing the consensus of $90.4M. For the quarter, system wide SSS increased 0.6%, company owned SSS were flat, franchise SSS rose 1.1%, and adjusted EBITDA increased 9.9% to $16.6M. Chief Executive Officer Steve Sather noted that Q3 results represented the company's 17th consecutive quarter of system-wide comparable restaurant sales growth as well as pro forma net income growth of over 40%. He added that the company's new restaurant pipeline was, "strong and growing stronger." GUIDANCE: Looking ahead, El Pollo LoCo cut its FY15 system-wide comparable restaurant sales growth view to approximately 1.7% from 3%. It also lowered its outlook for openings of new company-owned restaurants to 13-15 from 16, and openings of new franchised restaurants to 5 from 8. FY15 adjusted EBTIDA guidance was cut to $64M-$66M from $65M-$67M. Due to the revised assumptions, the company narrowed its FY15 pro forma diluted EPS view to 67c-69c from 67c-71c, compared to the consensus of 68c. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Baird downgraded El Pollo Loco to Neutral from Outperform to reflect reduced visibility, uncertain comps outlook and possible downward bias to earnings if top-line trends do not improve. Baird lowered its price target to $12 from $18 on El Pollo Loco shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, El Pollo Loco fell $1.30, or about 11.25%, to $10.22 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.58. Over the past 12 months, the stock is down approximately 70%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other quick-service restaurants include Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI), down 2.5%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down 2.7%, Del Taco (TACO), down 2.15%, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), down 1.3%, and Bojangles (BOJA), down fractionally.
11:33 EDTCMGStocks with call strike movement; CBS CMG
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10:49 EDTCMGChipotle breaks back below $600 on lower consumer brand perception
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10:48 EDTBXBlackstone looks for buyer for German wind farm, Reuters says
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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%.
09:11 EDTGEGE Capital's CDF extends MarineMax financing through 2018
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06:43 EDTGESumitomo Mitsui to start talks with GE's Japan leasing division, Nikkei reports
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06:36 EDTCMGChipotle hits lowest consumer perception since 2007, CNBC reports
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06:16 EDTBXBlackstone to purchase Japan Residential in $450M deal, Reuters says
Blackstone said it will buy Japan Residential Investment Company in a deal valued at roughly $450M, including the assumption of debt, Reuters says. Reference Link
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