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August 8, 2014
12:34 EDTRPTP, MCD, NVDA, NWSA, MYL, IRG, MELIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the U.S. military having taken action in Iraq. Stock futures were sharply lower overnight but improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to higher open for the broader market. The move came after the president confirmed that U.S. forces made airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces. The averages struggled to find their direction in the early going, though momentum built to the upside as the morning continued and each of the equity indexes were firmly in positive ground by the noon hour. 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 virtually unchanged at noon despite the fact the company reported 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 Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP), which rose 25% after the company reported second quarter results and raised its expectations for sales of its Procysbi drug in this fiscal year. Also higher following their earnings reports were MercadoLibre (MELI), which rose 15%, and NVIDIA (NVDA), which gained nearly 7%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were New Corporation (NWSA), which fell over 4%, and Ignite Restaurant Group (IRG), which dropped more than 31%. Also lower was Mylan (MYL), which said yesterday that it was delaying its investor day because it wants to come to its shareholders with a "full picture" for the Abbott (ABT) transaction and the stock was downgraded today to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital. The company also reported lower than expected Q2 earnings yesterday and gave below consensus Q3 EPS guidance and its stock was down 1.6% near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 62.16, or 0.38%, to 16,430.43, the Nasdaq was up 8.01, or 0.18%, to 4,342.97, and the S&P 500 was up 6.75, or 0.35%, to 1,916.32.
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October 21, 2014
08:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 global comparable sales down 3.3%
The decrease reflects negative guest traffic in all major segments and impact of previously-disclosed supplier issue in certain markets in APMEA. Reports Q3 consolidated operating income down 14%, half due to impact of supplier issue and remainder due to soft operating performance in US and certain markets in Europe.
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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08:04 EDTMYLGerman fund pressured to sell Mylan stake over drug used in executions, FT says
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07:20 EDTMYLInternational Continence Society to hold annual meeting
ICS Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 20-24.
06:46 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded News Corp to Neutral from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and expectations for operational trends to improve in 2015. Price target is $16.70.
06:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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October 16, 2014
12:11 EDTMELIeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
06:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's rehires former U.S. executive, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
09:57 EDTRPTPLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 13, 2014
14:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's to answer questions about food, AP reports
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11:32 EDTMELIMercadoLibre to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in New York on October 15 at 9 am. Webcast Link
07:09 EDTNVDANVIDIA added to Best Ideas list at JMP Securities
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