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August 8, 2014
12:34 EDTRPTP, IRG, NVDA, MYL, MCD, MELI, NWSAOn 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.
News For MCD;NVDA;NWSA;MYL;IRG;MELI;RPTP From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
09:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern leads challenge to News Corp. voting structure, FT says
Southeastern Asset Management, which now controls 12.7% of News Corp’s voting stock, is at odds with Rupert Murdoch’s family over the company's dual-class share structure that gives Murdoch an outsized amount of the voting power, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:41 EDTIRGIgnite Restaurant upgraded to Strong Buy from Neutral at CL King
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November 17, 2014
15:43 EDTNWSAGabelli liquidates stake in Move, Inc.
Gabelli's most recent stake, as reported on November 3, was 8.84%. As a result of the completion of the acquisition of the company by News Corp. (NWSA), Gabelli no longer has beneficial ownership of any of its shares.
07:52 EDTNVDADepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMCDNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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12:58 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's up 2% after activist JANA reports new stake
Shares of McDonald's are up after 1% after activist investor JANA Partners reported a new 842K share stake in the fast food giant. JANA this morning disclosed its quarterly holdings as of September 30 to the SEC. The stake was acquired between June 30 and September 30 of this year. Shares of McDonald's are up 2%, or $1.63, to $97.11 in early trading.
09:38 EDTMCDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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08:29 EDTNWSANews Corp completes acquisition of Move, Inc
News Corp announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Move, Inc. Move is a provider of online real estate services and operates a network of sites, including realtor.com, the official website for the National Association of Realtors. The previously announced tender offer by a subsidiary of News Corp for all of the outstanding shares of Move common stock at a price of $21.00 per share expired as scheduled at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 13, 2014. Excluding shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery, a total of approximately 34,299,586 shares were validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing, together with the shares owned by News Corp and its subsidiaries, approximately 83.1% of Move’s outstanding shares. As a result, News Corp, through its subsidiary, has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all such validly tendered shares pursuant to the terms of the tender offer. Following its acceptance of the tendered shares, News Corp completed the acquisition by causing the merger of its subsidiary with and into Move without a vote of Move’s stockholders, pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. Upon completion of the merger, Move became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp. As a result of the merger and in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, all eligible Move shares not tendered into the tender offer were cancelled and converted into the right to receive $21.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price per share offered in the tender offer. As a result of the acquisition, Move shares ceased to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market. REA Group Limited, in which News Corp owns a 61.6% interest, has entered into a definitive agreement with News Corp to acquire a 20% stake in Move. The transaction is expected to be completed on November 17.
November 13, 2014
07:38 EDTMYLBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
06:27 EDTNWSADow Jones to end German, Turkish services, Sunday inserts, WSJ reports
Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp, will eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Sunday Journal, leading to the reduction of 50-60 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. In a staff memo, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis explained that "It will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals." Reference Link
November 12, 2014
16:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's to enter Kazakhstan in 2015
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12:55 EDTNVDANVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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November 11, 2014
05:56 EDTMCDMcDonald's recalls Hello Kitty themed whistles due to choking hazards
McDonald's is recalling about 2.3M “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” Whistles in the U.S. and about 200,000 in Canada. The CPSC says components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children. McDonald’s has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention. Reference Link
November 10, 2014
10:28 EDTNVDAIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October APMEA comparable sales down 4.2%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October Europe comparable sales down 0.7%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October US comparable sales down 1%
The company said, "To restore business momentum, the U.S. is revamping its marketing approach, simplifying the menu and creating a new organizational structure. These initiatives are designed to better address consumer preferences and the competitive dynamics of the local markets in which we compete by bringing decision making closer to our customers."
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October global comparable sales down 0.5%
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