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August 8, 2014
16:28 EDTMCD, NVDA, IRG, TKMR, POSTOn 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.
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November 19, 2014
05:44 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD KO
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November 18, 2014
11:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's January calls active
McDonald's January 95 calls are active on total call volume of 7700 contracts compared to its open interest of one contract. November call option implied volatility is at 16, December is at 15, January is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:41 EDTIRGIgnite Restaurant upgraded to Strong Buy from Neutral at CL King
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November 17, 2014
08:44 EDTTKMRNebraska Medical announces death of third Ebola patient
The Nebraska Medical Center said via Twitter, "We are sorry to announce that the 3rd Ebola patient, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease." Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines or treatments include Peregrine (PPHM), Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Some companies that offer protective clothing and waste disposal include Lakeland Industries (LAKE), Alpha Pro Tech (APT) and Sharps Compliance (SMED).
08:12 EDTTKMRDicerna announces license agreement with Tekmira for PH1 program
Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA) announced a licensing agreement for Dicerna to use Tekmira’s (TKMR) proprietary lipid nanoparticle technology for delivery of DCR-PH1, Dicerna’s investigational product candidate for primary hyperoxaluria type 1, a rare, inherited liver disorder that often results in kidney failure, and for which there are no approved therapies. This announcement follows the successful testing of DCR-PH1 in combination with Tekmira's LNP technology in animal models, including mice and non-human primates. Under the agreement, Dicerna will pay Tekmira $2.5 million upfront, as well as $22 million in potential development milestones, and a mid-single-digit royalty on future PH1 sales. Tekmira’s LNP system has shown in other human clinical studies to provide potent, safe and effective RNA delivery to hepatocytes. Licensing Tekmira’s LNP will streamline the development path for DCR-PH1 and allows Dicerna to focus its LNP efforts on its oncology pipeline.
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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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
10:50 EDTTKMRTekmira initiated with a Strong Sell at Glaucus Research
Glaucus Research initiated Tekmira with a Strong Sell and a price target range of $7-$10.Reference Link
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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