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August 8, 2014
16:28 EDTMCD, TKMR, NVDA, POST, IRGOn 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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October 21, 2014
08:09 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: These challenges call for equally significant changes
CEO Don Thompson said, "We began 2014 mindful of the challenges we faced in driving sales and profitability. The internal factors and external headwinds have proven more formidable than expected and will continue into the fourth quarter, with global comparable sales for October expected to be negative. These significant challenges call for equally significant changes in the way we do business. In the U.S., we are driving decision making from headquarters back into the field, where our restaurants serve the daily needs of our customers in their local communities. In our international markets, we are taking action to restore customer trust and regain business momentum. We understand the depth of the challenges and we are responding with the sense of urgency required to improve our performance."
08:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 AMPEA comparable sales down 9.9%
Cites the impact of the supplier issue on sales and profitability in China, Japan and certain other markets.
08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 Europe comparable sales down 1.4%
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08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement revamped marketing approach, simplified menu
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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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07:21 EDTTKMRiBio valuation will be hard to maintain, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
iBio's current valuation will be hard to maintain "even under the best Ebola stockpiling scenario," TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein argues. He notes Ebola related stocks fell yesterday after the quarantines related to Thomas Duncan ended. Reference Link
06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald's turning off some diners due to increased prices, Bloomberg says
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06:04 EDTPOSTPost Holdings upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Post Holdings to Buy due to compelling valuation, earnings power, cost cutting initiatives, and expectations for a resumption in M&A. Price target raised to $44 from $42.
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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09:09 EDTTKMREMA encourages applications for orphan designation for Ebola treatments
The European Medicines Agency encourages developers of treatments or vaccines against Ebola to apply for orphan designation. Applications for orphan designation of Ebola medicines will be treated as a priority and EMA has committed to fast-tracking their evaluation, the regulator announced. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX), NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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16:44 EDTTKMREbola drug discovery efforts intensify, WSJ says
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13:39 EDTTKMRCarnival cruise passenger tests negative for Ebola, Reuters says
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13:03 EDTPOSTPost Holdings shares look attractive, Barron's says
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