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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 9, 2014
17:08 EDTPOSTPost Holdings to reorganize into three groups
Post is reorganizing around three distinct groups. Post's newly formed Consumer Brands Group includes the legacy Post Foods cereal operations as well as the recently acquired active nutrition businesses of Premier Nutrition Corporation, Dymatize Enterprises and the PowerBar and Musashi brands. James Holbrook has been named president and CEO of the Consumer Brands Group. The Michael Foods Group is now comprised of the Michael Foods' egg, cheese and potato businesses, which Post acquired in June, and Dakota Growers Pasta Company, acquired in January. It will be headed by James Dwyer, Jr. as president and CEO. Post's remaining businesses, consisting of Golden Boy Foods and Attune Foods, will comprise the Private Label Group. This Group will report directly to CEO Robert Vitale.
17:05 EDTPOSTPost Holdings names Robert Vitale CEO
Robert Vitale has been named Post Holdings' president and CEO. Vitale has served as Post's CFO since its formation in October 2011. William Stiritz, who has served as chairman and CEO since Post separated from Ralcorp Holdings in 2012, will continue with Post's executive team in the newly-created role of executive chairman. Terence Block, currently president and COO, has decided to retire from Post.
14:55 EDTTKMRHospital says deputy showing no signs of Ebola, AP reports
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14:24 EDTTKMRCDC head compares Ebola to AIDS, Washington Post says
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14:13 EDTTKMRFirst Ebola vaccine trial in West Africa started, NBC News reports
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12:06 EDTTKMRLakeland Industries continues surge amid Ebola fears
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05:50 EDTTKMRStocks with implied volatility movement; ARWR TKMR
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Arrowhead (ARWR) 158, Tekmira (TKMR) 130 according to iVolatility.
October 8, 2014
11:59 EDTTKMRTekmira volatility increases after Ebola patient dies
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11:22 EDTTKMRChimerix falls after Ebola patient taking experimental drug dies
Shares of Chimerix (CMRX) are moving lower after the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas announced that Thomas Eric Duncan succumbed to Ebola. Duncan was being treated with Chimerix's experimental drug Brincidofovir. Shares of Chimerix dropped 9% following the news to $30.19. Other makers of experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT) and BioCryst (BCRX).
07:28 EDTMCDMcDonald's brand solid but execution issues remain, says UBS
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October 7, 2014
13:45 EDTTKMRTekmira at 5-session lows, levels to watch
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13:28 EDTTKMRTekmira down 5% after report says Chimerix drug used on NBC journalist
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06:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan now sees FY loss of Y17B
McDonald's Japan is forecasting a loss for the full year of Y17B vs. its previous guidance for a Y6B profit, the Financial Times reports. The company, which is 50% owned by McDonald's, sees food supplier problems impacting sales by Y45B.
October 6, 2014
18:57 EDTNVDAU.S. ITC opens investigation into Samsung product infringement of NVIDIA patents
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10:44 EDTTKMRTekmira tumbles, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTMCD, TKMROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
09:25 EDTTKMROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: HP (HPQ), up 5% after confirming plans to separate into two companies... CareFusion (CFN), up 24% after Becton Dickinson (BDX) agreed to acquire the company for $58 per share in $12.2B deal. Becton Dickinson shares are up 7% following the news... Chimerix (CMRX), up 7% after announcing announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola Virus Disease... Conn's (CONN), up 6.5% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... TASER (TASR), up 5% after announces multiple orders of TASER Smart Weapons... Tableau (DATA), up 3.5% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Splunk (SPLK), up 3.9% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Unilife (UNIS), up 52% after signing a 15-year commercial supply agreement with Sanofi (SNY). LOWER: RadioShack (RSH), down 5% after confirming definitive agreements to restructure debt... Alcobra (ADHD), down 43% after announcing results from Phase III study of MDX in adult ADHD... Sunesis (SNSS), down 71% after announcing Phase 3 VALOR trial did not meet primary endpoint... H&R Block Bank (HRB), down 5% after deal with BofI (BOFI) not expected to get regulatory approval this year. Tekmira (TKMR), down 8% after downgraded at Leerink.
07:45 EDTTKMRTekmira downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink
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07:09 EDTMCDMcDonald's downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:44 EDTTKMRStocks with implied volatility movement; TKMR RIG
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