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August 11, 2014
06:49 EDTWDAY, MCDWorkday won human capital business at McDonald's, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its due diligence indicates Workday (WDAY) won the human capital management business at McDonald's (MCD). JMP believes the contract could be the biggest deal in Workday's history and it raised its Q2 billings estimate to $185M from $182M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Workday with a $126 price target.
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February 26, 2015
07:01 EDTWDAYWorkday reported good Q4 results, says Cantor
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06:08 EDTWDAYWorkday Q4 even stronger than it looks, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes a 77% rise in new subscription annualized contract value makes Workday's Q4 results even stronger than they appear. The firm believes the company's business momentum is accelerating and raised its price target for the stock to $99 from $94. Jefferies keeps a Hold rating on the name, however, saying it believes Workday's "significant growth prospects" are priced in at current share levels.
February 25, 2015
16:13 EDTWDAYWorkday sees FY16 revenue $1.115B-$1.14B, consensus $1.13B
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16:12 EDTWDAYWorkday sees Q1 revenue $242M-$245M, consensus $239.46M
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16:11 EDTWDAYWorkday reports Q4 adjusted EPS (6c), consensus (6c)
Reports Q4 revenue $226.3M, consensus $222.85M.
16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:43 EDTWDAYWorkday February weekly 93 straddle priced for 7.2% movement into Q4
15:05 EDTWDAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
11:41 EDTMCDTrade unions say McDonald's avoided over $1B of taxes in Europe
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07:49 EDTWDAYWorkday weekly volatility increases into Q4 and revenue growth outlook
Workday February weekly call option implied volatility is at 103, March is at 44, April is at 35, June is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected Q4 release on February 25.
February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTMCDOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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12:56 EDTWDAYWorkday weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and revenue growth outlook
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09:38 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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February 19, 2015
09:35 EDTMCDOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
February 17, 2015
07:24 EDTMCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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February 13, 2015
18:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's holder CtW Investment Group seeks board changes, WSJ reports
McDonald's shareholder CtW Investment Group is seeking a “robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:35 EDTMCDS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
08:19 EDTMCDAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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07:41 EDTMCDGlenview buys small stake in McDonald’s, suggests real estate sale, WSJ says
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