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March 10, 2013
18:39 EDTNKE, COH, GPS, YUM, WMTChina's economic data show weakest beginning since 2009, Bloomberg says
China’s industrial output had the slowest start to a year since 2009 and lending and retail sales growth slowed, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
17:03 EDTNKENike appoints Tom Peddie as VP and GM of the Emerging Markets
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16:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands down over 3% following FY14, FY15 guidance
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 mid-single-digit adjusted EPS growth, consensus $3.24
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says 'firmly committed to double-digit EPS growth in 2015'
Greg Creed, CEO effective January 1, 2015, said, “We are firmly committed to returning to double-digit EPS growth in 2015, delivering at least 10% growth with the potential to do significantly better. We fully expect to bounce-back in China and benefit from tremendous sales leverage as sales rebound. We have solid plans to drive same-store sales growth and margin improvement in China, while continuing to open new restaurants with confidence in the world’s fastest-growing economy. Further, sustained momentum at our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, and the recent relaunch of our Pizza Hut U.S. business are also expected to contribute to our double-digit EPS growth. Our brands are the global leaders in their respective categories, and we expect to build on this strength with breakthrough product innovation, insight-driven marketing and digital leadership in the years ahead. Overall, we expect to open over 2,100 new international restaurants next year, further strengthening our lead in emerging markets. We remain focused on the three keys to driving shareholder value: same-store sales growth, new-unit development and generating high returns on invested capital. I’m confident we’ll deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10% in 2015 and produce consistent double-digit EPS growth over the long term.”
16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides FY15 operating guidance
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16:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 China division SSS negative mid-single digits
The company said, "As previously reported, China Division sales were significantly impacted by adverse publicity in July regarding improper food handling practices by a former supplier. Sales continue to recover, but at a slower pace than expected. We estimate China Division full-year same-store sales will be negative mid-single digits. With this assumption, we now estimate mid-single-digit full-year EPS growth, excluding Special Items." FY14 EPS consensus $3.24.
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY15 EPS growth at least 10%, consensus $3.78
Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2015, excluding Special Items.
10:23 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:05 EDTCOHCoach initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands to host analyst and investor meeting
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09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
06:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands coverage resumed with a Sell at Goldman
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06:38 EDTNKENike downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
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