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February 11, 2013
15:01 EDTTAL, MCD, CVD, ATVIActivision Blizzard, McDonald's added to Featured Selections List at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee added Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and McDonald's (MCD) to its Featured Selections List for February. The firm noted that new video game consoles are being introduced later this year, and that new consoles usually increase the revenue of video game makers including Activision. Sterne Agee expects McDonald's new products to generate accelerating same-store sales growth. The firm removed Covance (CVD) and TAL International (TAL) from its Featured Selections List but maintained Buy ratings on both stocks.
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July 23, 2015
11:23 EDTMCDMcDonald's says took U.S. price increase at end of May
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11:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's reiterates plan to return $8B-$9B to shareholders in 2015
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11:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees net addition of about 300 restaurants in 2015
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11:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees positive global comparable sales in Q3
McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said earlier that the company has made "meaningful progress" since announcing the initial steps of its turnaround plan in early May. "To position the business for long-term growth, we've undergone significant organizational change and are streamlining our global resources to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. While our second quarter results were disappointing, we are seeing early signs of momentum. Looking ahead to third quarter, we expect positive global comparable sales led by growth in our newly-created International Lead Market segment and China's continuing recovery from the 2014 APMEA supplier issue," Easterbrook added.
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 global comparable sales down 0.7%
Reports Q2 global comparable sales down 0.7%, reflecting negative guest traffic in all major segments. Reports Q2 US comparable sales down 2%, reflecting negative guest traffic as the featured products and promotions did not achieve expected consumer response amid ongoing competitive activity. Reports Q2 Europe comparable sales up 1.2% driven by solid performance in the U.K. and Germany, partly offset by negative results in France. Reports Q2 APMEA comparable sales down 4.5%, primarily due to the impact of prolonged, broad-based consumer perception issues in Japan along with negative performance in China and other Asian markets, partly offset by strong performance in Australia.
07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q2 EPS $1.26, consensus $1.24
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:51 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
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13:19 EDTMCDEarnings Watch: McDonald's to report Q2 earnings as company seeks revival
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08:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 21, 2015
18:29 EDTMCDMcDonald's may offer all-day breakfast nationwide in October, WSJ reports
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July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTATVIZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
08:24 EDTMCDMcDonald's U.S. outlook improving, says RBC Capital
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05:44 EDTATVIZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
July 17, 2015
05:51 EDTATVIJune NPD video game software sales rose 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes June NPD video game software sales were up 21% year-over-year, driven by Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Piper remains positive on the group and keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
July 16, 2015
19:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's franchisees indicate lowest 6-month outlook in 12 years, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 15, 2015
16:20 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Neutral at BTIG
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09:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's turnaround to take years, Peltz says on CNBC
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09:06 EDTMCDPeltz says if didn't own Wendy's, McDonald's may be investment
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