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April 4, 2014
06:44 EDTDNKN, BKW, JACK, SONC, WENMost senators resisting compromise on minimum wage increase, Politico reports
Most Senate Democrats and Republicans, including the leaders of both parties, are refusing to compromise on a minimum wage hike, according to Politico. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
News For BKW;WEN;JACK;DNKN;SONC From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
10:26 EDTDNKNBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:00 EDTJACK, SONC, DNKNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTDNKNDunkin' Donuts announces plan for 10 new restaurants in Minneapolis
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April 15, 2015
17:26 EDTSONCSonic initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $37.
17:24 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $53.
17:16 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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11:30 EDTSONCSonic management to meet with William Blair
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April 14, 2015
08:33 EDTDNKNGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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April 13, 2015
12:57 EDTDNKNNortheast winter may have impacted Dunkin' Brands sales, Reuters says
Dunkin' Donuts, which is regionally popular in Northeast states like New York and Massachusetts, may have weaker same-store sales this quarter then expected as harsh winter weather may have kept customers home, says Reuters. Nick Setyan, a SVP of equity research at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles said the record snowfall in the U.S. Northeast this past winter could reduce 1% to 1.6% points off first quarter same-store sales of the company, added Reuters. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
16:05 EDTSONCSonic announces promotions in leadership team
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10:02 EDTDNKNDunkin' Donuts adds Google Wallet as new mobile payment option
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10:00 EDTJACKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adobe (ADBE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Anadarko (APC) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Apache (APA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Canadian Pacific (CP) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Cancer Genetics (CGIX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Denny's (DENN) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Garrison Capital (GARS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Home Properties (HME) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Intersect ENT (XENT) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Jack in the Box (JACK) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... LogMeln (LOGM) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Marvell (MRVL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Masonite (DOOR) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Natures Sunshine Products (NATR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Nielsen (NLSN) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... RiceBran (RIBT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... StarTek (SRT) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Market Perform at Telsey Advisory.
07:35 EDTJACKJack in the Box initiated with a Neutral at Longbow
06:55 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands added to U.S. Focus List at Credit Suisse
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April 7, 2015
08:05 EDTDNKNDunkin' Brands remains a top pick in sector at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) recently announced a deal to expand its presence in at-home coffee through K-Cups. The firm sees a relatively modest benefit of approximately 2% to earnings power, but expects any positive earnings momentum to aid Dunkin's currently discounted valuation. Credit Suisse continues to views Dunkin' as one of the most compelling domestic growth stories in the restaurant sector and remains a top pick with a Buy rating and $56 price target.
06:44 EDTWENWendy's coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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