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February 13, 2013
11:52 EDTPZZA, DPZ, JACK, DRI, EAT, SONC, BJRI, MCDFast food stocks fall after Obama proposes raising minimum wage
Stocks of many fast food and casual dining companies are retreating significantly after President Obama proposed increasing the national minimum wage to $9 per hour from the current $7.25 per hour during his state of the Union speech last night. In late morning trading, McDonald's (MCD) dropped 1.7% to $93.50, Brinker (EAT) slid 3% to $32, Domino's Pizza (DPZ) dropped 2% to $45.50, BJ's Restaurant (BJRI) tumbled 3.5% to $33, and Darden Restaurant (DRI) retreated 2.5% to $45.50.
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November 24, 2015
08:02 EDTMCDMcDonald's Wendy's poised to gain share from Burger King, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that value offerings from Wendy's (WEN0 and McDonald's (MCD) will enable the companies to gain market share from Burger King (QSR).
06:41 EDTDPZDomino's launches "Easy Order" button, Business Insider says
Domino's is trying to make pizza order even simpler with the advent of its "Easy Order" button, Business Insider reports. The company is releasing a physical button in a cardboard box that links over Bluetooth to the pizza chain's mobile app to allow customers order pizzas with the push of a button, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTEATImpact of low oil prices extends beyond oil industry, WSJ says
The fall in crude prices is having a ripple effect that extends beyond the oil industry, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sales of single family homes in Houston were down 10% year over year in October, the report says, and restaurants in Texas and the Southwest have seen a drop in sales and customer traffic. Brinker (EAT) credited weak oil prices for downbeat results in states that rely heavily on the energy industry, the report says. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and American Eagle Energy (AMZG) have both exited Bakken last month, with Occidental selling its North Dakota assets and American Eagle seeking chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the report says. Reference Link
November 23, 2015
10:54 EDTJACKBattleground: Analysts vary widely in assessing E. coli impact on Chipotle
Research firms had very different views on Chipotle's (CMG) outlook after the company announced late Friday afternoon that six new cases of E coli linked to its restaurants had been identified in four additional states, triggering a 12.5% decline in the shares. JPMorgan wrote that the selloff in the stock was overdone, as the E.Coli outbreak should have only "a limited impact" on the company's results. Similarly, research firm William Blair does not expect the casual dining company's results to be meaningfully impacted by the news. However, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches, to the firm's equivalent of a Sell, and Sterne Agee cut its rating on the name to Neutral, with both firms predicting that the new E.coli cases would meaningfully hurt Chipotle's results. BACKGROUND: Chipotle announced that it was informed by the federal government that six new cases of E.coli had been found which matched a previous strain of the disease linked to the company's restaurants. Five of the six newly diagnosed individuals reported that they had recently eaten at Chipotle restaurants, the company reported late Friday. The previous outbreak of E.coli had been restricted to Washington state and Oregon, but the new cases involved individuals living in California, New York, Minnesota and Ohio. BULLS: According to JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe, the selloff in Chipotle's stock is overdone, as the E.coli outbreak seems to be "very contained and minor." The six additional cases do not mean that a "widespread outbreak" has occurred, wrote the analyst, who expects the company's comp sales to drop about 2% this quarter and to be flat in the first quarter of 2016 before rising 2% in both Q2 and Q3. Moreover, he believes that "numerous" initiatives that the company is undertaking could drive its comp sales higher. Ivankoe trimmed his price target on the name to $680 from $750 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia says that if the 12.5% drop in the stock on Friday implies that 12.5% of the company's 2016 profits could be at risk, it appears investors expect the company's same-store sales to decline 7%-8% next year. Zackfia says that such a decline is "highly unlikely," and she believes that Chipotle's same-store sales could actually "firm" in 2016. The analyst, who expects the company to emerge "largely unscathed" from the outbreak, kept an Outperform rating on the stock. BEARS: BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Joseph Buckley lowered his rating on Chipotle two notches to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of Sell, from Buy. The new cases suggest that the E.coli outbreak is national and not just confined to the Pacific Northwest region, the analyst stated. Chipotle's same-store sales will drop 4% this quarter, as the short-term impact on the company could be magnified because it has benefited in the past from being seen as having high quality food, Buckley believes. However, the analyst added that he does not expect the E.coli outbreak to hurt the company over the longer term. Nonetheless, he slashed his price target on the name to $470 from $750. Also downgrading Chipotle was Sterne Agee analyst Lynne Collier, who cut her rating on the name to Neutral from Buy. The fact that the source of the problem has not been identified creates doubt about whether the bad news for the company is over, Collier believes. Although the new cases of E.coli appear to have occurred during the same time period as the previous reported cases, the company's sales could still be negatively affected for 6-12 months, wrote the analyst, who now expects its SSS to fall 2% this quarter. She lowered her 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $19.22 from $20.40. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Maxim Group upgraded its rating on Panera Bread (PNRA) to Buy from Hold, predicting that the restaurant operator would benefit from Chipotle's problems. The firm set a $210 price target on the shares. Yum! Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell and Jack in the Box's (JACK) Qdoba are other competitors of Chipotle. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Chipotle rebounded 6% to $568.33.
November 20, 2015
06:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's to pay $355K in penalties to settle immigration discrimination suit
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November 19, 2015
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Seaport Global... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Civitas Solutions (CIVI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) downgraded on a more cautious outloook at BofA/Merrill... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Lennox (LII) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Newfield Exploration (NFX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regis (RGS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Synergy Resources (SYRG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... Titan International (TWI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... eLong (LONG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital.
10:00 EDTPZZAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Fairchild (FCS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... National Grid (NGG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... ON Semiconductor (ON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Papa John's (PZZA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... QEP Resources (QEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy on selloff, dividend yield at Craig-Hallum... Sunoco (SUN) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tetraphase (TTPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:57 EDTPZZAPapa John's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti
Sidoti upgraded Papa John's to Buy based on valuation and maintained its $70 price target on shares.
06:12 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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November 18, 2015
07:49 EDTSONCStephens to host a tour
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06:12 EDTDPZApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
19:25 EDTJACKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Jack in the Box (JACK), up 3.7%... Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Universal Insurance (UVE), up 5.3% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 2% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 1.8% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
16:15 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees FY16 SSS up 2%-4%
Sees FY16 same-store sales increase of approximately 2%-4% at Jack in the Box company restaurants.Sees FY16 same-store sales increase of approximately 2%-4% at Qdoba company restaurants.
16:13 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees Q1 SSS up 1%-3%
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16:11 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees FY16 operating EPS $3.55-$3.70, consensus $3.55
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16:09 EDTJACKJack in the Box reports Q4 operating EPS 62c, consensus 65c
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15:13 EDTJACKNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:13 EDTJACKJack in the Box technical comments before earnings
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06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's to launch "McPick 2" menu on January 4, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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