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April 30, 2014
06:56 EDTF, MCDUkraine crisis starts to hurt some U.S. companies, Reuters says
Turmoil in Ukraine and a series of Western sanctions on Russia are starting to inflict pain on some U.S. companies such as Ford (F) and McDonald's (MCD) that do business in the country, with the latest round of U.S. penalties threatening to make the situation even more complicated, according to Reuters, citing comments from McDonald's CFO Peter Bensen. Reference Link
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October 1, 2015
09:15 EDTFFord reports September U.S. sales up 23% to 221,599 vehicles
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08:36 EDTFMarathon Patent subsidiary receives favorable order against Ford, Fiat Chrysler
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05:56 EDTFTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
September 30, 2015
19:57 EDTMCDMcDonald's rolls out 'brand transformation' in Canada
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11:57 EDTFFord issues 5 safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America
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September 29, 2015
17:50 EDTMCDMcDonald's looks pricey, Barron's reports
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12:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's updates Build-Your-Own-Burger program, Bloomberg reports
McDonald's is revamping its Build-Your-Own Burger program in an effort to snap a sales slump, Bloomberg reports, citing comments from company spokeswoman Lisa McComb in an e-mail. The name of the program has been changed from TasteCrafted to Chef Crafted and will include new flavors such as maple bacon dijon and buffalo bacon, the report says. Hot jalapeno and deluxe were tossed out, the report says. "The original name 'TasteCrafted' did not resonate with consumers," McComb said. "We decided to celebrate our chefs who have created these recipes and highlight the culinary expertise of our in-house and supplier chefs." Reference Link
11:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's rises as analysts weigh in on fast food sector
Shares of McDonald's (MCD) rose in morning trading after Credit Suisse upgraded the Big Mac maker to Outperform. Some McDonald's competitors were also active after Telsey Advisory initiated coverage on multiple companies in the quick-serve and fast casual restaurant space. WHAT'S NEW: Credit Suisse analyst Jason West upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised his price target on its shares to $112 from $110. West said that more improvements for the company are "forthcoming" even after CEO Steve Easterbrook announced positive operational and financial steps. The analyst added that checks suggest that U.S. same-store sales trends are beginning to turn as a result of operational and menu changes, as well as some new product wins. West said he sees 5%-6% possible upside to current 2016 expectations and views a favorable risk/reward of roughly 2%-3% downside as opposed to 20% upside, even if the turnaround is "fairly modest." NOTABLE INITIATIONS: Separately, Telsey Advisory Group analyst Bob Derrington initiated coverage of several companies in the restaurant sector, stamping Panera (PNRA) with an Outperform rating and a $225 price target. The analyst noted that the company's plan to become a better dining alternative continues to build traction and that same-store sales trends are likely to speed up in 2016 and 2017. Derrington initiated Jack in the Box (JACK) with an Outperform rating and a price target of $95, as he sees it being positioned for strong appreciation in the year ahead based on management's plan to revitalize and differentiate the Jack in the Box brand. The analyst also expects the company to further differentiate, improve the returns, and position its Qdoba brand for quick growth and recycle its franchise cash flow for better shareholder returns. Derrington initiated coverage of Chipotle (CMG) with a Market Perform rating and an $800 price target, saying that despite the firm's positive prospects due to better-than-most-peer same-store sales and revenue growth, the company's margin risk makes him take a more cautious approach to his rating of the stock. The analyst also tagged Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) with a Market Perform rating and a $220 price target, noting that the company's strong growth prospects seem to be reflected in its premium valuation. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, McDonald's shares rose 1.6% to $97.49, Panera shares gained 0.9% to $191, Jack in the Box advanced 1.1% to $78.24, Chipotle added 1% to $715 and Buffalo Wild Wings were 1.3% higher at $195.68.
10:00 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:27 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
06:37 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised its price target to $112 from $110. Analyst Jason West said checks indicate U.S. same-store-sales trends are beginning to turn driven by operational and menu changes, and some new product wins. West sees 5-6% potential upside to current 2016 forecasts and sees favorable risk/reward of 2-3% downside versus 20% upside, even if the turnaround is fairly modest.
06:17 EDTFFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
September 24, 2015
13:47 EDTMCDMcDonald's names David Fairhurst EVP, chief people officer
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09:25 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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09:22 EDTFFord exec says company does not use emissions 'defeat devices,' CNBC reports
Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said, while appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, that Ford does not use "defeat devices and we clearly understand what it means from an integrity standpoint to make sure our vehicles perform on the road like they do in the lab." Hinrichs' comments come after Volkswagen (VLKAY) was accused by the EPA of installing a device in its diesel vehicles to mask their true emissions and after a German report said that a discrepancy with on-road emissions performance was found with an SUV made by BMW (BAMXY). Reference Link
09:03 EDTFAlcoa completes expansion of Tennessee facility
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07:32 EDTMCDJack in the Box has reached 'interesting' entry point, says Oppenheimer
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September 23, 2015
19:07 EDTFStudy shows U.S. cars less safe than EU vehicles, Independent says
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09:55 EDTFActive calls on open: BIIB FCX X F INTC
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September 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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