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October 21, 2014
08:10 EDTMCDMcDonald's expects internal factors, external headwinds to continue in Q4
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08:09 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: These challenges call for equally significant changes
CEO Don Thompson said, "We began 2014 mindful of the challenges we faced in driving sales and profitability. The internal factors and external headwinds have proven more formidable than expected and will continue into the fourth quarter, with global comparable sales for October expected to be negative. These significant challenges call for equally significant changes in the way we do business. In the U.S., we are driving decision making from headquarters back into the field, where our restaurants serve the daily needs of our customers in their local communities. In our international markets, we are taking action to restore customer trust and regain business momentum. We understand the depth of the challenges and we are responding with the sense of urgency required to improve our performance."
08:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 AMPEA comparable sales down 9.9%
Cites the impact of the supplier issue on sales and profitability in China, Japan and certain other markets.
08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 Europe comparable sales down 1.4%
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08:07 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement revamped marketing approach, simplified menu
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08:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 global comparable sales down 3.3%
The decrease reflects negative guest traffic in all major segments and impact of previously-disclosed supplier issue in certain markets in APMEA. Reports Q3 consolidated operating income down 14%, half due to impact of supplier issue and remainder due to soft operating performance in US and certain markets in Europe.
08:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's to implement in global approach to increase relevance, drive traffic
The company has announced "Mcdonald's Experience of the Future", a comprehensive restaurant execution concept that elevates the menu and customer experience elements that are hallmarks of the McDonald's brand, and capitalizes on investments in reimaging, service and technology enhancements to improve the look, feel and convenience of the McDonald's experience in ways that are in-tune with today's consumer needs. It also announced a new digital strategy and a review of the organization's structure and use of resources in order to redirect spending toward those initiatives, such as the digital strategy and the McDonald's Experience of the Future, that will support the Company's key long-term growth initiatives.
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's: Q3 results pressred by tax rate, unusual events, US underperformance
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports Q3 EPS $1.09, consensus $1.37
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07:04 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reaffirms FY14 EPS view $6.75-$6.85, consensus $6.84
UTC Chairman and CEO Louis Chenevert said, "With double-digit earnings and 4% organic sales growth through the first three quarters, UTC remains on track to deliver on our expectations for the year. Our solid backlog and organic growth trends continue to give us confidence in our earnings per share range of $6.75 to $6.85, on sales of about $65B." FY14 revenue consensus $65.26B. UTC now expects share repurchase of $1.5B for the year, up from the previous expectation of $1.35B. As a result of ongoing investment to support the aerospace upcycle, the company continues to anticipate 2014 cash flow from operations less capital expenditures of about 90% of net income attributable to common shareowners.
07:01 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.82, consensus $1.81
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06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald's turning off some diners due to increased prices, Bloomberg says
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTUTX, MCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:57 EDTMCDMcDonald's October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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13:46 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 15c-20c hit to EPS from China supplier issues
McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast food restaurants globally.EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.38 on revenue of $7.19B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.31-$1.51 on revenue of $7.03B-$7.35B. LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported second quarter EPS of $1.40 against estimates of $1.44 and revenue of $7.18B against estimates of $7.29B. McDonald's also reported global comparable sales relatively flat, with U.S. SSS down 1.5%, Europe SSS down 1% and Asia/Pacific, Mideast, Africa SSS up 1.1%. On its earnings conference call, the company forecast a 4c-5c negative impact on EPS from currency in 2014. The company said it did not anticipate any material changes to the operating environment in the second half of 2014, but said near-term results would likely remain "muted." NEWS: During the quarter, the company said it expected to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016 and that $3.2B year-to-date August had been returned. McDonald's also raised its quarterly dividend 5% to 85c per share. McDonald's said China supplier issues would negatively impact the quarter by 15c-20c largely due to a combination of lost sales, expenses associated with its recovery efforts and the impact of these items on the Q3 tax rate, which is expected to be above the company's outlook for the full-year tax rate of 31%-33%. McDonald's recently announced that Russia temporarily suspended nine of its restaurants in the country. STREET RESEARCH: UBS said its recent survey indicates McDonald's does not have a brand image issue, but rather an execution problem, which will need to be fixed to increase traffic. The firm has a Buy rating and $110 price target on shares. Morgan Stanley downgraded McDonald's to Equal Weight from Overweight due to weakening fundamentals combined with U.S. market share loss, and international pressures. Wells Fargo said McDonald's 5% dividend increase was below the Street's 7%-9% outlook and portends badly for the company's operating cash flow, willingness to increase leverage ratios and its capital intensity plans heading into 2015. PRICE ACTION: McDonald's shares are trading down almost 8% over the last three months and are near flat today ahead of the Q3 earnings report.
12:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical comments before results
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12:36 EDTUTXUnited Technologies technical notes ahead of earnings
In the past three months the shares have traded down more than 10%, underperforming the broader averages. The trend is distinctly down in the past three months, but that is part of a larger trend that began after price peaked in early June of this year. The long-term uptrend line has also been broken by this recent price action, leaving the technical picture distinctly bearish. If earnings and outlook continue to be below expectations, next support would be at $99.83. Additional downside objectives, on an increasing scale of bearish news, may be at the following support levels: $96.53, $92.94, and $91.15. If the news surprises on the upside, first major resistance would be at $106.07. A move above that level would put the stock back on a more neutral price path. Additional upside objectives might be at resistance at $109.22, and $110.06.
October 19, 2014
18:11 EDTMCDRussia temporarily suspends nine McDonald's restaurants in the country
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12:58 EDTUTXUnited Technologies worth a second look, Barron's says
United Technologies stock valuation and dividend yield are starting to look attractive at current levels and if the market rebounds, then the stock should outperform, Barron's contends in its 'The Trader' column. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
06:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's rehires former U.S. executive, WSJ reports
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