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April 21, 2014
06:44 EDTDD, YUM, SBUX, MCD, BKWCompetitors gaining ground on McDonald's breakfast market, WSJ says
McDonald's (MCD) faces increased competition from Yum Brands' (YUM) new Taco Bell breakfast menu as well as Burger King (BKW), Dunkin' Brands (DD), Starbucks (SBUX), and White Castle's renewed efforts to gain ground in the breakfast market, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
News For MCD;YUM;BKW;SBUX;DD From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
18:34 EDTMCDMcDonald's tests local food options, Crain's says
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11:11 EDTYUMAnalyst says Yum! Brands could create value with China spin-off
There is a good chance that Yum! Brands could spin off its China business, adding value to its stock, UBS wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Activist investors will probably push Yum! to take steps to enhance its value and one of the moves the company is most likely to make is spinning off its China business, UBS analyst Keith Siegner wrote in a note to investors today. Following the spin-off of the China business, the rest of Yum, dubbed "Yum Global" by the analyst, could increase its leverage to 5-6 times and use the proceeds for share repurchases, Siegner believes. Meanwhile, the China business, which he calls "Yum China," would be a direct play on the growth of the Chinese middle class via a company that uses Western accounting standards, the analyst stated. Siegner believes that Yum Global's profits will grow by around low teen percentage levels, while those of Yum China will expand at a high teens/low twenties percentage rate. The analyst estimated that Yum Global would be worth $76 per share and Yum China would be worth $40 per share, leading him to increase his price target on Yum's current shares to $116 from $100. He kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yum rose 1.5% to to $91.40.
10:00 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
08:08 EDTDDChemours begins independent trading after DuPont spin-off completion
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07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands potential China separation an important catalyst, says UBS
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06:12 EDTSBUXStarbucks downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed Starbucks from the Conviction Buy List and maintained its Buy rating and $57 price target based on relative valuation versus the group.
06:09 EDTDDDuPont completes spin-off of Chemours
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June 29, 2015
16:30 EDTDDDuPont CEO says hopes to work with Peltz in future
Says has spoken to Peltz since proxy fight. Ellen Kullman is speaking on CNBC.
June 26, 2015
06:33 EDTMCDMcDonald’s says child customers drinking less soda, eating more fruit
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June 25, 2015
06:58 EDTSBUXPiper reiterates Starbucks as top pick, raises price target
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06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's wants to sell 413 Taiwan stores to franchise operator, Reuters says
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June 24, 2015
09:35 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTSBUXAerohive names Starbucks CIO Curt Garner to board of directors
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06:56 EDTDDChemours initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan
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June 23, 2015
18:00 EDTDDS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
07:46 EDTSBUXPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Seattle Field Trip travels throughout Seattle visiting with Costco, Starbucks and Amazon on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
06:14 EDTDDChemours initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Target $24. The DuPont (DD) Chemicals segment spinoff is trading when-issued until July 1.
06:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks commits additional $30M as part of Global Farmer Fund program
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