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July 28, 2014
06:16 EDTMCD, SBUX, YUMOSI Group CEO says China food scandal 'completely unacceptable'
OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin issued a statement about the firm's unit, Husi Shanghai, regarding the latest food scandal in China. Lavin said, "What happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable. I will not try and defend it or explain it. It was terribly wrong, and I am appalled that it ever happened in the company that I own. On behalf of Husi and OSI, I sincerely apologize to all of our customers in China. We will bear the responsibility of these missteps, and will make sure that they never happen again. That is my personal commitment and that of our organization. For more than 100 years, OSI has provided safe, quality food and is currently operating at the highest standards in 17 countries serving more than 40 countries around the world. So to have this occur at this Shanghai facility violates the tenets of our company and the values we embrace and live. Upon hearing of the Shanghai issue, I immediately sent our best team of global experts from the OSI Group, and more are on their way, to work with the local team to ensure my promise to you today is met. We are very proud of our newest state-of-the-art facility in Henan. It reflects our confidence and commitment in China. We are also pleased that local Chinese authorities have inspected all our other facilities and have found no issues." World-wide brands such as Yum! Brands' (YUM) KFC, McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the food scandal in the country after allegations arose speculating that Husi Shanghai supplied expired meat to the companies. Reference Link
News For MCD;YUM;SBUX 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.
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.
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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June 23, 2015
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
06:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks commits additional $30M as part of Global Farmer Fund program
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June 18, 2015
17:49 EDTMCDMcDonald's to close some U.S. restaurants, Reuters says
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11:31 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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