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April 19, 2012
12:33 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's trading lower ahead of Q1 earnings
McDonald's (MCD) is expected to report Q1 earnings before the market open on Friday, April 20 with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.23 on revenue of $6.54B. The consensus range is $1.19-$1.26 for EPS, and $6.36B-$6.66B for revenue, according to First Call. In January, the company said commodity prices were "volatile" and said it would strategically take price increases to offset costs. The company forecast a negative impact of 2c-3c from currency on Q1 results and a 16c-18c negative impact on FY12 results. In March, CEO Jim Skinner said he would retire, and will be replaced by President and COO Don Thompson, effective July 1. Tim Fenton, the company's President of Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa, will replace Thompson as COO on July 1. Skinner said Thompson is "very talented," and said he believes growth will continue. He said the company is facing headwinds in commodities "like everybody else," and is in a position of strength to adapt. Lazard Capital expects earnings and SSS to fall below the consensus estimates, with results being impacted by austerity measures in Europe, the slowdown of the Chinese economy and foreign currency. Analysts and investors will listen for comments from the company on inflation and commodity prices, as well as competition; Bill Ackman, who took a 29% in Burger King (BKC) through Justice Holdings, has vowed to "do the same things McDonald's has done, but more quickly."
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August 31, 2015
19:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's begins cooking breakfast items with real butter, CNBC says
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August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTMCDDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 27, 2015
19:53 EDTMCDMcDonald's, Tyson Foods drop T&S Farm after animal cruelty video, Reuters says
McDonald's (MCD) and Tyson Foods (TSN) terminated a contract with T&S Farm after animal rights activists shot an undercover video showing farm workers engaging in "unacceptable animal treatment", reports Reuters citing Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman and a statement from McDonald's. Reference Link
18:16 EDTMCDLabor Relations Board revises joint employer policy
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August 26, 2015
06:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's customization kiosks fail to reach drive-thru customers, QSR reports
McDonald's' new "Create Your Taste" kiosks in all its franchises, allowing for customers to customize their orders, may present a problem since they can only be accessed from inside the restaurants, and McDonald's allegedly receives as much as 70% of its sales from the drive-thru, QSR Magazine reports. The expensive new kiosks are expected to cost franchises between $100,000-$150,000 to install, the report says. "At a cost of $100,000-$150,000 per restaurant to implement, it has a limited upside," Richard Adams, a former McDonald's franchisee, told QSR. "I think this is more a stunt to appeal to Wall Street investors instead of being practical for the restaurant operator." Reference Link
August 21, 2015
06:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's accused of mistreating employees in Brazil, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's signs franchise deal with Russia's GiD, Reuters reports
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August 19, 2015
06:12 EDTMCDStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
06:16 EDTMCDFast food chains making new push with more fresh ingredients, WSJ says
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