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January 22, 2013
12:18 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's could report higher Q4 EPS and sales, analyst says
Fast food giant McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report Q4 before the market open on Wednesday, January 23, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.33 on revenue of $6.89B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.29-$1.42 on revenue of $6.69B-$7.14B... LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported Q3 EPS of $1.43, including 8c per share of negative currency impact, against estimates for $1.48 on revenue of $7.15B against estimates for $7.15B. During its Q3 earnings call, McDonald's said that the current operating environment is "the new normal" and that the environment would likely remain challenging for the next few quarters. The company said total cash returned to shareholders would be at least $5.5B in 2012. McDonald's also forecast 2012 U.S. commodity cost increases of 3.5%-4.5%, with 2013 commodity cost increases less than 2012; the company said Q4 commodity cost increases would be slightly higher than Q3. The company forecast foreign currency impacting FY12 EPS by 17c-19c and 1c-2c in Q4... STREET RESEARCH: UBS recently raised its price target on McDonald's to $100 from $96 and said U.S. fast food industry trends seem to have stabilized. The firm raised estimates to reflect higher December U.S. same-store-sales estimates. Wells Fargo predicted that McDonald's margins will increase in 2013, driven partly by improving SSS. The firm believes the company will report higher than expected Q4 EPS and sales. During the quarter, shares were downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, McDonald's shares rose almost 5%.
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September 29, 2014
15:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's calls active on speculation of a large investor stake
McDonald's October weekly 95, 96 and 97 calls are active on total call volume of 34K contracts (5K) on speculation of a large investor stake. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 16, November is at 15, January is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traderís takers taking positions for large price movement.
14:53 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's moves up on speculation of a large investor stake
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September 26, 2014
13:46 EDTMCDMcDonald's HQ evacuated after suspicious package found, Chicago Business reports
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September 19, 2014
07:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's dividend increase unfavorable, says Wells Fargo
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September 18, 2014
16:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's expects to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016
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16:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's raises quarterly dividend 5% to 85c per share
The dividend is payable on December 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1.

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