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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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November 18, 2014
11:03 EDTMCDMcDonald's January calls active
McDonald's January 95 calls are active on total call volume of 7700 contracts compared to its open interest of one contract. November call option implied volatility is at 16, December is at 15, January is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
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10:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's up 2% after activist JANA reports new stake
Shares of McDonald's are up after 1% after activist investor JANA Partners reported a new 842K share stake in the fast food giant. JANA this morning disclosed its quarterly holdings as of September 30 to the SEC. The stake was acquired between June 30 and September 30 of this year. Shares of McDonald's are up 2%, or $1.63, to $97.11 in early trading.
09:38 EDTMCDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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