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March 11, 2014
12:20 EDTMCDMcDonald's looking for ways to optimize capital structure, Bloomberg reports
McDonald's CFO Pete Bensen told an investor conference that the company may look to cut costs and borrow more cash to return to investors, Bloomberg reports. Bensen commented that the company is "actively looking at ways to optimize our capital structure, while maintaining our long-term financial strength," including selling stores to franchisees in countries like China and South Korea. He also noted that the company could raise its target of returning $5B to shareholders if the company increased its leverage. Reference Link
News For MCD From The Last 14 Days
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May 20, 2015
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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07:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's annual meeting expected to be greeted with protests, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD USO
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May 19, 2015
08:13 EDTMCDUnion group asks FTC to probe McDonald's, other big franchisers, WSJ reports
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's call activity attributed to activist speculation
McDonald's May 97.5 and 98 calls are active eon total call volume of 56K (4K puts) on activist speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 18, May weekly is at 17, June is at 18, September is at 19; compared to 90-day average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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May 11, 2015
19:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's to simplify drive-thru, add mid-priced items, WSJ says
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08:48 EDTMCDPanera Bread appoints Drew Madsen President effective May 11
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May 10, 2015
13:29 EDTMCDMcDonald's shares could stall near $97, Barron's says
Despite the company's recent turnaround plan, shares of McDonald's look "ambitiously" priced, Barron's contends in a feature article. Barron's argues that the turnaround plan focuses on bookkeeping details rather than improving the fundamentals of its food business. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMCDStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
16:05 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports April global comparable sales down 0.6%
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