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July 21, 2014
14:05 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's to return up to $20B to investors from 2014-2016
McDonald's (MCD) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 12:00 pm ET. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast food restaurants globally. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.44 on revenue of $7.29B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.48 on revenue of $7.1B-$7.46B. LAST QUARTER: McDonald's reported first quarter EPS of $1.21 against estimates of $1.24 and revenue of $6.7B against estimates of $6.73B. McDonald's also reported global comparable sales up 0.1%, with U.S. SSS down 1.7%, Europe SSS up 1.4% and Asia/Pacific, Mideast, Africa SSS up 0.8%. On its conference call, the company said Q1 commodity costs were up 3% in the U.S. and it expected to see similar commodity pressure in Q2. The company also said FY14 market dynamics would remain "similar" to last year. NEWS: During the quarter, McDonald's reported April global SSS up 1.2% and May SSS up 0.9%. On May 28, the company said it expected to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016 through a combination of dividends and share repurchases, representing a 10%-20% increase over amount of cash returned between 2011 and 2013. McDonald's also said it expects to refranchise at least 1,500 restaurants by the end of 2016, primarily in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Europe. McDonald's was rumored to be testing "McD Ordering," an order-ahead and mobile payment app. McDonald's and KFC, part of Yum! Brands (YUM), are currently facing a new food scandal in China after Dragon TV, a Shanghai TV station, said food supplier Husi Food Co sold them expired beef and chicken, the Associated Press reported on July 21. STREET RESEARCH: Wells Fargo believes that McDonald's stock will be "relatively resilient," as the firm thinks that over its history the stock has traded more like a consumer staple stock than consumer discretionary shares . The firm sees McDonald's generating "modest" SSS growth. PRICE ACTION: McDonald's shares are trading down almost 2% over the last three months and are up over 0.6% year-to-date.
News For MCD From The Last 14 Days
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March 26, 2015
17:16 EDTMCDMcDonald's new strategy to create upside, says UBS
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March 24, 2015
14:00 EDTMCDMorgan Stanley says survey results positive for Chipotle, mixed for McDonald's
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March 23, 2015
12:52 EDTMCDMcDonald's calls active on investor letter
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10:12 EDTMCDGlenview said McDonald's could unlock $20B in value with REIT, Bloomberg reports
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March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTMCDOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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March 17, 2015
06:46 EDTMCDMcDonald's burn complaints to focus on corporate reponsibility, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's employees file complaints of burns, injuries, LA Times says
McDonald's employees have filed complaints against 28 McDonald's locations -- including nine owned by the corporation itself -- alleging they received burns on the job, reports the LA Times, citing statements by union-backed group Fast Food Forward. The complaints were lodged with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and claim that greasy floors, lack of staff, and an extremely fast-paced environment elevate the risk of injury in McDonald's restaurants. Reference Link

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