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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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November 25, 2014
12:06 EDTMCDFDA finalizes menu calorie labeling rules
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06:51 EDTMCDFDA to force calorie restaurants, theaters to show calorie totals, NY Times says
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November 19, 2014
10:34 EDTMCDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:28 EDTMCDMcDonald's repeats intent to to return $18B-$20B to shareholders over 2014-16
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05:44 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD KO
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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.
November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTMCDNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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12:58 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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
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09:37 EDTMCDJANA reports new stakes in McDonald's, AECOM, Amgen
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November 12, 2014
16:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's to enter Kazakhstan in 2015
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