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July 15, 2013
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October 8, 2014
10:46 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands says commodity costs will be up 3% in Q4
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09:48 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees Q4 SSS to be negative
Expects margins in China to improve as sales improve, but notes that the China sales guidance is still "very difficult" to predict. Says generated $2B of EBITDA so far this year.
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects China business to 'fully recover'
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09:20 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTYUMYum! comp weakness in China has bottomed, says UBS
UBS believes Yum! Brands' recovery in China is under way, but that visibility remains limited following yesterday's Q3 results. The firm still has many questions about company strategy, but believes China comp weakness has bottomed. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:25 EDTAAFutures suggest a bounce at the open
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07:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Stifel
After Yum! reported weaker than expected results ex-items, Stifel continues to expect the company to eventually carry out a significant restructuring that could include a partial listing of its China unit in Hong Kong and/or a $15 per share debt recapitalization. The firm continues to believe that Yum! China is one of the best retail businesses in the world. It cut its price target on Yum! to $105 from $110 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
October 7, 2014
17:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands reverses direction in after-hours trading, up 1.1%
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16:31 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 China SSS down 14%
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 1% following Q3 results
16:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects to develop at least 700 new restaurants in China this year
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands lowers FY14 EPS growth ex-items to 6%-10%
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16:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides China update
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16:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 EPS ex-items 87c, consensus 89c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.35B, consensus $3.48B. Worldwide system sales grew 1%. Worldwide restaurant margin decreased 2.7 percentage points to 14.9%, and worldwide operating profit decreased 12%.
15:16 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
14:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands October weekly 70 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q3
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13:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
The shares have markedly under-performed in the prior three months, trading down over 14%. A great deal of the share price loss came at the front of the interval during the tainted-meat scandal in China. After the initial drop, shares have been basing in a range of $70 at the low and $73 at the high. The base at $70 may be particularly important. If the news is worse than already low expectations, that support at the $70 area could be lost. Next support below would be at $68.20 and then at $66.16. An extreme price reaction could see the 52-week low at $64.08 tested as well or perhaps broken. Equally, an upside surprise could see the top of the range tested at $73. Given low expectations, a bit of stronger news could push the stock through that resistance level. Next upside would be at $73.84, $75.44, and then at $76.33 on an increasing band of positive surprises.
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