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NRF 102nd Annual Convention & Expo is being held in New York on January 12-16.
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November 16, 2015
06:11 EDTMCDTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
November 13, 2015
16:26 EDTMCDStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
09:21 EDTMCDWendy's '4 for $4' a hit, McDonald's promo may be next
An analyst at Citi believes Wendy's (WEN) has seen strong results from its ongoing "4 for $4" promotion, prompting him to add the stock to the firm's Focus List and predict that the company's same-store sales growth this quarter will beat expectations. 4 FOR $4: Under an ongoing promotion that was launched in October, Wendy's offers a junior bacon cheeseburger, four piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for $4. Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian told investors in a research note this morning that his analysis and talks with those in the fast-food industry suggest that the promotion continues to drive strong results, leading to a rise in transactions at Wendy's with little to no impact on restaurants' average check total. Badishkanian predicts Wendy's will post fourth quarter same-store sales growth of at least 4%, versus the First Call consensus forecast of 2.7% and the 3.3% growth implied by the high-end of the company's fiscal year guidance. INDUSTRY VALUE FOCUS: Wendy's management has emphasized value offerings recently, but other quick service restaurant peers are also increasing their focus on value, Badishkanian noted. The analyst sees a good chance that McDonald's (MCD) will roll-out a "2 for $2" promotion soon, which he believes could have a "modest" impact on Wendy's, but more of an impact on Restaurant Brands' (QSR) Burger King. Badishkanian predicts McDonald's same-store sales growth should accelerate further in the fourth quarter, but not at the expense of Wendy's. He keeps a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with an $11 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yum! Brands (YUM), which also competes in the quick service food space with its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, is rallying this morning after reporting last night that its China division's same-store sales grew an estimated 5% in October. PRICE ACTION: Wendy's stock has gained over 5% in the last month, closing yesterday at $9.63 per share. In that same period, McDonald's shares have risen over 8% while Restaurant Brands has declined 3%.
November 12, 2015
18:48 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: Pace of change had slowed within company, NYT reports
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09:19 EDTMAPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
08:15 EDTPGTarget names Melanie Healey to board of directors
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08:06 EDTMAHeartland, Pinnacle Corp to offer integrated EMV POS solution
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06:12 EDTKOAckman responds to Munger's Valeant criticism with Coke critique, Bloomberg says
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06:02 EDTKOCoca-Cola North America marketing chief to leave company, WSJ reports
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05:40 EDTIBMIBM, HCL Technologies announce strategic partnership
IBM and HCL Technologies announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things. HCL will also use IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer, to offer cloud-based solutions to its clients.
November 11, 2015
16:12 EDTMAMasterCard makes several executive appointments for 2016
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10:44 EDTMAMasterCard: Watches, digital wallets good for future of transactions
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10:29 EDTMAMasterCard's McWilton: Cash and check markets still major competitor to cards
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10:23 EDTMCDPiper, UBS say McDonald's can keep rising following analyst day
Analysts were mostly upbeat about McDonald's (MCD) in the wake of the company's analyst day meeting yesterday, with Piper Jaffray recommending that investors buy the stock and UBS saying that the company's momentum is encouraging. However, Sterne Agee CRT kept a Neutral rating on the shares, citing an uncertain outlook in the U.S. and high valuation. BACKGROUND: At its meeting, McDonald's estimated that its systemwide sales would rise 3%-5% in fiscal 2016, with operating income growth of 5%-7%, excluding some items. The company said it expects to return all of its free cash to shareholders over the long-term and reported that its U.S. restaurants were performing well so far in the fourth quarter. The fast food giant announced that it had decided not to seek to form a REIT but would look to become 95% franchised over the longer term. ANALYST REACTION: By franchising more of its restaurants, McDonald's will lower its costs and cause the stock's multiple to expand, wrote Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Miller Regan. The company is gaining market share and recently implemented strategies that have caused its cash flow to rise, according to Regan, who kept a $130 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. McDonald's operating momentum is building, and its core fundamentals are moving in the right direction, wrote UBS analyst Keith Siegner. The company's same-store sales are rising faster than those of its peers and its margins should rise going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, the fast food chain's capital structure has become more stable and efficient, which should enable the stock's multiple to rise, said Siegner who raised his price target on the name to $125 from $122 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Also upbeat was Credit Suisse. McDonald's "tone was clearly positive," as the performance of its U.S. and key international businesses continue to improve, believes the firm, which raised its price target on the name to $128 from $118. However, Sterne Agee CRT was less optimistic. The firm's analyst, Lynne Collier, said she was more positive about the stock following the investor meeting, but continues to believe that the outlook for the company's traffic in the U.S. is uncertain. Additionally, Collier contended that the stock's valuation is reflecting expectations for "a sharp improvement in fundamentals." She kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, McDonald's rose 0.8% to $114.19.
08:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's price target raised to $128 from $118 at Credit Suisse
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08:14 EDTMCDMcDonald's outlook has improved, says Sterne Agee CRT
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07:55 EDTMARBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's momentum continues, outlook encouraging, says UBS
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06:36 EDTMCDPiper still a buyer of McDonald's after analyst day
Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Miller Regan says she remains a buyer of McDonald's following yesterday's analyst day. Management again reiterated confidence in positive global same-store sales trends and their current strategies will lead to strong cash flow, Regan tells investors in a research note. She believes leveraging the company's global franchise network should allow for multiple expansion. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on McDonald's with a $130 price target.
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