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March 25, 2014
11:45 EDTBKW, WEN, JACK, MCD, SONCSonic soars to 52-week high after quarterly profit tops estimates
Shares of Sonic (SONC), which operates and franchises a chain of drive-in restaurants, are soaring after the company's second quarter profit topped expectations. It also predicted fiscal 2014 earnings growth of 14%-15%. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Sonic reported second quarter earnings per share of 7c and revenue of $109.7M, compared to expectations of 6c and $110.94M, respectively. The company reported system-wide same-store sales increased 1.4%, consisting of an increase of 1.5% at franchise drive-ins and an increase of 1.3% at company drive-ins. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Sonic forecast FY14 EPS growth of 14%-15%, compared to consensus of 82c. It also predicted FY14 positive same-store sales in the low single digit range. Company drive-ins are expected to perform above the system average in the latter half of the fiscal year as new digital point-of-purchase technology and a new point-of-sale system are implemented. Sonic estimates it will repurchase $80M of stock across the fiscal year utilizing existing cash on hand and free cash flow. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Stephens repeated its Overweight rating and $25 price target on Sonic shares. Stephens sees the company expanding margins in the coming years and expects Sonic's improving menu and product pipeline to increase potential upside for the stock for the remainder of the year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Sonic soared $2.13, or 10.2%, to $23.05 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $23.51. The stock is up over 96% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the quick service dining space include Jack in the Box (JACK), Burger King (BKW), McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN).
News For SONC;JACK;BKW;MCD;WEN From The Last 14 Days
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August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTMCDDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 27, 2015
19:53 EDTMCDMcDonald's, Tyson Foods drop T&S Farm after animal cruelty video, Reuters says
McDonald's (MCD) and Tyson Foods (TSN) terminated a contract with T&S Farm after animal rights activists shot an undercover video showing farm workers engaging in "unacceptable animal treatment", reports Reuters citing Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman and a statement from McDonald's. Reference Link
18:16 EDTMCDLabor Relations Board revises joint employer policy
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August 26, 2015
08:02 EDTSONCSonic should be bought under $30 per share, says Oppenheimer
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06:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's customization kiosks fail to reach drive-thru customers, QSR reports
McDonald's' new "Create Your Taste" kiosks in all its franchises, allowing for customers to customize their orders, may present a problem since they can only be accessed from inside the restaurants, and McDonald's allegedly receives as much as 70% of its sales from the drive-thru, QSR Magazine reports. The expensive new kiosks are expected to cost franchises between $100,000-$150,000 to install, the report says. "At a cost of $100,000-$150,000 per restaurant to implement, it has a limited upside," Richard Adams, a former McDonald's franchisee, told QSR. "I think this is more a stunt to appeal to Wall Street investors instead of being practical for the restaurant operator." Reference Link
August 21, 2015
06:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's accused of mistreating employees in Brazil, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's signs franchise deal with Russia's GiD, Reuters reports
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August 19, 2015
06:12 EDTMCDStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
06:16 EDTMCD, WENFast food chains making new push with more fresh ingredients, WSJ says
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