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March 25, 2014
11:45 EDTMCD, SONC, BKW, WEN, JACKSonic 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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May 27, 2015
09:14 EDTMCDMcDonald's to reportedly stop monthly sales reporting as of June
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May 26, 2015
15:49 EDTWENWendy's opens 90 Degrees Labs, will focus on mobile ordering, payment innovation
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May 22, 2015
10:19 EDTWENOptions with increasing implied volatility
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May 20, 2015
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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07:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's annual meeting expected to be greeted with protests, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility movement; MCD USO
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May 19, 2015
08:13 EDTMCDUnion group asks FTC to probe McDonald's, other big franchisers, WSJ reports
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's call activity attributed to activist speculation
McDonald's May 97.5 and 98 calls are active eon total call volume of 56K (4K puts) on activist speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 18, May weekly is at 17, June is at 18, September is at 19; compared to 90-day average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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May 14, 2015
11:56 EDTJACKJack in the Box says expects to be active in share repurchases in 2H
Says will be "regular" and "opportunistic" in repurchases.
11:51 EDTJACKJack in the Box raises dividend by 50% to 30c per share
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11:45 EDTJACKJack in the Box says 'committed' to returning cash to shareholders
Says Q2 sales increased in all major markets. Says weather was "more of a factor" in Q2 this year vs.last year. Says during Q2, there were three weeks negatively impacted by weather for Qdoba. Says "pleased" with how both brands are performing. Says "committed" to returning cash to shareholders. Now sees FY commodity costs up approximately 2%. Says FY15 operating EPS guidance now includes expected 6c charge related to removal of existing beverage equipment in Q3 and Q4. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call. Jack in the Box is down 4.23% to $87.90 in late-morning trading.
10:09 EDTJACKIncreasing equity options volume on open
Increasing equity options volume on open: ONTY CBRL PBYI GWW AXLL IEV KSS EXPR UEC JACK
07:11 EDTJACKOptions expected to be active
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