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March 25, 2014
11:45 EDTSONC, JACK, BKW, MCD, WENSonic 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).
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August 25, 2014
12:35 EDTBKWBurger King, Tim Hortons deal likely complete in next day or two, CNBC reports
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12:19 EDTBKWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:04 EDTMCDAnother Russian McDonald's restaurant temporarily closed, Reuters says
A McDonald's restaurant in the southern Stavropol region in Russia has been ordered to close temporarily by regulators in the country because of sanitary violations, says Reuters. Reference Link
10:54 EDTBKWHigh option volume stocks
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10:25 EDTBKWBurger King, Tim Hortons climb higher after confirming deal talks
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09:35 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTBKWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTBKWTim Hortons business would be boosted by Burger King deal, says KeyBanc
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07:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's challenged as younger eaters defect to Chipotle, WSJ says
As McDonald's (MCD) faces a prolonged slump in sales growth, data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Technomic showed that diners in their 20s and 30s are seeking out fresher, healthier food and defecting to competitors, in particular fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and higher-end burger chain Five Guys. Reference Link
06:47 EDTBKWTim Hortons volatility expected to move on confirming talks with Burger King
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05:11 EDTBKWTim Hortons, Burger King confirm talks regarding potential strategic transaction
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August 24, 2014
20:05 EDTBKWBurger King seeks Tim Hortons acquisition in tax inversion deal, WSJ says
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15:41 EDTMCDRussian official says no plans to close McDonald's, Reuters says
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying that there are no plans to close the McDonald's chain in the country, says Reuters. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
11:00 EDTMCDRussia continues to push McDonald's with new sanitary checkups, Reuters says
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10:52 EDTBKWCarrols Restaurant signs agreements to buy 64 Burger King restaurants
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09:51 EDTMCDMcDonald's brings back Mike Andres with retirement of Jeff Stratton
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August 21, 2014
06:40 EDTMCDMcDonald's looking to expand digital efforts, CNBC says
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August 20, 2014
12:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's temporarily closes certain Russian restaurants
The company said, "Based on a claim from a federal consumer agency, on Aug 20 2014, McDonald’s restaurants on Pushkin Square, Manezh Square and Prospect Mira were temporary closed. We are closely studying the subject of the documents to define what should be done to re-open the restaurants as soon as possible. Our main priority is to serve our customers with top quality menu items. We will continue taking care of our employees and will do our best to continue the success of McDonald’s business in Russia."
August 19, 2014
11:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's to unveil retail coffee initiative, Huffington Post says
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06:02 EDTMCD, WENTaco Bell introducing dollar menu, LA Times reports
Taco Bell (YUM) is introducing its new Dollar Cravings menu, which features 11 items, the LA Times reports. McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN) both offer dollar menus. Reference Link
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