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February 4, 2014
12:06 EDTJACK, DPZ, MCD, YUM, CMGYum! Brands rises after reaffirming profit growth outlook
Shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which owns the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant concepts, are rising after the company reported mixed fourth quarter results, but reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 profit growth view of at least 20%. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yum! Brands reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 86c and revenue of $4.18B, compared to expectations of 80c and $4.26B, respectively. The company reported same store sales in its China division fell 4%, while U.S. SSS fell 2%. Despite the mixed results, the company's CEO David Novak said, "We are confident we have the people and resources to deliver at least 20% EPS growth in 2014 and re-establish our track record of double-digit EPS growth. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors this morning, research firm Stifel said Yum! Brands should be bought into strength. Stifel thought that fears about the company's China business were overblown. The firm kept a $95 price target and Buy rating on the stock. Another firm, Oppenheimer, said the company's 2014 EPS could beat expectations due to margin expansion. The firm kept an $80 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yum! Brands soared $5.47, or 8.3%, to $71.63 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. The stock is up over 11% in the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yum Brands' competitors include McDonald's (MCD), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Jack in the Box (JACK).
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May 15, 2015
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.
12:13 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTYUMThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
11:46 EDTCMGEl Pollo Loco plummets after Q1 comparable restaurant sales growth slows
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11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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10:01 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:47 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Yum! Brands to Overweight saying it believes a spin-off of China and levering up of the franchise business has moved from a "possibility" to a "probability." After attending the Yum China investor conference, the firm thinks the company is now welcome to ideas that can drive short and long term shareholder value. It raised its price target for the stock to $108 from $83.
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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May 13, 2015
16:08 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees FY15 operating EPS $2.90-$3.00, consensus $2.96
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16:07 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees FY15 Jack in the Box company-owned SSS up 4.5%-5.5%
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16:05 EDTJACKJack in the Box sees Q3 Jack in the Box brand company SSS up 4%-6%
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16:04 EDTJACKJack in the Box reports Q2 operating EPS 69c, consensus 67c
Reports Q2 revenue $358.1M, consensus $356.14M. Jack in the Box system same-store sales increased 8.9% for the quarter and company same-store sales increased 7.4%. Qdoba same-store sales increased 8.3% system-wide and 7.0% for company restaurants in Q2.
15:04 EDTJACKNotable companies reporting after market close
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May 11, 2015
19:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's to simplify drive-thru, add mid-priced items, WSJ says
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08:48 EDTMCDPanera Bread appoints Drew Madsen President effective May 11
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08:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $109 from $93 at Bernstein
Bernstein says that Yum's China comps appear to have turned the corner, while worries about the underlying weakness of its China business are contradicted by evidence. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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