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February 4, 2014
12:06 EDTCMG, JACK, DPZ, MCD, YUMYum! 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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August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:23 EDTYUMOptions with increasing call volume
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10:23 EDTYUMYum! gets a boost from China CEO change, sales commentary
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10:00 EDTCMGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Biocept (BIOC) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Dermira (DERM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Fleetmatics (FLTX) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Gevo (GEVO) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Logitech (LOGI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Navistar (NAV) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Swift Transport (SWFT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... WEX Inc. (WEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
09:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands leadership change positive, says Bernstein
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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
18:52 EDTCMGChipotle initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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18:32 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands appoints Micky Pant CEO of China Division
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06:16 EDTMCD, CMGFast food chains making new push with more fresh ingredients, WSJ says
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August 17, 2015
10:55 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 16, 2015
18:56 EDTMCD, DPZU.S. food chains see opportunity in a weakened Brazil, WSJ says
North American food chains including McDonald's (MCD), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Domino's Pizza (DPZ), Papa John's (PZZA), and Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) are expanding into Brazil in hopes to capture market share while local restaurants pull back amid the country's economic uncertainty, reports the Wall Street Journal. Brazilian economic troubles "make it more challenging, but it's also an opportunity... The Brazilian economy will improve, and we'll be in a position to take advantage of that," commented Patrick Murtha, president of the international arm of Bloomin' Brands. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
16:44 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Baxter (BAX), T-Mobile (TMUS), Sealed Air (SEE), Devon (DVN), and Perrigo (PRGO). INCREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Dow Chemical (DOW), Mohawk (MHK), Yum! Brands (YUM), and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Sensata (ST), Masco (MAS), and Delta (DAL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Dollar General (DG), McKesson (MCK), Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), Maxim (MXIM), and FleetCor (FLT).
10:33 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:37 EDTYUMJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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August 13, 2015
11:10 EDTYUMYum! Brands advances after analysts say recent decline overdone
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10:53 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:41 EDTYUMYum! Brands sell-off overdone, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that the 8% sell-off in Yum's stock since China began devaluing its currency implies that the yuan will lose 20% of its value. According to Bernstein, that is more of a drop than any worst case scenario that has been articulated. Bernstein keeps a $109 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:05 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Oppenheimer
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05:50 EDTYUMStocks with implied volatility movement; EFA YUM
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