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February 4, 2014
12:06 EDTYUM, CMG, JACK, DPZ, MCDYum! 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).
News For YUM;DPZ;CMG;MCD;JACK From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
13:52 EDTDPZDomino's Pizza price target raised to $110 from $96 at Argus
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09:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's January volatility elevated into Q4
McDonald's January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 25, March is at 21, June at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 23.
January 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJACKJack in the Box price target raised to $100 from $88 at Wunderlich
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January 15, 2015
06:36 EDTMCDMcDonald's experimenting with new concepts in Australia, Reuters says
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January 14, 2015
12:38 EDTCMGChipotle Q1 results at modest risk from pork disruption, says Miller Tabak
Miller Tabak credits Chipotle for being proactive and not selling pork that did not meet their standards, but also believes that the pork supply disruption adds modest risk to the company's Q1 result. Assuming a full-quarter disruption at one-third of Chipotle locations, the firm would lower its Q1 same-store sales estimate to 10%-10.3% from its current 11% growth projection. Miller Tabak maintains its Hold rating and $710 fair value estimate on Chipotle shares.
12:35 EDTCMGChipotle suspends pork sales at one-third of U.S. restaurants, Reuters reports
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10:55 EDTYUMYum! Brands calls active amid speculation of an activist investor stake
Yum! Brands January 72 and 72.5 calls are active on total call volume of 7,600 contracts (900 puts) amid speculation of an activist investor stake. January call option implied volatility is at 32, February is at 31, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTYUMRumor: Yum! Brands moves up amid speculation of an activist investor stake
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09:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTMCDAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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08:35 EDTYUMBoulder Brands announces partnership with Pizza Hut
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06:55 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan finds plant doesn't use plastic found in McNugget, Reuters says
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January 13, 2015
06:30 EDTDPZDomino's Pizza volatility elevated, shares at record high into investor day
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January 12, 2015
12:24 EDTDPZDomino's Pizza to host investor day
Investor Day be held on January 14 at 12:30 pm. Webcast Link
09:28 EDTJACKJack in the Box says refranchising effort 'substantially complete'
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09:19 EDTJACKMorgan Stanley events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
09:13 EDTYUMRBC Capital events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
09:08 EDTJACKJefferies Events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
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08:55 EDTYUMBofA/Merrill events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
07:20 EDTJACKICR to hold a conference
17th Annual ICR XChange Conference is being held in Orlando, Florida on January 12-14.
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