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February 4, 2014
12:06 EDTYUM, DPZ, CMG, MCD, JACKYum! 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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September 9, 2014
08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's: China supplier issue to negatively impact Q3 by 15c-20c
This is largely due to a combination of lost sales, expenses associated with our recovery efforts and the impact of these items on the third quarter tax rate, which is expected to be above the company's outlook for the full-year tax rate of 31-33%.
07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's CEO: McDonald's global business faced several headwinds
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07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports August global comparable sales down 3.7%
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September 8, 2014
09:40 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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September 5, 2014
06:33 EDTMCD, JACKHundreds arrested following protests over fast food wages, NY Times says
Nearly 500 protestors seeking a $15 per hour wage for fast food workers were arrested in sit-ins yesterday, organizers of the sit-ins told The New York Times. Some home care aides, recruited by the Service Employees International Union, jointed the protests, the newspaper stated. Fast food companies include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), and Sonic Corporation (SONC).Reference Link
05:59 EDTMCDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ACHN MCD
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September 4, 2014
11:19 EDTYUM, DPZ, MCD, JACKYum! shares pull back as company cuts Q3 China SSS view
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09:35 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 9%... Verifone (PAY), up 3.8%... Methode Electronics (MEI), up 13%... Bazaarvoice (BV), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 35.7% after Teledyne (TDY) agrees to acquire the company for $22 per share in cash... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 58% after USAA lawsuit settlement... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 7% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Stereotaxis (STXS), up 22% after receiving FDA clearance for Vdrive with V-Loop system... NewLink (NLNK), up 3.4% after reporting FDA approval for Phase 1 clinical studies of Ebola vaccine. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), down 3%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1%... Matrix Service (MTRX), down 11%... Mobileye (MBLY), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.8% after updating third quarter China division same-store sales guidance... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.9% after downgraded at Pacific Crest... GoPro (GPRO), down 3.5% after downgraded at JPMorgan... Shanda Games (GAME), down 4% after announcing reconstitution of special committee.
08:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward favorable at prospective levels, says RW Baird
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08:47 EDTJACKJack in the Boxnames Frances Allen as president of Jack in the Box brand
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08:07 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility expected to move on Q3 China division sales guidance
Yum! Brands volatility is expected to move after updating Q3 China division sales guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 18 is below its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
08:01 EDTYUMYum! Brands consensus estimates still need to come down, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Yum! Brands pre-released China Q3 same-store-sale estimate of (13%) was well below consensus of +80bps. The firm said the news should not be a surprise given recent supplier issues but consensus estimates still remain too high and will need to come down. The analyst remains below consensus and sees no specific catalysts insight. Shares are Equal Weight rated.
07:56 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target lowered to $85 from $90 at UBS
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September 3, 2014
18:39 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bazaarvoice (BV), up 8%... PVH Corp. (PVH), consensus 5.4%... Iteris (ITI), up 9.1%... H&R Block (HRB), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 34.8% following news that it will be acquired by Teledyne (TDY)... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 10% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Morgans Hotel (MHGC), up 5.1% after commenting on ongoing review of strategic alternatives. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Shoe Carnival (SCVL), down 7 .7%... AeroVironment (AVAV), down 5.9%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 3.9% after updating third quarter China division Same Store Sales guidance... Northstar Realty (NRF), down 2.3% after filing to sell 45M shares with a forward component.
17:50 EDTYUMYum! Brands drops after hours on China SSS Q3 update
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17:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees China division SSS for Q3 down 13% vs. prior year
Yum! Brands made the following statement in a regulatory filing: "Since July 21st, Yum! Brands’ China division has experienced a significant, negative impact to sales at both KFC and Pizza Hut following adverse publicity regarding improper food handling practices by former supplier, Shanghai Husi, a division of OSI. As such, China division same-store sales for the third quarter ended August 31st are now estimated to be approximately -13% versus prior year. While sales are beginning to rebound, they continue to be negative. Our brands have proven resilient over time and we expect this to be the case with this situation as well. As previously reported, we will provide updated guidance on our expected full-year EPS growth on our third-quarter earnings call. The company plans to vigorously pursue legal action against OSI and Husi to recover damages from the incident."
12:19 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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September 2, 2014
06:53 EDTMCD, JACKFast food workers to carry out civil disobedience, NY Times says
Fast food workers seeking a $15 per hour wage are planning to carry out “widespread” civil disobedience activities on Thursday, according to The New York Times. Thousands of home-care workers will also take part in the activities, the newspaper added. Fast food companies include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTMCDMcDonald's overhauls food-safety strategy in China, WSJ reports
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