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February 25, 2013
07:12 EDTYUMYum increases monitoring of poultry in China, Reuters reports
Yum Brands (YUM) will step up its monitoring of suppliers and improve testing of poultry as it looks to reverse a steep drop in business at its KFC restaurants in China after a chicken safety scare, reports Reuters.Reference Link
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November 23, 2015
10:54 EDTYUMBattleground: Analysts vary widely in assessing E. coli impact on Chipotle
Research firms had very different views on Chipotle's (CMG) outlook after the company announced late Friday afternoon that six new cases of E coli linked to its restaurants had been identified in four additional states, triggering a 12.5% decline in the shares. JPMorgan wrote that the selloff in the stock was overdone, as the E.Coli outbreak should have only "a limited impact" on the company's results. Similarly, research firm William Blair does not expect the casual dining company's results to be meaningfully impacted by the news. However, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches, to the firm's equivalent of a Sell, and Sterne Agee cut its rating on the name to Neutral, with both firms predicting that the new E.coli cases would meaningfully hurt Chipotle's results. BACKGROUND: Chipotle announced that it was informed by the federal government that six new cases of E.coli had been found which matched a previous strain of the disease linked to the company's restaurants. Five of the six newly diagnosed individuals reported that they had recently eaten at Chipotle restaurants, the company reported late Friday. The previous outbreak of E.coli had been restricted to Washington state and Oregon, but the new cases involved individuals living in California, New York, Minnesota and Ohio. BULLS: According to JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe, the selloff in Chipotle's stock is overdone, as the E.coli outbreak seems to be "very contained and minor." The six additional cases do not mean that a "widespread outbreak" has occurred, wrote the analyst, who expects the company's comp sales to drop about 2% this quarter and to be flat in the first quarter of 2016 before rising 2% in both Q2 and Q3. Moreover, he believes that "numerous" initiatives that the company is undertaking could drive its comp sales higher. Ivankoe trimmed his price target on the name to $680 from $750 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia says that if the 12.5% drop in the stock on Friday implies that 12.5% of the company's 2016 profits could be at risk, it appears investors expect the company's same-store sales to decline 7%-8% next year. Zackfia says that such a decline is "highly unlikely," and she believes that Chipotle's same-store sales could actually "firm" in 2016. The analyst, who expects the company to emerge "largely unscathed" from the outbreak, kept an Outperform rating on the stock. BEARS: BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Joseph Buckley lowered his rating on Chipotle two notches to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of Sell, from Buy. The new cases suggest that the E.coli outbreak is national and not just confined to the Pacific Northwest region, the analyst stated. Chipotle's same-store sales will drop 4% this quarter, as the short-term impact on the company could be magnified because it has benefited in the past from being seen as having high quality food, Buckley believes. However, the analyst added that he does not expect the E.coli outbreak to hurt the company over the longer term. Nonetheless, he slashed his price target on the name to $470 from $750. Also downgrading Chipotle was Sterne Agee analyst Lynne Collier, who cut her rating on the name to Neutral from Buy. The fact that the source of the problem has not been identified creates doubt about whether the bad news for the company is over, Collier believes. Although the new cases of E.coli appear to have occurred during the same time period as the previous reported cases, the company's sales could still be negatively affected for 6-12 months, wrote the analyst, who now expects its SSS to fall 2% this quarter. She lowered her 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $19.22 from $20.40. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Maxim Group upgraded its rating on Panera Bread (PNRA) to Buy from Hold, predicting that the restaurant operator would benefit from Chipotle's problems. The firm set a $210 price target on the shares. Yum! Brands' (YUM) Taco Bell and Jack in the Box's (JACK) Qdoba are other competitors of Chipotle. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Chipotle rebounded 6% to $568.33.
November 18, 2015
05:40 EDTYUMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; YUM RAD
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November 17, 2015
05:33 EDTYUMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; YUM QCOM
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November 16, 2015
07:56 EDTYUMTaco Bell committed to serving cage-free eggs in U.S. restaurants by end of 2016
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06:11 EDTYUMTaco Bell to stop using eggs laid by caged hens by 2017, Reuters reports
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November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:34 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following worse than expected retail sales data in the U.S. and a report showing that the Eurozone's economic growth slowed last quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined on Friday morning following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Each of the aforementioned department store operators slid following their reports, as did Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS), which reported on their own results earlier in the week. TJX Companies (TJX) and Ross Stores (ROST), which are both scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week, were also among those caught up in the weakness... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 13% after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 7% in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 6% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 5% after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected an initial $42B offer from ChemChina. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained 4% after it reported positive year over year same store sales growth for its China division in October. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which fell 14% after its stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest and NPD estimated that video game software sale declined 3% last month compared to the same month of last year. Also lower was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged 33% after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 88.19, or 0.51%, to 17,359.88, the Nasdaq was down 34.22, or 0.68%, to 4,970.86, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.45%, to 2,036.73.
09:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands rises on improving China sales
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09:27 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Blue Buffalo (BUFF), up 8.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.8%... Planet Fitness (PLNT), up 9.8%... Lipocine (LPCN), up 16.2% after reporting quarterly results and that the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date of June 28, 2016. ALSO HIGHER: Mylan (MYL), up 10.9% after Perrgo (PRGO) shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed... Plug Power (PLUG), up 7.3% after entering into a strategic supply agreement with 3M (MMM)... Yum! Brands (YUM), up after reporting that October China Same-Store Sales are up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Fossil (FOSL), down 24.5%... Fossil (JWN), down 20.6%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 15.1%... Cisco (CSCO), down 4.1%.... Tyco (TYC), down 4.1%... J.C. Penney (JCP), down 6.8%. ALSO LOWER: Fitbit (FIT), down 8.4% after 17M share Secondary priced at $29.00... GameStop (GME), down 8% after being downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest... Lions Gate (LGF), down 2.6% after 3.4M share Spot Secondary priced at $39.43... Perrigo is down 10.5% after shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed.
09:21 EDTYUMWendy's '4 for $4' a hit, McDonald's promo may be next
An analyst at Citi believes Wendy's (WEN) has seen strong results from its ongoing "4 for $4" promotion, prompting him to add the stock to the firm's Focus List and predict that the company's same-store sales growth this quarter will beat expectations. 4 FOR $4: Under an ongoing promotion that was launched in October, Wendy's offers a junior bacon cheeseburger, four piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for $4. Citi analyst Gregory Badishkanian told investors in a research note this morning that his analysis and talks with those in the fast-food industry suggest that the promotion continues to drive strong results, leading to a rise in transactions at Wendy's with little to no impact on restaurants' average check total. Badishkanian predicts Wendy's will post fourth quarter same-store sales growth of at least 4%, versus the First Call consensus forecast of 2.7% and the 3.3% growth implied by the high-end of the company's fiscal year guidance. INDUSTRY VALUE FOCUS: Wendy's management has emphasized value offerings recently, but other quick service restaurant peers are also increasing their focus on value, Badishkanian noted. The analyst sees a good chance that McDonald's (MCD) will roll-out a "2 for $2" promotion soon, which he believes could have a "modest" impact on Wendy's, but more of an impact on Restaurant Brands' (QSR) Burger King. Badishkanian predicts McDonald's same-store sales growth should accelerate further in the fourth quarter, but not at the expense of Wendy's. He keeps a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with an $11 price target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yum! Brands (YUM), which also competes in the quick service food space with its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands, is rallying this morning after reporting last night that its China division's same-store sales grew an estimated 5% in October. PRICE ACTION: Wendy's stock has gained over 5% in the last month, closing yesterday at $9.63 per share. In that same period, McDonald's shares have risen over 8% while Restaurant Brands has declined 3%.

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