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  • Apr. 17, 2013, 9:01 AM

    McDonald's (MCD) is getting some push-back from franchisees over the company's increased promotional stance. The concern of the group is that the value message has been worn out with rivals Burger King and Wendy's stepping up their discounting game. The main franchisee beef: "We need ‘new’ news – not just cheap food."

    | Apr. 17, 2013, 9:01 AM | 4 Comments
  • Apr. 15, 2013, 9:48 AM

    A larger focus by McDonald's (MCD -0.5%) on its value proposition to consumers could pressure the entire QSR sector, according to Dow Jones Newswire's Annie Gasparro. What to watch: The restaurant operator reports earning on Friday in what could be a tipping point for the sector if the restaurant's moves have paid a heavy toll on margins. (video)

    | Apr. 15, 2013, 9:48 AM
  • Apr. 12, 2013, 10:49 AM
    Shares of McDonald's (MCD +1.3%) set fresh 52-week highs as the restaurant operator's uninspiring streak of flattish global same-store sales doesn't scare off investors. What to watch: The company hasn't disclosed yet if it expects an impact on sales in Asia from the H7N9 avian virus in China so its Q1 earnings report could take on some added significance.
    | Apr. 12, 2013, 10:49 AM | 9 Comments
  • Apr. 12, 2013, 9:51 AM

    Restaurant sales trends improved in March but remain "fragile," according to a new report from Black Box Intelligence. The sector saw a same-store sales increase of 0.5% during the month compared to February’s decline of 5% - while traffic decreased 2% compared to a 4.2% drop in February.

    | Apr. 12, 2013, 9:51 AM
  • Apr. 10, 2013, 2:17 PM

    Restaurant visits by parties of adults grew by 1% last year to end four consecutive declines in the category but visits with children in tow showed flat growth once again, according to tracking from the NPD Group. A tripping point for the sector has been the lack of growth in visits by parties with kids. What to watch: Analysts see increased promotional activity sneaking in on the industry's margins.

    | Apr. 10, 2013, 2:17 PM | 5 Comments
  • Apr. 9, 2013, 8:58 AM

    McDonald's (MCD) reduces its prices on chicken nuggets in China in reaction to demand worries tied to the H7N9 bird virus, according to information culled from Weibo. Analysts warn that both McDonald's and Yum Brands (YUM) could see a short-term demand slump as the headlines out of China become more alarming. What to watch: If the local chicken market suffers large supply disruptions, General Mills (GIS) subsidiary Wan Chai Ferry and Tyson Foods (TSN) could pick up the slack.

    | Apr. 9, 2013, 8:58 AM
  • Apr. 9, 2013, 8:35 AM

    The race to provide charging stations for electric vehicles heats up on the West Coast after Kroger (KR) joins Walgreen (WAG), Whole Foods (WFM), and IKEA to provide customers parking lot charging stations. What to watch: Retailers continue to slowly edge into the field in an effort not to get left behind, but until a major restaurant chain (say McDonald's (MCD)?) jumps in with a partnership to offer a national network of charging stations along major interstates the phenomenon will remain a  primarily limited to affluent urban areas.

    | Apr. 9, 2013, 8:35 AM | 26 Comments
  • Apr. 5, 2013, 11:17 AM

    Shares of McDonald's (MCD -0.1%) are back over the $100 mark bringing the question of valuation back onto the radar of some investors concerned about the restaurant operator's soft global sales trends. A quick snapshot look at the sector still shows McDonald's trading at lower forward p-e ratio than peers while generating more cash. Despite the recent runup in share price, McDonald's also boasts a higher dividend yield than Burger King, Yum Brands, Jack in the Box, and Sonic.

    | Apr. 5, 2013, 11:17 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 5, 2013, 10:40 AM
    A strike by fast food workers in New York City could have broad implications with the group's lofty goal to see a 107% pay raise up to $15 per hour. What to watch: Though historically the high turnover rate in the QSR industry has kept labor disruptions to a minimum, unions of foodservice workers have strengthened since 2009 and could take a small bite out of the sector's margins.
    | Apr. 5, 2013, 10:40 AM | 10 Comments
  • Apr. 5, 2013, 7:22 AM

    Companies selling coffee are expected to continue to skate by with high prices on premium coffee despite the recent drop in coffee commodity costs. Channel checks and recent sales reports indicate demand and pricing power is as strong as ever. Perking up: Starbucks (SBUX), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), McDonald's (MCD), Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR), Tim Hortons (THI), and Whole Foods Market (WFM).

    | Apr. 5, 2013, 7:22 AM | 6 Comments
  • Apr. 2, 2013, 7:05 PM

    Citi strategists tweak the criteria for their top dividend-paying stock picks, lowering the standard for dividend yield while adding a new filter for dividend momentum “to give more emphasis on dividend safety and growth." The full list: MO, AEP, T, AVB, BMY, ED, D, DD, DUK, INTC, KMB, KRFT, LLY, MCD, MRK, MSFT, NU, NOC, OXY, PFE, PM, RTN, SRE, SO, SYY, XEL.

    | Apr. 2, 2013, 7:05 PM | 5 Comments
  • Apr. 1, 2013, 2:28 PM
    Deutsche Bank is quick to note that the strengthening of the U.S. dollar could take a toll on earnings for McDonald's (MCD -0.3%). The company forecast a $0.04-$0.05 currency tailwind for 2013, but those winds have shifted.
    | Apr. 1, 2013, 2:28 PM
  • Apr. 1, 2013, 8:48 AM

    Sun Capital's Boston Market fast food chain will move into ribs in its biggest new food launch in six years. The big picture: Though the move is another example of the aggressive efforts of the QSR industry to match the fare at the market-stealing Panera and Chipotle chains, analysts continue to question the impact on margins of the wings-ribs-premium burgers menu plays.

    | Apr. 1, 2013, 8:48 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 25, 2013, 2:30 PM

    Restaurant blues: The consensus estimate of economists for consumer spending growth in February is for a 0.6% gain after the measure rose 0.2% in January but don't expect restaurants to report strong numbers for Q1. Inside tracking and guidance warnings from key companies indicate that the sector is feeling the pressure of higher payroll taxes. Major chains also face a tough period of comparable with last year's winter much milder on average in the U.S.

    | Mar. 25, 2013, 2:30 PM | 4 Comments
  • Mar. 25, 2013, 9:28 AM

    A plan by McDonald's (MCD) to launch McWraps has its genesis in internal polling which shows 22% of consumers aged 18 to 32 would eat at Subway if the wrap sandwiches weren't available at the restaurant chain. Execs at Mickey D's aren't shy about the major goal of the McWraps initiative, calling the new product a "Subway buster" in a memo circulating around.

    | Mar. 25, 2013, 9:28 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mar. 21, 2013, 8:33 AM

    McDonald's (MCD) plans to make chicken McWraps a permanent part of its menu after offering the item in other parts of the world to success. The menu at McDonald's continues to be shifted with a nod to the fresh/healthy mix at Panera and Chipotle as well as the increased menu pressure from Wendy's and Burger King. National advertising for McWraps begins April 1.

    | Mar. 21, 2013, 8:33 AM | 2 Comments
Company Description
McDonald's Corp franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry. Its geographic segments include the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States