McDonald's Corporation (MCD) - NYSE
  • Mon, Jan. 4, 9:03 AM
    • December monthly performance was: -1.18%
    • AUM of $580M
    • 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -1%
    • $0.10 in dividends were paid in December
    • Top 10 Holdings as of 11/30/2015: Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 4.98%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 4.49%, Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.18%, Altria Group Inc (MO): 3.37%, McDonald's Corp (MCD): 2.94%, PepsiCo Inc (PEP): 2.93%, Home Depot Inc (HD): 2.4%, Intel Corp (INTC): 2.31%, International Business Machines Corp (IBM): 2.02%, AbbVie Inc (ABBV): 1.96%
    | Mon, Jan. 4, 9:03 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 4, 9:01 AM
    • Nomura forecasts McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) saw same-store sales growth of 3.5% in Q4 based on its channel checks.
    • Any comp over 3% would be considered a major achievement for McDonald's after a long run of negative to slightly positive growth.
    • Nomura raises its rating on McDonald's to Buy from Neutral off the confidence in same-store sales trends. The Japanese firm's new price target of $135 on MCD implies the restaurant stock will carve out new all-time highs.
    • MCD -0.81% premarket to $117.18.
    | Mon, Jan. 4, 9:01 AM | 8 Comments
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  • Dec. 29, 2015, 5:28 PM
    • Coffee prices continue to fall as strong El Nino rains in Brazil help to boost crop yields. The next harvest in the nation is forecast to be up 20% Y/Y at 58M bags.
    • Even with Arabica prices down 28% this year, analysts see another swing lower for coffee in 2016 due to the oversupply situation.
    • Weak currencies in South America are also providing a strong incentive to local producers to sell as much as they can.
    • The trend toward low coffee prices is helping to lift margins for many coffee sellers with U.S. retail prices only down 4% to 5% this year. Companies light on hedging positions are seeing the biggest benefit.
    • Most execs play coy over the bottom line benefit of lower coffee commodity prices, but even Starbucks CFO Scott Maw had to concede that pricing looked a "little bit favorable" during the firm's last earnings call (transcript).
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    | Dec. 29, 2015, 5:28 PM | 22 Comments
  • Dec. 29, 2015, 1:08 PM
    • McDonald's (MCD +0.7%) reached an all-time high of $120 today as it continues its slow upward trek after breaking out in October.
    • The successful runout of All-Day breakfast and the company's plan to refranchise up to 95% of its stores are seen as positive drivers for shares.
    • Recent restaurant traffic checks have shown positive same-store sales growth for the QSR category where McDonald's is the biggest player.
    | Dec. 29, 2015, 1:08 PM | 22 Comments
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  • Dec. 23, 2015, 11:56 AM
    • Coca-Cola (KO +0.6%) was added back to the UBS Dividend Rulers portfolio after being swapped out last year.
    • The Atlanta company replaces British American Tobacco (BTI +1.8%).
    • The UBS Dividend Rulers portfolio has topped broad market averages over the long term, but is down 4.5% YTD this year. UBS expects a return to norm in 2016 as headwinds ease for large-cap dividend payers. Federal Reserve rate increases aren't expected to disrupt the Dividend Rulers portfolio to a large degree.
    • Other UBS Dividend Ruler stocks include Home Depot (HD +0.6%), McDonald's (MCD +0.6%), Nordstrom (JWN +1.6%), PepsiCo (PEP +0.8%), and V.F. Corp (VFC +0.5%).
    | Dec. 23, 2015, 11:56 AM | 10 Comments
  • Dec. 21, 2015, 3:58 PM
    • A statement from Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) addresses the new report from the CDC on 5 more E. coli cases tied to the restaurant chain.
    • The company says it completed a "comprehensive" reassessment of food safety programs and believes it can achieve a "near zero" level of food safety risk.
    • The five new cases disclosed today that dated back to November were expected, according to the Chipotle release.
    • Shares of Chipotle fell 3.6% with over 2.6M shares traded.
    • Sector watch: Restaurant analysts have been divided over which chain may have picked up some lost Chipotle traffic over the last few months, although the name most mentioned has been Qdoba (NASDAQ:JACK). Pret a Manger and Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) have also been cited due to their strong rate of geographic overlap with Chipotle. The case for Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) and Del Taco (NASDAQ:TACO) hasn't been supported by early channel checks on traffic. Both Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) may have caught some extra lunch business, but not enough to drive comps significantly higher.
    • Previously: Chipotle hit again by E. coli report (Dec. 21 2015)
    | Dec. 21, 2015, 3:58 PM | 32 Comments
  • Dec. 21, 2015, 12:34 PM
    • McDonald's (MCD +0.3%) is looking to sell part of its stake in McDonald's Japan, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
    • The company is expected to unload between 15% to 33% of its 50% stake in the company.
    • The transaction could generate proceeds of as much as ¥100B ($817M) and help smooth out global earnings with results in Japan typically fluctuating wildly.
    | Dec. 21, 2015, 12:34 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 21, 2015, 5:18 AM
    • Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two of the most powerful men in world soccer, have been handed eight-year bans from the game, making them the highest-profile casualties of sprawling investigations into corruption and ethical wrongdoing at FIFA.
    • The move is likely to be welcomed by top sponsors Coke (NYSE:KO), Visa (NYSE:V), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Adidas (OTCQX:ADDYY), Emirates and Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF), which have all called for more transparency and credible reforms at soccer's governing body.
    • FIFA will hold a special election to choose Blatter's successor on Feb. 26.
    | Dec. 21, 2015, 5:18 AM | 9 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 9:33 AM
    • Egg prices fell 4.8% in November to follow a 3.8% slide in October.
    • The level of egg prices is still 23.7% higher than a year ago, due largely to the avian flu issue earlier this year.
    • Milk prices were also lower during November, down 0.7% M/M and 7.7% Y/Y. The broader dairy category saw price declines of 3.4% Y/Y and 0.6% M/M.
    • These are some of the companies that talked about milk or egg prices being a factor during their most recent earnings conference call: CALM, KO, DF, WWAV, GIS, POST, KR, DG, OTCPK:PRRFY, BDBD, GTIM, BOBE, HRL, FLO, JJSF, DENN, MCD.
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    | Dec. 15, 2015, 9:33 AM | 21 Comments
  • Dec. 11, 2015, 12:06 PM
    • $6 is the new hamburger price ceiling in the quick-service restaurant sector after Carl's Jr/.Hardees increased the cost of a Steakhouse Thickburger, according to
    • Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) and Sonic (NASDAQ:SONC) both have a $5.99 sandwich, while Burger King's A.1. Hearty Mozzarella Cheeseburger is already well-above the $6 mark. McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) and Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) have premium items listed at $4.99.
    • Fast casual players such as  Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT), and Smashburger have also been stretching out their top-priced items. Burger chains in general have used pricing on premium items to help offset weak traffic trends.
    | Dec. 11, 2015, 12:06 PM | 16 Comments
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 10:00 PM
    • The all-day breakfast initiative at McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is bringing in new customers, according to a study by NPD Group.
    • The research firm found that 33% of all customers who ordered breakfast items past the normal cut-off time did not visit the restaurant chain in the thirty days before the launch.
    • In another positive data read from NPD, the average check around lunchtime for all-day breakfast customers was found to be on the rise.
    • McDonald's started all-day breakfast on October 6.
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 10:00 PM | 11 Comments
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 4:37 PM
    • Credit Suisse updated its list of favorite consumer discretionary stocks after factoring in consumer spending trends.
    • Apparel & Footwear: Acquisitions and a mix shift toward premium products could help lift shares of Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI), according to the investment firm.
    • Autos & Auto Parts: Magna International (NYSE:MGA) is well-positioned due the trend toward "vehicle globalization."
    • Gaming & Lodging: Six Flags (NYSE:SIX) has an attractive dividend yield and could see pricing gains.
    • Homebuilding & Building Products: Caesarstone (NASDAQ:CSTE) is poised to see  “significant" revenue and EBITDA growth over the next several years.
    • Media, Cable & Satellite: Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) is called a value pick as the underlying business looks under-appreciated if the valuation of HBO is stripped away.
    • Packaged Food: The risk-reward profile on Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) sets it apart from peers.
    • Retail, Broadlines & Department Stores: Consistency continues to reign supreme at Costco (NASDAQ:COST).
    • Retail, Food & Drug: Comp sales are improving at Dollar General (NYSE:DG). An aggressive share repurchase strategy also provides investors a backstop.
    • Retail, Hardlines: Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is tapped to outperform with the right management team in the right business.
    • Restaurants: Perhaps the biggest surprise of the bunch, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD)  is given the nod by CS. Same-store sales improvement is expected.
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 4:37 PM | 9 Comments
  • Dec. 3, 2015, 2:27 PM
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  • Dec. 3, 2015, 7:20 AM
    • The European Commission says it will review very closely if McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) was granted tax treatment in Luxembourg which violated EU state-aid rules.
    • The company faces allegations it avoided €1B ($1.06B) in taxes by using a business unit in Luxembourg to receive royalties for revenue earned elsewhere.
    • "McDonald's Europe Franchising has virtually not paid any corporate tax in Luxembourg nor in the US on its profit," reads the EU statement.
    | Dec. 3, 2015, 7:20 AM
Company Description
McDonald’s Corp. engages in the provision of food service retail. Its activities include franchise and operation of McDonald’s restaurants globally. The restaurants offer a range of food menu including hamburgers and cheeseburgers, fillet, french fries, salads, sundaes, pies as well as drinks... More
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States