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Yum! Brands, Inc. (YUM)

  • Thu, Mar. 5, 2:12 PM
    • KFC (NYSE:YUM) plans to sell premium coffee in thousands of outlets in China this year.
    • Reports indicate the coffee will go for 10 renminbi ($1.60), a level which undercuts the pricing at Starbucks.
    • The company says early results of the initiative have been promising.
    • The aggressive coffee strategy by KFC in China isn't planned for the U.S.
    | Thu, Mar. 5, 2:12 PM | 3 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 5, 8:29 AM
    • A deeper dive into the Beige Book notes indicates some wage pressure is being seen in the U.S. at low-level positions, notes Bloomberg.
    • The revelation could explain the round of minimum wage hikes over the last month - most notably at retail giant Wal-Mart.
    • Analysts note that even a minor lift at the bottom of the wage structure puts some pressure that ripples up the chain.
    • Beige Book: "A staffing firm in the Chicago District reported some companies were also willing to raise rates for unskilled workers to reduce turnover, and contacts in the Atlanta District noted increasing entry-level wages."
    • Fast-food chains could be the next domino to fall.
    • Previously: Beige Book takes note of oil prices and dollar (Mar. 04 2015)
    • Related stocks: MCD, SONC, JACK, WEN, QSR, YUM, PZZA.
    | Thu, Mar. 5, 8:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Mar. 3, 9:09 AM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) is downgraded to Neutral from Market Perform by analysts at Robert W. Baird.
    • The investment firm takes its price target on the restaurant chain operator down to $80 from $84.
    • The typical concerns on China are raised by Baird.
    • YUM -1.0% premarket to $81.00.
    | Tue, Mar. 3, 9:09 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mon, Mar. 2, 11:59 AM
    • A demonstration by Visa (NYSE:V), Pizza Hut (NYSE:YUM), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) at the Mobile World Congress in Spain will give a peek at where the connected car concept can go.
    • The demo will mimic employees at a Pizza Hut location being alerted by the presence of a customer in a parking lot through Beacon and cellular connectivity.
    • Under the scenario, payments through Visa Checkout could allow drivers to never leave their car.
    • The partners will roll out the concept in a 3-month test run in California this spring.
    | Mon, Mar. 2, 11:59 AM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Feb. 26, 8:41 AM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) signs a franchise deal with Asrapport Dining to launch Taco Bell locations in Japan.
    • Currently, the company only has a few Taco Bells outlets on U.S. military bases.
    • McDonald's has had a dismal time in Japan over the last year through its joint venture in the region.
    • Shares of Asrapport soared in Tokyo trading earlier
    | Thu, Feb. 26, 8:41 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Feb. 19, 9:28 AM
    • Shares of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) are on watch after Wal-Mart announces a broad increase in hourly wages for its U.S. workers.
    • The two companies have been the largest targets of labor protests over the last year over their wage policies.
    • Fast-food chains Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), Burger King (NYSE:QSR), and Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) have also seen more demonstrations than the remainder of the sector.
    | Thu, Feb. 19, 9:28 AM | 16 Comments
  • Thu, Feb. 12, 9:43 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 11, 10:37 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 4, 4:35 PM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) reports mixed numbers for Q4 with some regions and brands pulling up from last quarter.
    • Worldwide restaurant margin -20 bps to 10.2%., dragged down by a sharp slide in margins in the China division.
    • The comp put up the China division was -16%.
    • The Taco Bell division was a bright spot with a 6% comp and improved margins on 2% unit growth. The U.S. comp was +3%.
    • The comp was flat in the Pizza Hut division, but margins tailed off on a sales deleverage and global investment spend.
    • The India division grew sales 14% on a wider roll-out of KFC and home service.
    • YUM +2.5% after hours.
    | Wed, Feb. 4, 4:35 PM | Comment!
  • Wed, Feb. 4, 4:16 PM
    • YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM): Q4 EPS of $0.61 misses by $0.05.
    • Revenue of $4B (-4.3% Y/Y) beats by $30M.
    • Shares +1.43%.
    • Press Release
    | Wed, Feb. 4, 4:16 PM | 1 Comment
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    | Fri, Jan. 23, 11:25 AM | 13 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 15, 2:03 AM
    • Worried about the tough competition from fast-casual chains around the world, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is pursuing unique cafe experiments in Australia through a series of "learning labs."
    • Market experts note the company is concerned about competitors featuring healthier food choices, such as Shake Shack (SHAK) as well as Australian competitors including Grill'd and Mad Mex. Yum Brands (YUM) is also branching out down under.
    • McDonald's serves a significant percentage of Australia's 23.5M population with 930 restaurants in the country, serving 1.7M customers a day.
    | Thu, Jan. 15, 2:03 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 14, 9:17 AM
    • A slide in retail sales during December was impacted by weakness with the electronics stores (BBY, CONN, HGG) and building materials/garden equipment (HD, LOW) categories.
    • The biggest drag on the index was the gasoline stations component (CASY, PTRY]]) which recorded a 6.5% M/M and 14.2% Y/Y decline in December.
    • Good news for the restaurant sector (MCD, QSR, YUM, SONC, WEN) as sales were up 0.8% M/M and 8.2% Y/Y during the month.
    | Wed, Jan. 14, 9:17 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 14, 7:39 AM
    • Pizza Hut (NYSE:YUM) will introduce gluten-free pizza at 2.4K stores later this month.
    • The chain will be the first fast-fast player to be certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, although Domino's has offered the variety since 2012.
    • Gluten-free pies will be priced at $9.99.
    | Wed, Jan. 14, 7:39 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Jan. 13, 1:04 PM
    • Barclays sees dividend payouts on the S&P 500 increasing 7% this year to reach a yield of close to 2%.
    • The investment firm recommends buying shares of companies in the index poised for top-line growth and dividend payout boosts.
    • At least 6 consumer products/services companies make the Barclays list of attractive dividend stocks.
    • Hershey (NYSE:HSY): 2.01% yield
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM): 2.24% yield
    • PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP): 2.70% yield
    • Lorillard (NYSE:LO): 3.80% yield
    • Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN): 1.63% yield
    • Macy's (NYSE:M): 1.89% yield
    | Tue, Jan. 13, 1:04 PM | 19 Comments
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    | Fri, Jan. 9, 1:38 PM | 5 Comments
Company Description
Yum Brands Inc through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, develops, operates, franchises and licenses a system of restaurants which prepare, package and sell a menu of competitively priced food items.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States