Wednesday, May 15, 9:30 AM
Julian Robertson's Tiger Management unloaded the 42K Apple (AAPL) shares the firm still had going into Q1. Tiger, which has owned Apple for years, had pared its stake from 101K in Q4. On the other hand, Tiger initiated positions in Dunkin' Brands (DNKN - 546K shares), Monsanto (MON - 192K), McGraw Hill (MHP - 408K), and H&R Block (HRB - 849K). AAPL -1.1%. (13F) (Q4 hedge fund sales)
Friday, May 10, 6:45 AM
Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) taps CEO Nigel Travis to take on the additional role of becoming the company's chairman to succeed John Luther who is retiring. The change will become effective on May 15.
Monday, April 29, 2:27 PM
McDonald's (MCD +1.5%) and Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN +0.4%) are leading a pack of restaurant chains that are extending hours of operation in order to help pump up revenue. In some cases, the plan is pitting some companies against their own franchisees that are somewhat convinced the wee midnight to early breakfast hours aren't unprofitable. Analysts say it depends on the brand. What works for Taco Bell, Denny's, or White Castle might not work for the sector as a whole.
Thursday, April 25, 1:57 PMDunkin Brands Group Inc (DNKN) declares $0.19/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 1.95%. For shareholders of record May 28. Payable June 06. Ex-div date May 24. (PR)
Thursday, April 25, 12:40 PM
More on Dunkin Brands' (DNKN +3.1%) Q1: Comps growth came in at 1.7% overall driven by larger guest checks as customers bought more units per sale. Baskin-Robbins saw negative U.S. comps during the period however as the ice cream seller's same store sales faced a particularly tough compare with the unseasonably warm 2012 Q1. A refinancing charge also weighed on results. (PR)
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Monday, April 15, 3:27 PM
Is Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR -4.4%) gaining enough market share to compensate for lower K-cup prices? That's the question that could be answered when the company reports earning on May 8 and also has importance in evaluating the next couple of quarters. Sector watch: The company - along with peers (KRFT, SJM, PEET, DNKN) - received a bit of a jolt when Starbucks dropped the pricing on its 12-ounce bagged coffee by a dollar to $8.99.
Friday, April 12, 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.
Friday, April 12, 9:17 AM
Starbucks (SBUX) will slash prices on 12-ounce packages of branded and Seattle's Best coffee found in grocery stores. Price cuts will amount to more than 10% on both products and are aimed at keeping the company's grocery brands competitive with those of J.M. Smucker (Folgers, Dunkin') and Kraft Foods (Maxwell House), all of which have seen price reductions recently.2 Comments[Consumer]
Thursday, April 11, 2:07 PM
Dunkin Brands' (DNKN +1.1%) will try again in California with a plan to open 150 stores in the southern part of the state despite mixed results in earlier test runs. The company is refocusing on the western part of the U.S. with the East Coast nearly saturated with Dunkin' Donuts stores. What to watch: After seeing comparable store sales in the U.S. outpace global outlets 4.2% to 2% last year, the company might emphasize growth opportunities in the U.S. just as much as China, Vietnam, South Korea, and the Middle East.
Thursday, April 11, 9:38 AM
Longbow Research is out with a note to clients indicating demand for K-cup products is strong. The data point is good news for Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +0.1%), Starbucks (SBUX +0.2%) and Green Mountain Coffee (GMCR +0.7%) as the thesis that the K-cup market is big enough for multiple companies looks to be playing out. What to watch: A key trend is that fresh generic brands in the market are drawing new customers instead of taking away market share from the established sellers.
Wednesday, April 10, 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.
Friday, April 5, 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.
Friday, April 5, 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).