Oct. 7, 2014, 7:06 AM
- McDonald's Japan warns it expects a loss this year of ¥17B ($157M) which would mark the first loss for the restaurant operator in 11 years.
- Escalating expenses and soft demand have hampered the company all year.
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) owns 50% of the Japanese restaurant chain holding entity.
- MCD -0.5% premarket
Oct. 6, 2014, 8:38 AM
- There's a head-scratching analyst move in the restaurant sector with Morgan Stanley upgrading Burger King Worldwide (NYSE:BKW) to Overweight and downgrading McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) to Equalweight.
- MS likes the positive impact that could be seen from a Timothy Hortons-Burger King combination, but some skeptics think the same underlying challenging QSR traffic trends are in play for both companies.
- Premarket: BKW +1.7%, MCD -0.6%.
Sep. 29, 2014, 2:58 PM
Sep. 24, 2014, 9:45 AM
- JPMorgan backs McDonald's (MCD +0.7%) with a reiterated Buy rating and $102 price target.
- The note from the investment firm is less enthusiastic than most on the buy side with the admission given that McDonald's is likely dead money.
- The 3.61% dividend yield on MCD is considered a formidable backstop by analysts.
Sep. 23, 2014, 1:41 PM
- Traffic to quick-service restaurants was flat for the year ending on June 30, according to data compiled by the NPD Group.
- Establishments with an average check price of $10-$20 saw more traffic growth than sub-$10 outlets.
- Fine dining restaurants saw a 3% increase in visits over the period.
- The research firm says "cultural and economic phenomenon" have created a shift in consumer dining habits that may be permanent.
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Sep. 18, 2014, 4:39 PM
Sep. 16, 2014, 1:25 PM
- McDonald's (MCD +0.6%) plans to sell McCafe bagged coffee and K-cups at grocery stores in Canada later this month.
- The company will face serious competition from Tim Hortons which has 80% market share locked up for the category.
- McDonald's will partner with Kraft Canada for the initiative.
- What to watch: McCafe bagged coffee is expected to go on sale at grocery stores in the U.S. in the early part of next year.
Sep. 11, 2014, 7:43 AM
- Jefferies lowers estimates on McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) after factoring in the company's latest weak monthly sales tally.
- The restaurant chain lost traction in the U.S, China, and Japan in August with issues in all three regions which could linger well into Q4.
- The estimate by Jefferies on McDonald's 2014 EPS goes to $5.40 from $5.60, while 2015 EPS is taken to $5.80 from $5.94.
Sep. 10, 2014, 4:44 PM
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has applied for a trademark on the term McBrunch.
- Though the company hasn't disclosed any new late-morning plans, an expansion of breakfast hours could be up for discussion with the daypart seeing intense competition.
- What to watch: Previous dalliances by QSR firms with brunch promotions haven't fared particularly well due to limited grill space and consumer apathy. A McBrunch play by McDonald's could face the same hurdles.
Sep. 9, 2014, 8:19 AM
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) reports global comparable-store sales fell 3.7% in August. Analysts had forecast a 3.1% drop.
- The restaurant chain had another tough quarter in the U.S. with comps falling 2.8% and margins under pressure due to the competitive environment.
- Comparable-store sales in Europe were off 0.7% in the month, while the supplier controversy in China helped to drag down the APMEA comp to a 14.5% slide.
- Guidance warning: McDonald's estimates Q3 results will be impacted negatively by $0.15-$0.20 due in part to to the loss of demand in China. Full-year projections will be updated in October when Q3 results are released.
- MCD -0.5% premarket
Sep. 4, 2014, 2:58 PM
- More than 100 cities in the U.S. have seen fast-food worker strike today over wages in one of the largest displays of organized protests ever seen in the sector.
- The so-called Fight for $15 movement is also pushing restaurant chains for the right to form a union.
- Related stocks: McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Burger King Worldwide (NYSE:BKW), Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN).
Sep. 2, 2014, 5:08 AM
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) is raising the amount of audits it conducts at its suppliers in China, following July's food scandal which plagued the company's Chinese sales.
- McDonald's has also created a new food safety governance role in China and will launch a hotline by the end of the year to report food safety issues.
- Pending an investigation by Chinese regulators, the company is still reviewing its relationship with parent OSI.
Aug. 29, 2014, 2:19 AM
- Three more McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) restaurants have been closed in Russia, bringing the total amount of shut branches now up to eight.
- Russia's food safety regulator, Rospotrebnadzor, still maintains that the closings are due to sanitary violations, although they coincide with heightened tensions over the Ukraine crisis.
- McDonald's said earlier this week that it will appeal the decisions by a court in Moscow.
Aug. 27, 2014, 3:25 PM
- Execs with Chipotle (CMG -1.1%) are full of swagger after blasting away restaurant peers with a 17% gain in comparable-store sales in Q2.
- The general take from inside the Denver juggernaut is that no other company is accomplishing what Chipotle is doing at scale and in a sustainable fashion.
- Co-CEO Monty Moran goes as far as to say the traditional QSR game of value meals and "cheapening" the food experience is going away. Though he didn't name names, his description brings burger giant McDonald's (MCD +0.5%) and Burger King (BKW -3%) to mind.
- What to watch: Chipotle is planning to apply some of the same principles that worked with the burrito chain to the ShopHouse and Pizzeria Locale concepts.
Aug. 27, 2014, 8:56 AM
Aug. 26, 2014, 3:40 AM
- A fifth McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) restaurant has been closed in Russia, following the ongoing inspections by Rospotrebnadzor - Russia's food safety regulator.
- Despite the increase in closures, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich previously highlighted that Russian authorities are not planning on closing the chain in the country, but are rather inspecting sanitary violations.
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