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McDonald's Corporation (MCD)

  • Jun. 29, 2012, 8:26 AM
    With one day to go in the year's first half, Bank of America (BAC) ranks as the Dow's top gainer, +39%. Next is Disney (DIS), +27.5%, then Home Depot (HD), +23%. Worst is Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), -24.8%, then McDonald's (MCD), -12%. Remember the Dogs of the Dow strategy? It gets little love, but DOD has outperformed DIA YTD, Y/Y, and over the last 5 years.
  • Jun. 27, 2012, 10:53 AM
    McDonald's (MCD -1.0%) CEO Jim Skinner just wrapped up his last interview as the company's CEO with a celebratory appearance on Squawk Box. The outgoing exec says the company will remain focused on same-store sales growth, while he ever-so-subtly seems to de-emphasize China and emerging markets. He also quite naturally opposes Mayor Bloomberg's campaign in NYC to reign in soda intake, with his support of free choice for consumers.
  • Jun. 26, 2012, 11:35 AM
    A publicity stunt by McDonald's (MCD +0.1%) to temporarily open its largest restaurant ever in London as the hype over the Summer Olympic starts up backfires to a degree when local official complain over the company's ties to obesity issues at an event that stresses physical achievements. The company has defended itself by pointing to healthier options on its menu and asking rhetorically why beer companies are seemingly given a pass.
  • Jun. 22, 2012, 11:34 AM
    The McDonald's (MCD +0.8%) juggernaut is far from over, argues Oliver Pursche. Instead of lamenting the stock's two-month slide or the company's correlation to the global economy, he banks on the same management team that smashed S&P 500 rivals over the last 10 years as keeping their outperforming ways in place.
  • Jun. 20, 2012, 3:02 PM
    Burger King (BKW +4.1%) plans to continue to overhaul its menu with items such as smoothies and salads that appeal to a wider demographic than its original target of young males, according to CFO Daniel Schwartz. Oversea expansion will also be a key goal, with expansion in China and Russia already on the agenda. If it all sounds vaguely familiar, it's nearly a carbon copy of the the strategy McDonald's (MCD -1.1%) used to expand while Burger King was stuck in neutral.
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  • Jun. 19, 2012, 10:33 AM
    McDonald's (MCD -0.9%) takes a turn lower as the company warns at the Jefferies Global Consumer Conference (webcast) that discretionary visits by customers could be hard to grow at a brisk pace. The company presented a slide showing that it plans to add 1.3K new restaurants in 2012.
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  • Jun. 13, 2012, 7:38 AM
    Goldman Sachs downgrades McDonald's (MCD) to Neutral from Buy on its forecast that the company's same-store sales will remain pressured. Analysts lower their 2012-2014 EPS estimates and trim the price target on MCD to $92 from $100. Shares -1.1% premarket.
  • Jun. 8, 2012, 8:36 AM
    Though it's not a new warning, McDonald's (MCD) spooks investors by saying that global economic volatility and austerity measures in Europe will "significantly pressure" Q2 results. The company also notes that at current exchange rates, its foreign currency translation will negatively impact Q2 EPS by $0.07-$0.09. MCD -2.9% premarket. (Previous: I, II)
  • Jun. 8, 2012, 8:21 AM
    More on McDonald's (MCD) global sales: A sharp 11% Y/Y decline in sales in Japan during May was strongly influenced by a tough comparable from last year after sales soared in the month after the earthquake and tsunami that disrupted the nation. MCD -2.7% premarket.
  • Jun. 8, 2012, 8:17 AM
    McDonald's (MCD) reports global comparable sales were up 3.3% in May. Sales rose 4.4% in the U.S. as new breakfast items contributed and Europe saw a 2.9% gain, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa saw a drop off of 1.7% for the month. Shares -2.6% premarket.
  • Jun. 7, 2012, 10:58 AM
    Yum Brands (YUM +0.2%) looks to set the same expansion path in India that is currently clicking in Asia with an eye on the nation's population of 1.2B. The company's game plan - more aggressive than rival McDonald's (MCD +0.2%) - includes jumping on prime locations for restaurants and moving into lower-tier cities after flagship locations are established. If the recipe sounds familiar, it's because McDonald's used it to a bit of success in the U.S. throughout its history.
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  • Jun. 5, 2012, 1:56 PM
    It seems so easy. The combined population of BRIC nations is close to 3B and they all love American fast food, so explosive growth is a certainty. But not so fast, according to the reports from global players such as Yum Brands (YUM +0.3%), Arcos Dorados (ARCO +3.5%), McDonald's (MCD +0.5%), and Wendy's (WEN -0.5%). The global economy has wreaked havoc on the rosy estimates for revenue, while local tastes in Brazil, India, Russia, and China don't always mesh with U.S. fast food staples.
  • Jun. 4, 2012, 8:28 AM
    Deutsche Bank reduces its price target on McDonald's (MCD) to $100 from $108 after hearing execs with the company warn that margins in Europe will be under pressure in the near term. Despite the worries about global sale numbers, SA author Garrett Blackwood sees the McDonald's dropoff as overdone and calls the stock very close to a textbook-defined undervalued play. Shares -0.2% premarket to $86.63.
  • Jun. 1, 2012, 3:09 PM
    McDonald's (MCD -2.5%) tweets Michael Bloomberg, telling the NYC mayor that customers know how to make the best choices for themselves after Bloomberg opened the Twitter battle by calling out the large sizes of its drinks. The company has every intention of not getting lumped into the obesity debate, with its top chef noting publicly that the chain now offers salads, smoothies, and oatmeal - not to mention the ability for customers to just say no to supersizing soft drinks.
  • May. 30, 2012, 8:29 AM
    Execs with McDonald's (MCD) tip off at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decision Conference that the company is on track to open 1,300 new restaurants in 2012 and update another 225. The company has already made significant headway in differentiating its modernized restaurants from older Burger King, Hardee's, and Wendy's restaurants. (webcast)
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  • May. 24, 2012, 1:38 PM
    McDonald's (MCD -0.5%) won't have to be a profit-making company and the surrogate parents for millions of kids after all, as a shareholder resolution to assess the effects of products and marketing on children's health fails to land more than 6.4% of the votes at the company's annual meeting. Execs did say that new healthier choices for Happy Meals could be part of Mickey D's menu in the future.
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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