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McDonald's Corporation (MCD)

  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:55 AM
    A warning from Yum Brands on earnings growth in China for Q4 could spill over to taint other global restaurants chains. As the fast-food leader in China, Yum's track is closely watched to see where the growth engine may stall out. On watch: BKW, WEN, MCD, SBUX, DNKN.
    | Nov. 30, 2012, 8:55 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 30, 2012, 7:28 AM
    A big drop in German retail sales doesn't read well for McDonald's (MCD), notes retail analyst Howard Penney. The nation is McDonald's largest market in Europe and tends to help prop up comparable-store sales numbers across the continent.
    | Nov. 30, 2012, 7:28 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 29, 2012, 10:03 AM
    Efforts to unionize fast-food workers ramp up this week with organized protests in the works at McDonald's (MCD -0.3%), Taco Bell (YUM +1%), and Wendy's (WEN -0.4%). Though the activity is catching some headlines, unionization efforts seem more likely to fizzle than generate higher costs for restaurant operators. If the Black Friday protests at Wal-Mart are any indication, it may be business as normal despite all the sound and fury.
    | Nov. 29, 2012, 10:03 AM | 9 Comments
  • Nov. 26, 2012, 11:10 AM
    What to like about McDonald's (MCD -1.3%) at current levels: 1) At a 16 P/E ratio, MCD trades cheaper than Yum Brands or Jack in the Box. 2) New U.S. President Jeff Stratton's soon-to-be-unveiled marketing plan could infuse confidence again from Wall Street. 3) Three new Quarter Pounder offerings and the iconic McRib sandwich could help boost Q4 results. 4) A super-sized dividend yield of 3.48% is attractive to new buyers with the company likely to extend its streak of 36 straight years of bumping its payout higher.
    | Nov. 26, 2012, 11:10 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 26, 2012, 9:25 AM
    Lazard Capital Markets downgrades McDonald's (MCD) to Neutral from Buy with competitive pressures remaining a concern. Analyst Matthew DiFrisco expects same-store sales to go negative again in Q4 and start 2013 weak. (Previous: What does Mickey D's new U.S. president have on tap?)
    | Nov. 26, 2012, 9:25 AM | Comment!
  • Nov. 26, 2012, 8:52 AM
    The restaurant sector will watch closely what new McDonald's (MCD) U.S. president Jeff Stratton has in mind when he takes over his new position next week. One intriguing industry take on the chain's future: "Something is going to have to happen - either changes to the marketing management, to the current agency roster or investing in their stores or all of it. The status quo is not going to work."
    | Nov. 26, 2012, 8:52 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 23, 2012, 12:59 PM
    Shares of McDonald's (MCD +1.1%) look like a Black Friday special to SA author Dividend Monk. Despite the global slip in sales growth, the company's strong financial condition and ability to keep its dividend percolating makes it attractive at current levels.
    | Nov. 23, 2012, 12:59 PM | Comment!
  • Nov. 15, 2012, 8:39 AM
    McDonald's (MCD) announces its will replace its current president of McDonald's USA with Jeff Stratton, currently the company's Global Chief Restaurant Officer. Jan Fields is stepping down from the position after working at the Golden Arches for more than 35 years.
    | Nov. 15, 2012, 8:39 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:41 AM
    While the weak same-store sales of McDonald's (MCD) furrows the brows of investors, SA author John Gordon gives the company a rather simple directive. Fix the reporting. Gordon notes the company's use of a calendar month - instead of a fixed fiscal year format of 13 period of 28 days - creates more stress than necessary. As for those nervous McDonald's investors, he calmly notes a quick comparison of the restaurant chain's five year compound average growth rate of sales leaves Burger King and Wendy's in the dust.
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 8:41 AM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2012, 2:19 PM
    McHail Mary: With sales slumping as competitors pile one promotion on top of another, analysts think it might be time for McDonald's (MCD -2%) to play its wildcard to launch the iconic McRib sandwich. After company execs already tipped Q4 as the probable launch window, a quick peek at pork futures shows the timing might be spot-on.
    | Nov. 8, 2012, 2:19 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 8, 2012, 11:12 AM
    Jim Cramer gives his take on McDonald's (MCD -1.2%) slumping comparable-store sales, saying he's confused why the company's promotional pricing isn't promoted. As for the slumping global economy, Cramer wonders why Starbucks knocked out a fantastic quarter with $4 coffee drinks while McDonald's headed south with $1 coffee. (video)
    | Nov. 8, 2012, 11:12 AM | 9 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2012, 9:29 AM
    Three schools of thought on the drop in McDonald's (MCD) comparable store sales across the global: 1) The company is executing poorly and is fiddling while Rome is burning. 2) The restaurant chain is an early bellwhether indicating the global economy is in even worse shape than many forecasts. 3) The squeeze play is on with Burger King and Wendy's hitting the market with a premium menu and updated stores, while Panera Bread and Chipotle are stealing consumers willing to trade up.
    | Nov. 8, 2012, 9:29 AM | 10 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2012, 8:35 AM
    The first drop in comparable sales for McDonald's (MCD) since 2003 has traders buzzing, especially with Wendy's cruising along in positive territory with its own sales. Retail analyst Howard Penney thinks the company is a bit nonchalant about the global erosion of sales, while CNBC's Carl Quintanilla notes the report is like "watching a giant fall to one knee." Shares of McDonald's are only down 0.8% premarket with the sales slump well-telegraphed by the company.
    | Nov. 8, 2012, 8:35 AM | 12 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2012, 8:26 AM
    McDonald's (MCD) announces comparable store sales fell 1.8% in October, with U.S. participating in the downward trend with a 2.2% dip for the month. The Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa segment saw a 2.4% decline in comparable sales, while Europe fell 2.2% with strength in the U.K. preventing further erosion. The company cites "heightened competitive activity" in the U.S. as a force, but questions on the execution of McDonald's value proposition are sure to be raised. MCD -0.9% premarket. (PR)
    | Nov. 8, 2012, 8:26 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 31, 2012, 11:25 AM
    Fast-food restaurant operators such as Dunkin' Brands (DNKN +0.6%), Chipotle (CMG +0.1%), and McDonald's (MCD -0.1%)) could ride out Hurricane Sandy a bit better than some of the forecasts calling for a significant drop in Q4 sales, according to analysis from Miller Tabak. Lost revenue from the past week in affected areas could be offset by evacuation route stores picking up extra traffic and relief workers coming in with few dining options. Names to watch: Ruby Tuesday (RT +1.4%) with close to 44% of its outlets in the hurricane zone, Brinker International (EAT -1.2%) at 32.6%, Panera Bread (PNRA -1.6%) with 32.6%, and Cheesecake Factor (CAKE +0.3%) sitting at 28.2%.
    | Oct. 31, 2012, 11:25 AM | Comment!
  • Oct. 30, 2012, 2:52 PM
    More details on McDonald's (MCD) entry into the bagged coffee market: 1) The company starts a massive advertising campaign in Canada to back the November 5th launch in the nation. 2) At stores, a free small coffee promotion is in full swing to help build the McDonald's coffee brand and keep Tim Hortons and Starbucks under pressure. 3) Though mum's still the word on potential plans for U.S. sales of bagged coffee, the restaurant chain took the steps to file wide patent protection with the USPTO for use of its McCafe brand.
    | Oct. 30, 2012, 2:52 PM | Comment!
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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