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  • Sep. 11, 2012, 8:38 AM
    Though McDonald's (MCD) global same-store sales for August missed the mark of some analysts, the broad gains across regions could calm the waters on the name a bit. The bigger question: How much will the restaurant chain's promotions and new menu items cut into profits? MCD +0.6%.
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  • Sep. 11, 2012, 8:18 AM
    McDonald's (MCD) reports same-store sales rose 3.7% in August, led by solid gains in all key geographic regions. Strong traffic for breakfast helped lift sales in the U.S. by 3.0% - while the company's stores in the U.K., France, and Russia paced a 3.1% gain in Europe sales. In the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) segment, sales were up 5.7% for the month. MCD +0.6% premarket.
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  • Sep. 4, 2012, 7:13 AM
    McDonald's (MCD) will open its first vegetarian restaurants ever when two locations near Indian pilgrimage centers open later this year. Growth in India in general is expected to pick up again, with the company estimating it will double its 271 stores in the nation over the next three years.
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  • Aug. 30, 2012, 7:18 AM
    Fast food chains such as McDonald’s (MCD), Starbucks (SBUX), Chipolte (CMG) plan to use tech innovations and other strategies to speed up lines during peak hours to maximize their sales. Equipping employees with hand-held ordering systems and encouraging customers to pay by smartphones are two areas in focus.
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  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:39 PM
    McDonald's (MCD -0.4%) gets put under the valuation microscope by SA author Valuentum to see how the stock stacks up to peers. The firm's estimated fair value of $95 for McDonald's represents a number of technical and fundamental factors, including a discounted cash flow model based on estimates of a 5-year revenue growth rate of 5.3% and average operating margin of 32.5%.
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  • Aug. 23, 2012, 9:18 AM
    Where's the beef? To the surprise of almost no one the beef herd shrunk to its smallest size in 39 years this summer as a drought in the Midwest ravaged crops. Execs with hamburger chains have already seen the writing the wall, warning in repeated Q&A sessions on conference calls (transcipts: MCD, WEN, RRGB) that they will implement modest price increases - but the question remains of how hard beef inflation will hit their bottom lines. Margin watch: MCD, WEN, BKC, SONC, BLMN, JACK
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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:53 PM
    Burger, fries, and a recharge: McDonald's (MCD +0.5%) expands it relationship with Czech power company CEZ by adding its 25th EV charging station located at its restaurants in the nation. The logic for CEZ to use the Mickey D's chain is pretty clear with locations found both in cities and on rural highways within striking distances of most electric cars.
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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 8:41 AM
    Consumer watchdogs groups want the FTC to step up its parenting of the Internet by adopting stricter online privacy protection rules for big brand marketing. Companies such as McDonald's (MCD) stand accused of using viral marketing practices at sites such as HappyMeal.com, as well as storing photos and videos of children without full parent consent.
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  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:16 PM
    As Square celebrates its partnership with Starbucks, PayPal (EBAY) may be close to scoring a giant deal with McDonald's (MCD): the fast-food kingpin is testing a PayPal-based payments solution at 30 French locations. The service allows users to place orders online or through a McDonald's app, pay with PayPal, and pick up meals in a separate line. McDonald's hopes the solution will cut wait times and improve sales. PayPal has already reached offline payment deals with over a dozen major retailers.
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  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:30 AM
    Credit Suisse adds Starbucks (SBUX) to its Focus List after trimming McDonald's (MCD) from its top-tier rating. Hedgeye's Howard Penney isn't convinced the swap makes sense, noting Mickey D's trades closer to a bottom than a top.
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  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:58 AM
    Credit Suisse cuts Outperform-rated McDonald's (MCD) from its U.S. Focus List. Shares of McDonald's have remain mired in a sub-$90 funk as other fast-food operators have come in with better sales growth numbers.
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  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:40 PM
    Restaurant visit growth slumped to a 1% gain over the spring quarter, according to research firm NPD. Though the quick-service restaurant segment registered 2% growth for the period, both the midscale and casual dining segments saw fewer visits over the past year. Diners did spend a bit more per visit, with the average check going up 2%.
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  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:35 AM
    A recall of apples sold in 36 states by Ready Pac Foods hits McDonald's (MCD -0.4%) and Burger King (BKW -1.5%). The recall is due to possible listeria contamination.
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  • Aug. 10, 2012, 7:28 AM
    Summer discounts are back at restaurants after a recent cooling off period at major chains. McDonald's (MCD), Chipotle (CMG), and Starbucks (SBUX) are just a few of the growing number of companies that say they will focus on value to make up for recent sales slumps. Analysts warn that when industry leaders starts upping their discounts and deals, it puts a "world of hurt" on the entire industry.
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  • Aug. 9, 2012, 9:13 AM
    Betting against McDonald's (MCD) could be a mistake, according to TradingFloor.com. The company's track record of consistent same-store sales is better than rivals, with a standard deviation much lower than volatile names such as Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Yum Brands. As a long-term play, McDonalds's still looks attractive for investors looking to avoid any nasty downside surprises.
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 8:54 AM
    Heads are scratching over the weak July sales numbers for McDonald's (MCD). Europe can't be solely blamed with all three major geographical regions coming in below analyst expectations and using the global economy as a scapegoat doesn't make perfect sense after sales held up relatively well in 2008-2009. NBG's Brian Sozzi warns the stock could be a dividend trap as Mickey D's Q3 looks set to disappoint.
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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