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YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM)

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  • Wed, Mar. 25, 4:33 PM
    • YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM) declares $0.41/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 2.07%
    • Payable April 30; for shareholders of record April 9; ex-div April 7.
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  • Wed, Mar. 25, 12:58 PM
    • Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) is adding a chicken biscuit taco to its breakfast menu and will cut the waffle taco.
    • One thing that is still consistent at Taco Bell are commercials which takes dead aim at McDonald's.
    • Despite some broad market share losses in the U.S., McDonald's has held serve in the breakfast daypart.
    • Analysts think Taco Bell's concerted efforts to paint McDonald's as old-fashioned have only had a limited impact on traffic.
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  • Fri, Mar. 13, 1:39 PM
    • Levy Acquisition plans to change its name to Del Taco after buying out the fast-food concept
    • Shares of the company will trade on the Nasdaq under the symbol LEVY.
    • The Del Taco chain has made an effort to expand its menu to include premium burritos and bowls in order to serve as a Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) and Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) alternative.
    • Expanding Del Taco into emerging and established markets is part of the plan post-buyout.
    • Currently, Del Taco has about 550 restaurants in the U.S. across 16 states.
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  • Thu, Mar. 12, 4:15 AM
    • KFC (NYSE:YUM) and others may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) announced it would only source chickens raised without antibiotics identified as important to humans.
    • Both McDonald's and Yum are stepping up efforts to win back diners lured away by chains such as such as Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) and Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA), which boast antibiotic-free meats.
    • Chicken stocks also took a hit yesterday on concerns that the push to remove antibiotics from hatcheries could raise costs or that inaction could crimp demand.
    • Previously: Chicken stocks hit by antibiotic concerns (Mar. 11 2015)
    • Previously: McDonald's unveils menu sourcing initiatives (Mar. 04 2015)
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  • Sat, Mar. 7, 10:13 AM
    • A powerhouse quarter of improved comps and widened margins is in the books for the restaurant industry as investors look forward to see if the trend extends.
    • The industry is in a growth phase with eating and drinking establishments adding 58.7K jobs in February on a seasonally adjusted basis to mark the biggest monthly gain since December of 2012.
    • The early read on Q1 traffic is favorable (ex-weather), although chains could see some wage inflation pressure and innovation outlays with differentiated concepts popping up at Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT), Zoe's Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), and a host of others.
    • Major digital initiatives at chains such as Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) also have the potential to be disruptive.
    • A few screens to pick through the restaurant stock menu are listed below.
    • Lowest forward P/E ratio: McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Ruth's Hospitality (NASDAQ:RUTH), and Cracker Barrel (NASDAQ:CBRL).
    • Lowest price/free cash flow ratio: Ruby Tuesday (NYSE:RT), Nathan's (NASDAQ:NATH), Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK).
    • Dividend yield +3%: DineEquity (NYSE:DIN), Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI), McDonald's, and Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO).
    • Top YTD performers: Jack in the Box (JACK), Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), Sonic (NASDAQ:SONC), El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ:LOCO).
    • PEG ratio below 2.00: Chuy's Holdings (NASDAQ:CHUY), Ruth's Hospitality, Krispy Kreme Donuts (NYSE:KKD), Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ:CAKE), Brinker International (NYSE:EAT), Denny's (NASDAQ:DENN), Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD).
    • Short ratio below 2%: Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM), Jack in the Box (JACK), Chipotle (NYSE:CMG), DineEquity, Bloomin' Brands (NASDAQ:BLMN), Denny's (DENN), McDonald's (MCD).
    • Previously: Restaurant stocks continue hot streak (Feb. 24)
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  • Fri, Mar. 6, 8:03 AM
    • A light bulb has gone off with some large retail chains such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) which have hiked low-level wages in order to improve employee retention rates.
    • The math as compiled by Bloomberg is pretty compelling: The average retail sales worker makes $21,140 a year, while it costs $3,400 in training costs to replace them. At a high turnover rate it becomes more economical to lift wages.
    • The development is interesting to economists pondering the future impact of Wal-Mart's (10% of all retail sales in the U.S.) new wage structure on U.S. unemployment rates.
    • Related stocks: YUM, MCD, KR, TGT, SHLD, HD, WBA, LOW, GPS, JCP, BLMN.
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 2:12 PM
    • KFC (NYSE:YUM) plans to sell premium coffee in thousands of outlets in China this year.
    • Reports indicate the coffee will go for 10 renminbi ($1.60), a level which undercuts the pricing at Starbucks.
    • The company says early results of the initiative have been promising.
    • The aggressive coffee strategy by KFC in China isn't planned for the U.S.
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 8:29 AM
    • A deeper dive into the Beige Book notes indicates some wage pressure is being seen in the U.S. at low-level positions, notes Bloomberg.
    • The revelation could explain the round of minimum wage hikes over the last month - most notably at retail giant Wal-Mart.
    • Analysts note that even a minor lift at the bottom of the wage structure puts some pressure that ripples up the chain.
    • Beige Book: "A staffing firm in the Chicago District reported some companies were also willing to raise rates for unskilled workers to reduce turnover, and contacts in the Atlanta District noted increasing entry-level wages."
    • Fast-food chains could be the next domino to fall.
    • Previously: Beige Book takes note of oil prices and dollar (Mar. 04 2015)
    • Related stocks: MCD, SONC, JACK, WEN, QSR, YUM, PZZA.
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  • Tue, Mar. 3, 9:09 AM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) is downgraded to Neutral from Market Perform by analysts at Robert W. Baird.
    • The investment firm takes its price target on the restaurant chain operator down to $80 from $84.
    • The typical concerns on China are raised by Baird.
    • YUM -1.0% premarket to $81.00.
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  • Mon, Mar. 2, 11:59 AM
    • A demonstration by Visa (NYSE:V), Pizza Hut (NYSE:YUM), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) at the Mobile World Congress in Spain will give a peek at where the connected car concept can go.
    • The demo will mimic employees at a Pizza Hut location being alerted by the presence of a customer in a parking lot through Beacon and cellular connectivity.
    • Under the scenario, payments through Visa Checkout could allow drivers to never leave their car.
    • The partners will roll out the concept in a 3-month test run in California this spring.
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  • Thu, Feb. 26, 8:41 AM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) signs a franchise deal with Asrapport Dining to launch Taco Bell locations in Japan.
    • Currently, the company only has a few Taco Bells outlets on U.S. military bases.
    • McDonald's has had a dismal time in Japan over the last year through its joint venture in the region.
    • Shares of Asrapport soared in Tokyo trading earlier
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  • Thu, Feb. 19, 9:28 AM
    • Shares of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) are on watch after Wal-Mart announces a broad increase in hourly wages for its U.S. workers.
    • The two companies have been the largest targets of labor protests over the last year over their wage policies.
    • Fast-food chains Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), Burger King (NYSE:QSR), and Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM) have also seen more demonstrations than the remainder of the sector.
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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 9:43 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 11, 10:37 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 4, 4:35 PM
    • Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) reports mixed numbers for Q4 with some regions and brands pulling up from last quarter.
    • Worldwide restaurant margin -20 bps to 10.2%., dragged down by a sharp slide in margins in the China division.
    • The comp put up the China division was -16%.
    • The Taco Bell division was a bright spot with a 6% comp and improved margins on 2% unit growth. The U.S. comp was +3%.
    • The comp was flat in the Pizza Hut division, but margins tailed off on a sales deleverage and global investment spend.
    • The India division grew sales 14% on a wider roll-out of KFC and home service.
    • YUM +2.5% after hours.
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  • Wed, Feb. 4, 4:16 PM
    • YUM! Brands (NYSE:YUM): Q4 EPS of $0.61 misses by $0.05.
    • Revenue of $4B (-4.3% Y/Y) beats by $30M.
    • Shares +1.43%.
    • Press Release
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Company Description
Yum Brands Inc through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, develops, operates, franchises and licenses a system of restaurants which prepare, package and sell a menu of competitively priced food items.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States