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    Company & Industry Overviews

    McDonald’s Is Losing Millions of Dollars, Will Close Permanently in Russia

    In March, McDonald's decided to temporarily close its Russian restaurants, and it has been losing money since then. Now, the company announced plans to permanently exit Russia.
    By Kathryn Underwood
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    Steve Easterbrook’s Relationships Resulted in Him Losing Millions

    Former McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired in 2019, but new details later surfaced about his relationships with employees. McDonald's sued him for severance money.
    By Kathryn Underwood
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    Net Worth

    Steve Easterbrook Pays McDonald’s $105M, His Net Worth Suffers

    Steve Easterbrook was forced to repay McDonald's $105 million after he engaged in a consensual relationship with another employee. What's his net worth?
    By Jennifer Farrington
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    McDonald’s Will Be Giving Away a Limited Edition McRib NFT via Twitter

    The McDonald’s McRib NFT is being created in celebration of the McRib’s 40th anniversary. Here are all the details.
    By Jennifer Farrington
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    McDonald’s Is Giving Educators Free Breakfast to Honor Them

    McDonald’s is offering free breakfast to U.S. educators this week as a way to thank these “everyday heroes.”
    By Dan Clarendon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    McDonald Brothers Had 'No Regrets' About Selling the Chain for $2.7M

    Why did the McDonald brothers sell the McDonald’s chain in 1961? Read about Richard and Maurice McDonald’s $2.7-million deal with Ray Kroc.
    By Dan Clarendon
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    Opportunities and risks that Dunkin’ Brands investors must know

    It’s no big secret that Dunkin’ Donuts has the highest relative leverage in the industry. Leverage comes with a number of risks— a substantial risk is the interest paid on debt.

    By Matthew Krikorian
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    Understanding Starbucks’ cost structure and operating expenses

    Starbucks’ main cost driver is its price per pound of coffee beans. The two most consumed coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta blends.

    By Matthew Krikorian
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    Why more Europeans could be eating at McDonalds and Yum!

    Employment could be turning around The below chart shows employment growth for countries in Europe. The Eurozone, which only includes countries using the euro (so, excluding the United Kingdom and Russia), has been experiencing a declining growth rate over the past two years. While the overall growth was in positive territory from mid-2010 to mid-2011, […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Earnings Report

    Why Chipotle Has A Lot Of Room For Unit Growth

    Unit growth isn’t the only factor that drives revenue. A restaurant can keep adding more restaurants. Eventually, it can capture newer markets. This is what Chipotle is doing.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Do Restaurant Operators Expect to Increase Capex in 2H15?

    The expected capital expenditure index increased by 1% to 101.7 in April from 100.7 in March.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Can 2Q16 Results Drive McDonald’s Valuation Multiple Up?

    Valuation multiple Investors should look at valuation multiples when deciding whether to enter or exit a stock. Valuation multiples are driven by perceived growth, risk and uncertainties, and investors’ willingness to pay for a stock. There are various multiples to evaluate a stock. In this article, we’ll use the PE (price-to-earnings) ratio due to its […]

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Starbucks’s Valuation Compare?

    Valuation multiple Investors may want to look at valuation multiples when deciding whether to buy or sell stocks. Valuation multiples are driven by perceived growth, risks and uncertainties, and investors’ willingness to pay. Analysts use various multiples to evaluate stocks. In this article, we’ll use the PE (price-to-earnings) multiple due to its high visibility in […]

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Will McDonald’s Expand Its EBIT Margins?

    Wall Street analysts are expecting McDonald’s (MCD) to post EBIT of $2.1 billion in 3Q16. This represents an EBIT margin of 33.2% compared to 30.7% in 3Q15.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Will McDonald’s 2Q16 Earnings Beat Analysts’ Estimates?

    So far in this series, we’ve discussed McDonald’s (MCD) estimated revenue, sources of revenue, and estimated EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margins.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Which Fast Food Restaurants Do Analysts Favor?

    Jack in the Box (JACK) and Restaurant Brands International (QSR) are analysts’ favorites among the companies we’ve reviewed in this series.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Could Yum! Brands’ Margins Increase in 1Q16?

    With positive same-store sales growth expected in all three of YUM’s divisions, analysts are expecting the leverage to improve the company’s margins.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    Weak Fiscal 3Q17 Sales Lower Starbucks’s Valuation Multiple

    Valuation multiple We’ve used the forward PE (price-to-earnings) multiple for our analysis, due to its high visibility in Starbucks’s (SBUX) earnings. The forward PE multiple is calculated by dividing a company’s stock price by analysts’ earnings estimates for the next four quarters. Starbucks’s forward PE multiple Starbucks’ lower-than-expected SSSG (same-store sales growth) in fiscal 3Q17, lowering of […]

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Can Investors Expect Momentum from McDonald’s 3Q16 Earnings?

    McDonald’s (MCD) is scheduled to announce its 3Q16 results on October 21, 2016. As of October 13, 2016, it was trading at $115.40, a fall of 9.4% from July 25.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    What Could Drive Starbucks’s Same-Store Sales Growth in 2016?

    Over the past four quarters, Starbucks’s same-store sales growth has increased due to growth in ticket and traffic.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Can McDonald’s Beat Analysts’ Earnings Estimates Again in 3Q16?

    In the last four quarters, McDonald’s has beaten analysts’ estimates. In 3Q16, analysts are expecting the company to post EPS of $1.48, a year-over-year rise of 6.1%.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Consumer

    McDonald’s Beats Top- and Bottom-Line Estimates in 1Q18

    After posting its 1Q18 earnings today, McDonald’s (MCD) was trading 4.0% above yesterday’s closing price.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Beef Prices: 2015–2016 Outlook for the Restaurant Industry

    Although beef prices recently increased slightly, they’ve been on a downtrend trend since the beginning of 2015. They’re expected to remain elevated for the rest of 2015.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Domino’s Adds 51 New Stores In 4Q14

    Domino’s added more units internationally last quarter. The company added a total of 662 units in the last 12 months.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    What Will Drive Dunkin’ Brands’ 2Q17 Earnings?

    In 2Q17, analysts expect Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) to post EPS (earnings per share) of $0.62, which represents a rise of 8.8% from its EPS of $0.57 in 2Q16.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Retail Activity Dipped In June, HEDJ Down 2.32%

    The Eurozone’s Retail PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dipped to 50.4 in June from the 51.4 recorded in May.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Earnings Report

    Starbucks Analysts: Their Ratings and Their Targets

    Looking at analysts’ ratings for Starbucks, about 79% of analysts have “buy” recommendations for Starbucks, 21% have “hold” recommendations, and none has “sell” recommendations.

    By Adam Jones
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    The Redbook shows strength in retail sales due to a late Easter

    The Redbook showed some strength in same-store sales during the April 19 week by recording a year-on-year rate of +3.7%.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Earnings Report

    Yum! Brands’ Management Initiatives and Outlook for 2015

    Management stated that it expects the second quarter EPS to lag by 20% YoY. It expects full-year EPS growth of 10% in 2015.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Where Will Yum! Brands Trade in the Next Few Quarters?

    Yum! Brands has a forward PE ratio of 25x. This indicates that the stock is valued fairly. It’s a stable company with a long history of EPS growth.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Why Analysts Expect Shake Shack’s EPS to Fall in Q4

    In the fourth quarter, analysts expect Shake Shack (SHAK) to post adjusted EPS of $0.03, a fall of 69% from $0.10 in the corresponding quarter of 2017.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Why Analysts Are Recommending “Buy” for Starbucks

    Target price On January 13, 2017, Starbucks (SBUX) was trading at $57.85. The company’s share price may already have been factored into the estimates we’ve discussed in this series. In this article, we’ll look at analysts’ recommendations and estimated target prices for the stock over the next 12 months. Despite Starbucks posting strong 4Q16 earnings […]

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bloomin’ Brands Has 3 Key Costs of Operation

    Bloomin’ Brands’ revenue was affected by as much as 0.7% due to price increases for beef and seafood. A restaurant can do little when facing rising prices

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Restaurant Capex Outlook Remains Elevated in May

    The expected capital expenditure index increased by 0.9% to 100.8 in May from 101.7 in April.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Why Yum! Brands Is Expected To Report Lower EBITDA

    Wall Street analysts’ estimated EBITDA for the fourth quarter is $633 million—compared to $918 million in the same quarter last year.

    By Adam Jones
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    Why Investors Are Confident in YUM ahead of Its 3Q16 Results

    Yum! Brands develops, operates, franchises, and licenses the Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell brands. It’s set to announce its 3Q16 results on October 5, 2016.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Yum! Brands’ 4Q15 Same-Store Sales Growth Is 2% in China

    Following its dismal performance in 3Q15, Yum! decided to release its same-store sales growth performance for China on a monthly basis.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer prices still deflated by gasoline

    In the 12 months leading up to January, prices fell 0.1%, the first decline since October 2009. In December, consumer prices rose by 0.8% year-over-year.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    When Will Yum! Complete the Separation of Its China Division?

    On October 20, Yum! announced that it will separate its China division from the rest of its business. It’s expected to complete this by the end of 2016.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Will Success Continue for Jack in the Box?

    Same-store sales at Jack in the Box’s company-operated restaurants are expected to grow 4%–6% in 3Q15 and 4.5%–5.5% for the year. Qdoba’s sales are expected to increase 6%–8%.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Are Pork Prices Stabilizing?

    Pork prices have dropped significantly in 2015 from the high of $1.38 per pound in June 2014 to the low of $0.65 per pound in March 2015.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts Revised the Price Target after McDonald’s Earnings

    Wall Street analysts set a price target of $125.1 for the next 12 months with a return potential of 5% from the closing price of $119.2 on January 25.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    How Does Shake Shack Compare to Its Peers?

    Shake Shack (SHAK) has an enterprise-value-to-revenue multiple of 13.9x, compared to the peer average of 3.5x.

    By Adam Jones
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    Earnings Report

    Why Investors Weren’t Impressed by Starbucks’s Fiscal 2Q17

    Starbucks (SBUX) posted its fiscal 2Q17 earnings after the market closed on April 27, 2017. Its EPS was $0.45 on revenues of $5.3 billion.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Miscellaneous

    What to Expect from Starbucks’s Revenue in Next 4 Quarters

    In the next four quarters, analysts are expecting Starbucks (SBUX) to post revenue of $23.8 billion, which represents an increase of 8.4% from $22.0 billion in the corresponding quarters of the previous year.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Why poor comps affected McDonald’s revenues

    With disappointing same-store sales performance across all four segments, it isn’t surprising that McDonald’s reported revenues of $6,987 million—a 4.5% decline.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    BYND Leads Alt-Meat Market, Faces New Competitors

    On Friday, investment bank UBS started coverage on Beyond Meat Stock (BYND). At 10:08 AM ET today, the stock was trading 4.4% lower at $76.5.

    By Mike Sonnenberg
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    Must-know: Chipotle Mexican Grill’s food costs

    CMG reported $372 million in food costs in 3Q14. Food costs accounted for 34.3% of the revenue. It was an increase of 70 basis points year-over-year (or YoY).

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Retail Sales Reports From ICSC-Goldman And Johnson Redbook

    The ICSC-Goldman and Johnson Redbook indices both report consumer spending data each week, but people consider the ICSC-Goldman index to be more consistent.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Must Know: Analysts’ Price Target for Chipotle Mexican Grill

    About 47% of analysts have “buy” recommendations on Chipotle, 50% of analysts have “hold” recommendations, and 3% have “sell” recommendations on the company. Overall, the stock has a “buy” rating.

    By Adam Jones
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    Personal Finance

    Retirement Investing: Yes, You Can Do It Yourself

    Investing for retirement has its own unique characteristics. Your priorities change, and so should your investing strategies.

    By David Moadel
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    Why Yum! Brands’ division in China is important

    Yum! Brands’ (YUM) division in China includes its business in mainland China. It’s the combined revenues from all the brands—KFC, Pizza Hut, East Dawning, and the Little Sheep.

    By Adam Jones
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    Shake Shack Management’s Guidance for 2015: Key Takeaways

    During the latest earnings call, Shake Shack’s (SHAK) management offered revenue guidance in the range of $159 million to $163 million in 2015.

    By Adam Jones
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    Analyzing Burger King’s shifting business model focus in 2Q14

    Franchise revenues include royalties and franchise fees. Royalties are calculated as a percentage of franchise restaurant revenues, which are driven by same-store sales.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    McDonald’s Risks, Strengths, and Weaknesses

    The restaurant industry is susceptible to a wide array of risks of macro and micro factors. As a huge global brand, McDonald’s faces several risks.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Starbucks Year-To-Date Returns Soar to 7.5%

    The Starbucks year-to-date return was 7.5% compared to an average return of 4.9% among its rivals.

    By Adam Jones
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    Must-know: Dunkin’s major costs of operations

    Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has three major costs of operations. The costs of operations include general and administrative expenses, cost of products sold, and occupancy expense. Dunkin’s general and administrative expenses accounted for $56 million in the second quarter. This was 30% as a percentage of sales—compared to $62 million, or 34%, as a percentage of sales.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Why Shake Shack Stock Rose after Fourth-Quarter Earnings

    Shake Shack (SHAK) posted its fourth-quarter earnings after the market closed on February 25. Before looking at analysts’ reactions, we’ll look at Shake Shack’s fourth-quarter performance and stock performance.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Starbucks’ strategy: Aggressive unit growth

    Unit growth is a key driver that Starbucks is aggressively pursuing to grow the company’s sales. In the last 12 months, Starbucks has added 1,599 net new restaurants, or 8% growth in units.

    By Adam Jones
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    Must-know: McDonald’s pricing and marketing initiatives in 3Q14

    During the third quarter, McDonald’s launched its “Our food. Your questions” campaign. It enables communication between McDonald’s and its customers.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is Shake Shack’s Valuation Still High?

    Shake Shack is trading at 3.3 times the average peer valuation, which may mean that the company is overvalued.

    By Adam Jones
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    Must-know: Investors’ reactions to Wendy’s earnings

    Share volume was ~14.4 million shares, compared to the 50-day average daily volume of ~4.7 million, according to NASDAQ. Wendy’s closed 2.2%, up at $8.16. Wall Street analyst consensus estimated an adjusted earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.09.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An In-Depth Overview of Panera Bread

    Panera Bread is a limited-service fast-casual restaurant company. In July 2017, JAB acquired Panera in a $7.5 billion deal and took it private.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    How to Invest in Global Wide Moat Stocks

    The Morningstar Global Wide Moat Focus Index has global exposure, unlike the Morningstar International Moat Index (MOTI).

    By VanEck
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    How technology helps drive restaurant sales

    Increasingly, restaurants are using technology to increase customer traffic and drive same-store sales.

    By Adam Jones
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    Chipotle’s 1Q15 Earnings Per Share Up 47%

    Chipotle reported its 1Q15 EPS of $3.88, which increased an impressive 47%, compared with an EPS of $2.64 in the corresponding quarter in 2014.

    By Adam Jones
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    Miscellaneous

    Analyzing Shake Shack’s Fine-Casual Concept

    Shake Shack is conceptualized as a “new fine-casual” restaurant format. The fine-casual restaurant is a hybrid of the fine dining and fast-casual dining formats.

    By Adam Jones
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    Domino’s Stock Jumps 21% Since Last Earnings Release

    Year-to-date, Domino’s stock is up 8.7%, as of February 20. It has rocketed 21% since the company’s last earnings release in October 2014.

    By Adam Jones
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    Why McDonald’s took a big hit in China

    China is part of the APMEA region. Same-store sales were down 22.7%. Approximately 5,000 restaurants were affected when McDonald’s suspended its meat supplier.

    By Adam Jones
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    Must-know: Yum! Brands’ segments by business models

    For six months ending June 2014, China’s division reported revenue of $3 billion, or 52% of Yum! revenues. China only represents 15% of the more than 40,000 Yum! restaurant units.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Food Inflation Impacts The Restaurant Industry

    Food inflation can squeeze a restaurant’s operating margins, but a restaurant can adjust the menu pricing and pass the cost on to customers.

    By Adam Jones
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    Real Insights

    What’s Behind the Decline in Starbucks Stock Price

    After posting its fiscal 2Q17 earnings on April 27, 2017, Starbucks (SBUX) stock rose 5.3% to reach $64.57 on June 2, 2017. The aggressive expansion plans in the CAP (China and Asia-Pacific) region and its implementation of technological advancements led Starbucks stock price to rise. However, since then, the stock has seen downward momentum.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Why Yum! Brands’ division in India has been successful

    Yum! Brands’ (YUM) division in India includes its businesses in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. As of June 2014, the company had 714 restaurant units in India.

    By Adam Jones
  • Consumer

    Why McDonald’s same-store sales declined

    McDonald’s (MCD) revenues declined 4.5% YoY. Revenues in the restaurant industry are mainly driven by same-store sales and unit growth. The global same-stores sales were down to -3.3% YoY.

    By Adam Jones
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    2Q15 Earnings Preview: Starbucks Up 18% since Last Quarter

    On April 20, investment firm Sanford Bernstein reiterated its “outperform” rating for Starbucks (SBUX) with a price target of $56.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Restaurant Operators’ Capital Expenditure Outlook Increased

    As of December 2014, the six-month outlook for capital expenditure plans was 102.4. It has been above 100 levels for the past 12 months.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    McDonald’s Global Presence and the Three-Legged Stool

    McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, has over 38,000 restaurants across 120 countries. In 2018, it had approximately $21.0 billion in sales.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Must-know: Chipotle’s year-to-date performance

    As of October 21, 2014, Chipotle Mexican Grill’s (CMG) year-to-date (or YTD) returns were~16.3%—compared to an average return of 8.3% on the S&P 500 Index.

    By Adam Jones
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    Can Starbucks Deliver Double-Digit EPS Growth in Q1?

    Starbucks will report its first-quarter earnings after the market closes on Tuesday. Analysts expect the company to report double-digit EPS growth.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Will Dunkin’ Brands’ 2Q17 Earnings Boost Its Stock Price?

    Dunkin’ Brands, the owner of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, is scheduled to announce its 2Q17 earnings before the market opens on July 27, 2017.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Domino’s management guidance on food costs, capex, and more

    Management anticipates the effective tax rate to be in the range of 37% to 38% for the “foreseeable future.” Corporate tax rates in the U.S. are high, and force some companies to move their headquarters to countries offering lower tax rates.

    By Adam Jones
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    Apple’s iPhone 6: Changing smartphone industry dynamics

    Apple must sort out its production issues quickly and make iPhones available in emerging markets sooner rather than later. The potential demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in Asian countries such as India, China, and Japan is huge.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Downward trend: McDonald’s November Same-Store Sales

    McDonald’s November same-store sales indicate a continued slide in all segments. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are partially to blame.

    By Adam Jones
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    Starbucks’ Shares Rise on Earnings

    Starbucks (SBUX) reported its earnings on April 23 after the market closed. Shares started trading at $48.55. The shares were up slightly from the day before.

    By Adam Jones
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    Will Starbucks’s Fiscal 3Q17 Earnings Boost Its Stock Price?

    Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to announce its fiscal 3Q17 earnings after the market closes on July 27, 2017. Starbucks’ fiscal 3Q17 extends from April 3, 2017.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
  • Consumer

    Why Burger King is improving its traffic through product innovation

    Burger King (BKW) introduced premium products internationally that should complement its menu. It launched a Hashbrown Whopper in Korea, a Barbecue Bacon Whopper in the U.S., and a Mexican Whopper in Spain.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Fuel Prices Will Continue To Help Restaurant Stocks

    There is no way to know how long we could be seeing these lower fuel prices, but restaurants should certainly benefit from the decline.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Must-Know: What Is PEG Ratio and How Is It Used?

    Investors use a bunch of metrics to determine if a stock is attractive. One such metric is the PEG or the price-to-earnings-to-growth ratio.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Technology & Communications

    Davidson Kempner Capital buys a new 4Q13 stake in Apple

    Davidson Kempner added a new position in Apple Inc. (AAPL) that accounted for 2.19% of the fund’s 4Q portfolio. Apple found favor with hedge funds last quarter.

    By Samantha Nielson
  • Consumer

    Why Dunkin’ Brands is a unique player in a maturing industry

    Dunkin’ Donuts’ main competitor on the coffee sales front is Starbucks, which sells coffee from its company-owned fleet of retail locations.

    By Matthew Krikorian
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    An Investor’s Guide to Chipotle and Its Customers

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) operates more than 1,700 fast-casual restaurants. Here’s everything you need to know about the business.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Chipotle’s Plan to Woo Back Customers Propelled It to Top of Spy

    Stocks at the top of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on January 13 were Southwestern Energy (SWN), Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), and Range Resources (RRC).

    By Renee Blakely
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Must-Know: McDonald’s Has Got Tough Competition

    McDonald’s (MCD) competition includes large international and national food chains as well as regional and local retailers of food products.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Miscellaneous

    The War in Syria Is Another Drain on Russian Resources

    Russia has supported President Assad’s regime in its war in Syria against the rebels. For an economy in recession, with growth contracting at a 4.3% rate in 3Q15, funding a civil war could be a sure drain on its available resources.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Things To Keep In Mind About Shake Shack’s IPO

    Shake Shack (SHAK) filed for an initial public offering, or IPO, for $100 million through Class A common stock. Should you bite it?

    By Adam Jones
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    Starbucks revenues: Why customers are willing to pay a premium

    Starbucks’ revenue mix is weighted in favor of beverages. This should come as no shock, considering the firm’s roots trace back to a single coffee shop at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle.

    By Matthew Krikorian
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    Earnings Report

    Starbucks Drove More Traffic to Its Stores in 3Q15

    Why traffic increased in 3Q15 Starbucks has a strong loyalty program known as My Starbucks Rewards, or MSR, with 10.4 million active members. Membership increased 28% year-over-year in 3Q15. This program is built into Starbucks’s (SBUX) existing technology ecosystem, which is scalable. As the company expands its breadth of services and innovates ways to reward […]

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Low Corn Prices Are Good for Restaurants

    About 38% of corn produced is used as animal feed in the United States. Naturally, a drop in the price of corn will have an impact on meat prices as well.

    By Adam Jones
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    How Much Upside Is Left in Starbucks’s Stock Price?

    Starbucks’s (SBUX) share price has been soaring since it announced its fiscal 4Q16 results on November 3, 2016. Let’s explore why.

    By Rajiv Nanjapla
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    Earnings Report

    Could McDonald’s Valuation Multiple Rise from 3Q15?

    Following its 3Q15 earnings, McDonald’s shares increased 8% on positive improvement expectations. The valuation multiple also rose 7.3% as a result of a share price increase.

    By Adam Jones
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