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McDonald's

$113.92

0.51 (0.45%)

, SHAK

Shake Shack

$33.24

-1.12 (-3.26%)

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10/06/16
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McDonald's trying to regain footing in burger market, WSJ says

McDonald's (MCD) executives and franchisees have recently expressed concern over the company's positioning in the burger market, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier. A "top" McDonald's franchisee wrote in a July memo obtained by the publication that the Big Mac "has gotten less relevant," with only one in five millennials having tried it. Meanwhile, former high-ranking executives at the company say hamburger volumes at McDonald's U.S. have been flat for the "past few" years, according to the report. The news comes as "better burger" restaurants such as Shake Shack (SHAK) have gained in popularity, and McDonald's U.S. president Mike Andres tells the Journal in an interview, "We have to nail it. How do we deliver the best burger at the speed of McDonald's and, ultimately, at the value you'd expect from McDonald's? That's what we're working towards." The Journal says the company has created a "sensory" panel to refocus on flavor, and is conducting various tests in patty quality, bun style, and cooking methods. Reference Link

MCD

McDonald's

$113.92

0.51 (0.45%)

SHAK

Shake Shack

$33.24

-1.12 (-3.26%)

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MCD McDonald's
$113.92

0.51 (0.45%)

08/30/16
08/30/16
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird by analyst David Tarantino, who believes the stock's risk/reward has become more favorable following the year-to-date underperformance. The analyst admits that slower U.S. industry demand trends and challenging upcoming comparisons pose a "short-term headwind," but thinks the company's "attractive" dividend yield can help to limit further downside risk in the shares. 2. United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James, with analyst Savanthi Syth applauding the selection of Scott Kirby as President and Andrew Levy as CFO. Syth said both have strong industry experience and has increased conviction United will reduce its margin gap relative to its peers over the next 12-18 months. 3. VMware (VMW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral by SunTrust analyst John Rizzuto, who says that the company has effectively diversified beyond its server virtualization roots. The analyst, who expects the company's revenue to bottom this year and accelerate through the end of the decade, raised his price target on the stock to $92 from $64. 4. Barracuda (CUDA) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest, as analyst Rob Owens said he's seeing improved trends due to the company's renewed product alignment and cloud-centric channel marketing campaign. 5. Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest by Rob Owens, who believes management's focus on enhanced profitability should drive share outperformance. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/07/16
BUCK
09/07/16
NO CHANGE
BUCK
Chipotle probably won't be bought by McDonald's, says Buckingham
Buckingham analyst John Zolidis says he's been asked "more than once" if Chipotle could be acquired by McDonald's. The analyst says that Chipotle would provide McDonald's with "a growth vehicle," as McDonald's could accelerate Chipotle's international expansion and use its expertise to convert the burrito chain to a franchised model. However, the analyst says there is little chance of such a deal occurring. Additionally, after an investor announced a 10% stake in Chipotle last night, the analyst does not think there's a clear path to unlocking shareholder value in Chipotle. However, he continues to expect Chipotle's sales to rebound to levels that are similar to those it had before its food safety issues. He reiterates a $547 price target and Buy rating.
09/14/16
JPMS
09/14/16
NO CHANGE
JPMS
JPMorgan says buy three restaurant stocks after recent weakness
JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe recommends using recent volatility to buy McDonald's (MCD), Starbucks (SBUX) and Yum! Brands (YUM), but not Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). On Chipotle, the analyst recommends using meaningful price weakness, closer to or below $400, to accumulate the shares.
09/15/16
FBCO
09/15/16
NO CHANGE
Target $132
FBCO
Outperform
McDonald's SSS checks sluggish but stable, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Jason West said US franchise same-store-sales checks remained sluggish in July and August and are likely running in the +1-2% range, inline with investor expectations. West expects same-store-sales to be flat to slightly down in Q4 due to difficult comps but believes investors are already pricing in a weak Q4 for the US business. The analyst continues to view McDonald's defensive characteristics as attractive in the current environment and its discounted valuation relative to peers as unwarranted. West reiterates his Outperform rating and $132 price target on McDonald's shares.
SHAK Shake Shack
$33.24

-1.12 (-3.26%)

07/07/16
07/07/16
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Sell at Evercore ISI with analyst Thomas Gallagher saying the market is overly focused on the benefit of a stronger yen and not enough on the negative impact created by negative government yields in Japan. 2. Shake Shack (SHAK) initiated with an Underperform at Wedbush with analyst Nick Setyan saying he expects its valuation to continue to contract, given that the stock's current valuation implies a much larger sales opportunity than management's guidance. 3. Invivo Therapeutics (NVIV) initiated with a Strong Buy at Raymond James. 4. CBS (CBS) and Time Warner (TWX) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital. 5. Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and 21st Century Fox (FOX) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/11/16
RHCO
08/11/16
UPGRADE
Target $48
RHCO
Buy
Shake Shack upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
Suntrust upgraded Shake Shack to Buy and raised its price target to $48 from $45. Analyst Jake Bartlett said improved unit growth and its Q2 same-store-sales miss creates a buying opportunity. Shake Shack increased its 2016 unit growth target to 25 from 23 and also announced a licensed deal with HMS Host to open units in US airports. Bartlett expects further deals and said Shake Shack's industry leading unit growth story is getting stronger.
08/11/16
JEFF
08/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $36
JEFF
Hold
Shake Shack shares likely range-bound in near-term, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Andy Barish expects Shake Shack shares to be range-bound near-term in the $30s after the company reported same-store-sales of 4.5%, not double digits. Increasing labor costs and investments make significant upside surprises less likely going forward, Barish tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He lowered his price target for the shares to $36 from $38 and keeps a Hold rating on the shares.
08/11/16
08/11/16
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Shake Shack (SHAK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust with analyst Jake Bartlett saying improved unit growth and its second quarter same-store sales miss creates a buying opportunity. 2. SeaWorld (SEAS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Benjamin Chalken citing recently lowered guidance, reset expectations, and balanced risk reward. 3. Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil with analyst Holly Stewart saying she expects infrastructure concerns will be reconciled by early 2018 with the inservice of 850 MMcf/d of contracted capacity and another 690 MMcf/d by early 2019. 4. American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich with analyst Eric Beder saying the company's momentum is "too strong" not to own the shares. 5. Nestle (NSRGY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.

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