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MCD

McDonald's

$113.31

-0.78 (-0.68%)

, AMZN

Amazon.com

$822.96

-6.32 (-0.76%)

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Management shakeup at McDonald's continues with exits of King, Hess

Shares of McDonald's (MCD) slipped in morning trading following reports that the company is set to lose several more executives. WHAT'S NEW: According to sources, several executives could depart McDonald's this week, The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend. According to the report, the sources said Chief Field Officer Karen King plans to retire at the end of 2016, and customer experience senior vice president Erik Hess is also planning his retirement. King is in charge of overseeing 14,200 McDonald's restaurants in the U.S., the report notes, while Hess focuses on menu and strategy and insights. McDonald's spokeswoman Terry Hickey confirmed the exits to CNBC on Sunday, saying that "While Karen and Erik will be greatly missed, their retirements provide an opportunity to change our organizational structure to further enhance our connectivity with our owner-operators and our customers." WHAT'S NOTABLE: The departures of King and Hess come on the heels of other departures, including the late September resignation of high-growth markets head David Hoffmann. Amid a transformation by CEO Steve Easterbrook into a "progressive burger company," Chief Administrative Officer Pete Bensen announced his retirement in August, followed by U.S. President Mike Andres, who is stepping down on January 1, 2017. McDonald's also announced in August that president of International Lead Markets Doug Goare would take on the role of Chief Restaurant Officer and that Lucy Brady was named senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Despite a challenging environment in several key markets, CEO Easterbrook said in July that customers "are responding" to the company's transformation, which includes an expansion of the company's all-day breakfast offerings. Though the company reported higher than expected earnings per share for the second quarter, its U.S. same-store sales rose 1.8%, below analysts' expectations. In a move to win back millennials and increase its digital efforts, McDonald's recently hired 200 employees from companies like Amazon (AMZN) and PayPal (PYPL), The Wall Street Journal said last week. Q3 CHARGES: McDonald's said last week that as part of a restructuring effort announced last November, which includes plans to refranchise 4,000 restaurants by the end of 2018, the company will incur about $130M in pretax charges, or about 12c per share, for the quarter ended September 30. Going forward, McDonald's expects to take additional strategic charges in connection with its initiatives. PRICE ACTION: Shares of McDonald's are down about 0.6% to $113.42 in morning trading. Shares are down about 4% year-to-date.

MCD

McDonald's

$113.31

-0.78 (-0.68%)

AMZN

Amazon.com

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-6.32 (-0.76%)

PYPL

PayPal

$39.24

0.04 (0.10%)

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MCD McDonald's
$113.31

-0.78 (-0.68%)

10/17/16
OPCO
10/17/16
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Perform
Oppenheimer recommends avoiding McDonald's ahead of results
Oppenheimer analyst Brian Bittner would avoid McDonald's ahead of quarterly results as he sees limited upside. Further, the analyst believes same-store sales risk now elevates materially versus peers for the next few quarters, and says Wall Street's 2017 EPS estimate appears stretched and "oddly" includes refranchising gains. Bittner reiterates a Perform rating on the shares.
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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.
10/10/16
TLSY
10/10/16
INITIATION
Target $130
TLSY
Outperform
McDonald's initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory
Telsey Advisory analyst Robert Derrington initiated McDonald's with an Outperform and a $130 price target.
09/15/16
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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.
AMZN Amazon.com
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-6.32 (-0.76%)

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JPMS
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NO CHANGE
JPMS
Overweight
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NO CHANGE
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Buy
Goldman suggests Apple 'go big' in content with launch of Prime-like service
Goldman Sachs analysts Simona Jankowski and Drew Borst made the case in a new note to investors that Apple (AAPL) should launch a subscription bundle, in the model of Amazon's (AMZN) "Prime" service, in order to reignite growth and avoid commoditization as smartphone sales plateau. Apple has the power to "turn the razor/blade model upside down," argue the analysts, who note that the iPhone giant can afford to be very aggressive in content, by paying premiums for must-have material or pricing services below competitors. An "Apple Prime" subscription bundle priced at $50 month - which would include the iPhone, Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple original content, and potentially live sports - implies EPS generated by "Prime" customers would be over 10% accretive by 2021, the analysts contend. Goldman keeps a Buy rating on Apple shares.
10/17/16
FBCO
10/17/16
NO CHANGE
Target $1050
FBCO
Outperform
Amazon.com price target raised to $1,050 from $920 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju raised Amazon.com's price target to $1,050 from $920 based on a rollout to end of 2017 estimates. Ju thesis and Outperform rating remains unchanged and continues to expect free cash flow should reset higher as capital intensity to run AWS is starting to level off as usage growth drops below 100% and e-commerce segment operating margin expansion due to continued shipping loss moderation.
PYPL PayPal
$39.24

0.04 (0.10%)

10/11/16
JEFF
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $48
JEFF
Buy
PayPal Q3 results could be positive catalyst, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jason Kupferberg believes PayPal's Q3 results on October 20 would be a positive catalyst for the shares. The analyst expects a "solid" quarter and still views PayPal as the best way to play digital/online payments. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares with a $48 price target.
09/19/16
ADAM
09/19/16
DOWNGRADE
ADAM
Hold
PayPal downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
Canaccord analyst Michael Graham downgraded PayPal (PYPL) to Hold following the sharp rally in shares following the Visa deal in July. The analyst expects TPV growth to remain solid driven by Venmo and One Touch, but said these factors are well understood and reflected in estimates. Graham expects higher funding mix-driven transaction expenses from the Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA) deals to pressure margins and earnings growth modestly and lowered his price target to $40 from $45 on PayPal shares.
09/19/16
09/19/16
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. PayPal (PYPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord with analyst Michael Graham saying he expects TPV growth to remain solid driven by Venmo and One Touch, but said these factors are well understood and reflected in estimates. 2. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel with analyst Benjamin Mogil saying the stock's valuation is no longer attractive in the wake of the news that the company had decided to table its plans to sell a minority stake in Paramount. 3. Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global with the firm saying third quarter global new heavy equipment orders are down 8%-11% year-over-year on weakness in North American. 4. Western Union (WU) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna with analyst James Friedman saying he is concerned about downside risks given the company's high multiple, increased regulatory scrutiny, and the lack of improvement in its Middle East business. 5. Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/05/16
BERN
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
BERN
Market Perform
Bernstein lays out six possible strategic outcomes for PayPal
After hosting a call to discuss PayPal's (PYPL) strategic options following its recently announced deals with Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA), Bernstein analyst Lisa Ellis laid out the potential strategic outcomes for PayPal that she foresees. In order from most to least likely: the most likely outcome PayPal's business model remains but that it shifts to debit centric vs. ACH; it is less likely, but a risk, that PayPal becomes a merchant acquirer; even less likely is that PayPal becomes a closed-loop. The chance that PayPal is acquired is "unlikely but less so" after the deals with the card majors, Ellis added. Lastly, she sees a "low probability" PayPal withers away or that it morphs into something else via acquisition. The firm has a Market Perform rating on PayPal shares.

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