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Dunkin' Brands

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09:23

Aggressiveness of Dunkin' buybacks a positive, says Stephens

Stephens analyst Will Slabaugh said he does not expect investors to be surprised by Dunkin' Brands plans for $650M in accelerated share repurchases, though he views the "aggressiveness" of the ASRs as a positive. While he is encouraged with the company's priority to return excess capital to shareholders, Slabaugh keeps an Equal Weight rating on Dunkin' shares, citing topline softness and modestly slowing unit growth.

DNKN Dunkin' Brands
$61.33

1.73 (2.90%)

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WBLR
01/22/18
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WBLR
Outperform
William Blair upgrades Dunkin' to Outperform ahead of Q4 results
William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia upgraded Dunkin' Brands to Outperform from Market Perform with the stock trading at 22 tomes her new 2018 earnings estimate. Innovation at the company has accelerated to the point where upside to 2018 comp estimates is possible, Zackfia tells investors in a research note previewing the Q4 earnings for Restaurants. The analyst now sees "muted" risk of further development slowdowns in the U.S. given tax savings for Dunkin's franchisees and excitement around the new prototype. She also believes new units in California are likely trending better than most investors suspect.
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MSCO
01/26/18
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Target $72
MSCO
Overweight
Starbucks brand strength still like 'Nike without adidas,' says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst John Glass said that, unfortunately, the near-term top-line prospects for Starbucks have gotten no better, but he does not believe the brand is "broken." Starbucks still has high customer frequency, a huge competitive moat and no competitors of scale virtually anywhere in the world, said Glass, who compared the brand to "Nike without Adidas, Coke without Pepsi." Pressure from the value-end, such as McDonald's (MCD) and Dunkin' (DNKN), is not new and he is not yet convinced this will be Starbucks' "undoing," Glass tells investors. The analyst, who is still "disappointed, if not surprised" by Starbucks' recent weaker top-line performance, keeps his Overweight rating and $72 price target on the shares.
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02/12/18
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BMOC
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Dunkin' Brands upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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Target $69
BMOC
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Dunkin' Brands upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital on better comps view
As reported earlier, BMO Capital analyst Andrew Strelzik upgraded Dunkin' Brands to Outperform from Market Perform and raised his price target to $69 from $64. Strelzik cites his increased confidence following the company's investor meeting that the "next gen store image" can refresh the brand and produce an inflection in comps into 2019, estimating 50-100bps in annualized comp improvement. The analyst adds that the company has "strong visibility" in its remodeling progress.

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