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McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD) ended 2016 in the green, up approximately 3%. Moreover, the stock is off to a decent start this year. Recently, the company reported fourth quarter results.

In the fourth quarter, the company posted earnings per share of $1.44, 3 cents over the estimates. On the other hand, the company’s revenue came in at $6.03 billion, exceeding the consensus by $40 million. However, that figure still represents a drop of nearly 5% compared to a drop of 3.5% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

As a matter of fact, McDonalds’ CEO Steve Easterbrook introduced a turnaround plan in 2015 and it looks like several parts of the plan have functioned. The company has managed to report positive global comparable same-store sales in the fourth quarter, making it the successive sixth quarter of positive comparable sales.

The company’s global comps surged 2.7% on the back of progressive results in its worldwide lead, foundational segments and sturdy growth. Furthermore, the prior year was the company’s most robust year of global comps since 2011.

stock broker: Grow Solutions Holdings, Inc. (GRSO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Grow Solutions Holdings Inc (OTC: GRSO) acquired Keys Organic and Hydroponic Supply.

    "What we are starting to see here is aggregation in the highly-fragmented hydroponic and grow supply industry. Most of these stores, including Keys Organic and Hydroponic Supply, are typically local or regional — This results in a very fragmented market."
    "We saw this [aggregation] happen with grocery stores, the finance industry, auto dealerships — Bigger names come in. So, instead of Bob's Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) Dealership or Fred'sGeneral Motors Company (NYSE: GM) outlet, you'll get companies likeAutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN) come in, put them under a single brand, consolidate HR and other expenses to develop economies of scale and really help additional bottom line."
    “Another way to look at it is, there's coffee shops all around the world, but there's also Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), which started locally […] and developed really organically. But, they could just buy the local coffee shop, redesign it to the Starbucks brand, put their name on it… Now they have the distribution network, the backing of Starbucks, Starbucks will take care of their HR, their payroll — It's a more synergistic approach and a really value-add if they can consolidate any level of scale.”

    Elev8 Brands Inc (OTC: VATE) acquired O2 Breathe, LLC, a company supplying portable oxygen bars and aromatherapy inhalers.

stock broker: Avago Technologies Limited(AVGO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Harsh Chauhan]

    More importantly, Apple could build around 120 million new iPhones this year as compared to 89 million units of the iPhone 7/7S in 2016 — according to Mizuho. This is great news for the other companies in Cupertino’s supply chain — such as Skyworks Solutions (NASDAQ:SWKS), Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), and Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY) — as they won’t have to wait until the second half of the year to bask in iPhone-driven glory.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In gainers, Broadcom (AVGO) shares added 4.15%, to 177.80, after the chipmaker posted better-than-anticipated results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year as it reaps the benefits from the combination with Avago.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Nvidia may be No. 1 in gaming, but investors are missing out on the run in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) , the No. 2 player in the space. And let’s not forget about Broadcom (AVGO) , which makes the next generation of communications chips that all of our next devices and gadget will be using.

  • [By Michael A. Robinson]

    This Santa Clara, Calif., company has an impressive customer list. It works with everyone from healthcare giant AstraZeneca Plc. (NYSE: AZN) to chip leader Broadcom Ltd. (Nasdaq: AVGO) to consumer products titan Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Private equity giant Silver Lake also continued to sell shares of a big technology position. The company sold a million shares of Broadcom Ltd. (NASDAQ: AVGO) at prices that ranged from $210.06 to $212.26. The total for the sale was a staggering $200 million. Shares ended the week at 210.37. The 52-week range is $132.25 to $215.96. The consensus price objective is $218.87.

stock broker: Sapiens International Corporation N.V.(SPNS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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stock broker: El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc.(LOCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Del Taco Restaurants now outperforming Mexican restaurant stock peers such as mid cap Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE: CMG) and small caps El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Chuy’s Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CHUY) have mostly been drifting lower lately:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Earnings of note in the coming week include Analogic (ALOG) and Ascena Retail (ASNA) on Monday; Bojangles (BOJA) , H&R Block (HRB) , and Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) , Michaels (MIK) , and Urban Outfitters (URBN) on Tuesday; Ciena (CIEN) , Bankrate (RATE) , Express (EXPR) , Vera Bradley (VRA) , and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) on Wednesday; El Pollo Loco (LOCO) , Hugo Boss (BOSSY) , Party City (PRTY) , Signet Jewelers (SIG) , and Verifone Systems (PAY) on Thursday; and Kirkland’s (KIRK) , and Vail Resorts (MTN) on Friday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Tex Mex or Mexican restaurant stock El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the market closed Thursday.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016earnings report for small cap Tex Mex or Mexican restaurant stock El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LOCO) is scheduled for after the market closes onThursday (March 9th). Last time around, the Company missed analyst estimates across the board and cut its guidance for the full year.

stock broker: Spark Networks, Inc.(LOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dating site stock Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), which was spun off from media and Internet stock IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IAC) and is a peer or remaining dating stock Spark Networks Inc (NYSEMKT: LOV), is the eight most shorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 43.96% according to Highshortnterest.com.

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