It's no Alibaba, but the Citizens Financial Group offering is important to the market.
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The chain doesn't have McDonald's margins, brand or global reach, but it does pay a 2.8% dividend.
By Igor Greenwald, MoneyShow.com
Jim Jubak recommended McDonald's (MCD) shares the other day after finding its fast-food competitors' margins less than filling. And I wouldn't dare second-guess Jim, since he's forgotten more about stocks than I'll ever glean.
The global fast-food leader's 3.1% annual dividend yield certainly looks tasty, especially now that it's 75% above the yield on the ten-year Treasury note. But ask me if anyone can beat the Big Mac and I'll point you to the shares of Cracker Barrel (CBRL).
The US isn't perfect, but its troubles don't come close to the mess across the pond.
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I think a lot of it has to do with our differing political systems and central banks. I hear constant criticism of our Federal Reserve and of Ben Bernanke in particular. But what is he guilty of? Creating an environment in which people aren't afraid of their shadow and actually want to invest? Giving us confidence that he has our back if something goes wrong? Is it that he has recognized that deflation, not inflation, is the bogeyman? Is it his understanding that Europe could pull down the U.S. economy and make the recovery so uneven that he could not afford to raise rates like so many people want him to do?
The oil company receives an interest in its stake in TNK-BP. Automakers are set to release May sales figures.
BP (BP) said Friday it has received "unsolicited indications of interest" for its 50% stake in TNK-BP, Russia's third-largest oil producer. BP's stake in TNK-BP could be worth more than $30 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. TNK-BP is a joint venture between BP and AAR, a consortium of Russian billionaire shareholders. The company has been involved in a corporate dispute after AAR blocked BP's deal with Rosneft, a Russian oil company. Shares of BP rose 2.3% in premarket trading Friday to $37.30.
Automakers including Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) on Friday will release U.S. sales figures for May.
With declining soft drink consumption, the companies are promoting lower-sugar alternatives.
Soft drink consumption has been continuously decreasing for the past seven years, according to Beverage Digest. But PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says sales of its recently launched Pepsi Next have exceeded expectations. Similarly, Dr Pepper Snapple's Dr Pepper TEN helped the company post volume growth in its recently released quarterly data.
The company has a not-so-secret weapon in its rapidly expanding line of Qdoba Mexican Grills.
The infamous Pets.com IPO from 2000 may turn out to be a bigger success than Facebook's.
In fact, Facebook is now significantly underperforming the last mega-bubble IPO, 2007's Blackstone (BX), as well as that of the last generational Internet IPO, 2004's Google (GOOG) deal.
The CEO of Morgan Stanley sits down with CNBC to discuss what happened.
But one of the deal's creators, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, went on national television Thursday to talk about the infamous offering. Morgan Stanley was the deal's chief underwriter, and Gorman defended his company's role and says his team acted appropriately.
The company wants to open hundreds of new locations in China and India.
The "America runs on Dunkin'" slogan may soon transform into "World runs on Dunkin'" -- at least if Dunkin' Brands Group (DNKN) gets its way.
In an effort to capture market share in emerging nations, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins plans to open hundreds of new international outlets.
During a launch event in New Delhi on Wednesday, the Massachusetts company said it plans to open 350 to 450 outlets outside the U.S. this year, with many located in Asia. The launch event was held to celebrate Dunkin's third store opening in India.
The company hopes to extend its Chevy brand by sponsoring the world's most popular soccer team. But will shareholders pay the price?
General Motors (GM) has confirmed a five-year sponsorship deal between Chevrolet and soccer giant Manchester United in an effort to expand the Chevy brand worldwide.
This announcement comes in on the heels of GM's decision to pull its ads from Facebook (FB), as it did not get the desired results on the social network's advertising platform. As a result, GM has been looking for a more effective way to reach its audience.
Here's why shares continue to move lower.
Facebook (FB) is not only a great American success story, it's also a company that attracts some serious dark clouds. In the past, these clouds took the form of lawsuits from the Winklevoss brothers and Mark Zuckerberg's co-founder Eduardo Saverin. However, as the late Biggie Smalls said, "More money, more problems."
Facebook's new dark clouds are worrisome for investors.
News Corp is thinking about turning one of its cable channels into a national sports network.
Media giant News Corp (NWS) is considering turning one of its cable channels into a national sports network that would compete with ESPN, reports Bloomberg. News Corp is targeting its Speed channel, which is currently devoted to Nascar auto racing.
The Speed channel is already available in 78 million homes in North America, according to its website, and is one of the fastest growing cable networks. News Corp could easily change the channel's format, keep the name that already has broader sports appeal, and start selling it as an alternative to ESPN.
Cigarette makers fight back with lobbying efforts and smokeless products.
The proposed tax hike on cigarettes in California, if passed, would see the excise taxes rising to $1.87 per cigarette pack. Public figures like Lance Armstrong have pledged their support for the proposed tax hike.
The company's strong performance earlier in the year is making the April figures look weaker than usual.
While Caterpillar has cited unfavorable economic conditions, particularly in Europe and Latin America, as responsible for this drop, the company's good performance earlier is also making these numbers look weaker than usual.
Missed your chance to buy Apple before it went parabolic? Don't fret. Here's a company that will ride the iPhone wave.
By Ian Wyatt, Top Stock Insights
For those who wish they had bought Apple (AAPL) a year ago, we suggest you now consider Avago (AVGO), a well-established company that operates in two strong sectors that we like -- smartphones and network expansion
Last year, the company bolstered its customer base when it achieved big contract wins with Apple, which tapped Avago to build custom technology for the iPhone 4.
The struggling retailer gets back to basics and revamps sale efforts.
When former Apple (AAPL) executive Ron Johnson was hired as CEO of struggling retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), he outlined a strategy that spurned the company's previous highly promotional approach in favor of more straightforward pricing.
To that end, the company implemented a three-level selling plan and scrapped its numerous sales and promotional events. The new approach was announced in January.
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