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Notable news items from the past few days and price action from Friday.

  • MCD CEO, Jim Skinner, received a total of $9.7 million in compensation in 2010, including his roughly $42,000 annual salary increase as well as a 38% rise in his annual performance bonus.
  • JACK was cut to “Underperform” from “Neutral” at Credit Suisse.
  • WEN is challenging its biggest rival, McDonald’s, by putting its marketing dollars behind gaining more French fry market share.  A “national taste test” carried out by Wendy’s claims that 56% of consumers preferred Wendy’s fries to McDonald’s, with 39% taking the opposite view and 4% having no preference.  Wendy’s fry unit sales were up 16% during the national media in December versus the base period.
  • DIN is carrying out an internal investigation after a toddler at a Madison Heights, Michigan, Applebee’s location was served alcoholic margarita mix.  Police are looking into the incident and Applebee’s has pledged to cooperate and conduct its own investigation.
  • YUM gained on strong volume on Friday. 
  • KKD gained on strong volume on Friday, also.  The stock has declined sharply since 3/31, when the company announced disappointing earnings.
  • RT declined once more, on accelerating volume, as confidence in the company’s ability to meet the Street’s expectations waned. 

TALES OF THE TAPE: MCD, JACK, WEN, DIN, YUM, KKD, RT - stocks 411

Howard Penney

Managing Director