$HR (Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated)

$HR {{ '2016-04-18T04:43:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Fitch projects that $HR will maintain leverage at 6.0-6.5x through 2018. $HR has reduced leverage over past 5 years, with leverage at 6.3x for 2015. The reduction was achieved through equity issuances, lease-up of developments and focus on high occupancy acquisitions.

$GCI {{ '2017-07-25T18:07:56+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GCI announced a partnership with RealMatch, an online recruitment advertising company, which hosts TheJobNetwork. The partnership will help $GCI grow its recruitment advertising business and gain new market share among larger employers seeking performance-based talent acquisition solutions.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T16:40:13+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MCD commented that the $AMZN-$WFM deal announcement demonstrates the disruptive and fast-paced nature of the business world. $MCD continues to challenge itself and is committed to remain competitive on value. $MCD believes deliveries are a good example of how the industry is responding to rapidly-changing consumer expectations.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T16:15:00+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

With regards to the UberEATS delivery program, $MCD stated that stores near college locations have seen more success compared to others. There is also some success in lower socio-economic areas and downtown areas or places where people don’t have access to cars. $MCD will work with UberEATS on plans for expansion beyond existing markets.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T15:55:16+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MCD expects to close its China-Hong Kong refranchising transaction in the coming weeks. With its completion, the company will reach its global refranchising target of about 4,000 restaurants more than a full year ahead of its original targeted timeline.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T15:46:57+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

The biggest component of $MCD’s income is franchise margins, which represent about 75% of total restaurant margin dollars. In 2Q17, franchise margins grew to over $2Bil, up 8% in constant currency. Company-operated margin dollars were relatively flat for the quarter while the company-operated margin percentage grew 160BP to 18.7%.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T15:34:38+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

During 2Q17, $MCD grew global guest count by 3% resulting in strong earnings growth. This strength was broadbased as the company grew comparable sales and guest counts in all its top nine markets. The UK saw positive comparable sales along with Canada and Germany. In Japan, $MCD saw double-digit comparable sales during the quarter.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T13:18:32+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$MCD McDonald's Corporation Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T12:44:33+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

For 2Q17, $MCD’s system-wide sales rose 8% in constant currencies, due to strong comparable sales performance and restaurant expansion. In the High Growth segment, comparable sales grew 7%, led by strong performance in China and positive results across the entire segment. In the Foundational Markets & Corporate segment, comparable sales rose 13%.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T12:41:23+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In 2Q17, $MCD’s global comparable sales increased 6.6%, reflecting positive guest counts in all segments. In the US, comparable sales increased 3.9%, reflecting the national cold beverage value promotion and the launch of the Signature Crafted premium sandwich platform. Comparable sales for the International Lead segment increased 6.3%.

$MCD {{ '2017-07-25T12:36:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MCD reported a 28% increase in 2Q17 earnings. Net income was $1.39Bil compared to $1.09Bil in 2Q16. Diluted EPS increased 36% to $1.70 from last year. Consolidated revenues decreased 3% to $6Bil versus the prior-year period, due to the impact of the company's strategic refranchising initiative.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-21T14:22:52+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$MSFT said the large markets like the US, Germany and Japan performed better than its expectations in 4Q17. To compete with its competitors $GOOGL and $AMZN, Microsoft invested about $3.3Bil in CapEx, which includes the capital leases. This was up sequentially partly due to the deferral of planned datacenter spending from 3Q17 to 4Q17.

$IRT {{ '2017-07-20T21:12:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IRT plans to transfer the listing of its common stock to NYSE from the NYSE MKT. The company's common stock, which will continue to trade under "IRT" ticker, is expected to begin trading on NYSE effective July 31, 2017. The stock will continue to trade on the NYSE MKT until the transfer is complete.

$UHS {{ '2017-07-19T22:35:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UHS BoD approved a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on Sept. 15, 2017 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 1, 2017.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T19:32:05+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In the US segment, $GWW said it expects volume growth of 6-8% in the back half of the year, based on price changes. The company, meanwhile, did not give a month-wise update on volume growth.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T18:59:11+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$GWW said its mid-size customer volume continued to accelerate throughout 2Q17 and was positive for the first time in five years during the quarter. The company added that currently, about 50% of the mid-size customer volume is on more competitive pricing.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T14:00:08+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q2 2017 Highlights

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:44:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW's sales for the US segment were up 1% YoY in 2Q17, driven by a 5 percentage point increase from volume. Canada segment sales fell 3% in US dollars, while sales for the Other Businesses increased 11% during this period.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:41:24+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In the US segment, $GWW's gains from the sale of assets in 2Q17 were offset by restructuring costs. The Canadian business announced plans to close 59 branches in 2017 as part of restructuring. $GWW also announced the wind-down of its business in Colombia. Restructuring items represented $1.07 per share in charges.  Excluding them, EPS decreased 5%.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:37:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW CFO Ron Jadin announced that he will be retiring at 2017-end. Jadin joined Grainger in 1998 and has served in various financial roles including as CFO since 2008.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-19T12:34:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Despite a drastic fall in earnings in 2Q17, $GWW reiterated its 2017 sales and EPS guidance of sales growth of 1-4% and adjusted EPS of $10-11.30. CEO DG Macpherson said, "Outside the US, we took aggressive action to streamline our portfolio and focus on profitable businesses. Based on what we are seeing, we are reiterating our 2017 guidance."

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