$DRII (Diamond Resorts International, Inc.)

$DRII {{ '2016-06-29T22:18:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DRII said that Barclays and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as M&A advisors to Apollo Global Management, LLC. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is acting as legal advisor to Apollo.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T21:13:38+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

While posting 3Q17 results, $SBUX CFO Scott Maw said, "...the combination of trends in the quarter and ongoing macro pressures impacting the retail and restaurant sectors has us a bit more cautious going into Q4." Starbucks also plans to close all 379 Teavana stores over the coming year, with the majority closing by Spring 2018.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T21:11:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In 3Q17, U.S. comp store sales for $SBUX rose 5%, driven by a 5% increase in average tickets. Operating income inched 2% up to $1.0Bil in the quarter, while operating margin of 18.4% declined 110 basis points.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T21:09:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SBUX opened 575 net new stores globally in 3Q17, bringing total store count to 26,736 across 75 countries. Starbucks Rewards membership was up 8% year-over-year, to 13.3MM active members, while Mobile Payment increased to 30% of transactions in U.S. company-operated stores.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T21:01:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Even as $SBUX' global comparable store sales rose 4% and consolidated net revenues grew 8% to $5.7Bil in 3Q17, the international coffee brewer's costs, taxes and other expenses pushed the net attributable income down 8% to $692MM or $0.47 per diluted share.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T20:57:39+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$SBUX Starbucks Corp. Earnings AlphaGraphics: Q3 2017 highlights

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T18:31:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

With the JV takeover deal, $SBUX will assume 100% ownership of approximately 1,300 Starbucks stores in Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, building on the Company’s ongoing investments in China. "We aim to grow from 2,800 to more than 5,000 stores by 2021,” said CEO Kevin Johnson.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T18:27:45+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

UPEC and PCSC will acquire $SBUX' 50% interest in President Starbucks Coffee Taiwan Limited (Taiwan JV) and assume 100% ownership of Starbucks operations in Taiwan for approximately $175MM. The Taiwan JV currently operates around 410 Starbucks stores in the country.

$SBUX {{ '2017-07-27T18:25:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SBUX announces agreements to acquire the remaining 50% of its East China JV and divest its 50% interest in its Taiwan JV. East China JV will be bought from long-term JV partners, Uni-President Enterprises Corp and resident Chain Store Corp for $1.3Bil. The coffee brewer reaffirmed its commitment to operating 5,000 stores in Mainland China by 2021.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-26T17:21:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The BoD of $GWW declared a cash dividend of $1.28 per share, payable on Sept 1, 2017, to shareholders as on Aug 14, 2017.

$GWW {{ '2017-07-25T21:44:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GWW has appointed Beatriz R. Perez, SVP & Chief Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer of $KO, to its Board of Directors.

$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.

$IBM {{ '2017-07-21T17:53:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IBM and University of Alberta published new data in Nature's partner journal Schizophrenia, exhibiting that machine learning algorithms helped predict schizophrenia with 74% accuracy. The technology predicted the severity of some symptoms in schizophrenia patients with significant correlation.

$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.

$IBM {{ '2017-07-19T19:00:41+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$IBM expects improved revenue and gross margin performance in 2H17, pushed by its new IBM z systems mainframe servers launch in 2Q17. However, the company expects most of the growth to happen in 4Q17.

$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.

$HLT {{ '2017-07-19T14:12:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HLT received unsolicited mini-tender offer being conducted by TRC Capital to buy up to 2MM shares of $HLT's common stock outstanding at $59.75 per share. $HLT does not endorse TRC Capital's offer and recommends that stockholders reject the offer because the offer price is below the current market price.

$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.

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