McDonald’s First Quarter Financial Results Announced

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is the leading global food service retailer with nearly 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. The Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the US and across the globe with over 90% of its restaurants owned and operated by local, independent business men and women.

The company reported its quarter one earnings of $1.72 per share on April 30, 2018. The reported earnings beat the estimates that called for $1.706 per share.

McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook stated, “We continued to build upon the broad-based momentum of our business, marking 11 consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales and our fifth consecutive quarter of positive guest counts. More customers are recognising that we are becoming a better McDonald’s, appreciating our great tasting food, fast and friendly service and compelling value as we execute our Velocity Growth Plan.”

McDonald’s saw its global comparable sales increase 5.5%, but its consolidated revenues decreased 9% because of the impact of the company’s strategic re-franchising initiative. The consolidated operating income increased 5% because of growth in franchised market dollars, also a product of the strategic re-franchising initiative.

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Communications & Technology Leader Verizon Declares Quarterly Dividend Payable Aug. 1, 2018

Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) is a worldwide leader in delivering communications and technology solutions that improve the lives of its customers.

Verizon Communications, Inc.’s Board of Directors declared its quarterly dividend of $0.59 per outstanding share on June 7, 2018. The dividend was unchanged from the prior quarter. All those shareowners of record July 10, 2018 at the close of business will be able to receive the dividend from this quarter. It will be payable August 1, 2018.

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6/7/18: Verizon declares quarterly dividend

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Johnson & Johnson Receives Binding $2.8B Aggregate Value Offer From Fortive Corporation

Dow 30 component Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is a worldwide healthcare focused company that embraces research and science so that it can provide customers with innovative ideas, products, and services.

Johnson & Johnson announced the obtainment of a binding offer from Fortive Corporation for the acquirement of its Advanced Sterilization Products. ASP is a division of the New Jersey corporation Ethicon, Inc. The offer was for an aggregate value of about $2.8B. ASP, a worldwide leader in inventive infection prevention solutions has a net revenue in 2017 of $775 million.

Advanced Sterilization Products helps healthcare facilities prevent hospital-acquired infections, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. ASP uses capital, consumables, and software for used in Low-Temperature Terminal Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection of reusable surgical instruments.

There is a 120 day period for the acceptance of the offer. If accepted, the purchase would be predicted to close in early 2019 at the latest.

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Johnson & Johnson Announces Binding Offer from Fortive Corporation to Acquire Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced that it has received a binding offer from Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) to acquire its Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) business, a division of Ethicon, Inc.*, for an aggregate value of approximately $2.8 billion, consisting of $2.7 bi…..

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American Express & Delta Airlines Bring Customers a Sweet Treat This Summer

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express has announced its “Perksicle Tour” with Delta Air Lines. The tour, which is present by #DeltaAmexPerks, will be bringing consumers icy treats from U.S. coast to coast this summer. The tour features nine major U.S. cities, and each stop will be serving ice pops from different local vendors.

Card members who present their Delta SkyMiles Cred Card from American express at the truck will be given a complimentary ice pop for themselves and one for a guest (while supplies last) Non-Card Members may purchase an ice pop from the truck for $3. For each ice pop sold, Delta and American Express will collectively make a matching donation to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts.

The tour dates include:

  • Atlanta, GA- Kind of Pops: June 1-2
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC- Loco Pops: June 8-9
  • Nashville, TN- Las Paletas: June 15-16
  • New York, NY- La Newyorkina: June 21
  • Detroit, MI- Detroit Popshop: June 23-24
  • Minneapolis, MN- Frio Frio: June 30-July 1
  • Seattle, WA- Seattle Pops: July 7-8
  • Salt Lake City, UT- Likc’d: July 13-14
  • Los Angelos, CA- Dream Pops: July 21-22Photography of Airplane during Sunrise

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Dow Releases 2017 Sustainability Report – Learn More Now

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that seeks to lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

The Dow Chemical Company has released its 2017 Sustainability Report which discusses the progress the company has made towards its 2025 Sustainability Goals. The employees of Dow not only have been taking steps towards the sustainability goals, but have also been working towards more transformative ways to do business.

Things to note from the report inlude:

  • Dow generated $120 million in value for “Valuing Nature” projects
  • Annual targets for “World Leading Operations” indicators were reached or exceeded
  • Over 3,000 employees served as STEM ambassadors, improving opportunities for more than 380,000 students
  • Products that addressed world challenges made up 59% of sales
  • The goal of zero serious transportation incidents in 2017 was achieved
  • Collaboration to combat ocean waste were set in motion

Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer-elect, Dow stated, “With our ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, we have committed to make a difference and to help redefine the role of business in society. We will continue to drive science- and technology-based solutions for key global challenges such as marine debris, carbon emissions and water availability, collaborating alongside our customers, governments, NGOs and other important stakeholders.”

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Caterpillar Director of Investor Relations to Speak at Deutsche Bank Conference

Dow 30 Component Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) is the world’s chief manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, construction and mining equipment, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Caterpillar, Inc. also works to make sustainable progress possible and contributes to driving positive change on every continent.

The Deutsche Bank 2018 Global Industrial and Materials Summit will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 and will feature Caterpillar’s Director of Investor Relations Amy Campbell. Campbell will speak at 10 a.m. CDT, and a webcast will be available for those interested at https://cc.talkpoint.com/deut001/060618a_as/?entity=5_CJIW2DO. In order to listen to the webcast in real-time, go to the website at least 30 minutes before the event in order to register, download and install any necessary software. For those unable to listen live, the webcast will be available for 90 days.

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What Happened At This Years “Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season” Symposium?

Dow 30 component, The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) is an insurance provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business.

The Travelers Institute held its 8th annual “Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season” symposium. The event was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Houston Branch in Houston, TX. The symposium not only focused on educating communities on how to better prepare their strategies and responses to severe storms for the 2018 hurricane season, but it also highlighted all the progress the city of Houston made in recovery efforts since Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Those that attended the even included businesses, homeowners, and local officials.

It is projected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that hurricanes will become more intense in the upcoming years, which would put more lives, homes, businesses, and even local economies at risk. There is predicted to be anywhere from 14 to 18 named storms with up to 5 developing into major hurricanes for this hurricane season.

Being prepared in case of disaster can help protect communities from costly damage and lessen the negative economic impact of hurricanes.

Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers stated, “Preparedness is critical to safeguarding lives and property from extreme weather — especially as we head into the 2018 hurricane season. We look forward to shining a light on how taking precautionary steps before a storm can help strengthen the resiliency of our neighborhoods.”

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29th Annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program Set For June 15-17

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

The 29th annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program will be held at the historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen. The event, which brings together celebrated chefs, restaurant operators, and leading hospitality industry professionals June 15- 17, 2018. The brightest stars of the culinary industry will be showcased in three panels where they will offers their best practices and insights.

The following industry professionals will be featured throughout the program:

  • Hunter Lewis- Editor-in-Chief, Cooking Light, FOOD & WINE Magazine
  • Hugh Acheson- Chef & Owner, Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, Spiller Park, Archie’s
  • Tracie De Jardins -Chef, Owner & Partner, Jardinere, The Commissary, Arguello, Mijita, Public House, Transit, School Night
  • Will Guidara -Restaurateur & Co-owner, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, Made Nice
  • Gabrielle Hamilton- Chef & Owner, Prune
  • Andrew Zimmern- James Beard Award-winning TV personality, Chef and Writer
  • Jose Enrique- Chef & Owner, Jose Enrique
  • Renee Erickson- Owner, Chef & Author, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Win, Barnacle Bar, Bar
  • Melusine, Batequ, Rana e Rospo, General Porpoise
  • Jen Hidinger-Kendrick- Co-founder + Partner, Staplehouse and Co-founder + Spokesperson, Giving Kitchen
  • Marcus Samuelsson- Chef, Co-Owner & Author, Red Rooster Harlem
  • Ashely Christensen- Chef & Proprietor, AC Restaurants
  • Andy Chabot- Sommelier and Food & Beverage Director, Blackberry Farm
  • Stephanie Izard- Chef & Owner, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat
  • Michael Solomonov- Chef & Co-owner Zahav, Co-owner Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Rooster Soup Co., Goldie
  • Curtis Stone- Chef & Owner, Maude and Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

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Learn More About The Preview of Apple’s iOS 12 Update

Dow 30 component Apple (AAPL) revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to “leaving the world better than they found it.”

iPhone and iPad users have much to look forward to in the upcoming months. Apple is set to release is iOS 12 update this coming Fall, the latest of the version of the company’s mobile operating system. iOS 12 looks to make communication more fun and colorful with new features with the Memoji and Group FaceTime. Then new update will also introduce Siri Shortcuts that allow Siri to work with any app.

The new update by design will make tasks on the iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive thanks to performance improvements made across the system. iOS 12 will bring improvements to more devices than any previous update, ranging from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone X.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering stated, “We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime. With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.

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Microsoft to Purchase Leading Software Development Platform GitHub

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will acquire the world’s leading software development platform GitHub for $7.5B in Microsoft stock. . The platform is used by over 28 million developers to learn, share and collaborate ideas for future software development. With the purchase of GitHub, the two companies will work to increase the enterprises of the software development platform, as well as bring tools and services to new audiences.

GitHub will operate independently and continue its developer-first mentality. Developers will still be able to take advantage of the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for projects, as well as use their code for any operating system, cloud, and device.

Nat Friedman, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President, will take over the role of CEO for GitHub. The current CEO of GitHub, Chris Wanstrath will work as a Microsoft technical fellow on strategic software initiatives. The purchase is expected to close at the end of 2018.

Chris Wanstrath, current CEO of GitHub stated, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.

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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub’s growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences. REDMOND, Wash., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform..

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