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  • Chipotle gets smoked; McDonald's sales struggle; Apple gets iPhone pop

    Kathy Cherpelis at Hot Stock Minute2 hrs ago

    Here is a look at some of the stocks the Yahoo Finance team will be tracking for you today.

    Investors adding Apple (AAPL) to their cart ahead of the bell. Strong demand for its iPhones helped Apple offset sluggish iPad sales last quarter.  The tech giant reported earnings and revenue that smashed through Wall Street estimates. Revenue rose 12% from a year earlier as it sold more than 39 million iPhones.

    In other earnings news, Chipotle (CMG) warned that its hot sales streak may be cooling off next year. That comes despite reporting strong same-store sales growth last quarter.  Earnings and revenue also beat analysts' estimates. Shares of Chipotle were lower in early trading.

    Meantime, McDonald's (MCD) continues to struggle with sales growth. The world’s largest fast-food chain said revenue fell short of estimates in the third quarter as sales dipped more than 3%. However, McDonald’s earnings per share did top forecasts. McDonald’s shares fell in pre-market trading.

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  • Google free cash flow at new highs, valuation attractive

    Yahoo Finance at Hot Stock Minute4 days ago

    Looking back, I titled my last quarterly write-up of the  Google  numbers ‘ Still a strong theme stock in today’s lower growth world ' and my instinct remains that this is the case.

    Certainly the immediate market reaction was a bit mixed and when I last looked the stock had traded down in after hours trading. Looking at the core numbers however it is hard to see why.  Paid clicks were at an aggregated 18 month low but…

    …when you combine with the costs-per-click where compression continued apace you are left with a net growth (17% plus -2%) of 15% which as a core growth figure is  pretty damn reasonable .  

    Of course there are other variables to think about after all diluted EPS (below) looked not very pretty at all. The clue though is centred on the GAAP and non-GAAP number differences… 

    …because looking in the appendix of the release the influence of stock-based compensation factors, impairment charges related to Motorola and other discontinued items becomes apparent.  

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