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In the news: McDonald's reports drop in sales, earnings from LinkedIn and CoinStar and more issues for Boeing's Dreamliner

In the news this morning, McDonald's reported a drop in same-store sales, Hewlett-Packard wants to use less student labor in China, LinkedIn beat earnings and provided impressive guidance, while Coinstar also beat estimates, but provided a disappointing guidance. Meanwhile, Boeings Dreamliner saga drags on.

McDonald's
Same-store sales at McDonald's (MCD) fell by 1.9%  in January, exceeding the 1.1% decline analysts had forecast. The company had warned of a decline, but obviously the size of the decline is larger than most observers expected. The company has struggled to grow sales as consumers continue to be careful with their spending. The company is also struggling to match strong year-ago figures.

Hewlett-Packard
Tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is imposing new limits on the use of students and workers from temporary agencies on its factories in China.  The company is following Apple (AAPL) as electronics companies respond to criticism of their labor practices in China.

Boeing
Boeing (BA) warned Norweigan Air Shuttle that its first 787 Dreamliners could be delayed. The jets are expected to be delivered in April and June, but may not happen on schedule. A spokesman for the airline did not give a reason for the delay, but more than 50 Dreamliners have been grounded around the world after a series of issues with the planes' batteries.

LinkedIn
Professional social network LinkedIn (LNKD) reported adjusted EPs of 35 cents per share, which walloped the mean analyst estimate for 19 cents per share. The company said it expects first-quarter revenue of $305 million to $310 million, compared to estimates for $301 million.

Coinstar
Coinstar (CSTR) reported EPs from continuing operations of 93 cents per share, topping estimates for 73 cents. Revenue during the quarter was $564.1 million, compared to estimates for $580.2 million. The company also forecast first quarter core-earnings from continuing operations of 77 cents to 92 cents, well short of estimates for $1.21.

Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines is the Managing Editor of the Market Intelligence Center. He has degrees in Mass Communications and History from Emory & Henry College. Bobby worked at a mid-sized daily newspaper before making a switch to covering the financial industry full time in the years leading up to the financial crisis. He has been a member of the Fresh Brewed Media team since 2011 and has served as a writer and analyst. You can write to him at braines@marketintelligencecenter.com or follow him on Twitter: @BRatMICenter.