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February 11, 2013
15:16 EDTAVP, MHP, GT, KO, RAI, OMC, KORS, MMC, LVLT, HERO, FOSL, FIS, VALCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Tuesday, February 12
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell on Tuesday include Avon Products (AVP), Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), Fossil (FOSL), Hercules Offshore (HERO), Level 3 Communications (LVLT), Marsh & McLennan (MMC), Michael Kors (KORS), Omnicom Group (OMC), Reynolds American (RAI), The Coca-Cola Co (KO), Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT), McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP), and Valspar (VAL).
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August 29, 2014
16:18 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling forms pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (COKE) announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to expand the bottler’s franchise territory to include the Knoxville, TN territory currently served by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. This agreement represents the second phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent between the company and The Coca-Cola Company. The company expects the transaction to close by the end of October. The company is continuing to work towards a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the remainder of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent, including Cleveland and Cookeville, TN and Louisville, Lexington, Paducah and Pikeville, KY and Evansville, IN. The definitive agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the Knoxville territory by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to this territory and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola brands in this territory. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in this territory under a comprehensive beverage agreement to be entered into at closing. Under such agreement, the Company will make a quarterly sub-bottling payment to CCR on a continuing basis after the closing for the grant of such exclusive rights. The Company will not acquire any production assets from CCR and will, with certain exceptions, purchase finished goods from CCR to service customers in this territory.
10:14 EDTOMCCriteo surges after report of advanced takeover talks
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08:05 EDTRAIReynolds, Lorillard receive additional information requests from FTC
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August 28, 2014
09:57 EDTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:48 EDTOMCOmnicom initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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August 27, 2014
17:16 EDTGTGoodyear Tire initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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16:05 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain expands board, appoints José Octavio Reyes Lagunes
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11:32 EDTKORSTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
09:53 EDTLVLTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTLVLTLevel 3 upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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07:28 EDTRAITobacco giants grab C-store e-cig share as sales shift to 'vape shops,' WSJ says
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August 26, 2014
13:17 EDTRAIWHO calls on countries to restrict e-cigarette use, NY Times says
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11:31 EDTFOSLMovado tumbles after second quarter results, outlook miss estimates
Shares of luxury watch maker Movado (MOV) are falling after the company's second quarter results and fiscal 2015 outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Movado reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 44c and revenue of $143.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 54c and $152.99M, respectively. Q2 gross profit was 54% of sales, compared to 54.1% of sales, in the prior year period. Gross margin percentage remained relatively flat as a result of the unfavorable impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, offset by the leverage gained on certain fixed costs due to increased sales. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Movado forecast FY15 EPS of $2.44, slightly short of the consensus of $2.46. FY15 revenue was seen at $640M, compared to consensus of $640.17M, while FY15 gross margin is expected to be approximately flat, year over year. Efraim Grinberg, Chairman and CEO, stated , "We anticipate our sales growth to accelerate during the second half of the year, as strong sell-through rates at retail are expected to drive new shipments and replenishment growth and we continue to benefit from the expansion of our Movado and licensed brands around the world. We will also continue to invest in our infrastructure and growth initiatives, including investments in Asia and Latin America. We continue to believe that our strategies have us positioned to achieve our goal of delivering sustainable profitable growth." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Movado fell $3.08, or about 7%, to $40.96 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up almost 8% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Movado's peer, Fossil Group (FOSL), is up 0.2% on the session.
06:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola to introduce mid-calorie soda in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTKOAnalysts mixed on Monster Beverage following Coke deal
Analysts had mixed outlooks on energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) in notes to investors earlier today. The analyst comments come after last Thursday night’s announcement that Monster had formed a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola, which included Coca-Cola taking a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker. BEARISH TAKE: Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold from Buy, saying that the stock's valuation "looks full" following its rally on Friday. The potential for a strategic deal is no longer a positive catalyst for Monster's stock, as that catalyst largely played out Friday, Grundy believes. Although Coca-Cola is likely to increase its stake in Monster, it will likely take years to do so, the analyst forecast. Additionally, the growth of the global energy drink space has been slowing in recent months, creating risk for Monster, the analyst believes. However, Grundy did raise his price target on the shares to $95 from $80. BULLISH TAKE: The deal is "a big win" for both Monster and Coca-Cola, but Monster will benefit more, analysts at Wells Fargo contended. The deal should significantly increase Monster's opportunity in international markets, according to the firm. Moreover, Wells believes that the market has historically undervalued Monster's international potential, and it estimates that the company's international business is worth about $65 per share. The firm raised its price target range on the stock to $104-$106 from $79-$81 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Like Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse expects the deal to accelerate the growth of Monster's international business. Additionally, the firm thinks that Monster could return a significant percentage of the $2.1B it received from Coca-Cola to shareholders, either through share repurchases or a one-time dividend. Credit Suisse increased its price target on Coca-Cola to $98 from $82 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Monster dropped 4% to $89.50. On Thursday the stock closed at $71.65.
07:41 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $104-$106 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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