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August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTIR, GNC, BK, MDLZ, PEP, TIF, ALLETrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: Bank of New York Mellon (BK), Mondelez (MDLZ), PepsiCo (PEP), and Tiffany & Co (TIF). DECREASED STAKES: Allegion (ALLE), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: GNC Holdings (GNC).
News For BK;MDLZ;PEP;TIF;ALLE;IR;GNC From The Last 14 Days
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September 19, 2014
09:16 EDTGNCGNC Holdings price target raised to $47 from $36 at Sterne Agee
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September 18, 2014
17:00 EDTGNCGNC Holdings considering sale after receiving private equity interest, FT says
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16:11 EDTGNCGNC Holdings appoints Daisy Vanderlinde as Chief Human Resource Officer
GNC Holdings (GNC) announced the addition of Daisy Vanderlinde as Chief Human Resource Officer. Vanderlinde comes to GNC most recently from Office Depot, where she was Executive Vice President of Human Resources (ODP).
16:09 EDTGNCGNC Holdings appoints Jeffrey Hennion as Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer
GNC Holdings announced the addition Jeffrey R. Hennion as executive vice president, Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer. Hennion comes to GNC most recently from Branding Brand, where he served as CFO.
15:48 EDTGNCGNC considering options after receive PE interest, FT says
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15:09 EDTGNCVitamin Shoppe holders urge exploration of sale to GNC or pe firm, Reuters says
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08:04 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility flat, shares near record high
PepsiCo October call option implied volatility is at 13, January is at 11, and April is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:29 EDTPEPPepsiCo said to hire DOJ's West as general counsel, WSJ reports
According to sources, PepsiCo is said to have hired Tony West as its general counsel, the Wall Street Journal reports. West left his position as an official at the Justice Department earlier this week. Reference Link
September 17, 2014
11:11 EDTMDLZGeneral Mills crumbles after earnings miss, downgrade
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10:00 EDTIROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTGNC, MDLZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:00 EDTGNCGNC Holdings estimates cut 'well below' consensus at William Blair
William Blair lowered its estimates for GNC Holdings "well below" the current consensus after taking down its 2014 earnings estimate by 5c to $2.65 and 2015 estimate by 10c to $2.90. The firm finds it "tough to identify" any improvement in operating trends during Q3, and feels the departure of four key executives in the last three months suggests "deeper fundamental issues" for the company. William Blair lists large overlap in product assortment with Amazon (AMZN) and buy-one-get-one promotional activity continuing in Q3 as reasons for concern. The firm reiterates an Underperform rating on GNC and notes the stock is up nearly 20% since the Q2 release.
07:01 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush upgraded GNC Holdings to Outperform following store checks that indicate stabilizing trends with a reduction in promotional activity. The firm believes GNC Holdings' reduced guidance in July is realistic and that re-franchising company-owned stores will be viewed positively by investors. Price target raised to $46 from $34.
07:00 EDTMDLZMondelez exec aiming for more beverage offerings, Reuters says
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06:27 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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05:25 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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September 16, 2014
17:14 EDTPEPPepsiCo, Molson Coors still look inexpensive, Barron's says
PepsiCo (PEP) and Molson Coors (TAP) both look enticing and look ready to head higher, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Both companies look inexpensive, when you consider growth prospects and their reasonable valuations, the paper adds. Reference Link
16:33 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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09:59 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
07:49 EDTMDLZBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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