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January 27, 2014
05:49 EDTDANOY, VLKAY, BUDMarketers advertising their Super Bowl ads, WSJ reports
A 30 second Super Bowl ad now costs about $4M for this Sunday's game, and with over 50 ads competing for attention, marketers are trying a number of ways to promote their ads to help gain the attention of an audience that will reach 100M, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
News For BUD;VLKAY;DANOY From The Last 14 Days
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May 4, 2015
10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTBUD, BUDAB InBev downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
April 30, 2015
09:03 EDTBUDAB InBev reports Goudet to replace Storm as chairman
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April 29, 2015
09:53 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen CFO: 'Still investigating' low-cost car for China, Reuters reports
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06:48 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen's Q1 beat eases pressure on company, Reuters says
Volkswagen's stronger than expected Q1 results, driven by cost-cutting and an improving European car market, have caused the pressure on the company following the ouster of its chairman to decline, according to Reuters. Reference Link
April 27, 2015
06:41 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman ousted for trying to replace CEO, Reuters says
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April 26, 2015
16:25 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman Ferdinand Pich resigns
In a press release Saturday, the board of Volkswagen announced it has unanimously determined that, in view of the background of the last weeks, the mutual trust necessary for successful cooperation [among company leadership] no longer exists. For this reason, Ferdinand Pich has resigned with immediate effect from his position as chairman and from all his mandates. The position of chairman will be temporarily assumed by deputy chairman Berthold Huber. Huber will chair the annual general meeting on May 5. "The representatives of shareholders and employees will in close cooperation determine the candidate for the new chairman," said the company.
April 23, 2015
19:49 EDTVLKAYAudi plans five additional models for India, Economic Times says
In an interview with the Economic Times, Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi India brand director Joe King said the company plans to launch five new models in India within the next five months. "We see huge potential to grow in the Indian market... The GDP is likely to improve as the fundamentals of the Indian economy are strong and softening interest rate will propel demand for the luxury cars," said King. The Economic Times notes that Daimler's (DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz also aims to ramp up efforts in the region. Reference Link
14:41 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman not pushing for CEO removal, Reuters says
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12:35 EDTDANOYEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q2 EPS 32c-33c on split-adjusted basis
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 31c-35c on revenue of $4.39B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, in-line with analysts' estimates, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. The company said comparable store transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S. and nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. In conjunction with its earnings release, Starbucks announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer. NEWS: At the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March, the company announced a two-for-one stock split. On a split-adjusted basis, the company revised its Q2 EPS view to 32c-33c to account for the planned stock split; previous Q2 EPS guidance was 64c-65c. The company also revised its EPS guidance for fiscal year 2015 to $1.55-$1.57, which compares to analysts' estimates of $1.57; the company's pre-split FY15 EPS view was $3.09-$3.13. At the meeting, Starbucks announced two delivery models, including a collaboration with Postmates, which will allow customers to order their food and beverage items via the Starbucks mobile app, and a "Green Apron" barista delivery option enabling customers within specified office-buildings to order food and beverages for delivery. Starbucks also reaffirmed its goal to grow its market capitalization to $100B and announced an agreement with Chinese food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. During the quarter, Evolution Fresh, a unit of Starbucks, and Dannon (DANOY) said they would launch co-branded yogurt products. They said they planned to launch Evolution Fresh Smoothies in 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and in select Starbucks locations within grocery stores nationwide. Starbucks raised suspicions among European regulators and local governments by reporting losses despite hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales, The Wall Street Journal reported in early April. STREET RESEARCH: BMO Capital recently initiated Starbucks with an Outperform rating, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. Shares were also recently initiated at Guggenheim with a Buy rating and $56 target and with an Outperform rating and $56 target at Cowen. Goldman said Starbucks is its top pick in the sector and expects an in-line earnings report. Additionally, the firm expects Starbucks to comment on mobile ordering and the potential for traffic acceleration in the back half of the year and into 2016. Piper Jaffray raised its split-adjusted price target for shares of Starbucks to $55 from $53, which implies 16% upside from current levels. Piper's five-year model suggests the company's earnings double. The firm has an Overweight rating on the stock. Bernstein increased its price target on Starbucks as the firm estimates that falling coffee prices will add at least 3c-4c to the company's fiscal 2016 EPS. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are up about 1.2% to $48.93.
07:42 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen chairman wants to oust CEO ahead of annual meeting, Reuters says
Ferdinand Piech, the chairman of Volkswagen, will seek to oust the company's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, ahead of the annual shareholder meeting on May 5, Reuters reports, citing German broadcasting network NDR. According to the report, Piech is seeking the support within the Porsche and Piech families in his efforts to replace Winterkorn, and "doesn't feel tied" by the April 17 decision of supervisory board members to back Winterkorn. Reference Link
06:58 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen to get $407M in financing from Canada, Reuters says
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