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June 18, 2014
11:26 EDTTHS, CAG, SJM, KRFT, DFConAgra sinks after cutting EPS outlook for Q4
Shares of packaged foods company ConAgra (CAG) are sinking after the company lowered its fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share outlook below prior expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra cut its Q4 adjusted EPS view to approximately 55c compared to its prior view of slightly in excess of 60c per share. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q4 EPS prior to the report was 62c. The lower-than-expected comparable EPS is largely the result of a 7% quarterly volume decline for the Consumer Foods segment, as well as weak profits for the Private Brands segment. Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods, commented," We are disappointed with the Consumer Foods volume performance, which negatively impacted comparable EPS. As we have communicated, we are in the process of improving product mix and promotion strategies in the Consumer Foods segment for better results and greater effectiveness, and we expect our volume performance to improve in fiscal 2015 as a result of this. Given the profit challenges in our Private Brands segment, we are also focused on margin improvement initiatives to offset the impact of pricing concessions. Even though our earnings are below expectations, we exceeded our fiscal 2014 operating cash flow and debt reduction targets." WHAT'S NOTABLE: For FY15, the company expects a year of "'stabilization and recovery" that delivers mid-single-digit comparable EPS growth. The company expects that comparable EPS growth in fiscal 2016 and 2017 will accelerate to a high-single-digit rate as the company benefits from stronger underlying operations, generates sizable productivity and administrative savings and continues to realize substantial synergies from the Ralcorp transaction. The company, which remains committed to a strong dividend policy in the future, plans to continue its current $1.00 per share annual dividend payment. ConAgra said its current profit projections for the Private Brands segment are below original plans for the next several years. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, KeyBanc downgraded ConAgra to Hold from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, ConAgra fell $2.25, or about 7%, to $30.60 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 11% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of ConAgra peer Dean Foods (DF) are down about 2%, while Kraft Foods (KRFT) is down modestly. The J.M. Smucker Company (SJM) is virtually unchanged and TreeHouse Foods (THS) is down over 1.3%.
News For CAG;DF;SJM;THS;KRFT From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTSJMOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
06:04 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:02 EDTSJMHershey downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 20, 2015
10:45 EDTKRFTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTKRFTMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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January 15, 2015
16:20 EDTKRFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
14:11 EDTKRFT, CAGConAgra up after confirming will not present at CAGNY conference
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14:05 EDTCAGConAgra call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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13:50 EDTCAGRumor: ConAgra strength attributed to takeover speculation
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13:26 EDTKRFTKraft rises after canceling appearance at CAGNY conference
Shares of Kraft Foods are moving higher after the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance, according to Bloomberg. The widely followed CAGNY conference is being held between February 16 and 20. On December 18, Kraft named John Cahill its new CEO. Conference cancellations often lead investors to speculate whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Shares of Kraft are up 4%, or $2.77, to $65.53 in afternoon trading.
10:37 EDTKRFTKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTKRFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:30 EDTKRFTKraft Foods upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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