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June 18, 2014
11:26 EDTCAG, DF, SJM, THS, KRFTConAgra 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%.
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July 16, 2014
19:20 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods 4.3M share Secondary priced at $75.50
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17:16 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker raises quarterly dividend to 64c per share from 58c per share
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July 15, 2014
16:42 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods files to sell $325M of common stock
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16:39 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods sees Q2 EPS close to consensus estimates of 83c
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16:24 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker files automatic mixed securities shelf
07:15 EDTCAGIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
July 14, 2014
10:19 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker management to meet with Stephens
Meeting to be held in Chicago on July 17 hosted by Stephens.
07:32 EDTCAGConAgra acquires TaiMei Potato for $93M
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July 11, 2014
13:34 EDTDFDean Foods January calls active
Dean Foods Dean Foods January 20 and 21 calls are active on total call volume of 3,400 contracts (200 puts). July call option implied volatility is at 33, August is at 36, September, December and January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.

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