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February 21, 2014
07:26 EDTCMCSA, MCD, SBUXNBC's private Starbucks cups not allowed outside its Olympic offices, WSJ says
In Sochi, Russia, McDonald's (MCD) is the sponsor designated to serve its McCafes branded coffee at the Winter Olympic games but that didn't stop NBC (CMCSA) from having what was a secret Starbucks (SBUX) in its Olympic compound, reports the Wall Street Journal. Until now. Starbucks cups are no longer allowed outside NBC's offices there. Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
15:32 EDTMCDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:32 EDTSBUXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
14:58 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly 82 straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
14:13 EDTMCDMcDonald's technical notes ahead of results
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12:31 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report first quarter results after the market close on Thursday, January 22, 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 80c on revenue of $4.8B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-81c on revenue of $4.63B-$4.93B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 74c on revenue of $4.2B, in-line with estimates for 74c and $4.23B, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c and guided fiscal year 2015 EPS to $3.03-$3.13 against estimates at that time for $3.16. The company sees FY15 revenue growth of 16%-18%, including over $1B in incremental revenue from the planned acquisition of Starbucks Japan, against estimates at that time for $18.43B. Global comparable store sales growth was targeted in the mid-single digits. NEWS: In November, the European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reported the Wall Street Journal. At its December Investor Day, Starbucks projected that revenue will approach $30B in fiscal year 2019, up from $16B in fiscal year 2014. Additionally, the company announced the launch of "Mobile Order & Pay," which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit, and to pick up their ready order at their preferred Starbucks store, and also announced plans for food and beverage delivery. The company sees mobile ordering driving transactions and said it was exploring two different delivery models to launch in mid-to-late 2015. Starbucks' partnership with Square for use in mobile device payments also ended and the company replaced Tazo tea in its outlets with products from Teavana. During the quarter, Starbucks said that Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead, a 23-year veteran of the company who also served for many years as the company's Chief Financial Officer, as well as leading the operations and development of Starbucks international business and its Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit, would take an extended unpaid leave from the company; his last day at his current role will be March 1. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray says it would be a buyer of Starbucks on any sell-off following the news of COO Alstead taking a leave of absence and said its fundamental thesis on the stock is unchanged and that Starbucks remains a top pick. William Blair thinks the near-term could "prove a bit rocky" for Starbucks investors given the departure of the "well-liked" COO and the potential slowing of domestic sales trends. The firm lowered its Q1 comp projection to 4%, below the consensus of 5%, citing a lower sales forecast in the Americas. Bernstein kept a $99 price target and Outperform rating on Starbucks after COO Alstead announced his leave of absence. Janney Capital cut its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about the company's near-term sales outlook. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares are up almost 10%. Ahead of tonight's earnings report, shares are down about 0.7% to $81.86.
12:25 EDTMCDEarnings Preview: McDonald's sees 7c-10c hit to Q4 EPS from China supplier issue
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11:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
There is a potential bullish symmetrical triangle on the daily chart that could become active after earnings if price breaks out above $82.50. What makes the pattern bullish is the preceding uptrend. Upside potential for this pattern is to the $90 area, which would be a fresh lifetime high. When pulling back to a very long-term chart (10-year) the current pattern is visible, but part of a much larger bullish symmetrical triangle which is already in progress. The minimum objective from that pattern is also to the $90 area. While the current technical conditions are strongly bullish, there is always the prospect of pattern failure if the fundamentals fail to live up to bullish expectations. The downside reaction from a negative surprise could be equal in scale to the upside on a positive one. The bottom of the triangle pattern at the $78 area would be the first major support level for the shares. A breakdown below that support would void the pattern, with next support at $76.22.
07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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January 21, 2015
17:27 EDTMCDMcDonald's franchisees expect sales decline, CNBC reports
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09:19 EDTMCDMcDonald's January volatility elevated into Q4
McDonald's January weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, February is at 25, March is at 21, June at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 23.
08:31 EDTCMCSAAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
06:17 EDTCMCSAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTCMCSANetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTCMCSACongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
15:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Starbucks January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 24, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on January 22.
09:09 EDTCMCSAYouTube to host Super Bowl halftime show
YouTube will host a Halftime Show produced in collaboration with Collective Digital Studio that will be live streamed on the AdBlitz Channel, the Google (GOOG, GOOGL) property announced in a blog post. The show will feature more than 20 YouTube creators and musicians with over 60M combined subscribers, YouTube stated. The Super Bowl is being broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 1 on Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC Network. Reference Link
06:11 EDTSBUXEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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January 15, 2015
08:30 EDTSBUXEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:36 EDTMCDMcDonald's experimenting with new concepts in Australia, Reuters says
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