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May 19, 2014
11:27 EDTUL, CPB, KRFT, CAGCampbell Soup falls after revenues miss, guidance cut
Shares of soup and convenience food maker Campbell Soup (CPB) are falling after the company reported mixed third quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Campbell Soup reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 62c and revenue of $1.97B, compared to expectations of 59c and $2.0B, respectively. The company forecast FY14 adjusted EPS at the low end of its previously issued $2.53-$2.58 range, compared to consensus of $2.53. Campbell now expects sales from continuing operations will grow approximately 3% in the current fiscal year, compared with the previous range of 4%-5%. FY14 consensus is $8.35B. Full-year growth in adjusted EBIT is expected to be at the low end of the previously forecast range of 4%-6%. The company cited a challenging consumer environment and harsh winter weather for the weak forecast. It said consumers are suffering from continued underemployment, rising fuel, home and healthcare costs, and that these factors are "significantly" affecting purchasing behavior. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Campbell Soup fell $1.13, or 2.5%, to $43.99 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down nearly 8% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include ConAgra Foods (CAG), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and Unilever (UL) .
News For CPB;CAG;KRFT;UL From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
10:00 EDTULOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... DRDGOLD (DRD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DealerTrack (TRAK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Piper Jaffray (PJC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Telefonica (TEF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Unilever (UL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... WWE (WWE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
07:29 EDTULUnilever upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
January 23, 2015
07:55 EDTCPBCampbell Soup management to meet with JPMorgan
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January 20, 2015
10:45 EDTKRFTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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05:32 EDTULUnilever sees FY15 performance similar to FY14
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05:31 EDTULUnilever reports Q4 underlying sales growth up 2.1%
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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 EDTCAG, KRFTConAgra 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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09:46 EDTCPBCampbell Soup management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTKRFTKraft Foods upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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January 14, 2015
09:54 EDTCPBMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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