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July 15, 2014
05:40 EDTCPBCampbell Soup downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Campbell Soup to Sell saying it expects earnings to miss expectations and that shares are near peak valuation. The firm lowered its price target for the stock to $39 from $41.
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July 21, 2014
13:25 EDTCPBCampbell Soup says dividends to increase over time in-line with earnings
Says company has been reducing overhead expenses. Says FY14 guidance is unchanged from May. Says extra week in FY14 will impact FY14 EPS by 8c per share. For FY14, the company expects incentive compensation costs will be below target levels, which will be a headwind next year. Says company will drive future growth by launching new products and enhancing distribution. Expects to resume share repurchases in FY15. Sees a modest EPS effect from share buybacks in FY15. The company forecasts continuing cost inflation in FY15. Expects FY14 input cost inflation to be between 3%-4%. Sees $400M of capital spending in FY15. Sees gross margin percentage to be stable in FY15. Comments made during the company's Investor Day conference.
07:41 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees resuming strategic share repurchases next FY
07:40 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY14 adjusted EPS at low end of 2%-4% range
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07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reiterates long-term target of 5%-7% adjusted EPS growth
Campbell reiterated its long-term targets of 3 to 4 percent organic sales growth, 4 to 6 percent adjusted EBIT growth and 5 to 7 percent adjusted EPS growth. While Campbell expects an improvement in its organic sales performance for the coming year, the company’s fiscal 2015 performance is expected to be below these long-term targets. The company indicated that it may need to continue reshaping its portfolio to achieve these long-term goals.
07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY15 gross margin percentage comparable to FY14
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07:31 EDTCPBCampbell Soup still sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.53-$2.58, consensus $2.54
For the year, Campbell expects growth of approximately 3% in net sales from continuing operations and growth in adjusted EBIT at the low end of the 4%-6% range. Adjusted EPS is expected to grow at the low end of the 2%-4% range, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share.
07:30 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reaffirms FY14 guidance
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07:22 EDTCPBCampbell Soup to hold an investor day
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July 15, 2014
10:00 EDTCPBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adecogro (AGRO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Credicorp (BAP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Kellogg (K) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Bernstein... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Republic Airways (RJET) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
08:51 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reiterated as an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reiterated Campbell Soup as an Underweight ahead of the July 21 Investor Meeting and August 29 earnings report. The firm has concerns regarding disappointing Soup promotions, gross margin deterioration, and Pepperidge Farm competitive pressures. Firm estimates remain below consensus and it remains skeptical about a LBO speculation.
07:15 EDTCPBIIR Holdings to hold a conference
14th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Conference to be held in Chicago on July 14-16.
05:40 EDTCPBCampbell Soup downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Campbell Soup to Sell saying it expects earnings to miss expectations and that shares are near peak valuation. The firm lowered its price target for the stock to $39 from $41.

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