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January 4, 2013
13:39 EDTHSY, SFD, CQB, HNZ, HRL, TSN, DOLE, K, SJM, SAFM, FDP, CPB, KFT, UN, MDLZ, ECL, GIS, ULFDA proposes new standards for foodborne illness prevention, produce safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced earlier that it proposed two new food safety rules that will help prevent foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, and are available for public comment for the next 120 days, the FDA said. These two FSMA rules are part of an integrated reform effort that focuses on prevention and addresses the safety of foods produced domestically and imported, with additional rules to be published shortly. The first rule proposed would require makers of food to be sold in the United States, whether produced at a foreign- or domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing foodborne illness. The rule would also require them to have plans for correcting any problems that arise. The FDA is proposing that many food manufacturers be in compliance with the new preventive controls rules one year after the final rules are published in the Federal Register but small and very small businesses would be given additional time. The FDA also seeks public comment on the second proposed rule, which proposes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms. This rule proposes science- and risk-based standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables. The FDA is proposing that larger farms be in compliance with most of the produce safety requirements 26 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register. Small and very small farms would have additional time to comply, and all farms would have additional time to comply with certain requirements related to water quality. The FDA seeks public comment on this proposal, it stated.
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May 20, 2015
06:40 EDTHRLHormel Foods sees avian influenza impact on Jennie-O Turkey sales "significant"
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06:37 EDTHRLHormel Foods backs FY15 non-GAAP view at lower end of $2.50-$2.60
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06:35 EDTHRLHormel Foods reports Q2 EPS 67c, consensus 63c
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May 19, 2015
17:16 EDTTSNTyson Foods awarded $194.79M government contract
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15:10 EDTHRLHormel Foods technical notes before earnings
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15:00 EDTHRLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:47 EDTGIS, K, CPBEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Targetís business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailerís 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
07:15 EDTECLGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
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07:13 EDTGIS, ECLBarclays to hold a conference
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05:38 EDTGISGeneral Mills backs FY15 adjusted EPS to grow at low single-digits
FY15 EPS consensus of $2.83. Backs FY15 net sales to grow at low single-digit rate, consensus $17.86B.
05:35 EDTUL, UNUnilever says CFO Jean-Marc HuŽt to step down in October
Unilever announced that its CFO, Jean-Marc HuŽt, has decided to step down from his role and the boards of Unilever. HuŽt, who joined Unilever in January 2010, will leave Unilever with effect from October 1. Unilever also announced that Graeme Pitkethly will succeed HuŽt as CFO with effect from October 1. Pitkethly will become a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive and he will be proposed for election to the boards at the annual meetings in April 2016. Pitkethly joined Unilever in 2002 and is currently Executive Vice President of the Unilever UK and Ireland business and prior to this he has held a number of senior financial roles within Unilever, including Head of M&A, Head of Treasury, Pensions and Tax and Chief Financial Officer of Unilever Indonesia.
05:33 EDTMDLZMondelez Cocoa Life sustainability program fully operational in Indonesia
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May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTCPB, K, GISTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:07 EDTMDLZTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
12:13 EDTSJMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
May 13, 2015
08:45 EDTHRLHormel Foods June volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 12, 2015
16:04 EDTTSNTyson Foods says transforming to protein-centric consumer packaged goods company
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12:44 EDTKEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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08:05 EDTSAFMGoldman Sachs to hold a forum
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07:37 EDTECLOppenheimer to hold a conference
10th Annual Industrial Growth Conference is being held in New York on May 12-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 12 at 8:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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