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January 4, 2013
13:39 EDTSJM, HSY, HRL, SAFM, SFD, TSN, FDP, CQB, DOLE, CPB, HNZ, K, GIS, KFT, MDLZ, UL, UN, ECLFDA 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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August 11, 2014
16:50 EDTCQBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory but were never able to gain any upside momentum. There was little to account for the initial move other than no change to the status quo for Israel and Russia. The averages moved in a narrow range but managed to stay on the plus side into the close, though in lackluster fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced $3.25, or 9.0%, to $39.37 after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). The total transaction has a value of about $70B and the combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140B, the company said. Afterward, Kinder Morgan was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch, though Wells Fargo viewed the plans as mixed near-term. Wells believes the deal helps address some of the structural issues that have been pressuring Kinderís valuation in recent quarters, but it believes itís unclear how the market will ultimately value the new structure and the firm kept its Market Perform rating on all four stocks involved. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped $3.04, or 30.22%, to $13.10 to close above the $13 per share takeover offer announced by Cutrale Group and the Safra Group. Note that Chiquita previously agreed to combine with Fyffes plc in a stock-for-stock transaction. Also higher was Mattress Firm (MFRM), which advanced $6.52, or 13.58%, to $54.53 after reporting preliminary second quarter results that beat expectations and raising it fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Walter Investment (WAC), which fell $3.52, or 12.45%, to $24.75, and Inovio (INO), which dropped 99c, or 9.94%, to $8.97. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 16.05, or 0.1%, to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq gained 30.43, or 0.7%, to 4,401.33, and the S&P 500 rose 5.33, or 0.28%, to 1,936.92.
15:00 EDTCQBChiquita Brands confirms $13 per share offer, says 'will review carefully'
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12:25 EDTCQBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There was little in the way of a catalyst, as the economic calendar was empty, though investors may have been encouraged that there was no breakdown in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza and no big headlines from the Russia/Ukraine border. Additionally, some may have viewed comments from Fed Vice Chair Fischer as dovish and in support of continued easing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced 10% after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). In addition to the rise in the shares of the parent, Kinder Morgan Energy shares rose 19%, Kinder Morgan Management gained 25% and El Paso Pipeline moved up 22%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana producer Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped 31% to trade above $13 per share after Cutrale Group and the Safra Group proposed to acquire 100% of the company's outstanding stock for $13 in cash each. Also higher was electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), which rose 5% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. Among the noteworthy losers was social game maker King Digital (KING), which slid 3% after the stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform from Outperform. Also lower following their earnings reports were Inovio (INO), which fell over 8%, and Gogo (GOGO), which dropped nearly 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 51.25, or 0.31%, to 16,605.18, the Nasdaq was up 38.19, or 0.87%, to 4,409.08, and the S&P 500 was up 10.12, or 0.52%, to 1,941.71.
09:20 EDTCQBCutrale Group and Safra Group propose to acquire Chiquita for $13 per share
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09:10 EDTK, GISDean Foods says concerned about cereal category influence on fluid milk use
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August 8, 2014
10:00 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:28 EDTTSNTyson Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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August 7, 2014
11:34 EDTTSN, SAFMRussia retaliates with restrictions on U.S. chicken imports, CNN says
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08:23 EDTCQBChiquita Brands reports Q2 EPS 37c, may not compare to consensus 65c
Reports Q2 revenue $826M, consensus $823.25M.
August 6, 2014
18:27 EDTCQBChiquita Brands announces executive purchases of company stock
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17:01 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker acquires Sahale Snacks
The J. M. Smucker Company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Sahale Snacks. Sahale is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium, branded nut and fruit snacks, which are primarily sold in the U.S. under the Sahale Snacks brand. Sahale's net sales are projected to be approximately $50M for FY14, primarily in the club, convenience, and grocery retail channels. The acquisition includes a leased facility in Seattle, Washington, and will add approximately 150 employees to the company. The transaction, which is expected to close by the middle of September, is not anticipated to have a material impact on the company's FY15 financial results.
15:49 EDTKUnited Biscuits says not in discussions on sale with Kellogg, Reuters says
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13:31 EDTSJMEarnings Preview: Keurig Green Mountain expects Q3 EPS of 83c-88c
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12:49 EDTKKellogg weighing GBP2B bid for United Biscuits, Sky News says
Kellogg has appointed investment bankers at Barclays to examine a GBP2B offer for United Biscuits, the owner of McVitie's, Penguin and other British cookie brands, according to Sky News. Reference Link
10:26 EDTMDLZMondelez expects revenue to improve 'modestly' in 2H14
Says snacking trends remain in the company's favor. Says will continue pricing to offset input costs. Says new biscuit facility in Mexico is on track to open in Q4.
10:17 EDTMDLZMondelez believes commodity inflation impact will be temporary
Says experienced cocoa and dairy inflation, which has been magnified by weakening currency in many emerging markets. Says this made the company take significant price increases in chocolate. Says this has been even more challenging then expected for the company. Says half of input costs are due to currency. Says pricing issue is affecting the broader industry. Says saw negative effects on the company's share performance for Q2 due to competitors not increasing their prices as Mondelez had. Believes that this impact will be temporary. Expects coffee will become a tailwind for the company in 2H14. Says pricing effect on revenue is temporary and sees the effect to revert in the coming months. Says knew the environment would be challenging for the quarter and the company had taken measures to compensate for that to help protect its bottom line in FY14 and set the stage for profitable growth in FY15 and beyond. Comments made during the company's Q2 earnings conference call
10:05 EDTMDLZMondelez expects to return $2B-$3B to shareholders in FY14
Says market likely to soften even more in 2H14 and especially in Q3. Says on track to deliver 2013-2014 combined free cash flow ex-items target of $3.7B. Expects to repurchase $1B-$2B of shares in FY14. Sees improvement in 2H14 being driven by coffee pricing and easier China comparison. Says global category growth unlikely to improve in 2H14. Says 2H14 growth tempered by challenging operating environment and slower resolution of customer disputes. Maintains high-12% adjusted OI margin. Says aims to further focus its portfolio on snacks and expects its coffee deal to close in FY15. Comments taken from slides from the company's Q2 earnings conference call presentation.
08:06 EDTMDLZMondelez backs FY14 adjusted EPS $1.73-$1.78 consensus $1.72
Sees FY14 organic net revenue growth of 2%-2.5%; Sees FY14 adjusted operating income growth in high single digit growth on constant currency basis. Sees FY14 adjusted operating income margin in high 12% range. The company adds, "We anticipate revenue growth to improve in the second half as coffee pricing headwinds reverse and we cycle more favorable comparisons in China, but we expect the challenging operating environment to continue."
08:03 EDTMDLZMondelez increases quarterly dividend by 7% to 15c
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08:03 EDTMDLZMondelez reports Q2 adjusted EPS 40c, consensus 39c
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