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June 13, 2014
08:53 EDTKO, GIS, MDLZ, KFood industry group sues Vermont over GMO labeling, WSJ says
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that represents companies like General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Coca-Cola (KO), has sued Vermont over a newly passed law that will require food makers to label food products made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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May 22, 2015
09:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling enters new distribution agreement with Monster Beverage
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May 20, 2015
10:57 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain calls active
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10:38 EDTKORumor: Keurig Green Mountain active amid renewed Coke-Cola speculation
Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are active amid renewed speculation Coke-Cola (KO) will increase its stake in the company.
07:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola management to meet with SunTrust
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May 19, 2015
12:47 EDTGIS, KEarnings 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 Target’s 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 retailer’s 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.
07:13 EDTGISBarclays 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.
05:33 EDTMDLZMondelez Cocoa Life sustainability program fully operational in Indonesia
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May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGIS, KTarget 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).
11:47 EDTKOAnalysts mixed on Keurig after cold drink maker unveiling
Several research firms disagreed on the outlook for Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) upcoming at-home cold beverage maker, Keurig KOLD, after the company unveiled the product yesterday. SunTrust and Bernstein expressed major reservations about the product, while Susquehanna was more upbeat about the device and said the shares had reached a good entry point for investors. WHAT'S NEW: Keurig's management seemed to take a cautious view on the outlook for the device's sales, Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj wrote. Additionally, the device and its pods "seemed a bit pricey" and large. However, the analyst, noting that the company hopes to eventually cut the price of the product to $200 from $300, called a potential $200 price point "more palatable for consumers." Furthermore, Dibadj says he has a hard time "fully understanding" the company's assertion that the device solves several problems. SunTrust analyst William Chappell, Jr. was impressed by the device's technology, but said he was concerned by the product's initial price and the investments that Keurig will have to make to launch the product. He kept a Neutral rating on the shares. BULLISH OUTLOOK:, Susquehanna analyst Pablo Zuanic said that most of the information on Kold was disappointing. The analyst said that he was disappointed by the device's high price and the fact that it will take a minute to make each drink. However, noting that SodaStream's (SODA) cold drink makers have penetrated 1.5% of U.S. households, the analyst says it is "not out of the question" that Kold can reach 3% household penetration in the U.S. by fiscal 2017-2018. If Kold does attain that milestone, Green Mountain's profits would double, the analyst stated. Zuanic remained upbeat on the company's long-term outlook and says that the stock is not currently reflecting any value for Kold. He believes that the stock has reached a good entry point, and kept a $140 price target and Positive rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Keurig Green Mountain dropped 8.3% to $94.50, while SodaStream gained 2.5% to $22.25.
08:48 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain Keurig Cold price points worrisome, says SunTrust
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, SunTrust says it was impressed by the device's technology but concerned about its initial price points and near-term investments needed to launch the product. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers. :
08:05 EDTKOBernstein has reservations about Keurig Green Mountain's Keurig Kold
After attending Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig Kold launch event, Bernstein says that it has a hard time understanding the device's value proposition and sensed some caution from the company about how quickly the device's penetration will rise and be accretive to earnings. The firm says the device and pods seem a bit expensive, while the brewer and pods are large. The firm believes that the taste of the product's Diet Coke drink was off, although regular Coke and others were good. Coca-Cola (KO) owns a 16% stake in Keurig Green Mountain. SodaStream (SODA) develops and markets at-home cold beverage makers.
May 14, 2015
18:41 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain drops after Keurig Kold investor presentation
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May 13, 2015
16:50 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs LOI for major expansion of franchise territories
Coca-Cola Bottling (COKE) announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to further expand the company's franchise territory. The transactions proposed in the letter of intent would provide exclusive distribution rights for the company in territories located within Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. This additional territory would include the following major markets: Baltimore, MD; Alexandria, Norfolk and Richmond, VA; Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, OH; Indianapolis, IN and Washington, D.C. Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, currently serves these territories. The Company recently completed an expansion of its franchise distribution territory by acquiring sub-bottling distribution rights from CCR in parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana and continues to integrate these new territories which include major markets in Knoxville, TN, Louisville and Lexington, KY and Evansville, IN. The transactions proposed in the letter of intent are subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with territory expansion closings expected to begin in the fall of 2015. There is no assurance, however, that any definitive agreement will be reached or that the closings of the proposed territory expansion transactions will occur.
16:17 EDTKOCoca-Cola announces letters of intent with two U.S. bottling partners
The Coca-Cola Company has agreed in principle to grant additional expanded territories to Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, which will assume markets in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, The Coca-Cola Company has agreed in principle to grant expanded territories to a new expanding U.S. bottler, Clark Beverage Group, which will assume markets in Mississippi. “As we’ve shared before, we continue to align our U.S. operations with highly capable partners of all sizes that have consistently invested for growth,” said Sandy Douglas, President, Coca-Cola North America. “The announcement today with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated and Clark Beverage Group reinforces our successful efforts to move forward with our refranchising plans in the U.S. as we implement a more agile, modern, customer-focused beverage partnership model.”
May 12, 2015
12:44 EDTKEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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09:14 EDTKOApps World to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTKOMonster Beverage deal financials better than expected, says JPMorgan
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