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June 25, 2014
11:36 EDTGIS, K, POST, PF, MDLZGeneral Mills falls after results miss expectations
Shares of branded food products maker General Mills (GIS) are falling after the company's fourth quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. It also forecast Q1 earnings per share below year ago levels. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, General Mills reported Q4 adjusted EPS of 67c and revenue of $4.28B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 72c and $4.42B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS below year ago levels, compared to consensus of 76c. For FY15, the company forecast adjusted EPS growth at a high single digit rate, versus consensus of $3.15. It sees FY15 net sales to grow at a mid single-digit range, compared to consensus of $18.65B. At current exchange rates, the company estimates a 3-cent headwind from currency translation in 2015 and FY15 adjusted gross margin is expected to be higher than FY14. The company is planning to increase cash returns to shareholders and is "anxious" to see renewed cereal category growth. It expects Yoplait to return to sales growth in 2015. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, General Mills fell $1.70, or about 3.2%, to $52 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 7.5% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the food products space include Kellogg (K), Post Holdings (POST), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Pinnacle Foods (PF).
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July 25, 2014
13:17 EDTKKellogg increases dividend by 6.5% to 49c
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July 23, 2014
07:14 EDTPOSTAckman accused of lying during Herbalife presentation by Ramey, CNBC says
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July 20, 2014
16:08 EDTMDLZMondelez, D.E Master consider brand sales as coffee pact looms, Reuters says
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July 15, 2014
10:00 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTKOn 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 EDTGISGeneral Mills inaugurates facility in China
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08:50 EDTGISGeneral Mills expects double-digit net sales growth from Greater China this year
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05:51 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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05:43 EDTKKellogg downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Kellogg to Sell on expectations the company's sales will miss expectations and its full year guidance could be cut when the company reports on July 31. Goldman thinks sales weakness is wiping out benefits from cost-savings and it lowered its price target for shares to $59 from $64.
July 14, 2014
10:03 EDTMDLZOptions with increasing implied volatility: GNC SD MDLZ ETP
06:27 EDTMDLZLindt & Sprüngli acquires Russell Stover Candies
The Lindt & Sprüngli Group is acquiring the traditional U.S. family business Russell Stover Candies, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Lindt & Sprüngli is financing the acquisition through net cash resources and bank loans and expects the transaction to make a strong positive contribution to the earnings per share from 2015 onwards. It has been agreed not to disclose the purchase price and other contractual details. Other companies that are in the confectionary industry in North America include Hershey (HYS) Rocky Mountain Chocolate (RMCF) and Mondelez (MDLZ). Reference Link

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