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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).
News For GIS;K;POST;PF;MDLZ From The Last 14 Days
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October 31, 2014
09:20 EDTKKellogg management to meet with JPMorgan
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October 30, 2014
10:18 EDTKKellogg says has taken some coverage on commodities and packaging for 2015
Says Q3 performance "mostly as expected." Says making progress on Project K. Says has taken some coverage on commodities and packaging for 2015. Sees improvement in operating profit in Q4 in North America, but sees operating profit down for the year. Sees FY14 interest expense $210M. Sees FY14 Project K costs 60c-65c per share. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
09:12 EDTKKellogg sees FY14 CapEx 4%-5% of net sales
Says essentially covered on commodities and packaging for 2014. Says making good progress supplier-financing initiative. Sees FY CapEx 4%-5% of net sales. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q3 earnings conference call.
08:14 EDTKKellogg sees FY14 cash flow at low end of $1B-$1.1B range
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08:13 EDTKKellogg reports Q3 North America sales down 4.2% to $2.3B
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08:06 EDTKKellogg sees FY14 EPS with extra week $3.88-$3.96, consensus $3.91
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08:02 EDTKKellogg reports Q3 EPS ex-items 94c, consensus 92c
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October 29, 2014
15:41 EDTKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTMDLZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:16 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Mondolez to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation, and its belief that the company will begin to overcome customer issues in Europe and growing pains associated with overhead cost reductions. Target $40.
06:37 EDTMDLZMondelez upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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October 22, 2014
10:18 EDTGISBoulder Brands tumbles after lowering profit outlook
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07:54 EDTMDLZMondelez added to U.S. Focus List at Credit Suisse
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTPOSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:04 EDTPOSTPost Holdings upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Post Holdings to Buy due to compelling valuation, earnings power, cost cutting initiatives, and expectations for a resumption in M&A. Price target raised to $44 from $42.
October 19, 2014
13:03 EDTPOSTPost Holdings shares look attractive, Barron's says
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