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June 25, 2014
11:36 EDTGIS, POST, MDLZ, K, PFGeneral 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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December 1, 2015
07:54 EDTMDLZMondelez hires banks to help explore chocolate brands sale, Sky News says
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November 30, 2015
11:45 EDTGISJ & J Snack Foods announces partnership with General Mills
J&J Snack Foods Corp. (JJSF) announced a new partnership with General Mills (GIS) to introduce Pillsbury Mini Pies. These frozen dessert squares will be available in three varieties: Apple Cinnamon, S'mores and Chocolate Lava. These pies will be sold at retailers nationwide in frozen dessert sections, as well as in warehouse clubs.
11:34 EDTKOptions with increasing call volume; QUNR ASNA CIT THLD K ARO MON BURL SWN
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November 25, 2015
06:39 EDTPFBoulder Brands downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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05:43 EDTGISGeneral Mills to use only cage-free eggs by 2025, Reuters reports
General Mills plans to use only cage-fee eggs in its U.S. operations by 2025, reports Reuters. The company had said it was working toward using cage-free eggs in its products in July, but this is a the first time a packaged food company has given a timeline. Reference Link
November 24, 2015
12:08 EDTPFOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the morning. The weakness was attributed to the worldwide travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey, both of which heightened the tension of investors. The averages have shown improvement since the European markets closed and have moved to their session highs to turn mixed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of third quarter GDP growth was boosted to 2.1% from 1.5%, matching estimates. Personal consumption growth was estimated at 3.0% in the second look, versus expectations for an increase of 3.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% month over month in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading for November came in at 90.4, missing the consensus forecast of 99.5. COMPANY NEWS: Bill Ackman has put more funds behind his big bet in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), as filings show that Pershing Square raised its stake in the embattled drugmaker to 9.9%. In other news from a high-profile activist investor, Carl Icahn revealed that he has taken a 7.13% stake in Xerox (XRXZ) and may seek positions on the board of the company. Research firm Piper Jaffray believes that Icahn's involvement in the company can amplify the company's review and boost the stock, but was not the case at midday, as Xerox shares slipped about 2% following last night's disclosure. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dollar Tree (DLTR), which rallied 6% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. Also higher was Burlington Stores (BURL), which gained 8% after reporting quarterly results and approving a new $200M share repurchase program. In addition, Boulder Brands (BDBD) was up 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired by Pinnacle Foods (PF) for $11 per share. Pinnacle slipped 4% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 8% and was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan following its Q4 earnings. Also lower was Microsemi (MSCC), which dropped 6% after it agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra (PMCS), which was also 6% lower, in a $2.5B transaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.57, or 0.09%, to 17,808.25, the Nasdaq was down 8.75, or 0.17%, to 5,093.73, and the S&P 500 was down 0.7, or 0.03%, to 2,085.89.
07:51 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Boulder Brands for $11 per share
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07:40 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Boulder Brands for $11 per share
November 23, 2015
17:10 EDTPOSTPost Holdings down 1.1% after reporting Q4 results
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17:08 EDTPOSTPost Holdings sees FY16 adjusted EBITDA
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17:06 EDTPOSTPost Holdings reports Q4 adjusted EPS 6c, may not compare to consensus 29c
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15:28 EDTPOSTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Palo Alto (PANW), consensus 32c... Copart (CPRT), consensus 43c... Brocade (BRCD), consensus 24c... Post Holdings (POST), consensus 29c... YY (YY), consensus 82c... Dycom (DY), consensus $1.01... Cubic (CUB), consensus 96c... Enanta (ENTA), consensus 15c.
10:00 EDTKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... Constellation Brands (STZ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... HP Inc. (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Heritage Commerce (HTBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... James River Group (JRVR) upgraded on improved outlook at BMO Capital... Kellogg (K) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Parkway Properties (PKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Synchrony (SYF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Universal Insurance (UVE) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
06:59 EDTKKellogg upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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November 20, 2015
10:36 EDTKKellogg sees FY20 sales growth in the low single digits
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10:34 EDTKKellogg backs FY16 EPS growth 6%-8%, consensus $3.70
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10:31 EDTKKellogg backs FY15 currency-neutral comparable EPS down 2% to flat
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05:44 EDTKKellogg to host investor day
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November 19, 2015
12:39 EDTKKellogg November volatility elevated into investor meeting
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November 18, 2015
09:06 EDTK, GISHain Celestial weakness looks overdone, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Hain Celestial (HAIN) is now trading at a lower valuation than a number of "ostensibly more challenged food companies like" Kellogg (K) and General Mills (GIS). The firm expects the company to benefit over the longer term from current food trends. It trimmed its price target on the name to $50 from $60 and keeps an Outperform rating.

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