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July 20, 2015
16:35 EDTJAHJarden initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:35 EDTCLColgate-Palmolive initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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13:18 EDTGISOptions with increasing call volume
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12:32 EDTGISGeneral Mills calls active on unconfirmed takeover speculation
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11:36 EDTGISRumor: General Mills goes positive on unconfirmed takeover speculation
06:56 EDTCPBCampbell Soup to host investor day
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July 17, 2015
06:11 EDTJAHJarden 16M share Secondary priced at $54.50
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July 16, 2015
09:07 EDTGISGeneral Mills says to close West Chicago, Joplin plants
General Mills said in a regulatory filing that it previously announced Project Century, a review of its North American manufacturing and distribution network to streamline operations and identify potential capacity reductions. The company says, "As part of this project, in 1Q16, we notified the union member employees and union representatives at our West Chicago, Illinois facility of our tentative decision, pending negotiations and consultation with the union, to close this plant to eliminate excess cereal and dry dinner capacity in our U.S. Retail supply chain. If implemented, this action could affect approximately 500 positions. We expect to incur charges of approximately $70M in FY16, including approximately $44M of severance expense and $26M of additional expense, primarily fixed asset write-offs. We expect this action to be completed by the end of FY19 with a total cost of approximately $120M, of which approximately $52M will be cash.Also as part of Project Century, we notified the employees at our snacks manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri of our decision to close this plant in our U.S. Retail supply chain. This action will affect approximately 120 positions. We expect to incur charges of approximately $11M in FY16, including approximately $2M of severance expense and $9M of additional expense, primarily fixed asset write-offs. We expect this action to be completed by the end of FY18 with a total cost of approximately $12M, of which approximately $5M will be cash.
09:00 EDTMOAltria expands strategic framework with Philip Morris for e-vapor products
Altria (MO) announced that it is expanding its strategic framework with Philip Morris International (PM) to include a joint research, development and technology-sharing agreement. Under the agreement, Altria and PMI will collaborate to develop e-vapor products for commercialization in the United States by Altria and in markets outside the United States by PMI. The Agreement also provides for exclusive technology cross licenses, technical information sharing and cooperation on scientific assessment, regulatory engagement and approval related to e-vapor products.
06:33 EDTJAHJarden announces offering of 14M shares of common stock
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06:23 EDTJAHJarden sees Q2 revenue about $2B, consensus $1.96B
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06:03 EDTAVPAvon recalls 27,000 nut choppers due to metal fragment risk
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July 15, 2015
19:54 EDTGISGeneral Mills CEO confident in recent changes to cereal products, Reuters says
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12:27 EDTKOFiesta Restaurant extends multi-year marketing agreement with Coca-Cola
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07:40 EDTGISGeneral Mills management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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July 14, 2015
16:24 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion following the market's last three days of gains. With headwinds such as the Greek debt crisis and the Iran nuclear deal out of the way for the time being, investors are able to turn their attention more fully to the earnings season. Reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were mostly in-line with expectations, if not better than hoped, in several dimensions. The averages began to drift higher, with the Dow surpassing the 18,000 level again and the Nasdaq rising back above 5,100. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading slipped 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, BOE Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked as high as $38.82 late this morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal. Twitter, which has been the frequent subject of takeover speculation, closed up 93c, or 2.6%, at $36.71. The Securities and Exchange Commission will need to add this latest apparent hoax to the list of others it is investigating, including a filing made two months ago by "PTG Capital Partners" purporting to outline its offer to acquire Avon Products (AVP)... JPMorgan (JPM) reported quarterly earnings before the open, beating on both the top and bottom line. Banking peer Wells Fargo (WFC) also reported its results this morning, with earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations. Shares of both banks rose about 1% following their reports. Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slipped about 0.5% to $99.78 despite reporting better than expected earnings, posting revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which rose $2.00, or 11.36%, to $19.61 following a Wall Street Journal report last night that claims China's Tsinghua offered to acquire the company for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher were shares of WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 71c, or 6.38%, to $11.83 after announcing an agreement to buy RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35B plus the assumption of $400M in debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $2.24, or 18.73%, to $9.72 after announcing last night that its CEO Jill Granoff has resigned. In the wake of that news, William Blair downgraded the stock today to Market Perform from Outperform. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which dropped $4.73, or 7.44%, to $58.81 after cutting both quarterly and yearly guidance last night, which was followed by a downgrade of the stock at Citi this morning. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 75.90, or 0.42%, to 18,053.58, the Nasdaq rose 33.38, or 0.66%, to 5,104.89, and the S&P 500 gained 9.35, or 0.45%, to 2,108.95.
15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises after UBS says buy ahead of expected breakout
Shares of Coca-Cola (KO) are rising following an upgrade at UBS, with the research firm saying the stock is "poised" to break out of its trading range. WHAT'S NEW: Stephen Powers of UBS issued a research note on Coca-Cola this morning, upgrading the stock to Buy from Neutral and raising his price target to $48 from $44. Powers cited "increasing probability" that Coca-Cola shares will break out of their $37-$44 trading band within the next year, saying the company "should find relief" if macroeconomic factors ease. Powers added that the company "has made great strides" over the past 10 months in productivity and price realization and the analyst believes Coca-Cola could accelerate its U.S. refranchising and expand its cost-cutting target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's upgrade follows a June 1 note from BMO Capital alleging that carbonated soft drinks are not in a structural decline, contrary to widespread perception. BMO's Amit Sharma upgraded Coca-Cola that day to Outperform, saying he expects Coke’s sales and EPS growth to get back to near the company's long-term targets in 2016 and for the company to start seeing more bottomline benefits from its cost savings program in 2017. Conversely, in a July 8 note on Coke's competitor, PepsiCo (PEP), Wells Fargo countered that scanner results suggested soft drink volumes were under pressure in the U.S. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Coca-Cola rose 1.2% in afternoon trading, standing at $41.17 at time of writing.
10:01 EDTKOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:32 EDTCAGFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hold a symposium
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05:59 EDTKOCoca-Cola upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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