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November 1, 2012
14:48 EDTCOST, GMCRGreen Mountain to manufacture Costco brand K-Cup packs
Green Mountain (GMCR) announced it is the exclusive manufacturer of Costco Kirkland Signature brand K-Cup packs for the Keurig single cup brewing system. Green Mountain has developed two blends exclusively for Costco with 100% Arabica coffees: Breakfast Blend and Pacific Bold. The varieties, packaged in 100-count boxes, will be available beginning in mid-November in Costco warehouses where K-Cup packs are currently sold, as well as on Costco.com.
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April 17, 2015
17:01 EDTCOSTCostco reauthorizes $4B stock repurchase program, raises dividend
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15:39 EDTCOSTCostco deal with Visa, Citi has 'near zero' acceptance costs, Bloomberg says
Costco’s (COST) acceptance costs will be near zero under the terms of its new deal with Visa (V) and Citigroup (C), compared to the roughly 0.6% of each transaction it currently pays to incumbent card partner American Express (AXP), reported Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal. Reference Link
05:56 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ATHX GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Athersys (ATHX) 415, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 52 according to iVolatility.
April 16, 2015
09:21 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain attractive long-term but challenges remain, says UBS
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05:59 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ATHX GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Athersys (ATHX) 390, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 53 according to iVolatility.
April 15, 2015
14:58 EDTCOSTEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Citi after asset sales, CCAR approval
Citigroup (C), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report first quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $19.82B. The consensus range is $1.32-$1.45 for EPS on revenue of $18.43B-$20.36B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Citi said it was committed to its 2015 targets and to returning capital to shareholders. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported fourth quarter EPS of 6c, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 11c. The company’s revenue came in below expectations at 17.81B. Citi CEO Michael Corbat said at the time: "While the overall results for 2014 fell short of our expectations, we did make significant progress on our top priorities... Although we made some difficult decisions over the course of the year, I believe they allowed us to put our franchise in a position to have a successful 2015." NEWS: On March 2, Costco (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). Under the terms of the agreements, Citi would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. The next day, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf (LEAF) for a purchase price of $4.25B. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to approvals and other customary conditions. The sale, along with retirement of related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1B, the bank stated. On March 5, the Federal Reserve said that Citi had passed its Dodd-Frank stress test, as did all 31 banks that were examined. About a week later, the central bank announced it had not objected to the capital plans of 28 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. After the Fed advised Citi that it has no objection to the planned capital actions requested by the bank, Citi said it will increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. Citi also announced plans for a common stock repurchase program of up to $7.8B during the five quarters starting in the Q2. At the end of March, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Also in March, Citi announced that it has sold 396M common shares in Akbank T.A.S. through an equity offering representing its entire 9.9% equity interest in the company. Total proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.15B at then current exchange rates. The financial terms of those two transactions are not material to Citi, the bank noted. STREET RESEARCH: On February 10, Deutsche Bank upgraded Citi to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $51. Deutsche said then that it believed the decline in the stock since the firm's December 4 downgrade had priced in some of the earnings risk, but added the FY15 consensus estimates for Citi still looked too high. On March 17, Deutsche Bank further raised its price target for Citi shares to $56 from $54, citing positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, its credit card deal with Costco and the Fed's stress test results. On March 3, JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup to Overweight, saying the Costco co-branding credit card deal will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm said it expects the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. The next day, Morgan Stanley said it believes Citi's sale of OneMain and its new Costco partnership imply, when taken together, that the bank is substituting OneMain's higher risk assets with the Costco portfolio, which has a lower yield, risk and RWA. Such a trade will be viewed favorably by regulators, the firm said. Morgan Stanley, which has an Overweight rating on Citi, said then it sees potential upside to its $60 price target on Citi shares if capital freed from the OneMain sale is returned to shareholders. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's report, Citi rose over 1% to $53.31. Over the last three months, Citi shares are up nearly 13%.
11:09 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:50 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain active amid renewed takeover chatter
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April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
06:08 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GMCR HOT
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April 13, 2015
16:23 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
Susquehanna started shares of Keurig Green Mountain with a Positive rating saying K-cup volume growth and the new Keurig Kold could drives shares to $154 by April 2016. The firm believes the stock could get back to $200 if investor confidence in Keurig's products returns. Shares of the single cup brewer seller closed the day down 15c to $116.39.
07:15 EDTCOSTAmerican Express shares could hit $105 in 18 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Robert Napoli says shares of American Express (AXP) are trading at nearly a 20% valuation discount to the S&P 500, reflecting "very high" pessimism in the name. Napoli tells investors today that other periods of "extreme pessimism" for American Express included 1998, 2001, and 2008/2009, with each proving to be a buying opportunity. He believes the current period will be no different. Napoli expects Amex shares to trend to historical valuation levels as investors look past the loss of Costco (COST) and better appreciate the company's growth opportunities. The analyst believes a stock price of around $105 is “reasonable” in about 18 months. The credit card issuer closed Friday up 43c to $79.59.
April 10, 2015
08:55 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain global expansion underappreciated, says Goldman
Goldman believes Keurig Green Mountain's global expansion opportunity is underappreciated. The firm said single-serve coffee is significantly under penetrated and Keurig Green Mountain has the potential to capture 10%-30% of the market and derive $285M in incremental sales by 2020. Goldman views the recent pullback as another compelling entry point and reiterates its Buy rating and $160 price target.
April 9, 2015
11:11 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:56 EDTCOSTCostco March comps slow but underlying trends solid, says Baird
Baird noted that March comps for Costco were below expectations and trends slowed from their recent pace, but said that underlying comps remain solid. The firm said shares could dip on the headlines, but they would be buyers, as they believe Costco offers a compelling value proposition, consistent traffic flow, and a loyal member base. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $165 price target on Costco shares.
05:23 EDTCOSTCostco and Tmall Global release joint statement regarding 'false claims'
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05:17 EDTCOSTCostco reports March net sales $10.4B vs. $10.43B last year
The calendar shift negatively impacted this year's net and comparable sales by an estimated 1%-1.5%. Reports March comparable sales down 2%, March U.S. comparable sales flat, March international comparable sales down 9%. Reports March comparable sales, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange up 4%, U.S. comparable sales excluding negative impacts up 4%, international comparable sales excluding negative impacts up 4%.
April 8, 2015
11:29 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility
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April 7, 2015
12:36 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility
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