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May 13, 2014
12:28 EDTRAX, KO, WHR, GMCR, HALO, RDENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday after a report showed that retail sales barely rose in April. The Nasdaq, which has been the market leader all year, was in negative territory near noon, while the Dow and S&P 500 were both slightly positive. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index rose to 95.2 in April, beating the consensus forecast for a 94.5 reading. Retail sales edged up 0.1% in April from the prior month, missing expectations for a 0.4% monthly increase. A measure of import prices fell 0.4% in April, compared to a forecast for a 0.3% increase. Export prices, which were also expected to fractionally increase, declined 1.0%. In China, retail sales increased 11.9% in April compared to the same month of last year, which was a bit below expectations. Industrial production growth in the month also slightly trailed the consensus forecast, rising 8.7%. In Europe, the Zew economic sentiment index for the euro area unexpectedly slipped to 55.2 in May from 61.2 in April. Also, a Wall Street Journal report indicated that the Bundesbank is ready to support a package of ECB easing measures in June to include a negative deposit rate and purchases of asset-backed securities. COMPANY NEWS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) shares rose nearly 10% after Coca-Cola (KO) disclosed a deal to purchase additional shares, which increase Coke's stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. In February, Coca-Cola agreed to buy a 10% stake in Green Mountain for $1.25B, with an option to increase its stake in the future. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO), which gained over 15% after reporting first quarter results and announcing that a committee supervising one of its previously halted clinical studies now supports continued enrollment of patients. Also higher was cloud company Rackspace (RAX), which advanced more than 7% after its first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was perfume and cosmetic maker Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which plunged 20% after unexpectedly reporting a third quarter loss amid weaker than expected sales. Elizabeth Arden also confirmed that it has engaged Goldman Sachs (GS) to assist its board in looking into potential strategic alternatives, as had been reported by Reuters last month. Also lower were shares of appliance maker Whirlpool (WHR), which fell 3% after research firm Longbow downgraded the stock following its April retailer survey indicated a growth slowdown in both wholesale and sell-through volumes against the backdrop of a slowing U.S. housing sector. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.99, or 0.1%, to 16,711.46, the Nasdaq was down 11.17, or 0.27%, to 4,132.68, and the S&P 500 was up 0.66, or 0.03%, to 1,897.31.
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July 22, 2015
07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says 'work to do,' but confident right plans in place
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 global volume growth of 2%
Coca-Cola said global sparkling beverage volume growth in the quarter was led by 1% growth in brand Coca-Cola, 6% growth in Coca-Cola Zero, 3% growth in Sprite and 2% growth in Fanta. Growth in these brands was partially offset by a 7% decline in Diet Coke. The company gained global value and volume share in sparkling beverages in the quarter. Global still beverage volume growth in the quarter reflects 7% growth in ready-to-drink tea, 8% growth in packaged water and double-digit growth in value-added dairy. Volume growth in these categories was partially offset by a 1% decline in juice and juice drinks attributable to price increases taken to cover higher input costs and continued industry softness in certain markets. The company gained global value and volume share in still beverages, juice and juice drinks, ready-to-drink tea and sports drinks in the quarter.
07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola now targeting FY15 net share repurchases of $2B-$2.5B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees currency to be 7 point headwind to Q3 revenue
For Q3, Coca-Cola estimates that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, a 13 point headwind on operating income and a 10 point headwind on income before taxes.
07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola backs comparable currency neutral growth expectations
Coca-Cola estimates that the net impact of structural items on FY15 results will be a 1 point headwind on both net revenues and income before taxes. The company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its reported results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, its existing hedge positions, and the cycling of its prior year rates, Coke estimates that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, an 11 point headwind on operating income, and a 7 to 8 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year.
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 comparable EPS 63c, consensus 60c
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06:10 EDTWHRWhirlpool backs FY15 ongoing business EPS of $12.00-$13.00, consensus $12.28
For the FY15, Whirlpool continues to expect to generate free cash flow of approximately $700M. Included in this guidance are restructuring cash outlays of up to $250M, capital spending of approximately $750M-$800M and U.S. pension contributions of approximately $72M.
06:08 EDTWHRWhirlpool reports Q2 ongoing business EPS $2.70, consensus $2.62
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July 21, 2015
15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola technical comments ahead of results
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15:09 EDTWHRWhirlpool technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature, best seen on a 2-year chart, is an active bearish head and shoulders top. If the news continues to be bearish, the pattern may continue to develop. The downside potential for the pattern is to the $135 area over time. If the news is a bullish surprise, the first important resistance is not until the neckline of the head and shoulders which is at $175. It would take a breakout above the neckline to halt the pattern, with next resistance at $178.84.
15:02 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
12:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTGMCR, KOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:57 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG GMCR
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July 20, 2015
16:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $46.
16:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
10:26 EDTWHRWhirlpool trades lower, levels to watch
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10:20 EDTWHRWhirlpool issued a Sell rating at Off Wall Street Research
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July 17, 2015
10:52 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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05:55 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA (XOMA) 295, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 50 according to iVolatility.
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