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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.
News For GMCR;KO;RDEN;WHR;RAX;HALO From The Last 14 Days
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December 15, 2014
18:05 EDTWHRWhirlpool lowers FY14 GAAP EPS to $8.00-$8.20 from $9.40-$9.90
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18:04 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees FY14 ongoing EPS $10.90-$11.10, consensus $11.65
For the full-year 2014, the company continues to expect to generate free cash flow of $650M-$700M.
18:03 EDTWHRWhirlpool sees FY15 ongoing EPS $14.00-$15.00, consensus $14.50
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17:16 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY15 comparable currency neutral EPS growth similar to FY14
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16:27 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 2015 net share repurchases of $2B-$3B
As previously indicated, the company does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Longer term, the company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the company now expects a 5 to 6 point currency headwind on profit before tax in 2015. The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations in 2015 is currently expected to be 22.5%. In 2015, the company is targeting net share repurchases of $2B to $3B.
16:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 9 point currency headwind on Q4 EPS
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16:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 4%-5%
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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13:52 EDTKOWintergreen says Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent 'incapable' of leading turnaround
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12:01 EDTWHRWhirlpool volatility increases into Investors Day
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06:38 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain transferring coffee buying to Switzerland, Reuters says
Keurig Green Mountain is moving a majority of its U.S. coffee buying operations to Switzerland, emulating its competitors, according to Reuters. The move will make the company "a global beverage player," Reuters quoted a Green Mountain spokeswoman as saying. Reference Link
December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:10 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson
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December 11, 2014
14:55 EDTRAXRackspace management to meet with William Blair
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10:13 EDTRDENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces expanded agreement with Caribou Coffee
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07:49 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden initiated with an Underperform at Raymond James
07:34 EDTRAXBarclays to hold a bus tour
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December 10, 2014
11:41 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee December calls active
Green Mountain Coffee December weekly 140 calls are active on total call volume of 2,200 contracts, compared to its open interest of 395 contracts. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, December is at 37, January is at 32, March is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement
10:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola to host conference call
Conference call to address financial and modeling-related questions will be held on December 15 at 4:30 pm. Webcast Link
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