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May 13, 2014
12:28 EDTRDEN, RAX, KO, WHR, GMCR, HALOOn 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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March 26, 2015
14:08 EDTKOPepsi regains number two spot from Diet Coke in cola wars, AP says
Pepsi (PEP) regained the number two spot from Diet Coke (KO) in the cola wars. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the number two spot back in 2010, AP reports. Reference Link
06:02 EDTWHRWhirlpool signs three-year agreement with Dan Ryan Builders
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March 25, 2015
09:33 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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March 23, 2015
11:30 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces launch of K-Mug pods
Keurig Green Mountain announces the addition of Keurig K-Mug pods: pods that brew a large travel mug-size of consumers' beverages, offering even more brewing options within the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is a hot beverage system and the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel mug size of coffee. Available exclusively on Keurig.com, the new K-Mug pods are specially formulated to deliver the quality and strength of flavor that Keurig 2.0 brewer users expect when brewing 12-, 14-, and 16-ounce coffee and other beverages, accommodating both on-the-go lifestyles and those mornings that require more than a cup but less than a carafe.
March 19, 2015
10:28 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain 2.0 system traction disappointing, says Dougherty
Dougherty's said it is cautious on Keurig Green Mountain following checks indicating disappointing traction for the 2.0 brewer system.
06:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO to raise marketing budget, revamp distribution network, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
10:31 EDTKOPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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09:36 EDTKOActive equity options trading on open
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
08:45 EDTHALOHalozyme management to meet with JPMorgan
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06:50 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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