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March 14, 2014
12:31 EDTGIS, ULTA, CTB, CELG, GMCR, ARO, SBUXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street traded in a narrow band on either side of the flat-line in the early going, as the news flow continues to be dominated by developments between Russia and Ukraine. Stocks opened in quiet fashion and moved to the upside early in the session. The market was unable to hold its gains, however, and reversed course following a report that indicated that consumer sentiment has fallen this month. The averages crossed back into positive territory right before noon, but the market has remained in a narrow range throughout the morning's swings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., producer prices fell 0.1% overall in February, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, fell 0.2%, versus an expected increase of 0.1%. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey for March unexpectedly dropped to a four-month low of 79.9. The preliminary reading for the month was expected by analysts to have come in at 81.8, which would have been a slight bump from the prior 81.6 figure. In Europe, one person reportedly died and several were injured after violent clashes in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk amid demonstrations from those opposed to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea. Also, reports indicated the Russian military conducted another military exercise near Ukraine on Thursday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of single-serve coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose nearly 9% after the company agreed to new terms in its deal with coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX). Research firm Buckingham said its views Keurig's amended deal with Starbucks as a positive event for both companies. The new agreement lets Keurig pursue additional premium unlicensed brands and provides Starbucks an opportunity for better margins, said the firm... Shares of teen retailer Aeropostale (ARO) fell almost 14% after its fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook missed analysts' consensus expectations. The retailer also entered a financing deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners for a strategic partnership and $150M in senior secured credit facilities. Aeropostale will also issue convertible preferred stock to Sycamore that gives the firm the right to acquire up to 5% of the company's common stock at an exercise price of $7.25, the closing price of the company's common stock on March 12. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty retailer Ulta Salon (ULTA), which advanced over 7% after the company’s fourth quarter results beat estimates. Also higher following its quarterly earnings report was tire maker Cooper Tire & Rubber (CTB), which rose nearly 8%. Among the noteworthy losers was Celgene (CELG), which dropped almost 3% after the U.K.'s healthcare guidance body issued new draft guidance on the use of the company's Revlimid drug. Also lower were shares of cereal and packaged foods maker General Mills (GIS), which slid 2% after the company warned its third quarter earnings could miss expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.15, or 0.01%, to 16,110.04, the Nasdaq was up 1.74, or 0.04%, to 4,262.16, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 1,846.36.
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April 23, 2015
16:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q4 adjusted EPS 42c-43c
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16:05 EDTSBUXStarbucks backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $1.55-$1.57, consensus $1.57
16:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-41c, consensus 40c
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16:03 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 33c
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15:00 EDTSBUXNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:56 EDTSBUXStarbucks April 49.5 weekly straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
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13:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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12:35 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q2 EPS 32c-33c on split-adjusted basis
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 31c-35c on revenue of $4.39B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, in-line with analysts' estimates, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. The company said comparable store transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S. and nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. In conjunction with its earnings release, Starbucks announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer. NEWS: At the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March, the company announced a two-for-one stock split. On a split-adjusted basis, the company revised its Q2 EPS view to 32c-33c to account for the planned stock split; previous Q2 EPS guidance was 64c-65c. The company also revised its EPS guidance for fiscal year 2015 to $1.55-$1.57, which compares to analysts' estimates of $1.57; the company's pre-split FY15 EPS view was $3.09-$3.13. At the meeting, Starbucks announced two delivery models, including a collaboration with Postmates, which will allow customers to order their food and beverage items via the Starbucks mobile app, and a "Green Apron" barista delivery option enabling customers within specified office-buildings to order food and beverages for delivery. Starbucks also reaffirmed its goal to grow its market capitalization to $100B and announced an agreement with Chinese food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. During the quarter, Evolution Fresh, a unit of Starbucks, and Dannon (DANOY) said they would launch co-branded yogurt products. They said they planned to launch Evolution Fresh Smoothies in 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and in select Starbucks locations within grocery stores nationwide. Starbucks raised suspicions among European regulators and local governments by reporting losses despite hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales, The Wall Street Journal reported in early April. STREET RESEARCH: BMO Capital recently initiated Starbucks with an Outperform rating, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. Shares were also recently initiated at Guggenheim with a Buy rating and $56 target and with an Outperform rating and $56 target at Cowen. Goldman said Starbucks is its top pick in the sector and expects an in-line earnings report. Additionally, the firm expects Starbucks to comment on mobile ordering and the potential for traffic acceleration in the back half of the year and into 2016. Piper Jaffray raised its split-adjusted price target for shares of Starbucks to $55 from $53, which implies 16% upside from current levels. Piper's five-year model suggests the company's earnings double. The firm has an Overweight rating on the stock. Bernstein increased its price target on Starbucks as the firm estimates that falling coffee prices will add at least 3c-4c to the company's fiscal 2016 EPS. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are up about 1.2% to $48.93.
12:06 EDTSBUXStreet Check: Goldman made good call on Dunkin' Brands
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09:20 EDTCELGCelgene patent latest to be challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
The Coalition For Affordable Drugs, a group linked to Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass, has requested an Inter Partes Review of Claims 1–10 of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,501 held by Celgene (CELG), according to a USPTO filing. The ’501 patent claims methods for delivering a drug, including a teratogenic drug, to a patient while preventing the exposure of a fetus or other contraindicated individuals to the drug. The patent is related to the company's Revlimid drug. BACKGROUND: Previously, the same coalition requested an Inter Partes Review of patents held by Pharmacyclics (PCYC), Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), Shire (SHPG) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ). On January 7, Reuters reported that Bass planned to take "around 15 pharmaceutical companies with a combined market capitalization of $450B" into an Inter Partes Review for extending patents in questionable ways, citing a presentation made by Bass in Oslo. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Celgene are down 0.5% to $114.92 in pre-market trading.
April 22, 2015
14:57 EDTSBUXStarbucks April weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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05:58 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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April 21, 2015
06:03 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MannKind (MNKD) 75, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 52 according to iVolatility.
April 20, 2015
16:13 EDTSBUXEvolution Fresh announces new suite of fruit and vegetable juices
Evolution Fresh, a Starbucks company, announced a new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles. Available nationwide on grocery shelves this spring, this new line includes five new cold-pressed juice blends and one current favorite, adding even more variety to Evolution Fresh’s portfolio of 42 cold-pressed juices available in original 15.2 fl. oz. and multi-serve bottles. The new varieties are available for a suggested retail price of $3.99-$4.79 at grocery stores nationwide.
10:00 EDTCTBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTGISOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:24 EDTCTBCooper Tire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
SunTrust downgraded Cooper Tire to Neutral and removed it from the Top Pick list to reflect balanced risk/reward. The firm said it has been surprised by the lack of recent price increases and has a more moderated views of upside scenarios. Price target remains $46.
08:10 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain valuation compelling, says Morgan Stanley
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06:20 EDTGISGeneral Mills upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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06:06 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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