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March 14, 2014
12:31 EDTCTB, CELG, GIS, ULTA, ARO, SBUX, GMCROn 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.
News For GMCR;SBUX;ARO;ULTA;CELG;CTB;GIS From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
15:59 EDTSBUXOptions Update; February 5, 2016
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15:38 EDTSBUXStarbucks volatility increases as shares pull back
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12:26 EDTSBUX, ULTAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:26 EDTCELGLeerink biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:04 EDTCELGCelgene resumed with a Market Perform at Leerink
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February 4, 2016
16:37 EDTCELGCelgene reinitiated with a Market Perform at Leerink
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10:54 EDTSBUXDunkin' same-store sales fall amid increased competition
Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) reported higher than expected top and bottom line fourth quarter results this morning, but the company noted that same-store sales fell 0.8% for its flagship Dunkin' Donuts brand in the U.S. The company's same-store sales decline was in contrast to Starbucks (SBUX), which recently reported a comparable store sales increase in the U.S., and come after McDonald's (MCD) launched its "All-Day Breakfast" initiative. WHAT'S NEW: Dunkin' reported Q4 earnings per share of 52c, versus the consensus estimate of 50c. Its Q4 revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, the chain reported that its same-store sales slid 0.8% versus the same period a year earlier in its Dunkin' Donuts locations. The company provided fiscal 2016 earnings guidance that was in-line with expectations, excluding certain items. It expects its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts same-store sales to rise 0%-2% in fiscal 2016. In comparison, Starbucks reported that its Americas same-store sales jumped 9% in Q4. Of note, Dunkin' Brands raised its dividend by 13% to 30c per share. ANALYST REACTION: Dunkin's same-store sales came in below expectations, wrote Michael Gallo, an analyst at CL King. However, excluding a decline of 1.2 percentage points in sales of the company's K-cup offerings, the company's same-store sales were flat, he stated. McDonald's launch of all-day breakfast clearly negatively impacted Dunkin, as guest traffic at Dunkin's stores fell one percentage point, the analyst stated. Gallo kept a Buy rating on the shares but noted that he was placing his price target under review. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dunkin Brands shares gained 2% to $41.72.
10:36 EDTCELGCelgene February weekly calls activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:31 EDTCELGRumor: Celgene strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of Celgene (CELG) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Bristol-Meyers (BMY) is interested in acquiring the company.
10:10 EDTGMCROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:56 EDTGMCRSONIC, Keurig Green Mountain announce coffee partnership
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07:06 EDTSBUXWaste Management to hold a forum
2016 Executive Sustainability Forum is being held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 4.
February 3, 2016
08:57 EDTCELGPullback in biotech makes M&A more attractive, says UBS
UBS analyst Andrew Peters noted the pullback in small and mid-cap biotechs and said a consequence of the lower valuations may be an increased appetite for M&A by the larger firms. Peters noted Gilead (GILD) commented on its earnings call that "there's no question" the pullback has made M&A more attractive. UBS said with valuations so far off their highs, the question remains whether management and boards will accept deals at such depressed levels.
February 2, 2016
08:53 EDTCELGPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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February 1, 2016
08:19 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain will not be issuing Q1 earnings or updating guidance
As previously disclosed, on December 6, 2015, Keurig Green Mountain entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Acorn Holdings B.V., a private limited liability company incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, Maple Holdings Acquisition Corp.. Due to the pending Merger, the company is neither updating nor reaffirming its prior earnings guidance, and will not be issuing a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings release or holding a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings call for investors and financial analysts.
07:24 EDTSBUXEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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January 29, 2016
14:39 EDTAROAeropostale by-law change suggests potential for 'go-private' deal, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Richard Jaffe noted that Aeropostale amended and restated its by-laws earlier this week so that any director, or the entire board, may be removed, with or without cause, by the holders of a majority of the shares, which he believes makes the possibility of the company getting bought out, perhaps in a "go-private" deal led by Sycamore, both easier and more likely. However, Jaffe keeps a Hold rating on shares as he believes the stock is fully valued based on its fundamentals.
12:24 EDTGMCRCitron sees Monster Beverage shares hitting $80 in near term
Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) are likely to hit $80 in the near term, Citron Research writes in a new research report on the energy drink maker. The short-selling research firm says valuing Monster versus Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) results in 48% downside for the stock. "For the sake of the benefit of the doubt we used the post GMCR takeout value as a benchmark to get to $80 a share for Monster," Citron states. Monster shares are down $7.15, or 5%, to $130.05 in midday trading. Reference Link
08:17 EDTCELGCelgene fundamentals, valuation compelling, says Cantor
Cantor says that Celgene's sell-off was not caused by its results, but by other factors such as currency fluctuations. The firm says that the company's EPs growth remains strong, while its pipeline can enable the company to keep growing over the longer term. The firm continues to expect the company to generate strong cash flow, and it reiterates a $163 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:06 EDTCELGUBS said no change to bullish stance on Celgene
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