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August 6, 2014
13:31 EDTSJM, GMCR, NSRGYEarnings Preview: Keurig Green Mountain expects Q3 EPS of 83c-88c
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 6, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Keurig Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffee maker businesses and owns the "Keurig" brand of single-serve coffee makers and products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 88c on revenue of $1.05B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-96c on revenue of $980M-$1.16B. LAST QUARTER: Keurig Green Mountain reported second quarter EPS of $1.08 excluding items against estimates for 94c, on revenue of $1.1B against estimates for $1.05B. The company forecast Q3 EPS of 83c-88c and net sales growth in the high single digits over the third quarter of fiscal year 2013. At that time Keurig Green Mountain also forecast its fiscal year 2014 adjusted EPS view of $3.63-$3.73 against estimates at that time of $3.72, and guided to FY14 net sales growth in the high single digits over fiscal year 2013. The company also forecast FY14 free cash flow of $250M-$350M and capital expenditures of $350M-$400M. Keurig also announced an additional $1B share repurchase plan. NEWS: As it reported its Q2 earnings, Keurig announced a multi-year agreement with J.M. Smucker (SJM) for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and sale of the Smucker family of coffee brands, including the Folgers, Folgers Gourmet Selections, Café Bustelo and Millstone brands, into Keurig portion packs formats. During the quarter, Keurig announced a multi-year agreement with Nestle U.S.A. (NSRGY) to bring Coffee-Mate branded coffee with creamer to K-Cup packs. At June's William Blair Growth Stock Conference, Keurig said its cold system will be launched in 2015. STREET RESEARCH: Argus upgraded Keurig Green Mountain to Buy from Hold in June and expects FY14 revenue growth of 10% as sales of K-Cups and brewers increase. During the quarter, shares were also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham and initiated with a Neutral rating at BTIG. Greenlight Capital is "short" Keurig Green Mountain. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Keurig Green Mountain shares are up almost 25%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 57%. Ahead of today's earnings, shares are up almost 1% to $118.65.
News For GMCR;SJM;NSRGY From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
09:53 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain Keurig 2.0 sales deteriorated in January, says OTR Global
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January 26, 2015
14:54 EDTGMCRLavazza to sell portion of Keurig Green Mountain stake
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January 23, 2015
13:19 EDTGMCRKeurig has negative read-through from Starbucks K-cup data, says Detwiler Fenton
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13:07 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain mentioned cautiously at Detwiler Fenton
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10:50 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Green Mountain Coffee January weekly 142 and 145 calls are active on total call volume of 3,200 contracts (600 puts). January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 54, March is at 43; 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.
10:37 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain moves up on renewed takeover chatter
Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are moving higher on speculation Coca-Cola (KO) may acquire the rest of the company.
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTGMCROn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Neutral at Consumer Edge Research
January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTSJMOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
06:04 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:02 EDTSJMHershey downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 20, 2015
06:51 EDTNSRGYNestle to invest about $140M in Egypt over next few years, Reuters says
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTNSRGYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:32 EDTNSRGYNestle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Natixis
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05:32 EDTNSRGYNestle downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTGMCRKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.

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