|February 3, 2014|
|08:54 EDT||GMCR, WMT, TGT, BBBY||Sales of Green Mountain Keurig strong through January, says Longbow|
Longbow reports that sales of Green Mountain's (GMCR) Keurig brewer rose year-over-year over the last several weeks at Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), and Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY), despite difficult comparisons. The firm adds that demand for K-Cup coffee pods was up by double digit percentage levels at almost all the retailers it surveyed. Longbow reports that K-Cup pricing was "largely stable" for Green Mountain's owned and licensed K-Cups recently. It keeps a $94 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
News For GMCR;TGT;WMT;BBBY From The Last 14 Days
|December 11, 2014|
|09:08 EDT||WMT||Wal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says|
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|09:00 EDT||GMCR||Keurig Green Mountain announces expanded agreement with Caribou Coffee|
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|06:34 EDT||WMT||Judge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports |
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
|December 10, 2014|
|14:31 EDT||WMT||Wal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.|
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmartís International People Division.
|11:41 EDT||GMCR||Green 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
|December 8, 2014|
|16:24 EDT||WMT||On The Fly: Closing Wrap|
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the dayís activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
|12:40 EDT||WMT||On The Fly: Midday Wrap|
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|10:49 EDT||WMT||Liquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal|
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
|10:03 EDT||WMT||Liquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird|
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|09:20 EDT||WMT||Liquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital|
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
|09:13 EDT||WMT||Liquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement|
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJís rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Martís retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Martís failure to honor the companyís exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the companyís exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
|December 5, 2014|
|15:12 EDT||WMT||Barnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports|
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
|09:19 EDT||WMT||Dollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar|
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar Generalís documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar Generalís strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar Generalís SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollarís documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholdersí meeting now scheduled for December 23.
|December 4, 2014|
|16:02 EDT||GMCR||Keurig Green Mountain to acquire Bevyz Global for $220M|
Keurig Green Mountain announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the outstanding equity of MDS Global Holding p.l.c. that it does not already own. The transaction is valued at approximately $220M in cash, based on exchange rates as of the close of business on December 3. Keurig currently owns approximately 15% of Bevyz on a fully diluted basis and will fund the acquisition with cash on hand. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the next month. Following the acquisition, Bevyzís roughly 50 employees will become part of Keurigís technology and product systems teams and are expected to continue to be located primarily in the Netherlands and Malta. Keurig reiterated its FY15 and Q1 guidance provided in its November 19, earnings press release.
|16:01 EDT||GMCR||Keurig Green Mountain to acquire Bevyz Global for $220M|
|13:39 EDT||TGT||Target executive says tough to choose between TV, Facebook, BI reports|
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|10:08 EDT||WMT||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BIND Therapeutics (BIND) downgraded at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... DISH (DISH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Gildan Activewear (GIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at GMP Securities... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Nevsun Resources (NSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... SeaChange (SEAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Thor Industries (THO) downgraded at BMO Capital... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... UTi Worldwide (UTIW) downgraded at Stifel... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Vermilion Energy (VET) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
|09:37 EDT||WMT||Active equity options trading|
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|08:37 EDT||GMCR||Keurig Green Mountain acquires Laughing Man Coffee and Tea brand |
Keurig Green Mountain announced it has acquired the Laughing Man Coffee and Tea brand from Laughing Man Worldwide. Keurig will introduce Laughing Manís curated selection of gourmet coffees and teas to Keurig brand packs for use in Keurig brewers beginning in spring 2015. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
|06:17 EDT||WMT||Wal-Mart downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS|
UBS downgraded Wal-Mart to Neutral based on balanced risk/reward. Price target remains $91.