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April 23, 2014
12:38 EDTGMCREarnings Preview: Starbucks sees FY14 EPS growth 18%-22%, revenue growth of 10%
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 24, 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 56c on revenue of $3.95B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 54c-60c on revenue of $3.91B-$4.05B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 71c against estimates for 69c on revenue of $4.2B against estimates for $4.29B. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, driven by a 4% increase in traffic. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q2 EPS 54c-55c, third quarter EPS 64c-66c, fourth quarter EPS 70c-75c and fiscal year 2014 EPS $2.59-$2.67 against estimates of $2.66. Starbucks sees FY14 revenue growth of 10% or greater against estimates for $16.57B and sees FY14 global comparable store sales growth in the mid single digits. NEWS: In its Q1 earnings report, Starbucks forecast consolidated operating margin improvement of approximately 150-200 basis points in FY13 over the previous fiscal year. The company said it planned to add approximately 1,500 net new stores in 2014. During the quarter, Starbucks said that Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz would focus on innovations in coffee and tea, as well as various technology and loyalty initiatives, while the day-to-operations of the company would be overseen by Troy Alstead, who was promoted to a newly created Chief Operating Officer role from the Chief Financial Officer role. Starbucks senior VP of Corporate Finance, Scott Maw, was promoted to executive VP and Chief Financial Officer. The company recently forecast FY14 EPS growth of 18%-22% on revenue growth of 10%. The company is targeting 15%-20% long-term EPS growth. At the company's annual meeting of shareholders, Schultz said he believes Starbucks is "at least" a $100B market capitalization company and that the company is in the "early innings of growth." Alstead said China and Asia Pacific is the company's fastest-growing region. During the quarter, Starbucks amended its agreement with Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and partnered with Oprah Winfrey for tea. Globes reported that Starbucks is in advanced talks to buy a 10% stake in SodaStream (SODA) at a company value of $1.1B. STREET RESEARCH: Buckingham views the deal with Keurig Green Mountain as a "positive event," as it provides Starbucks an opportunity for better margins. Piper Jaffray sees "virtually no risk" to Starbucks from higher coffee prices as the company is locked through the first quarter of 2015. Morgan Stanley said weakness in Starbucks due to concerns of decelerating comps and higher coffee prices is overdone. Oppenheimer believes that the recent increases in coffee prices are "manageable" for Starbucks, but have "put a major strain" on its ability to outperform 2015 expectations. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares are down over 3.5%. Year-to-date, shares are down almost 10%
11:51 EDTGMCRDr Pepper Snapple says 'pleased' with Keurig Green Mountain deal
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April 22, 2014
14:28 EDTGMCRSunEdison, Conn's rally after Greenlight discloses new stakes
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April 21, 2014
08:06 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage agrees to settle class action suit over Anheuser-Busch pact
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April 17, 2014
15:53 EDTGMCRLuigi Lavazza S.p.A confirms 8% stake in Keurig Green Mountain
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10:11 EDTKSUHigh option volume stocks: CMG INFY GOOGL GOOG SNDK MAT YHOO BX KSU GILD
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April 16, 2014
16:52 EDTKSUKansas City Southern reaffirms FY14 adjusted EPS growth of mid-teens
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16:05 EDTKSUKansas City Southern reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.05, consensus 99c
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15:17 EDTKSUNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:49 EDTGMCRSodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
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April 15, 2014
10:07 EDTGMCRCoca-Cola sees 'significant' currency headwinds for the remainder of this year
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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTAMEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
13:01 EDTAMEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
08:40 EDTAMEAMETEK to acquire Zygo for $19.25 per share in cash
AMETEK (AME) and Zygo (ZIGO) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AMETEK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Zygo at a purchase price of $19.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 31% to Zygo's closing share price on April 10. The aggregate enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $280M, taking into account Zygo's outstanding equity awards and net cash to be acquired in the transaction. The transaction was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Zygo. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Zygo's stockholders and applicable regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of 2Q14.
08:38 EDTAMEAmetek to acquire Zygo for $19.25 per share
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08:33 EDTAMEAmetek to acquire Zygo for $19.25 per share
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April 10, 2014
17:04 EDTKSUKansas City Southern initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie
Target $100.
08:59 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage May volatility elevated at 38
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