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February 5, 2014
12:26 EDTWFM, HAIN, KRFTHain Celestial tumbles despite record quarterly results, increased guidance
Shares of Hain Celestial (HAIN), which manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic products, are falling despite the company reporting record second quarter results and raising its fiscal 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Hain Celestial reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 87c and revenue of $535M, both records for the company. Consensus expectations were for EPS of 87c and revenue of $537.75M, respectively. The company raised its FY14 EPS forecast to $3.07-$3.15 from $2.95-$3.05, and boosted its FY14 revenue view to $2.115B-$2.145B from $2.025B-$2.05B. FY14 consensus estimates were $3.11 and $2.14B, respectively. Hain did note that its gross margin was impacted by higher commodity costs, product mix, and a shift in trade spending to point of sale activities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive. Research firm Jefferies said any pullback in Hain Celestialís shares represented an entry point. The firm noted management stated that Q3 was off to a strong start. Jefferies lowered its price target for shares to $97 from $99 and kept a Buy rating on Hain. Another firm, BMO Capital, said concerns about Hain may create a buying opportunity. BMO Capital believed that concerns about a deceleration in the company's U.S. growth were misplaced. The firm argued that the company is poised to exceed sales/earnings expectations in the near term, and it kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hain Celestial fell $6.84 or 7.5% to $84.15 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up over 40%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hainís competitors include Whole Foods (WFM) and Kraft Foods (KRFT).
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTHAINOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:23 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTHAINHain Celestial downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 11, 2014
07:51 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
10:19 EDTHAINHigh option volume stocks
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06:09 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN WFM
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Whole Foods (WFM) 20 according to iVolatility.
December 8, 2014
07:08 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $129 from $117 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Hain Celestial shares to $129 after meeting with management and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. The firm believes Hain continues to experience strong shipment and takeaway trends.
06:13 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
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