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February 5, 2014
12:26 EDTHAIN, WFM, 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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July 22, 2014
10:00 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:35 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research downgraded Whole Foods to Underperform based on checks that indicate increased promotions and weaker sales trends.
08:21 EDTWFMWhole Foods continues to have share gain opportunities, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley believes Whole Foods can continue to grow its share within the natural/organic market to 29% in 2018 from 24% in 2013. The firm said Whole Foods benefits from its leading position and sees upside potential to estimates. Shares are Overweight rated with a $50 price target.
July 21, 2014
06:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 43 at upper end of index mean range
July 17, 2014
15:02 EDTHAINHain Celestial acquires remaining 51.3% of Hain Pure Protein
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07:46 EDTWFMWhole Foods share price could get worse before it gets better, says UBS
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July 16, 2014
05:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 42 at upper end of index mean range
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July 15, 2014
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
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July 13, 2014
15:54 EDTWFMGameStop, TJX, Staples, three other retailers look cheap, Barron's says
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July 11, 2014
11:45 EDTWFMStocks with call strike movement; YHOO WFM
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July 10, 2014
08:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods 2H comps guidance may be too high, says Cantor
Cantor remains concerned about the effects of competitive pricing pressure on Whole Foods. The firm thinks the company could face execution challenges going forward, and it believes that the company's multiple remains too high, given its challenges. The firm cut its price target on the shares to $34 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the stock.
July 9, 2014
06:06 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 41 at upper end of index mean range
July 8, 2014
18:49 EDTWFMWhole Foods recalls two pre-packaged salads in Northeast, AP reports
As a result of a mislabeling of allergens, Whole Foods is recalling two pre-packaged salads sold in three northeastern states, AP reports. Reference Link
12:45 EDTWFMThe Fresh Market sinks after Goldman downgrade to Sell
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