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February 5, 2014
12:26 EDTHAIN, KRFT, WFMHain 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).
News For HAIN;WFM;KRFT From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
07:53 EDTKRFTKraft, Mondelez, others give statements at CAGNY conference, The Deal says
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February 23, 2015
06:14 EDTWFMWhole Foods to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on February 27 at 9 am. Webcast Link
February 20, 2015
15:31 EDTHAINHain Celestial acquires health and beauty products maker Belvedere
Hain Celestial announced the acquisition of Belvedere International, a health and beauty care products maker. "We are excited by the acquisition of the Live Clean brand, which expands our presence in the personal care category and complements our Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica and JASON brands that we sell into Canada. This acquisition increases the scale of our Canadian operations to over $150M in net sales and provides us with opportunities for sales expansion and cost efficiencies as we leverage our existing infrastructure in Canada and our manufacturing and research and development expertise in personal care," said Hain CEO Irwin Simon. The Live Clean brand is the leading natural hair care and baby care brand in Canada. In calendar year 2014 Belvedere had approximately $25M in net sales and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2016.
February 19, 2015
09:35 EDTWFMOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
February 18, 2015
12:25 EDTWFMWhole Foods February weekly volatility at 30 into investor conference
Whole Foods February call option implied volatility is at 33, February weekly is at 29, March is at 24, April is at 23, August is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional near term price movement into a February 26-27 investor conference.
07:59 EDTWFMWhole Foods recommended ahead of investor conference at Morgan Stanley
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February 17, 2015
10:51 EDTWFMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:08 EDTKRFTKraft Foods names James Kehoe CFO
Kraft Foods announced that it has named James Kehoe Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He rejoins the company from Gildan Activewear, a supplier of branded basic family apparel in Canada, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.
08:00 EDTKRFTGildan Activewear announces resignation of new CFO
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07:15 EDTHAIN, KRFTConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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February 13, 2015
17:24 EDTWFMWhole Foods to postpone Annual Meeting of Stockholders
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