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July 14, 2014
06:27 EDTMDLZ, RMCF, HSYLindt & Sprüngli acquires Russell Stover Candies
The Lindt & Sprüngli Group is acquiring the traditional U.S. family business Russell Stover Candies, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Lindt & Sprüngli is financing the acquisition through net cash resources and bank loans and expects the transaction to make a strong positive contribution to the earnings per share from 2015 onwards. It has been agreed not to disclose the purchase price and other contractual details. Other companies that are in the confectionary industry in North America include Hershey (HYS) Rocky Mountain Chocolate (RMCF) and Mondelez (MDLZ). Reference Link
News For HSY;RMCF;MDLZ From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
10:33 EDTHSYHershey settlement to stop import of some U.K. sweets, NY Times reports
Let’s Buy British Imports agreed last week to stop importing all Cadbury’s chocolate made overseas and halted imports of certain candies that infringe trademarks held by Hershey, reported The New York Times on Friday. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTHSYOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:09 EDTHSYDeutsche Bank cuts Hershey on valuation, fundamental concerns
Deutsche Bank downgraded Hershey to Hold from Buy citing valuation, saying the stock is trading at a 25% premium to peers. Deutsche also has some fundamental concerns, as it believes the U.S. category could get more promotional with privately-held Mars trying to regain market share. It also thinks high end chocolate is increasing share in the U.S., and notes Hershey continues to be underrepresented in that segment. Deutsche raised its price target for Hershey shares to $111 from $109 to go along with the downgrade.
06:49 EDTHSYHershey downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTHSYOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:49 EDTHSYHershey initiated with a Mixed view at OTR Global
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTHSYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:02 EDTHSYHershey downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTHSYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:23 EDTHSYHershey upgraded on input cost declines at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Hershey to Outperform from Market Perform saying "sudden and steep" input cost declines, coupled with a U.S. price increase, will drive better than expected gross margins. Wells points out that since Hershey's U.S. price increase of 8% in July, milk powder prices have declined by 40%, international sugar prices are down 13%, and cocoa inflation has flattened. It raised its price target range for Hershey shares to $122-$124 from $93-$95. The chocolate maker closed yesterday up $1.44 to $108.46.
05:46 EDTHSYHershey upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTHSYKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTHSYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:30 EDTHSYHershey upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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