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April 16, 2013
11:29 EDTCOKE, KOCoca-Cola climbs after Q1 results, preliminary restructuring deal
Coca-Cola (KO) is advancing after the company announced stronger than expected first quarter results and said that it would look to restructure its U.S. bottling system sooner than previously expected WHAT'S NEW: Coca-Cola's first quarter earnings per share and revenue were both higher than expected. Coke reported earnings per share of 46c, which beat the consensus 45c forecast, on operating revenue of $11.04B, which topped the $11.02B consensus. The beverage maker said that its sales volume increased 4% during the quarter, up from 3% in the previous quarter. The company also announced that it had agreed in principle with five bottling companies to create a franchised bottling system. Under the system, the five companies would receive exclusive rights to bottle Coca-Cola products in some areas of the U.S. The deal will enhance the quality of the bottling operations in these areas, Coca-Cola stated. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to be hammered out by the end of this year, were not disclosed. The territories that will be affected include Tennessee, Alabama, Denver, and Kentucky. One of the bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated (COKE), announced it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to expand its franchise territory. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Citigroup analyst Wendy Nichols wrote that Coca-Cola's results were strong. Moreover, the company's decision to refranchise some of its territories is positive, as uncertainty about the timing and scope of the move had weighed on the stock, Nichols added. She maintained a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Coca-Cola jumped $2.22, or 5.5%, to $42.31. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated rose 3.8% to $60.23.
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April 21, 2014
16:39 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers sends second letter to Buffet on Coca-Cola equity plan
As investors continue to prepare to cast their proxy ballots ahead of the Coca-Cola Company (KO) annual shareholders’ meeting on April 23, David Winters, CEO of Wintergreen Advisers, sent a second letter to Coca-Cola’s largest shareholder, Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B). Winters wrote, “We do not believe it would be consistent with Berkshire’s long ingrained culture to support such a plan at any of your equity holdings, much less one worth nearly $16 billion. If the proposed 2014 Coca Cola Equity Plan were to be approved by its shareholders, the implication for investment returns in our country may be devastating.”
April 17, 2014
13:01 EDTKOInterContinental Hotels, Coca-Cola in strategic alliance
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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTKOSodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
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April 15, 2014
16:22 EDTKOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:58 EDTKOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees improving North America soft drink pricing from Q1
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10:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 'significant' currency headwinds for the remainder of this year
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09:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises after results, levels to watch
Shares are up 2.7% following results from the company earlier this morning. At that price next resistance is at $40.23, a prior pivot high. Support is at $39.28.
09:35 EDTKOActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTKOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises 2.4%
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO: Growth momentum improving in line with expectations
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 net share repurchases $2.5B-$3B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola: Change in exchange rates to have unfavorable impact on op. income
The company says "Based on recent changes to the Venezuelan currency exchange rate mechanisms, we changed the exchange rate we used to remeasure our Venezuelan subsidiary’s financial statements into U.S. dollars... Based on our current projections, we expect this change in exchange rates to have an unfavorable currency impact on our operating income for the remainder of 2014. Additionally, the Venezuelan government issued a new law on fair pricing establishing the maximum profit a business can earn in Venezuela. We are currently evaluating the impact the new law may have on our 2014 operating results. The bottling transactions completed in 2013 are anticipated to have an unfavorable 1% structural impact on both our full-year 2014 net revenues and operating income, with the full impact occurring in the first half of the year. Currency exchange rates are expected to have an unfavorable impact on our reported results in 2014. Based on current spot rates, our existing hedge positions, and the cycling of our prior year rates, we estimate currency will be an approximate 7% headwind on our full-year operating income, and an approximate 7% headwind on our second quarter operating income. This outlook reflects the negative impact of the Venezuela devaluation, partially offset by slight improvements in other currencies as compared to the outlook we provided at the time of our year-end 2013 earnings release."
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q1 comparable EPS 44c, consensus 44c
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April 14, 2014
15:17 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
15:08 EDTKOEarnings Preview: Coca-Cola shares lag market ahead of Q1 report
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14:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola April 39 straddle priced for 2.1% move into Q1
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April 11, 2014
07:39 EDTKOCoca-Cola April volatility increases into Q1 and volume outlook
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April 10, 2014
06:29 EDTKOCoca-Cola boosts advertising in repsonse to downward soda sales, WSJ says
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