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April 1, 2014
07:29 EDTMNST, KO, DPS, SBUX, PEPU.S. soda volumes shrank 3% last year, WSJ reports
U.S. retail sales of carbonated soft drinks shrank 1% to $76.3B in 2013, representing the first downturn in dollar terms in at least 15 years, with soda volumes shrinking an estimated 3% last year to mark a ninth straight year of contraction, according to Beverage Digest, reported The Wall Street Journal. Among the few areas of growth, U.S. volumes of caffeinated energy drinks and ready-to-drink coffee rose 5.5% and 6.2% last year, respectively. Beverage makers include Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), Monster Beverage (MNST) and Starbucks (SBUX). Reference Link
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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10:26 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage calls active
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07:51 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility at 15 into Q2 and outlook
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTKOAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
07:39 EDTMNST, KOMonster Beverage legacy international sales can at least triple, says Stifel
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06:58 EDTSBUXPiper reiterates Starbucks as top pick, raises price target
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June 24, 2015
09:35 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTSBUXAerohive names Starbucks CIO Curt Garner to board of directors
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June 23, 2015
07:46 EDTSBUXPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Seattle Field Trip travels throughout Seattle visiting with Costco, Starbucks and Amazon on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
17:29 EDTMNST, KOCoca-Cola reports 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage
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06:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks commits additional $30M as part of Global Farmer Fund program
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June 18, 2015
12:04 EDTKOActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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June 17, 2015
11:02 EDTSBUXStarbucks confirms plans to close all 23 La Boulange retail locations
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06:14 EDTSBUXStarbucks closing all La Boulange pastry shops, WSJ reports
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June 16, 2015
17:56 EDTSBUXStarbucks Mobile Order & Pay expanding to stores in 21 more states
Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay, which began as a pilot in Portland in December 2014 and launched in the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, is expanding to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States today. The company added, "Store managers say it helps partners provide customers one more way to connect with Starbucks, and the easy-to-use feature has proven convenient for customers eager to save time throughout their day." Reference Link
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iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
11:11 EDTKO, MNSTMonster Beverage climbs after added to Citi Focus List
Energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) is advancing after Citi added the stock to its Focus List, saying that the company has many potential positive catalysts. WHAT'S NEW: Monster's stock can rise significantly from current levels, as it has many potential positive catalysts that can kick in over the next 12 months, Citi analyst Wendy Nicholson wrote in a note to investors today. Specifically, the company can enter new markets such as China and its overseas profit margins may increase, the analyst stated, adding that Monster may also sign new distribution deals in foreign markets and launch new products. Other potential catalysts include signs that the distribution of the company's drinks in the U.S. has become smoother in the wake of its transition to Coca-Cola's (KO) system and the possibility that the soda giant will increase its stake in Monster, the analyst believes. Monster could initiate large share repurchases, given the huge amount of cash it received from Coca-Cola, the analyst stated. She predicted that the company's earnings before interest and taxes would grow at an "outsized" compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next five years and kept a $155 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: UBS on June 12 upgraded Monster to Buy from Neutral, saying that the short-term risks facing the company were already priced into the stock, while the beverage maker's U.S. and foreign growth outlook is strong. The analyst predicted that Coca-Cola would increase its stake in the company to 25% from its current 16.7% level. Also on June 12, Monster and Coca-Cola announced that the acquisition of the 16.7% stake in Monster by Coke had been closed. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 4% to $132.
09:22 EDTPEPFDA gives food makers three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils
The FDA announced it has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that PHOs could no longer be considered GRAS and is finalizing that determination after considering public comments. The FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow companies to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs. Following the compliance period, no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA. Publicly traded food manufacturers include Mondelez (MDLZ), Kraft Foods (KRFT), General Mills (GIS), Hershey (HSY), PepsiCo (PEP), Kellogg (K), ConAgra (CAG) and Campbell Soup (CPB).
07:25 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage added to U.S. Focus List at Citi
Citi added Monster Beverage to its U.S. Focus List saying it sees "considerable" upside potential from current share levels. Citi calls Monster its top pick in U.S. Beverages and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $155 price target.
07:17 EDTSBUXUber previously had talks with Apple, Starbucks on logistics tie-up, WSJ says
Uber was reportedly in talks “in recent months” with Apple (AAPL) and Starbucks (SBUX) to create partnerships to help build its same-day product delivery program, but both companies instead went with startup courier service Postmates, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber launched its logistics service a year ago with plans to sign up with “dozens” of retailers, yet has announced partnerships with only six, the report says. Eat24, owned by Yelp (YELP), and GrubHub (GRUB) also held discussions with Uber but haven't reached any agreements, the report says. Reference Link

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