Kellogg sees sales trends improving going into Q4 Says sales environment continues to be very difficult in major developed markets. Says committed to returning business to long-term growth. Says inflation more skewed to earlier in the year. Sees FY tax rate 29%-30%, interest expense $210M-$220M. Says sales trends expected to improve going into Q4. Expects to continue good sales growth in Latin America through the remainder of the year. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
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Hain Celestial weakness looks overdone, says Bernstein Bernstein notes that Hain Celestial (HAIN) is now trading at a lower valuation than a number of "ostensibly more challenged food companies like" Kellogg (K) and General Mills (GIS). The firm expects the company to benefit over the longer term from current food trends. It trimmed its price target on the name to $50 from $60 and keeps an Outperform rating.