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March 14, 2014
16:22 EDTLMCA, ULTA, GMCR, ARO, SIRI, CELG, SBUXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower following another session dominated by headlines concerning the geopolitical situation. Stocks were lower early in the session following the lower than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. The market moved in a narrow range and crossed back and forth across the flat-line several times. Investors remain on edge following several recent poor economic reports out of China and frequent remainders of the upcoming elections in the Ukraine on Sunday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., producer prices fell 0.1% overall in February, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, fell 0.2%, versus an expected increase of 0.1%. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey for March unexpectedly dropped to a four-month low of 79.9. The preliminary reading for the month was expected by analysts to have come in at 81.8, which would have been a slight bump from the prior 81.6 figure. In Europe, citizens of the Crimea region of the Ukraine are likely to vote to secede this weekend, even as Ukraine, the U.S and the European Union maintain that the vote is illegal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was told that Vladimir Putin is not prepared to make any decision regarding Ukraine until after the country's referendum. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Media (LMCA) shares gained $9.11, or 7.22%, to $135.25 after the company announced last night that it plans to reclassify its common stock into two tracking stocks, one called Liberty Media Group and the other called Liberty Broadband Group. Liberty President & CEO Greg Maffei called the move "another step in Liberty’s process of offering investors greater choice, transparency and focus." Liberty said in conjunction with the plan that it would drop plans to buy the rest of Sirius XM (SIRI), in which it currently holds a 53% stake in. Sirius XM had previously suspended its stock repurchase program in connection with Liberty Media's proposal and it announced today that it now intends to resume the repurchase plan. Shares of Sirius advanced 7c, or 2.08%, to $3.44 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty retailer Ulta Salon (ULTA), which advanced $5.75, or 6.42%, to $95.26 after the company’s fourth quarter results beat estimates. Also higher were shares of single-serve coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which rose $7.09, or 6.68%, to $113.25 after the company agreed to new terms in its deal with coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX). Among the noteworthy losers was teen retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which dropped $1.47, or 20.14%, to $5.83 after its fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook missed analysts' consensus expectations and the company entered a financing deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners. Also lower were shares of drug maker Celgene (CELG), which dropped $6.59, or 4.22%, to $149.41 after the U.K.'s healthcare guidance body issued new draft guidance on the use of the company's Revlimid drug. INDEXES: The Dow fell 43.22, or 0.27%, to 16,065.67, the Nasdaq dropped 15.02, or 0.35%, to 4,245.40, and the S&P 500 declined 5.21, or 0.28%, to 1,841.13.
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July 23, 2015
12:44 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-41c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Thursday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 41c on revenue of $4.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-42c on revenue of $4.75B-$4.96B. In April, Starbucks forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 40c-41c, Q4 adjusted EPS of 42c-43c, and backed its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view of $1.55-$1.57, against estimates at that time for $1.57. The company also backed its FY15 revenue growth view of 16%-18%, with global comparable store sales growth of mid-single digits, consolidated tax rate of approximately 31% and capital expenditures of approximately $1.4B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported second quarter EPS of 33c, in-line with analysts' estimates, on revenue of $4.6B, beating analysts' estimates of $4.53B. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 7%, with a 3% increase in traffic. Americas comp sales increased 7%, with a 2% increase in traffic; CAP comp sales increased 12%, driven by a 10% increase in traffic; EMEA comp sales increased 2%, driven by a 2% increase in traffic. NEWS: At May's Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference, Starbucks said mobile payments are exceeding expectations, and CEO Howard Schultz noted that "I'm not going anywhere." During the quarter, Starbucks announced plans to raise drink prices by 5c-20c and announced a music partnership with Spotify. The company said it will close all 23 La Boulange retail locations, as La Boulange stores "are not sustainable for the company's long-term growth." Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay, which began as a pilot in Portland in December 2014 and launched in the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, expanded to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States in June. Starbucks announced plans to join with over a dozen companies, including CVS Health (CVS), Microsoft (MSFT) and Wal-Mart (WMT), to hire 100,000 16-to-24-year-olds as part- and full-time employees, interns and apprentices by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Starbucks shares to $57 from $48, calling it "best-in-class" due to strong momentum and promising pipeline of innovation across both product and strategic programs. BMO Capital said it expects the company to exceed expectations over the next several years, and it kept an Outperform rating on the shares. BTIG recently initiated Starbucks with a Buy rating and $64 target. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are down 0.4% to $56.47.
10:53 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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10:50 EDTCELGCelgene positioned for sustainable growth, says Piper Jaffray
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07:37 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 Revlimid sales up 19% to $1.44B
ABRAXANE® sales for the second quarter were $244 million, a 13 percent increase. POMALYST®/IMNOVID® sales for the second quarter were $235 million, an increase of 46%. VIDAZA® sales in the second quarter remained flat year-over-year at $152 million. OTEZLA® sales for the second quarter were $90 million, increasing 49 percent over the first quarter of 2015.
07:37 EDTCELGCelgene raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.75-$4.85 from $4.60-$4.75
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07:32 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.23, consensus $1.20
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06:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks teams up with Lyft to boost loyalty program
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTCELGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:28 EDTCELGBiogen downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after Alzheimer's data
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July 21, 2015
17:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks and New York Times sign agreement
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11:03 EDTCELGCelgene treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease receives FDA orphan designation
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10:01 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:30 EDTULTAUlta Salon price target raised to $180 from $173 at JPMorgan
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06:29 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $160 from $147 at Piper Jaffray
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06:24 EDTCELGPiper expects 'stronger, bolder' move from Biogen
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05:57 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG GMCR
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July 20, 2015
17:18 EDTLMCAD. E. Shaw & Co reports 5.1% passive stake in Liberty Media
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16:40 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
13:18 EDTAROOptions with increasing call volume
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