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August 15, 2014
16:38 EDTPCTY, JCP, ACHN, KO, DDS, MNSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
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April 22, 2015
07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 7 point headwind to revenue in Q2 from currency
For Q2, Coca-Cola estimates that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, a 10 point headwind on operating income and a 5 to 6 point headwind on income before taxes.
07:33 EDTKOCoca-Cola maintains underlying FY15 currency neutral growth expectations
Coca-Cola expects full-year comparable currency neutral EPS growth to be mid single digits, roughly in line with its growth rate in 2014. FY15 EPS consensus $1.98. The company estimates that the net impact of structural items on FY15 results will be a slight headwind on net revenue growth, and it has no material changes to its prior guidance on income before taxes. The company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its reported results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of prior year rates, the company estimates that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, a 10 point headwind on operating income, and a 7 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year.
07:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q1 comparable EPS 48c, consensus 42c
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April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTKOCoca-Cola technical notes ahead of earnings
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15:28 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 42c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.81... McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.06... EMC (EMC), consensus 36c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 42c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.61... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 59c... TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.01... T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), consensus $1.14... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus 91c... Amphenol (APH), consensus 56c... Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 47c... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), consensus 34c... Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.31... D.R. Horton (DHI), consensus 38c... Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB), consensus 95c... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), consensus 19c... SEI Investments (SEIC), consensus 49c... AutoNation (AN), consensus 89c... Gentex (GNTX), consensus 25c... Ryder System (R), consensus $1.00... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 13c... NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 58c... Six Flags (SIX), consensus (67c)... Tupperware Brands (TUP), consensus 98c... MarketAxess Holdings (MKTX), consensus 64c... Lithia Motors (LAD), consensus $1.22... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 31c... Evercore Partners (EVR), consensus 58c... Potlatch (PCH), consensus 19c... Natus Medical (BABY), consensus 29c... AZZ (AZZ), consensus 59c... United Community Banks (UCBI), consensus 29c... Sonus Networks (SONS), consensus (31c)... Angie's List (ANGI), consensus 0c... Pacific Premier Bancorp (PPBI), consensus 27c.
15:09 EDTKOEarnings Watch: Coca-Cola shares down 6% over last three months
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April 20, 2015
12:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
Coca-Cola April weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, May is at 17, June and September is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
07:18 EDTKOCoca-Cola had strong Q1 convenience store sales, says Wells Fargo
After surveying U.S. convenience stores, Wells Fargo estimates that Coca-Cola's convenience store volumes rose 4.1% in Q1, the largest increase in the past four quarters, according to the firm. The firm says that retail prices for Coke's products at convenience stores were up 2.5% in Q1, and it expects the company to report solid U.S. Q1 results.
April 17, 2015
07:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola to acquire China Culiangwang Beverages for $400M, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
10:01 EDTMNST, KOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
09:28 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna
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08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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13:05 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers says plans to vote against Coca-Cola directors
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09:47 EDTKOPepsiCo awarded NBA sponsorship rights, ESPN reports
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08:51 EDTKOCoca-Cola signs partnership with United States Soccer Federation, MLS
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06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
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