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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTGMCR, SODA, PEP, KO, DPS, MNSTMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
Shares of beverage company Monster Beverage (MNST) are surging after Coca-Cola (KO) took a 16.7% stake in Monster and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. WHAT'S NEW: Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage Corp, the companies said. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coca-Cola will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster. Monster will transfer its non-energy business, which includes Hansenís Natural Sodas, Peace Tea, Hubertís Lemonade and Hansenís Juice Products to Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola will become Monster's preferred distribution partner globally, while Monster brands will be the only energy drinks distributed by Coca-Cola. At closing, Coke will make a net cash payment of $2.15B and transfer its worldwide energy business to Monster, and Monster will issue to Coke the shares of Monster common stock, transfer its non-energy business to Coke, and enter into expanded distribution arrangements. The transaction is expected to close late in 2014 or early in 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On slides discussing the partnership, Monster said that it anticipates fiscal year 2013 pro forma operating income to be over $700M following the deal with Coke vs. $600M for "current Monster." Monster sees a pro forma second quarter cash balance of $2.6B vs. $0.8B for current Monster. ANALYST REACTION: Following the companies' announcement, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog said she feels that the Coke/Monster deal is a good move for both firms. She expects the agreement to significantly quicken Monster's international division and believes that the company's market share could gross 4 to 5 times its current international sales within the next three years due to the deal. She feels that Coke gains increased access to the energy category. The firm maintains an Outperform rating on both the stocks. Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan perceives Monster's agreement with Coke as hugely positive since it builds international and U.S. revenue synergies while boosting EBITDA BY $95M next year. He keeps Monster's shares with a Buy rating and raises its price target to $94 from $75. CLSA upgraded Monster to Outperform from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon, Monster is up $21.62 or 30.17% to $93.27 and Coca-Cola is up 58c or 1.46% to $40.76. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of SodaStream (SODA) are up relatively flat following the news. Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) is down 0.2% and PepsiCo (PEP) is down 0.25%. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 1% since Coke took a 10% stake in the company on February 5.
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August 26, 2015
08:05 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain to bring illy brand to K-Cup pods for hot breweing system
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August 25, 2015
07:08 EDTKOCoca-Cola says to meet 2020 water replenishment goal by end of 2015
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August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTGMCRS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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August 23, 2015
13:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola shares could return 30% over next few years, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
05:51 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR TEVA
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Teva (TEVA) 25, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 39 according to iVolatility.
August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTKORetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
18:49 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says 'we'll do better' on research funding, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR TEVA
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Teva (TEVA) 23, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 37 according to iVolatility.
05:57 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR TEVA
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August 19, 2015
14:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola has option for outright purchase of Suja, Bloomberg says
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14:13 EDTKOCoca-Cola said to have option to eventually buy Suja, Bloomberg says
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11:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes minority investment in Suja, Suja says in blog
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06:12 EDTGMCRStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
05:56 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 18, 2015
06:02 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 17, 2015
06:03 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 38, Google (GOOG) 23 according to iVolatility.

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