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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTDPS, MNST, GMCR, SODA, PEP, KOMonster 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.
News For MNST;KO;SODA;DPS;PEP;GMCR From The Last 14 Days
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April 20, 2015
07:21 EDTPEPPepsiCo risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Wells Fargo
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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.
06:06 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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April 17, 2015
07:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola to acquire China Culiangwang Beverages for $400M, Reuters reports
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05:56 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ATHX GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Athersys (ATHX) 415, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 52 according to iVolatility.
April 16, 2015
09:21 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain attractive long-term but challenges remain, says UBS
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05:59 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ATHX GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Athersys (ATHX) 390, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 53 according to iVolatility.
April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:50 EDTGMCRRumor: Keurig Green Mountain active amid renewed takeover chatter
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April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTSODA, PEP, MNST, GMCR, DPS, 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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06:08 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GMCR HOT
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April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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17:15 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
Target $87.
17:13 EDTPEPPepsiCo initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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17:11 EDTSODASodaStream initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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16:23 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
Susquehanna started shares of Keurig Green Mountain with a Positive rating saying K-cup volume growth and the new Keurig Kold could drives shares to $154 by April 2016. The firm believes the stock could get back to $200 if investor confidence in Keurig's products returns. Shares of the single cup brewer seller closed the day down 15c to $116.39.
13:05 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers says plans to vote against Coca-Cola directors
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09:47 EDTKO, PEPPepsiCo 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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