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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTKO, MNSTAnalysts mixed on Monster Beverage following Coke deal
Analysts had mixed outlooks on energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) in notes to investors earlier today. The analyst comments come after last Thursday night’s announcement that Monster had formed a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola, which included Coca-Cola taking a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker. BEARISH TAKE: Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold from Buy, saying that the stock's valuation "looks full" following its rally on Friday. The potential for a strategic deal is no longer a positive catalyst for Monster's stock, as that catalyst largely played out Friday, Grundy believes. Although Coca-Cola is likely to increase its stake in Monster, it will likely take years to do so, the analyst forecast. Additionally, the growth of the global energy drink space has been slowing in recent months, creating risk for Monster, the analyst believes. However, Grundy did raise his price target on the shares to $95 from $80. BULLISH TAKE: The deal is "a big win" for both Monster and Coca-Cola, but Monster will benefit more, analysts at Wells Fargo contended. The deal should significantly increase Monster's opportunity in international markets, according to the firm. Moreover, Wells believes that the market has historically undervalued Monster's international potential, and it estimates that the company's international business is worth about $65 per share. The firm raised its price target range on the stock to $104-$106 from $79-$81 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Like Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse expects the deal to accelerate the growth of Monster's international business. Additionally, the firm thinks that Monster could return a significant percentage of the $2.1B it received from Coca-Cola to shareholders, either through share repurchases or a one-time dividend. Credit Suisse increased its price target on Coca-Cola to $98 from $82 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Monster dropped 4% to $89.50. On Thursday the stock closed at $71.65.
News For MNST;KO From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
09:56 EDTKOBofA/Merrill food/beverages analysts to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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January 20, 2015
09:38 EDTKOActive equity options trading
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTMNSTKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:54 EDTKOMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTKOAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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08:50 EDTKO, MNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 13, 2015
10:16 EDTKO, MNSTMonster Beverage rises as Stifel target hike outweighs Wells Fargo downgrade
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10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:23 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into investor meeting
Monster Beverage January call option implied volatility is at 49, February is at 34, March is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into a company hosted investor meeting today.
07:41 EDTMNSTWells downgrades Monster Beverage on valuation
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07:13 EDTMNST, KOMonster Beverage price target raised to $130 from $115 at Stifel
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05:51 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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