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February 7, 2014
07:24 EDTKO, PEP, MNSTMaryland bill could make it first to ban energy drinks for children, CNBC says
Maryland's General Assembly took up a bill that would make the state the first to ban the marketing and sale of energy drinks to minors if it becomes law, according to CNBC. Monster Energy (MNST) is currently facing lawsuits from drinkers and from other states and local governments related to its energy drinks, while PepsiCo (PEP) and Coca-Cola (KO) also offer energy drinks. Reference Link
News For MNST;PEP;KO From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
07:29 EDTPEP, KOPepsi launches naturally-sweetened Pepsi True in three states, WSJ says
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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 25, 2015
20:45 EDTPEPPepsiCo new director nominee could ease tensions with Trian, Barron's says
PepsiCo's newest independent director nominee, former Heinz CEO William Johnson, could ease tensions between the company and activist Trian Fund Management as both Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Nelson Peltz approve of the nomination, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Johnson's nomination "eases near-term pressure to split," the paper adds, citing UBS analyst Stephen Powers. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
06:09 EDTPEPSenomyx, PepsiCo executes collaborative research agreeement
Senomyx (SNMX) and PepsiCo (PEP) executed an amendment to the collaborative research agreement dated April 8, 2014 related to Senomyx’s Salt-Taste Program. Under the terms of the original agreement, PepsiCo agreed to provide certain research funding for our Salt Taste Program with a focus on the identification of flavors with modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt through December 2014. The amendment extends the research funding and the collaborative research period for an additional year through December 31, 2015.
January 20, 2015
09:38 EDTKOActive equity options trading
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January 16, 2015
16:24 EDTPEPPepsiCo names William Johnson to Board of Directors
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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 EDTKO, PEPMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTPEP, KOAckman 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, MNST, PEPMonster 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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