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April 10, 2014
08:59 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage May volatility elevated at 38
Monster Beverage May call option implied volatility is at 38, June is at 33, September is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
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August 18, 2014
16:52 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:12 EDTMNSTAnalysts 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.
12:18 EDTMNSTThe Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory following news that Russia and Ukraine were working on a potential ceasefire. The market had faltered on Friday following reports that the Ukraine army had attacked a Russian military vehicle after it crossed into Ukraine territory. The market opened sharply higher and then received an additional boost when the NAHB Housing market Index came in above expectations. The averages quickly moved to session highs, lifting the S&P to its highest level ever and putting August on track for the best monthly performance since February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose 2 points to 55 in August. The index had climbed 4 points to 53 in July. This is the highest level since January's 56. The single family sales index edged up to 58 from 56 (revised from 57). The future index was 65 from 63 (revised from 64). The index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 42 from 39 (revised from 39). Data was better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 10% after the company announced a proposal to acquire rival Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $9.7B. Shares of Family Dollar rose approximately 5% on the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sensata Technologies (ST), which rose 5.6% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 9.3% after the company said fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings per share and revenue would exceed analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell about 4% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying the valuation looks full following its recent rally. Also lower was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which dropped 2.3% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to Sell from Neutral, and downgraded the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral. The firm expects consensus estimates to move lower due to cyclical headwinds, increased Q4 and Q1 seasonality, and a RF correction. Goldman lowered their price target on the shares to $54 from $58. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.13, or 1.01%, to 16,831.04, the Nasdaq rose 44.11, or 0.99%, to 4,508.87, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.79, or 0.86%, to 1,971.88.
10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $104-$106 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $98 from $82 at Credit Suisse
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05:27 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold with a $95 price target saying the valuation looks full following the recent rally in shares.
August 15, 2014
16:38 EDTMNSTOn 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.
12:39 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:16 EDTMNSTMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
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10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage to hold a conference call
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09:03 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sees 2013 pro forma op. income above $700M after Coke deal
Monster Beverage (MNST) estimated its 2013 operating income to be over $700M on a pro forma basis following its new deal, as compared to $600M for "current Monster," the company stated in slides discussing its long-term strategic partnership and asset swap with Coca-Cola (KO). The company estimated its 2013 pro forma 2013 net sales at $2.4B, up from $2.2B for current Monster. The company sees a pro forma 2Q14 cash balance of $2.6B, compared to $0.8B for current Monster. Reference Link
07:16 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola stake in Monster a win-win for both, says Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $94 from $75 at Stifel
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07:09 EDTMNST, MNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
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06:24 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility expected to move on Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake
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