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February 29, 2012
11:40 EDTCVX, SHLD, YUM, SBUXStarbucks bringing Seattle's Best to Kmarts, Chevron stations, Bloomberg says
Starbucks (SBUX) will begin selling its Seattleís Best coffee brand at Kmart (SHLD) stores, Chevron (CVX) gas stations, and some Taco Bell (YUM) locations, reported Bloomberg, citing an interview with Chris Bruzzo, the brandís chief marketing officer. Reference Link
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July 6, 2015
07:08 EDTSHLDSeritage Growth Properties to start trading on NYSE
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July 5, 2015
19:39 EDTYUMMcDonald's to test mobile ordering in China, WSJ says
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July 1, 2015
18:20 EDTCVXShell CEO says Opec production has pressured shale companies, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben van Beurden said Opec's decision not to cut production has sent a "powerful signal... to shale oil companies as well as their financiers that they cannot forget the price risk. The industry will remember it for some time." The CEO noted that industry efforts to boost efficiency and cut costs should keep production going for "a while to come... until the sweet spots start running out." Publicly traded companies in the space include Chevron (CVX), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Exxon Mobil (XOM), BP (BP), Marathon Oil (MRO), BHP Billiton (BHP), ConocoPhillips (COP), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), EOG Resources (EOG), Concho (CXO), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), and Continental Resources (CLR). Reference Link
11:11 EDTYUMAnalyst says Yum! Brands could create value with China spin-off
There is a good chance that Yum! Brands could spin off its China business, adding value to its stock, UBS wrote in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Activist investors will probably push Yum! to take steps to enhance its value and one of the moves the company is most likely to make is spinning off its China business, UBS analyst Keith Siegner wrote in a note to investors today. Following the spin-off of the China business, the rest of Yum, dubbed "Yum Global" by the analyst, could increase its leverage to 5-6 times and use the proceeds for share repurchases, Siegner believes. Meanwhile, the China business, which he calls "Yum China," would be a direct play on the growth of the Chinese middle class via a company that uses Western accounting standards, the analyst stated. Siegner believes that Yum Global's profits will grow by around low teen percentage levels, while those of Yum China will expand at a high teens/low twenties percentage rate. The analyst estimated that Yum Global would be worth $76 per share and Yum China would be worth $40 per share, leading him to increase his price target on Yum's current shares to $116 from $100. He kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yum rose 1.5% to to $91.40.
10:00 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
08:09 EDTCVXSynchrony Financial, Chevron announce enhanced credit card loyalty programs
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07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands potential China separation an important catalyst, says UBS
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06:12 EDTSBUXStarbucks downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed Starbucks from the Conviction Buy List and maintained its Buy rating and $57 price target based on relative valuation versus the group.
June 30, 2015
12:43 EDTCVXChevron management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Frankfurt on June 30 and in Paris on July 1 hosted by UBS.
June 25, 2015
13:08 EDTCVXPenn Virginia higher after blog speculates on another deal
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12:07 EDTCVXBP said to make $8/share bid for Penn Virginia, Proactive Investors blog says
BP (BP) has made a $8 per share takeover bid for Penn Virginia (PVA), but the latter rejected the bid and is "holding out" for at least $10 per share, UK investor blog Proactive Investors claimed, citing people familiar with the matter. ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) may also be interested in buying Penn Virginia, according to Proactive, which identifies itself as a "leading multi-media news organisation, investor portal and events management business." Penn Virginia shares are up 7% in midday trading following the report from the blog, which was previously credited for a report on alleged takeover advances made toward drugmaker Receptos (RCPT). Reference Link
09:34 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NFLX AMZN BAC CVX TWTR INTC GILD BBBY
06:58 EDTSBUXPiper reiterates Starbucks as top pick, raises price target
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June 24, 2015
11:11 EDTSHLDAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Streetís appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
09:35 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTSBUXAerohive names Starbucks CIO Curt Garner to board of directors
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07:35 EDTSHLDCFA Society of Chicago to hold a meeting
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07:19 EDTCVXU.K. panel to decide on first fracking in area since 2011, WSJ reports
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June 23, 2015
07:46 EDTSBUXPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Seattle Field Trip travels throughout Seattle visiting with Costco, Starbucks and Amazon on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
06:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks commits additional $30M as part of Global Farmer Fund program
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