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March 6, 2014
07:34 EDTYUM, SBUXStarbucks may remain range-bound near-term, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that the recent increases in coffee prices are "manageable" for Starbucks (SBUX), but have "put a major strain" on its ability to outperform 2015 expectations. The firm thinks the stock could remain range-bound in the near-term, and prefers Yum! Brands, (YUM) which the firm thinks can beat EPS estimates and has multiple expansion drivers. But the firm still believes that Starbucks has multiple positive comps catalysts, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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April 23, 2015
14:56 EDTSBUXStarbucks April 49.5 weekly straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
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13:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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12:35 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q2 EPS 32c-33c on split-adjusted basis
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 31c-35c on revenue of $4.39B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, in-line with analysts' estimates, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. The company said comparable store transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S. and nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. In conjunction with its earnings release, Starbucks announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer. NEWS: At the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March, the company announced a two-for-one stock split. On a split-adjusted basis, the company revised its Q2 EPS view to 32c-33c to account for the planned stock split; previous Q2 EPS guidance was 64c-65c. The company also revised its EPS guidance for fiscal year 2015 to $1.55-$1.57, which compares to analysts' estimates of $1.57; the company's pre-split FY15 EPS view was $3.09-$3.13. At the meeting, Starbucks announced two delivery models, including a collaboration with Postmates, which will allow customers to order their food and beverage items via the Starbucks mobile app, and a "Green Apron" barista delivery option enabling customers within specified office-buildings to order food and beverages for delivery. Starbucks also reaffirmed its goal to grow its market capitalization to $100B and announced an agreement with Chinese food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. During the quarter, Evolution Fresh, a unit of Starbucks, and Dannon (DANOY) said they would launch co-branded yogurt products. They said they planned to launch Evolution Fresh Smoothies in 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and in select Starbucks locations within grocery stores nationwide. Starbucks raised suspicions among European regulators and local governments by reporting losses despite hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales, The Wall Street Journal reported in early April. STREET RESEARCH: BMO Capital recently initiated Starbucks with an Outperform rating, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. Shares were also recently initiated at Guggenheim with a Buy rating and $56 target and with an Outperform rating and $56 target at Cowen. Goldman said Starbucks is its top pick in the sector and expects an in-line earnings report. Additionally, the firm expects Starbucks to comment on mobile ordering and the potential for traffic acceleration in the back half of the year and into 2016. Piper Jaffray raised its split-adjusted price target for shares of Starbucks to $55 from $53, which implies 16% upside from current levels. Piper's five-year model suggests the company's earnings double. The firm has an Overweight rating on the stock. Bernstein increased its price target on Starbucks as the firm estimates that falling coffee prices will add at least 3c-4c to the company's fiscal 2016 EPS. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are up about 1.2% to $48.93.
12:06 EDTSBUXStreet Check: Goldman made good call on Dunkin' Brands
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April 22, 2015
14:57 EDTSBUXStarbucks April weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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09:53 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees strong comp sales in China in Q2 vs. Q1
Sees investing $185M in KFC U.S. over the next three years, will invest about $100M this year. Sees Taco Bell commodity costs unchanged in 2015. Sees deflation in Taco Bell cheese prices in 2015.
09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q2 EPS may show steeper decline vs. prior year
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09:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q2 EPS could lag prior year by about 20%
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09:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 12.7%... Angie's List (ANGI), up 17.4%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 6.3%... Owens Corning (OC), up 3.8%... Yum! Brands (YUM), up 3.3%... Dolby Laboratories (DLB), up 3.6%... Infinera (INFN), up 2.4%... AutoNation (AN), up 2.5%... Amgen (AMGN), up 3.1%... Coca-Cola (KO), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Procera Networks (PKT) up 10.4% after being acquired by Francisco Partners in deal valued at $240M... Organovo (ONVO), up 19.2% after entering into a collaboration agreement with Merck Sharp and Dohme... Vical (VICL), up 5.8% after being awarded $4M contract to manufacture HIV vaccines for clinical evaluation... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 4.9% after announcing that Phase 3 pacritinib data will be highlighted in a late-breaking oral presentation at ASCO meeting. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down 5.2%... iRobot (IRBT), down 3.6%... Cree (CREE), down 3.5%... United Rentals (URI), down 4%... Super Micro Computer (SMC), down 2.3%... Thermo Fisher (TMO), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Natural Resource Partners (NRP), down 14% after reducing quarterly distribution 75% to 9c per unit... Trinity Industries (TRN), down 3.5% following a Bloomberg report that the Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into Trinity guardrails.
07:42 EDTYUMYum! China margins very impressive, thesis gaining steam, says Oppenheimer
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07:33 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $110 from $100 at Stifel
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06:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands says China business recovering, Reuters reports
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April 21, 2015
19:06 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:17 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q1 operating profit negatively impacted by $20M from FX
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16:40 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 China Division SSS down 12%
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16:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says on track to open 700 new restaurants in China in 2015
Greg Creed, CEO, said While EPS declined in the first quarter, Im pleased with the strong performance from our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, as well as the continued progress we are making in China. Im confident we will deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10%, with a strong second half in China and solid brand-building initiatives underway at each of our divisions. Our confidence in China is bolstered by improving sales and upward momentum in customer perceptions. China Division restaurant margins were a healthy 19% even though same-store sales declined 12%, reinforcing our belief in significant operating leverage as sales recover. We remain on track to open at least 700 new restaurants in China this year with strong returns, laying the groundwork for future growth."
16:25 EDTYUMYum! Brands up 4% following Q1 results, guidance
16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands maintains FY15 EPS growth view of at least 10%, consensus $3.45
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16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 adjusted EPS 80c, consensus 72c
Reports Q1 revenue $2.62B, consensus $2.64B.
15:28 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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