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January 24, 2013
12:43 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees FY13 EPS $2.06-$2.15, 10-%13% revenue growth
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report Q1 after the market close on Thursday, January 24, 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 EPS of 57c on revenue of $3.84B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $3.79B-$3.91B... LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported Q4 EPS of 46c, including charges of 2c per share related to store portfolio optimization initiatives in Europe, against estimates for 45c on revenue of $3.36B against estimates for $2.28B. The company raised its FY13 EPS view to $2.06-$2.15 against estimates of $2.16 and said it was targeting 10%-13% revenue growth driven by mid-single-digit comparable store sales growth, approximately 1,300 net new store openings and continued strong growth in the Channel Development business. The company also forecast FY operating margin improvement of approximately 100bps over FY12. Additionally, the company raised its dividend 24% to 21c from 17c. During the quarter, Starbucks announced the acquisition of Teavana (TEA) for $15.50 per share, or $620M; the acquisition was closed on December 31. Starbucks also announced its entry into the Vietnam market and started selling Square's mobile readers in its U.S. stores... STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research believes Starbucks Q1 comps are trending above consensus due to stronger traffic, favorable coffee costs, and cost savings initiatives. Wells Fargo noted that according to Nielsen, Starbucks K-Cups sales increased 4.0% sequentially while its share of K-Cups decelerated to 16.4% from 17.4% for the four weeks ending December 22, 2012. The firm noted Starbucks' share of the Ground Coffee category was 24.8% for the period, up from 23.1% in November... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares hare up over 20%. Year-to-date, shares are up almost 2%.
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April 16, 2014
12:47 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
10:49 EDTSBUXSodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
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08:49 EDTSBUXSodaStream investment report 'unsubstantiated and unlikely,' says Stifel
Stifel said it views the report in Israel-based Calcalist that SodaStream (SODA) was in talks with a large partner like PepsiCo (PEP), Dr. Pepper (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX) for a 10%-16% strategic stake as "unsubstantiated and unlikely." Stifel noted that the publication reported falsely in the past that PepsiCo was going to purchase SodaStream and the firm maintained its Sell rating on SodaStream shares. Note that SodaStream shares are up nearly 12% in pre-market trade following Calcalist's report.
06:38 EDTSBUXStarbucks to relocate EU headquarters to Britain, U.K. Times says
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April 15, 2014
06:52 EDTSBUXJuan Valdez profit sparks IPO goal as chain takes on Starbucks, Bloomberg says
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April 14, 2014
07:59 EDTSBUXStarbucks volatility increases from historic low levels into Q2 and outlook
Starbucks April call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 27, June is at 24, July is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large June near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on April 24.

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