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June 12, 2014
13:27 EDTWFM, SFM, UNFISprouts Farmers Markets rises after analyst upgrades shares
Shares of organic food supermarket chain Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock, saying that its recent decline has created a buying opportunity. WHAT'S NEW: The recent decline in Sprouts stock seems to have created a more attractive entry point, wrote Credit Suisse in a note to investors earlier today. Although the specialty food supermarket space is poised to become more competitive, Spouts' focus on providing affordable produce makes it "disruptive," Credit Suisse contended. Since it's difficult to change consumers' perception about food prices, other companies will have difficulty competing with Sprouts over the longer term, the firm believes. Additionally, Credit Suisse wrote that Sprouts' earnings outlook is strong, while it can open many more stores and deliver high growth. The firm raised its rating on the shares to Outperform from Neutral and increased its price target on the stock to $34 from $31. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Sprouts climbed 4% to $30. Another organic food supermarket chain, Whole Foods (WFM), gained 3.5% to $42.50. Meanwhile, United Natural Foods (UNFI), which operates distribution centers and distributes organic foods, rose 2% to $64
News For SFM;WFM;UNFI From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
07:57 EDTUNFIUnited Natural Foods entering period of improved sales, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes United Natural Foods is entering a 3-to-5 year period of improved sales and free cash flow following a phase of heavy investment and the addition of perimeter-of-store sales capability. The firm expects United's free cash flow to turn positive in FY16 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $90 price target.
March 24, 2015
11:11 EDTWFM, SFMWhiteWave hits 52-week high following upbeat analyst notes
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March 23, 2015
09:37 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTSFMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:58 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
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March 19, 2015
07:35 EDTWFMKroger price target raised to $90 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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07:17 EDTSFMStephens to hold a conference
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March 18, 2015
12:43 EDTUNFIUnited Natural Foods management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:57 EDTWFMWhole Foods Markets calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Whole Foods Markets March 53, 54 and April 55 calls are active on 8K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 25, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
09:43 EDTWFMRumor: Whole Foods active on renewed takeover chatter
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