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June 12, 2014
13:27 EDTSFM, WFM, 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
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July 22, 2014
10:00 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:35 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research downgraded Whole Foods to Underperform based on checks that indicate increased promotions and weaker sales trends.
08:21 EDTWFMWhole Foods continues to have share gain opportunities, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley believes Whole Foods can continue to grow its share within the natural/organic market to 29% in 2018 from 24% in 2013. The firm said Whole Foods benefits from its leading position and sees upside potential to estimates. Shares are Overweight rated with a $50 price target.
July 21, 2014
06:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 43 at upper end of index mean range
July 18, 2014
16:17 EDTUNFIUnited Natural Foods files to sell 111,887 shares of common stock for holders
July 17, 2014
07:46 EDTWFMWhole Foods share price could get worse before it gets better, says UBS
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July 16, 2014
10:00 EDTUNFIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
05:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 42 at upper end of index mean range
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July 15, 2014
16:10 EDTUNFIUnited Natural Foods initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Target $75.
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
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July 14, 2014
08:19 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets management to meet with Stephens
Field trip to company headquarters in Phoenix, AZ will be held on July 15 at 11:30 am hosted by Stephens.
July 13, 2014
15:54 EDTWFMGameStop, TJX, Staples, three other retailers look cheap, Barron's says
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July 11, 2014
11:45 EDTWFMStocks with call strike movement; YHOO WFM
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10:00 EDTSFMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
05:42 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets initiated with a Neutral at Longbow
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05:34 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital
Target $36.
July 10, 2014
08:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods 2H comps guidance may be too high, says Cantor
Cantor remains concerned about the effects of competitive pricing pressure on Whole Foods. The firm thinks the company could face execution challenges going forward, and it believes that the company's multiple remains too high, given its challenges. The firm cut its price target on the shares to $34 from $38 and keeps a Sell rating on the stock.
July 9, 2014
06:06 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 41 at upper end of index mean range

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