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June 12, 2014
13:27 EDTSFM, UNFI, WFMSprouts 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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May 21, 2015
09:50 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Chicago on May 22 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
07:14 EDTSFMBMO Capital to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
10:42 EDTWFMKroger CEO says consumer spending still 'fragile'
Kroger (KR) CEO W. Rodney McMullen says the company will continue to spend on stores. McMullen said it will be "fascinating" to see how Whole Foods (WFM) customers react to its plans for a smaller, lower-cost format. Kroger's CEO says food inflation has been tracking a 1%-2% and the company expects it to continue at that level. McMullen says Kroger looks at "just about anything that is available" in terms of M&A, but doesn't bid on many things. McMullen is speaking on CNBC.
May 19, 2015
06:02 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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May 18, 2015
07:46 EDTWFMAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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May 15, 2015
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06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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May 14, 2015
06:22 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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May 13, 2015
09:12 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said recent meetings with Sprouts Farmers Markets management reaffirmed its view of a solid fundamental outlook and increased its conviction that produce issues are transitory. The firm has increased conviction in Sprouts' ability to enter new markets, in-store initiatives, and competition that remains rational. Morgan Stanley reiterates its Overweight rating for this "Best Idea" stock and views current valuation as an attractive entry point.

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