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July 28, 2015
12:31 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
12:04 EDTBIDU, BIDUBaidu downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA analyst Elinor Leung downgraded Baidu two notches to Underperform citing near-term margin pressure and lack of catalysts following the company's Q2 results. The analyst lowered Baidu's price target to $225 from $288. Three other firms downgraded Baidu this morning. The stock is trading down $33.18 to $164.50 in midday trading.
10:23 EDTCOHBMO Capital says high-end handbag makers to stay weak
High end handbag makers Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Michael Kors (KORS) are continuing to struggle and their share prices are likely to remain weak, research firm BMO Capital wrote in a note to investors today. The firm significantly cut its price targets on all three names. WHAT'S NEW: Consumers are spending less on high-end handbags as they increase the amount they allocate to other areas, including travel, leisure and apparel, BMO Capital analyst John Morris stated. Consequently, the North American handbag market was expanding at a 5% rate at the end of June, down from a high single digit rate earlier this year, according to Morris. Meanwhile, competition within the space is mounting and handbag price wars are continuing, the analyst stated. Although handbag stocks have dropped significantly and their valuations appear attractive, they are "falling knives," the analyst warned. Assessing the status of specific companies, Morris says that Kate Spade has avoided implementing major price cuts on its products, though its comparative sales and "mind share" have suffered as a result of that decision and stores are displaying its products less prominently. Coach's stock suggests that investors expect the company's fundamentals to rebound, but Morris thinks that their optimism may be premature. The pace of the company's improvement "remains challenging," and it is likely to be hurt by a decline of U.S. tourism, he believes. Also likely to be hurt by declines in tourism is Michael Kors, the analyst stated. The prices of Michael Kors' products are being reduced by retailers, its gross margins are sinking and its watch business is weak, Morris warned. He reduced his price target on Kate Spade to $19 from $30, on Coach to $28 from $37 and on Michael Kors to $40 from $51. The analyst kept Market Perform ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kate Spade was little changed at $18.75, Coach fell 0.5% to $30.60 and Michael Kors was fractionally higher at $39.17.
10:00 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:44 EDTBIDUBaidu drops sharply, levels to watch
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09:42 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTCOHHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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07:13 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:25 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest
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05:47 EDTBIDUBaidu price target lowered to $210 from $230 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster lowered his price target for Baidu to $210 after increased investments drove the company's Q3 outlook below estimates. Munster believes Baidu "has proven its investment playbook in the past" and he remains confident in the long-term for shares. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
05:30 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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05:24 EDTBIDUBaidu price target lowered to $205 from $256 at Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo lowered his price target for Baidu to $205 citing a "deteriorating" risk/reward profile following the company's Q2 results. The company's Q3 revenue guidance implies year-over-year growth of 34%-37%, a decrease from the June quarter's 38%, Guo tells investors in a research note. Baidu also guided for a "significant increase" of expenses to grow the O2O business, which has limited visibility, Guo writes. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
July 27, 2015
19:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:36 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
16:40 EDTBIDUBaidu down 5.9% after reporting Q2 results, Q3 guidance
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16:39 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.81, consensus $1.88
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16:38 EDTBIDUBaidu reports June MAUs up 24% to 629M
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16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q3 revenue $2.93B-$3B, consensus $3.03B
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16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:44 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly 195 straddle priced for 9% movement into Q2
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15:03 EDTBIDUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Baidu (BIDU), consensus $10.58... Avalonbay Communities (AVB), consensus $1.92... Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 77c... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 6c... PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $2.35... Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 34c... Swift Transportation (SWFT), consensus 37c.
14:25 EDTSOHUSohu.com sales missed when excluding Webgame, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo says Sohu.com's sales in Q2 missed expectations when excluding the Webgame business, which was not included in guidance and will be divested in Q3. The "relatively soft" Q3 guidance is mainly due to gaming business uncertainty and early stage of mobile portal initiatives, Guo tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He keeps a Hold rating on Sohu.com with a $50 price target, but thinks the Sogou initial public offering is likely this year and could help unlock value.
13:36 EDTBIDUBaidu technical commentary ahead of results
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12:21 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, August is at 49, September is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
12:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBIDUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTSOHUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Magnetek (MAG), up 53.5% after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agrees to acquire the company... Xueda Education (XUE), up 40.6% after merging with Xiamen Insight Investment... Box (BOX), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), up 6.4% after announcing sale of proved reserves and a portion of Eagle Ford leasehold. NOTABLE: Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), up 10.7% after acquiring Allergan Generics... Allergan (AGN) is up 6.3%... Mylan (MYL), down 14% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire the company... Perrigo (PRGO), up 3% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire Mylan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sohu.com (SOHU), down 6%... Changyou.com (CYOU), down 10.1%. ALSO LOWER: Bellerophon (BLPH) down 63% after announcing results of BCM clinical trial... Terex (TEX), down 4% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...
05:35 EDTSOHUSohu.com sees Q3 EPS (55c)-(80c), consensus (39c)
Sees Q3 revenue $470M-$500M, consensus $530.17M.
05:34 EDTSOHUSohu.com reports Q2 adjusted EPS (37c), may not compare to consensus (80c)
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July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTBIDUBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because itís not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTSBUXStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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13:34 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:12 EDTSOHUSohu.com technical notes ahead of earnings news
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10:39 EDTSBUXStarbucks hits 52-week high after results top expectations
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09:26 EDTBIDUBaidu Q2 results likely to be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Baidu's increased disclosures about its segments could enable investors to learn more about its core search business, creating a positive surprise. The firm thinks the stock's valuation is "very attractive," and it keeps an Overweight rating.
09:18 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $62 from $56 at BMO Capital
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09:14 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
08:01 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $65 from $57 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Starbucks to $65 following the company's Q2 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Continued enhancements to its mobile platform provide Starbucks with incremental growth opportunities, the firm tells investors.
07:49 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $68 from $58 at BofA/Merrill
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07:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks trends suggest continued sales momentum, says UBS
UBS noted Starbucks Q3 results were driven by multiple factors, including Mobile Order and Pay, that exceeded internal expectations. The firm also was impressed by America's comps and traffic and expects continued earnings growth and sales momentum. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $63 from $57 on Starbucks shares.
July 23, 2015
19:21 EDTSBUXStarbucks says Mobile Order & Pay driving traffic, fueling revenue growth
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19:21 EDTSBUXStarbucks says breakfast, lunch platforms saw double-digit growth in Q3
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19:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks says 80% locked for 2016 coffee costs
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19:06 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 17.2%... Marketo (MKTO), up 15.4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 9.9%... NetGear (NTGR), up 9.2%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.1%... LogMeIn (LOGM), up 9.9%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 7.8%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 5.1%... Supreme Industries (STS), up 4.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... IGI Laboratories (IG), up 3.7%... Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), up 4.1%... Boyd Gaming (BYD), up 4.1%... Trinity Industries (TRN), up 5%... Trinity Industries (N), up 3.2%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Qorvo (QRVO), up 2.7% after Skyworks reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: TrueCar (TRUE), down 33.1% after reporting quarterly results and cutting fiscal 2015 revenue guidance... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 9.2%... Align Technology (ALGN), down 7.4%... Capital One (COF), down 4.9%... PMC-Sierra (PMCS), down 9.1%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS), down 59.7% after giving vosaroxin regulatory update... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), down 5.6% after CEO Thomas Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D. resigns and Hans Hull name interim CEO.
19:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees commodities 'roughly neutral' in 2015
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19:03 EDTSBUXStarbucks CEO says Q3 was among 'most remarkable' in company history
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16:12 EDTSBUXStarbucks still sees 2015 operating margin flat vs. FY14
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16:11 EDTSBUXStarbucks jumps $1.57 to $58.13 following Q3 results
16:11 EDTSBUXStarbucks, PepsiCo enter agreement for Latin America
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16:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks still sees Q4 EPS 42c-43c, consensus 43c
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16:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees 2015 EPS $1.57-$1.58, consensus $1.57
Total net new store openings for the fiscal year remain at 1,650. Starbucks continues to expect full year revenue growth of 16%-18%. Global comparable store sales growth remains in the mid-single digits.
16:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 41c
Reports Q3 revenue $4.9B, consensus $4.86B. Reports global comparable store sales increased 7%, driven by a 4% increase in traffic. Americas comp sales increased 8%, driven by a 4% increase in traffic.
16:03 EDTSBUXStarbucks boosts share buyback by 50M shares
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15:04 EDTSBUXNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:42 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly 56.5 straddle priced for 4.3% movement into Q3
12:44 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-41c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Thursday, July 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 41c on revenue of $4.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-42c on revenue of $4.75B-$4.96B. In April, Starbucks forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 40c-41c, Q4 adjusted EPS of 42c-43c, and backed its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view of $1.55-$1.57, against estimates at that time for $1.57. The company also backed its FY15 revenue growth view of 16%-18%, with global comparable store sales growth of mid-single digits, consolidated tax rate of approximately 31% and capital expenditures of approximately $1.4B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported second quarter EPS of 33c, in-line with analysts' estimates, on revenue of $4.6B, beating analysts' estimates of $4.53B. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 7%, with a 3% increase in traffic. Americas comp sales increased 7%, with a 2% increase in traffic; CAP comp sales increased 12%, driven by a 10% increase in traffic; EMEA comp sales increased 2%, driven by a 2% increase in traffic. NEWS: At May's Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference, Starbucks said mobile payments are exceeding expectations, and CEO Howard Schultz noted that "I'm not going anywhere." During the quarter, Starbucks announced plans to raise drink prices by 5c-20c and announced a music partnership with Spotify. The company said it will close all 23 La Boulange retail locations, as La Boulange stores "are not sustainable for the company's long-term growth." Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay, which began as a pilot in Portland in December 2014 and launched in the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, expanded to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States in June. Starbucks announced plans to join with over a dozen companies, including CVS Health (CVS), Microsoft (MSFT) and Wal-Mart (WMT), to hire 100,000 16-to-24-year-olds as part- and full-time employees, interns and apprentices by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Starbucks shares to $57 from $48, calling it "best-in-class" due to strong momentum and promising pipeline of innovation across both product and strategic programs. BMO Capital said it expects the company to exceed expectations over the next several years, and it kept an Outperform rating on the shares. BTIG recently initiated Starbucks with a Buy rating and $64 target. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are down 0.4% to $56.47.
10:53 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
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06:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks teams up with Lyft to boost loyalty program
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July 22, 2015
13:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:25 EDTCOHCoach price target lowered to $40 from $47 at Stifel
Stifel cut its price target on Coach as the firm believes that competition in the accessories category is increasing, causing a deceleration in the segment. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:15 EDTBIDUBaidu should be bought ahead of earnings, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo recommends buying shares of Baidu ahead of the company's Q2 results on July 27. Baidu's revenue should top consensus and strength in both the iQiyi and Nuomi businesses should lead the Q3 outlook above street expectations, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $256 price target.
July 21, 2015
17:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks and New York Times sign agreement
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10:24 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 20, 2015
10:13 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 17, 2015
10:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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07:54 EDTCOHCoach near-term risk remains but could create opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes near-term risk remains for Coach but sees underlying trends creating the potential for a buying opportunity. The firm noted its concerns surrounding the company's heavy promotions but sees the brand improving with millennials. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $34 from $40 on Coach shares.
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTYUM, SBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTSBUXStarbucks to open stores in 15 low to medium income communities across U.S.
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July 15, 2015
16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with a Buy at BTIG
Target $64.
16:21 EDTYUMYum! Brands initiated with a Neutral at BTIG
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13:57 EDTYUMYum! Brands recommended on current weakness at Stifel
Stifel would be aggressive buyers of Yum! Brands on current weakness. The firm said some investors maybe confused after the call related to the China business as the 'tone' did not resonate positively. Stifel said management did give updated 2H China store-level guidance that was +10% to +15% above prior Street expectations. Stifel rates shares a Buy with $110 price target.
10:01 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTYUMYum! Brands says ForEx headwinds are stronger than previously expected
09:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects Pizza Hut to fall short of growth target outside China
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09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects EPS growth in 2H15 to be 30%
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09:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects double digit EPS growth in 2015 and years ahead
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09:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands confident Taco Bell will be third international brand
09:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 Russia KFC SSS up 14%
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09:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Pizza Hut has 'enormous potential' that results do not reflect
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09:23 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bank of America (BAC), up 2.9%... CSX (CSX), up 2.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Hertz (HTZ), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. NOTABLE: Receptos (RCPT), up 10.5% following deal to be acquired by Celgene (CELG)... Celgene is up 7.9% after announcing acquisition of Receptos... UP AFTER RECEPTOS/CELGENE DEAL: ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), up 1.7%... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 6.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Delta Air Lines (DAL), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Mead Johnson (MJN), down 4.8% after reducing fiscal 2015 EPS guidance... Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), down 5.6% after 4.64M share Block Trade priced at $24.15... SINA (SINA), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MacroGenics (MGNX), down 2.8% after 3.25M share Secondary priced at $37.00.
09:21 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects to open 600 new units in China in 2015
The company said breakfast is an underdeveloped part in China and expects the recent menu revamps to help. Says premium coffee is driving sales and profit in China. The company added that Pizza Hut in China has a "long runway for growth."
09:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands says China improving with steady, but slower than expected progress
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08:32 EDTYUMYum! Brands Q2 results include many bullish data points, says Oppenheimer
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08:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands China recovery on track, says Bernstein
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08:00 EDTYUMYum! Brands upside to come from China recovery, says UBS
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06:49 EDTSINASINA downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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July 14, 2015
19:05 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CSX (CSX), up 3.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Receptos (RCPT), up 10.2% following deal to be acquired by Celgene (CELG)... Celgene is up 5.8% after announcing acquisition of Receptos... Celsion (CLSN), up 8.8% after being initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 10% after results of pivotal study of AT-003. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Peregrine (PPHM), down 3%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Allegheny Technologies (ATI), down 9.3% after providing second quarter EPS guidance... Mead Johnson (MJN), down 4.8% after reducing fiscal 2015 EPS guidance.
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands says set to open 2,100 new restaurants internationally in FY15
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16:14 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q2 Worldwide system sales grew 3%
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16:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands says FX translation negatively impacted Q2 operating profit by $22M
16:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees strong 2H15 in China
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16:12 EDTYUMYum! Brands maintains FY15 EPS growth view of at least 10%, consensus $3.48
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16:11 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 China Division SSS down 10%
16:10 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 adjusted EPS 69c, consensus 63c
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15:01 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:54 EDTYUMYum! Brands July 91.5 straddle priced for 6.4% movement into Q2
12:11 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
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07:34 EDTCOHKate Spade recent selloff overdone, says Citi
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06:00 EDTSBUXStarbucks announces licensed partnership with South Africa's Taste Holdings
Starbucks Coffee Company and Taste Holdings announced a licensed partnership that will see Starbucks stores open across South Africa. For the first time in Southern Africa, Starbucks will open full-format stores bringing the entire range of its food and beverages, including its ethically-sourced Arabica coffee, to South African consumers. The license agreement sees Taste owning the exclusive rights to develop Starbucks retail outlets in South Africa. As Taste is the licensee, it will own and operate the stores directly. The partnership will see direct job creation opportunities as each Starbucks store opens, in addition to opportunities at the Taste support office in Johannesburg. Taste expects that the indirect impact of skills transfer into South Africa, and the localisation opportunities in the supply chain will be material. In addition, Starbucks and Taste have committed to continuing Tasteís Changing Lanes program, employing predominantly from currently unemployed youth directly from the communities in which they trade.
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