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September 30, 2015
17:30 EDTSBUXStarbucks is launching Mobile Order & Pay in the UK
Starbucks is launching Mobile Order & Pay in the UK, allowing customers to pre-order their favourite drinks and food in over 150 London stores and save time in the queue. The company said, "Rolling out from 1st of October, the new feature, available exclusively within the Starbucks App, offers customers greater convenience: the ability to customise their drink and food orders as well as time savings of up to 10-15 minutes. Using the App allows customers to order ahead from the Starbucks menu. Following confirmation, orders are immediately sent to the chosen local Starbucks store where baristas begin preparing the order and an approximate collection time is sent to the customer to pick up their order directly from their barista - skipping the queue. Users of the app are also rewarded with exclusive opportunities to earn Stars with the My Starbucks Rewards loyalty programme. The App has received a very positive response from customers in the United States where it has been available since December 2014. According to customer feedback, the App typically saves commuters and working people 10-15 minutes in their day; parents with young children find it easier to order ahead than stand in line, while speech and hearing-impaired customers have hailed the App as a 'game changer' in helping them to get their correct order, fast."
10:01 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... American Airlines (AAL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Baidu (BIDU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Banco Santander (SAN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Barracuda (CUDA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... FleetCor (FLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Grupo Televisa (TV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Lantheus (LNTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Rentrak (RENT) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sequenom (SQNM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Team (TISI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Universal Truckload (UACL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T.
07:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands has multiple positive catalysts, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Yum is benefiting from a rebound of KFC in the U.S. ,continued outperformance by Taco bell, and stabilizing Pizza Hut trends. The firm expects the company's profitability in China to exceed expectations. It maintains its above-consensus EPS estimates for Yum and keeps a $103 price target and Top Pick rating on the shares.
05:33 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo downgraded Baidu to Hold citing limited visibility into the company's O2O initiatives. The profitability drag from O2O investments will weigh on Baidu's financials for multiple years, Guo tells investors in a research note. The O2O competitive landscape in China is increasing with Meituan and Dianping having early mover advantages, the analyst argues. He cut his price target for Baidu shares to $150 from $205. The Chinese-language Internet search provider closed yesterday up $3.62 to $136.68. Guo points out that his industry checks suggest the company's core search business remains solid and that he believes consensus revenue estimates for Q3 and Q4 are achievable.
September 29, 2015
10:37 EDTBIDUNetflix could announce strategic cooperation with Wanda Group, Techweb says
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September 25, 2015
06:20 EDTSBUXStarbucks promises to raise wages in U.K. beginning in November, FT reports
Starbucks will raise its average wage in the U.K. beginning in November to just under GBP8 an hour, The Financial Times reports. Additionally, the company will offer interest-free loans to help staff members pay deposits on housing. Reference Link
September 24, 2015
12:11 EDTBIDUMicrosoft partnership a modest positive for Baidu, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo said he considers Baidu's (BIDU) newly announced strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for the Edge browser in Windows 10 as a modest positive, but thinks it is likely only a headline positive in the near term. However, if Baidu were to strike a deal to become the default search engine for Internet Explorer, that would be "huge" for the Chinese company, Guo tells investors in a research note. The analyst has a Buy rating on Baidu shares.
09:32 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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05:22 EDTSBUXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU SBUX
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTBIDUChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTBIDUMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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10:44 EDTBIDUChinese Internet stock pullback a buying opportunity, CLSA says
Shares of multiple Chinese Internet companies are down again in morning trading amid more weak economic data from the Asian nation. However, research firm CLSA released a note making favorable comments and evaluations of several of the country's largest Internet players amid the economic slowdown. LITTLE IMPACT FROM SLOWDOWN: After 25 Chinese Internet and telecom companies attended CLSA's Investors' Forum, analyst Elinor Leung stated that Internet companies in China reported that they have been little affected by growing weakness in the nation's economy. Leung said that such companies have attributed their successful performance to a high savings rate, which increases consumer spending power, as well as gains in offline market share. Additionally, companies already listed may benefit from a weak A-share market in China, since smaller companies do not have access to financing and the slow market speeds up consolidation, Leung noted. RATINGS CHANGES: CLSA upgraded online travel service provider Ctrip (CTRP) to Buy from Outperform and maintained an $85 price target on its shares, while also raising its rating on Baidu (BIDU) two notches, to Buy from Underperform. Leung, who lowered Baidu's price target to $180 from $225, said the firm's top sector picks in the country are (JD), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Ctrip. The analyst added that Tencent and Ctrip shares are the "most defensive" stocks, while JD and Alibaba could rebound even more after sentiment improves. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Thursday, TechInAsia reported that Baidu chief executive officer Robin Li said that the company was weighing the idea of delisting from the Nasdaq (NDAQ) and re-listing on the A-shares market in China. TechInAsia later added that a spokesperson from the Chinese internet giant "downplayed" the potential move, saying that Li's comments referred to an "unlikely hypothetical situation" in which U.S. investors don't recognize the importance of the online-to-offline market. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Baidu shares fell 1.4% to $134.21, Ctrip shares were flat near $66.64, shares slid 2% to $25.04 and Alibaba shares declined 2% to $60.69.
10:00 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... BioMed Realty (BMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... (CTRP) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Daktronics (DAKT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on potential PC, client business rebound at Bernstein... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mitcham Industries (MIND) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded on international outlook at Bernstein... Regional Management (RM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Vivendi (VIVHY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi.
09:33 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:18 EDTBIDU, SBUXPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
07:51 EDTSBUXStarbucks fails to provide better labor practices, NY Times reports
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07:50 EDTBIDU, upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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07:48 EDTBIDU, BIDUBaidu upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA
After hosting an Investors Forum and Internet tour for Chinese companies, CLSA upgraded Baidu (BIDU) to Buy, stating that the recent correction in the stock is a buying opportunity. Chinese Internet companies said they have seen very little impact from the slowing economy, the firm tells investors in its sector note. The firm lowered its price target on Baidu shares to $180 from $225. CLSA also upgraded Ctrip (CTRP) to Buy this morning.
September 22, 2015
07:15 EDTBIDUCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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05:24 EDTSBUXStarbucks announces availability of Mobile Order & Pay nationwide
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