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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTKO, PEP, SBUX, GMCR, DPS, SODASodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
Shares of Israel's SodaStream (SODA) are surging after an Israeli website reported that the company was in talks to sell a stake to a major American company. Meanwhile, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) - which is developing a product that will compete with SodaStream's at-home soda makers - is falling slightly, despite the up market. WHAT'S NEW: SodaStream has held early stage discussions about selling a 10%-16% stake in itself to a strategic buyer, according to Hebrew language business website Calcalist. SodaStream is talking about selling the shares based on a company valuation of $52 per share, the website stated, adding that SodaStream has had discussions about the matter with PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). The company holding discussions about buying SodaStream is interested in receiving options that would enable it to raise its stake in the company in the future, said Calcalist. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) announced in February that it was partnering with Coca-Cola (KO) to develop its own at-home cold drinks maker, which will compete with SodaStream's products. Coca-Cola took a 10% stake in Keurig Green Mountain and has the option to increase its stake in the future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Stifel called Calcalist's report "unsubstantiated and unlikely." In the past the website reported falsely that PepsiCo was going to purchase SodaStream, noted Stifel analyst Jim Duffy. Additionally, Duffy continues to believe that SodaStream would not be a good partner for a major American company, partly because SodaStream's profit margins aren't high enough and because its profits would not move the needle for a large partner. He kept a Sell rating on SodaStream. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream jumped 8.6% to $40.93 and Keurig Green Mountain shares lost 0.67% to $96.74.
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January 22, 2015
16:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks jumps 3% to $85.30 following Q1 results
16:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q2 EPS 64c-65c, consensus 68c
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16:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q1 EPS 80c, consensus 80c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.8B, consensus $4.80B. Global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. Comparable store customer transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S., nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. The company opened 512 net new stores in Q1.
15:32 EDTSBUXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
14:58 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly 82 straddle priced for 3.1% movement into Q1
12:31 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report first quarter results after the market close on Thursday, January 22, 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 80c on revenue of $4.8B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-81c on revenue of $4.63B-$4.93B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 74c on revenue of $4.2B, in-line with estimates for 74c and $4.23B, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 79c-81c and guided fiscal year 2015 EPS to $3.03-$3.13 against estimates at that time for $3.16. The company sees FY15 revenue growth of 16%-18%, including over $1B in incremental revenue from the planned acquisition of Starbucks Japan, against estimates at that time for $18.43B. Global comparable store sales growth was targeted in the mid-single digits. NEWS: In November, the European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reported the Wall Street Journal. At its December Investor Day, Starbucks projected that revenue will approach $30B in fiscal year 2019, up from $16B in fiscal year 2014. Additionally, the company announced the launch of "Mobile Order & Pay," which allows customers to place orders in advance of their visit, and to pick up their ready order at their preferred Starbucks store, and also announced plans for food and beverage delivery. The company sees mobile ordering driving transactions and said it was exploring two different delivery models to launch in mid-to-late 2015. Starbucks' partnership with Square for use in mobile device payments also ended and the company replaced Tazo tea in its outlets with products from Teavana. During the quarter, Starbucks said that Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead, a 23-year veteran of the company who also served for many years as the company's Chief Financial Officer, as well as leading the operations and development of Starbucks international business and its Europe, Middle East and Africa business unit, would take an extended unpaid leave from the company; his last day at his current role will be March 1. STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray says it would be a buyer of Starbucks on any sell-off following the news of COO Alstead taking a leave of absence and said its fundamental thesis on the stock is unchanged and that Starbucks remains a top pick. William Blair thinks the near-term could "prove a bit rocky" for Starbucks investors given the departure of the "well-liked" COO and the potential slowing of domestic sales trends. The firm lowered its Q1 comp projection to 4%, below the consensus of 5%, citing a lower sales forecast in the Americas. Bernstein kept a $99 price target and Outperform rating on Starbucks after COO Alstead announced his leave of absence. Janney Capital cut its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about the company's near-term sales outlook. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Starbucks shares are up almost 10%. Ahead of tonight's earnings report, shares are down about 0.7% to $81.86.
11:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
There is a potential bullish symmetrical triangle on the daily chart that could become active after earnings if price breaks out above $82.50. What makes the pattern bullish is the preceding uptrend. Upside potential for this pattern is to the $90 area, which would be a fresh lifetime high. When pulling back to a very long-term chart (10-year) the current pattern is visible, but part of a much larger bullish symmetrical triangle which is already in progress. The minimum objective from that pattern is also to the $90 area. While the current technical conditions are strongly bullish, there is always the prospect of pattern failure if the fundamentals fail to live up to bullish expectations. The downside reaction from a negative surprise could be equal in scale to the upside on a positive one. The bottom of the triangle pattern at the $78 area would be the first major support level for the shares. A breakdown below that support would void the pattern, with next support at $76.22.
10:03 EDTGMCROn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:03 EDTSODAOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded at Wells Fargo... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Era Group (ERA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RSA Insurance (RSNAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Rockwell Automation (ROK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:39 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Neutral at Consumer Edge Research
07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:08 EDTSODASodaStream upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel
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January 20, 2015
09:38 EDTKOActive equity options trading
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January 16, 2015
16:24 EDTPEPPepsiCo names William Johnson to Board of Directors
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15:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks January weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Starbucks January weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, February is at 24, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on January 22.
06:11 EDTSBUXEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTGMCR, DPSKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTDPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:30 EDTSBUXEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Dr Pepper Snapple to Neutral given continued rational pricing and lower input costs. Price target raised to $75 from $63.
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