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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTDPS, SODA, KO, PEP, SBUX, GMCRSodaStream 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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February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTKO20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
10:54 EDTSBUXDunkin' same-store sales fall amid increased competition
Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) reported higher than expected top and bottom line fourth quarter results this morning, but the company noted that same-store sales fell 0.8% for its flagship Dunkin' Donuts brand in the U.S. The company's same-store sales decline was in contrast to Starbucks (SBUX), which recently reported a comparable store sales increase in the U.S., and come after McDonald's (MCD) launched its "All-Day Breakfast" initiative. WHAT'S NEW: Dunkin' reported Q4 earnings per share of 52c, versus the consensus estimate of 50c. Its Q4 revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, the chain reported that its same-store sales slid 0.8% versus the same period a year earlier in its Dunkin' Donuts locations. The company provided fiscal 2016 earnings guidance that was in-line with expectations, excluding certain items. It expects its U.S. Dunkin' Donuts same-store sales to rise 0%-2% in fiscal 2016. In comparison, Starbucks reported that its Americas same-store sales jumped 9% in Q4. Of note, Dunkin' Brands raised its dividend by 13% to 30c per share. ANALYST REACTION: Dunkin's same-store sales came in below expectations, wrote Michael Gallo, an analyst at CL King. However, excluding a decline of 1.2 percentage points in sales of the company's K-cup offerings, the company's same-store sales were flat, he stated. McDonald's launch of all-day breakfast clearly negatively impacted Dunkin, as guest traffic at Dunkin's stores fell one percentage point, the analyst stated. Gallo kept a Buy rating on the shares but noted that he was placing his price target under review. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dunkin Brands shares gained 2% to $41.72.
10:10 EDTGMCROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:56 EDTGMCRSONIC, Keurig Green Mountain announce coffee partnership
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07:06 EDTSBUXWaste Management to hold a forum
2016 Executive Sustainability Forum is being held in Scottsdale, AZ on February 4.
February 1, 2016
11:18 EDTKOWells Fargo, Citron take sides in Monster Beverage debate
Monster Beverage (MNST) is rising slightly in the down market after Wells Fargo upgraded the stock, saying that the shares have reached a compelling entry point while Monster's convenience store sales appear to have accelerated. UPGRADE: The recent weakness in Monster's stock has created a "compelling entry point," according to Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog, who upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Moreover, Wells Fargo's survey of beverage retailers suggests that the company's sales at convenience stores rose 10% last quarter, up from 7% in Q3. Additionally, the survey found that the quality of Monster's distribution operation had greatly improved in recent months. As a result, Herzog wrote that the issues caused by the company's transition to using Coca-Cola's (KO) distribution system had been "largely resolved." Monster's earnings growth should accelerate over the next five years as it penetrates new overseas markets, including China, the analyst contended. There are "numerous scenarios" that would enable the beverage maker to beat earnings expectations going forward, Herzog believes. In addition to international expansion, the company could benefit from accelerated share buybacks, a reduced tax rate and "major innovations" in beverages outside of its core energy business, according to Herzog. She raised her price target on the shares to $159-$161 from $139-$141. SHORT REPORT: On January 29, short-selling research firm Citron wrote that Monster's "valuation..is completely removed from reality." Over the past five years, Monster's stock has surged 500%, even though its revenue has only increased 90%, the firm stated. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola's 2014 purchase of a stake in Monster will prevent the latter company from being acquired, as Coke is not interested in buying Monster, Citron contended. In China, Monster will have to cope with high start-up costs, tough competition and lower margins, Citron warned. Furthermore, the company's new products cannibalize its existing drinks, Citron believes. Also on January 29, the small Eastern European country of Latvia decided to ban sales of energy drinks to minors. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 2% to $137.73. The stock dipped about 1.6% on Friday.
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08:19 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain will not be issuing Q1 earnings or updating guidance
As previously disclosed, on December 6, 2015, Keurig Green Mountain entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Acorn Holdings B.V., a private limited liability company incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, Maple Holdings Acquisition Corp.. Due to the pending Merger, the company is neither updating nor reaffirming its prior earnings guidance, and will not be issuing a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings release or holding a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings call for investors and financial analysts.
07:24 EDTSBUXEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTKOOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
15:06 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes strategic investment in Chi, plans full ownership within 3 years
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January 29, 2016
12:24 EDTDPS, GMCRCitron sees Monster Beverage shares hitting $80 in near term
Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) are likely to hit $80 in the near term, Citron Research writes in a new research report on the energy drink maker. The short-selling research firm says valuing Monster versus Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) results in 48% downside for the stock. "For the sake of the benefit of the doubt we used the post GMCR takeout value as a benchmark to get to $80 a share for Monster," Citron states. Monster shares are down $7.15, or 5%, to $130.05 in midday trading. Reference Link
11:02 EDTPEPPepsiCo unveils new hospitality venture with launch of Kola House
Pepsi (PEP) announces its plans to launch Kola House, the first experimental kola bar, restaurant, lounge and event space to open in the U.S. market. This first-of-its-kind hospitality venture is set to open its doors in spring 2016, with its flagship location in New York City's Meatpacking District. The flagship location will also serve as an event space for pop culture moments in music, art, style, film, sports and more. Pepsi is leveraging its partnership with Live Nation (LYV) to help build out a special music series, Live at the Kola House, which will serve as tent pole moments throughout its year-long programming. Each of the intimate, stripped down performances will bring fans up-close to the artists both visually and acoustically for the once-in-a-lifetime shows.
06:07 EDTPEPPepsi making foray into restaurant business with Kola House, NY Times says
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January 28, 2016
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January 27, 2016
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January 26, 2016
10:48 EDTSBUX, GMCRTreeHouse may benefit from strategy shifts, says Detwiler Fenton
Detwiler Fenton said TreeHouse (THS) may benefit from Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) and Starbucks' (SBUX) focust shift into new products. Keurig Green Mountain dropping of its private-label business opens the door for TreeHouse to take market share, the firm's analyst said. Detwiler sees TreeHouse benefiting from Starbucks' shifts away from Keurig Green Mountain and into other product opportunities.
10:32 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX SNDK GMCR RAD
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09:32 EDTPEPActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTPEPMondelez shares should be bought at current levels, says Bernstein
Bernstein says it sees "clear catalysts" that could boost Mondolez's (MDLZ) top and bottom lines. The firm says that the company's margins could expand more than expected in the near-term and reach about 20% by 2020, partly due to product rationalization, an upgrade of its manufacturing base and headcount reductions. The firm thinks the company could combine with PepsiCo (PEP) or be acquired by Kraft-Heinz (HNZ) in 2017. Bernstein identifies the stock as a top pick for 2016.
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