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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTSODA, GMCR, PEP, DPS, SBUX, KOSodaStream 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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October 21, 2014
09:15 EDTKOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apple (AAPL), up 3%... Texas Instruments (TXN), up 2.3%... Harley Davidson (HOG), up 7%... Celanese (CE), up 4%... United Technologies (UTX), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Neonode (NEON), up 20% after signing technology development agreement with global tier-one printer OEM... Illumina (ILMN), up 10%, upgraded at Janney Capital following the company's better than expected Q3 earnings. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Coca-Cola (KO), down 5%... Chipotle (CMG), down 4.6%... Verizon (VZ), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: CEL-SCI (CVM), down 15.3% after announcing proposed offering of common stock, warrants... Omeros (OMER), down 12% after suspending Huntington's clinical trial with OMS824... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), down 2.4% after 20M share secondary priced at $57.47... Rhino Resources (RNO), down 53%, downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James following the reduction in its quarterly cash dividend.
07:46 EDTKOCoca-Cola says revenue growth to be added as metric in incentive plans
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07:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 2015 comp. currency neutral EPS growth similar to 2014
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07:44 EDTKOCoca-Cola expects macro environment to remain challenging through 2015
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07:43 EDTKOCoca-Cola says Q3 North America net revenues decreased 2%
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07:40 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees mid single digit headwind on profit before tax in 2015
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07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola expanding productivity initiatives with $3B in ann. savings by 2019
07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola says taking actions to reinvigorate growth
The company introduced the following initiatives to reinvigorate growth: Streamlining and simplifying its operating model to speed decision making and enhance local market focus. Expanding its current successful productivity program by targeting annualized savings of $3B per year by 2019. This productivity program will focus on four key areas: Restructuring the company’s global supply chain, including manufacturing in North America; Implementing zero-based budgeting across the organization; Streamlining and simplifying its operating model; and Driving increased discipline and efficiency in direct marketing investments. As a result of these productivity initiatives, the company expects to fund the marketing initiatives and innovation required to deliver sustainable net revenue growth. These savings will also support margin expansion and increased returns on invested capital over time. Refocusing on its core business model of building the world’s greatest beverage brands and leading an unmatched global system of strong local bottling partners. This will include refranchising the majority of company-owned North American bottling territories by the end of 2017 and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020. Strategically targeting brand and growth investments that leverage its global strengths. This includes previously announced plans to improve the quantity and quality of marketing, as well as making future investments that will target markets and categories where brands remain underfunded relative to the opportunity. Focusing on driving revenue and profit growth across markets while providing local operations with a clear line of sight and aligned compensation targets. Beginning in 2015, revenue growth will be added as a metric in the company’s incentive plans. The company will adjust the relative importance of volume and price/mix in each market in order to drive the right behavior for each market type.
07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola maintains long-term high single digit EPS growth target
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola expects to be below long-term EPS growth target for 2014
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports comparable Q3 EPS 53c, consensus 53c
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October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola October weekly 43 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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15:36 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling to exchange franchise territory with Coca-Cola
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October 17, 2014
08:03 EDTGMCRKeurig receives notification from SEC regarding closing inquiry
Keurig Green Mountain announced it has received notification from the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is closing the previously disclosed four-year inquiry into accounting and disclosure matters at the company and would not be recommending any enforcement action against the company or any of its current or former employees.
October 16, 2014
15:11 EDTSBUXStarbucks confirms plans to roll out mobile ordering in U.S. in 2015
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10:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:10 EDTPEPPepsiCo should divest Quaker Foods, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes PepsiCo should divest its Quaker Foods North America business since the unit has been a drag on organic sales and operating income growth. The firm views a possible divesture as a potential share catalyst since it thinks such a move would be well received by investors. It keeps a Buy rating on PepsiCo with a $103 price target.
08:06 EDTSBUXAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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