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February 1, 2013
12:06 EDTPEP, KO, CBS, SODANew SodaStream Super Bowl ad to depict disappearing bottles, Globes says
SodaStream's (SODA) revised Super Bowl ad will depict plastic bottles disappearing as various consumers use the company's soda making machine, Globes reported yesterday. The ad is emant to hammer home the company's message that its product helps the environemnt, the website noted. The original ad which which spoofs Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsi (PEP) was rejected by CBS (CBS), will be shown online and on other TV networks, Globes added. Reference Link
News For SODA;KO;PEP;CBS From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
07:29 EDTKO, PEPPepsi launches naturally-sweetened Pepsi True in three states, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
09:56 EDTKOBofA/Merrill food/beverages analysts to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:55 EDTSODASodastream volatility at low end of range as shares near historic lows
Sodastream overall option implied volatility of 50 compares to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
January 25, 2015
20:45 EDTPEPPepsiCo new director nominee could ease tensions with Trian, Barron's says
PepsiCo's newest independent director nominee, former Heinz CEO William Johnson, could ease tensions between the company and activist Trian Fund Management as both Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Nelson Peltz approve of the nomination, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Johnson's nomination "eases near-term pressure to split," the paper adds, citing UBS analyst Stephen Powers. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
06:09 EDTPEPSenomyx, PepsiCo executes collaborative research agreeement
Senomyx (SNMX) and PepsiCo (PEP) executed an amendment to the collaborative research agreement dated April 8, 2014 related to Senomyx’s Salt-Taste Program. Under the terms of the original agreement, PepsiCo agreed to provide certain research funding for our Salt Taste Program with a focus on the identification of flavors with modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt through December 2014. The amendment extends the research funding and the collaborative research period for an additional year through December 31, 2015.
January 22, 2015
14:00 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
Target $60.
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.
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 18, 2015
13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
16:24 EDTPEPPepsiCo names William Johnson to Board of Directors
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11:16 EDTCBSCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:00 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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January 15, 2015
16:22 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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January 14, 2015
09:54 EDTKO, PEPMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTPEP, KOAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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08:50 EDTKOMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:28 EDTCBSViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.

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