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March 18, 2014
12:11 EDTSODA, WHR, KO, DECK, PEP, DPSSodaStream advances after KitchenAid unveils new soda maker
Shares of SodaStream (SODA) are climbing after Whirlpool's (WHR) KitchenAid brand announced that it would sell an at-home soda maker developed in collaboration with the Israeli company. WHAT'S NEW: KitchenAid earlier today introduced the Sparkling Beverage Maker, which it developed in partnership with Israel-based SodaStream. Offering four carbonation settings, the product will go on sale in June at a suggested retail price of $249.99, the home appliance maker revealed. The device's "all-metal design and eye-catching aesthetics make it uniquely Kitchen Aid," said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. WHAT'S NOTABLE: SodaStream and KitchenAid first announced that they were collaborating last June. At the time, the companies said that they expected to unveil a product in the fourth quarter of 2013. Last month, Coca-Cola (KO) and Green Mountain (GMCR) announced that they would jointly develop their own at-home cold drink maker. In the wake of that news, some speculated that SodaStream could partner with either Pepsi (PEP) or Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS). On March 6, well-known hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson divulged that he had invested in SodaStream, and said the company reminded him of Uggs-maker Deckers Outdoor (DECK). Like Uggs, SodaStream's products are said by detractors to be a fad, but have a loyal following, according to Tilson. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SodaStream climbed $1.45, or 3.65%, to $41.22, while Whirlpool added 1% to $146.43.
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September 2, 2014
17:15 EDTPEPPepsiCo backs FY14 constant currency EPS growth guidance of 8%
In advance of the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, PepsiCo stated that, consistent with its previous guidance for FY14, PepsiCo expects 8% core constant currency EPS growth in FY14 versus its FY13 core EPS of $4.37. Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, PepsiCo currently expects that foreign exchange translation will have an unfavorable impact of approximately 4% points on its full-year core EPS growth in 2014. Excluding the impact of structural changes and foreign exchange translation, organic revenue in 2014 is expected to grow mid-single digits versus 2013, consistent with PepsiCo’s long-term target. Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, PepsiCo currently expects foreign exchange translation to have an unfavorable impact of approximately 3 percentage points on its full-year net revenue growth in 2014.
10:09 EDTPEP, KOStudy finds adverse heart events associated with energy drinks, ScienceWR says
A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress concluded that caffeinated energy drinks can be associated with several adverse heart conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death, reported Science World Report. Monster Beverage (MNST) markets energy drinks and recently struck a deal to acquire additional energy drink brands from Coca-Cola (KO). PepsiCo also markets energy drinks. Reference Link
August 31, 2014
13:44 EDTPEPBarclays to hold a conference
Back-to-School Consumer Conference to be held in Boston on September 3-5.
August 29, 2014
16:18 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling forms pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (COKE) announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to expand the bottler’s franchise territory to include the Knoxville, TN territory currently served by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. This agreement represents the second phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent between the company and The Coca-Cola Company. The company expects the transaction to close by the end of October. The company is continuing to work towards a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the remainder of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent, including Cleveland and Cookeville, TN and Louisville, Lexington, Paducah and Pikeville, KY and Evansville, IN. The definitive agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the Knoxville territory by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to this territory and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola brands in this territory. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in this territory under a comprehensive beverage agreement to be entered into at closing. Under such agreement, the Company will make a quarterly sub-bottling payment to CCR on a continuing basis after the closing for the grant of such exclusive rights. The Company will not acquire any production assets from CCR and will, with certain exceptions, purchase finished goods from CCR to service customers in this territory.
12:30 EDTWHRWhirlpool management to meet with Sterne Agee
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August 28, 2014
10:28 EDTSODASodaStream still facing inventory issues at mass retailers, says Detwiler Fenton
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August 27, 2014
16:05 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain expands board, appoints José Octavio Reyes Lagunes
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August 26, 2014
07:49 EDTWHRWhirlpool has potential upside to 2015 EPS estimates, says KeyBanc
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06:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola to introduce mid-calorie soda in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2014
18:19 EDTPEPPepsiCo holders would benefit more from split up, Barron's says
PepsiCo shareholders would benefit more if Pepsi and Frito-Lay were split, Barron's contends in its cover article. Cost cutting at both companies would offset synergies, the paper adds. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
07:50 EDTWHRMajor appliance demand decelerating, says Longbowx
Longbow's North American industry checks indicate major applicance demand had declerated form June/July promotional peaks, indicating a rapid deceleration in the Core 6 category. The firm said the Core 6 categoreis are trending into negative territory following strong July 4th sales event volumes and is hearing laundry sales are particularly weak, and may be by as much as negative double digits. The analyst notes Whirlpool (WHR) is leveraged to laundry sales and, to a lesser extent, AB Electrolux (ELUX).

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