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May 28, 2014
04:55 EDTSTKL, STKL, BUD, BUD, JCP, JCP, AZO, AZO, THO, THO, MDLZ, MDLZ, SPLS, SPLS, BG, BG, CRI, CRI, ICON, ICONCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Consumer Conference to be held in New York on May 28-29.
News For STKL;CRI;BG;SPLS;MDLZ;THO;AZO;JCP;BUD;ICON From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
13:13 EDTMDLZMondelez in discussions to sell Carte Noire, Reuters reports
Mondelez said it was in discussions with multiple parties to sell its French coffee brand Carte Noire to address European antitrust concerns after it closed a deal with D.E Master Blenders 1753, Reuters reports. Reference Link
07:25 EDTMDLZMondelez and D.E Master Blenders 1753 complete coffee business combination
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July 1, 2015
10:00 EDTCRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
07:24 EDTCRICarter's downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed Carter's from the Conviction Buy List following the recent run in shares. The firm maintains its Buy rating and increased its price target to $127 from $115.
June 30, 2015
15:20 EDTJCPMoody's raises J.C. Penney liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2
Moody's Investors Service revised J.C. Penney's rating outlook to positive from stable. Moody's also affirmed the company's Caa1 Corporate Family Rating, and raised the company's Speculative Grade Liquidity rating to SGL-1 from SGL-2. "The rating outlook revision to positive from stable reflects Moody's view that JC Penney's operating performance has shown signs of improvement as a result of better merchandising, cost controls, and integration of its online business" said Moody's Vice President Scott Tuhy. He added, "we have seen positive momentum building for the company to achieve $700M to $800M of adjusted EBITDA, a level in which earnings would fully cover cash flow and interest". The upgrade in the Speculative Grade Liquidity rating primarily reflects the company's improved operating performance as we expect free cash flow to be near break-even levels and the company's meaningful cash balances are sufficient to cover expected seasonal working capital needs.
09:02 EDTBGSolazyme Bunge Renewable Oils completes redundant power, steam supplies
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June 26, 2015
10:00 EDTSTKLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:19 EDTSTKLSunOpta initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
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June 25, 2015
14:05 EDTSPLSStaples, Office Depot shares head lower as analyst highlights merger pitfalls
Shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) are in negative territory following a Citi research note identifying significant downside potential if their proposed merger is blocked. The note follows news on June 23 that a U.S. District Court has approved the preliminary injunction of the US Foods-Sysco (SYY) merger. WHAT'S NEW: In the wake of the FTC's preliminary injunction of the US Foods-Sysco deal, Citi's Kate McShane issued a note on the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot. The FTC is expected to release a public version of its Sysco ruling this Friday, and McShane said details of the injunction could shed light on whether the Staples-Office Depot merger is likely to follow a similar path. The analyst sees a 40% and 49% downside scenario for Staples and Office Depot, respectively, were the merger to fail, versus a 20% upside for Office Depot shares if a successful outcome is reached. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The FTC stated on June 23 that the Sysco-US Foods merger "would lead to higher prices and diminished service," and U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta cited the probability of "substantially" reduced competition. Building on those pieces of information, Kate McShane notes that a merged Staples-Office Depot may only capture 15%-25% of the addressable market, in contrast to the 75% market share of a Sysco and US Foods combination. McShane cautioned that if she limits her analysis to just Fortune 100 companies, the 15%-25% figure would likely be higher, but refrains from stronger speculation on the probability of the deal closing. On June 24, the New York Post cited sources calling the merger "unlikely" after the Sysco injunction. As noted by Citi, if regulator sentiment swings against the office supply companies, shares could head sharply lower. PRICE ACTION: Staples is down 0.4% in afternoon trading, while Office Depot is down 0.3%.
08:50 EDTSPLSStaples has 20% upside if Office Depot deal closes, says Citi
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06:47 EDTSPLSStaples volatility low into expected closure of its merger with Office Depot
Staples (SPLS) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, July is a 22, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 53, suggesting decreasing price movement into the expected closure of its proposed $6.3B merger with Office Depot (ODP).
06:20 EDTICONMeredith, Iconix among those looking at Martha Stewart, NY Post reports
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June 24, 2015
10:26 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; TWTR JCP
Twitter (TWTR) December 40 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 44, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 20 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 42 according to IVolatility.
09:10 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:33 EDTSTKLSunOpta opens new Innovation Center
SunOpta announced that is has enhanced its research and development platform with the opening of its new SunOpta Innovation Center at the company's offices in Edina, Minn. The new SunOpta Innovation Center is an important part of the company's strategy to bring innovative product offerings to its global customers who strive to meet the demands of a sustainable consumer shift towards organic and healthy foods.
07:12 EDTSPLSStaples deal unlikely after Sysco-US Foods merger blocked, NY Post reports
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June 23, 2015
08:03 EDTMDLZMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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