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November 14, 2012
16:34 EDTFB, MWW, SNE, ANF, SBUX, IAG, APO, TEAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after a brief pop at the open quickly reversed into a day long sell-off that saw the averages close at their lows. With concerns about the fiscal cliff lingering, President Obama's news conference during the afternoon did little to help the market. Oil prices spiked as Israel launched a Gaza offensive and killed a Hamas commander, though stocks did not follow the commodity's path higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales fell 0.3% in October, versus expectations for a decline of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% in the month, versus forecasts for them to have increased 0.2%. Excluding food and energy, the core reading fell 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Minutes from the October meeting of the Federal Reserve showed many Fed members see the adoption of quantitative thresholds as helping, though the committee said a number of practical issues would need to be overcome before the thresholds could be instituted... COMPANY NEWS: Starbucks (SBUX) announced it was purchasing Teavana (TEA) for $620M, or $15.50 per share, in an all-cash transaction. Shares of Teavana, which were halted ahead of the announcement after the Atlanta Business Chronicle broke the news, advanced $5.32, or 52.52%, to $15.45. Shares of Starbucks settled down $1.47, or 2.92%, at $48.84... Bloomberg reported that Monster Worldwide (MWW) still has no bidders as TPG and Apollo Global (APO) passed on the company, and shares of Monster traded lower after the news, settling down 31c, or 4.97%, at $5.93... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), up $10.74, or 34.45%, to $41.92 after the company reported better than expected earnings, raised its full year EPS view, and the stock received at least five analyst upgrades. Also higher were shares of Facebook (FB), up $2.50, or 12.59%, to $22.36 in spite of the expiration of a lockup that permitted many investors and employees to sell their shares for the first time since the company's IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was IAMGOLD (IAG), down $2.89, or 19.45%, to $11.97 after the company reported quarterly results and production guidance that disappointed. Also lower were shares of Sony (SNE), down 95c, or 8.82%, to $9.82 after the company issued a large amount of bonds that may convert to stock under certain conditions... INDICES: The Dow lost 185.23, or 1.45%, to 12,570.95; the Nasdaq fell 37.08, or 1.29%, to 2,846.81; and the S&P 500 dropped 19.04, or 1.39%, to 1,355.49.
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April 16, 2015
11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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10:26 EDTSBUXBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:00 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:47 EDTMWWVonage appoints Ted Gilvar Chief Marketing Officer
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05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
17:25 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $56.
16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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14:58 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch June calls active
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10:00 EDTSBUX, ANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $56.
April 14, 2015
13:20 EDTSNERecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
13:02 EDTAPOFly Watch: Analyst expects strong Q1 results from private equity firms
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11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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08:33 EDTSBUXGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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05:54 EDTSNESony creates unit built for local language production, Financial Times says
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