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July 31, 2014
12:58 EDTTGT, WMT, PEPAnalysts applaud Target CEO selection
Two analysts applauded Target's (TGT) decision to hire former Wal-Mart (WMT) and PepsiCo (PEP) executive Brian Cornell as its new CEO. WHAT'S NEW: Target announced that it had tapped Cornell, a former CEO of Wal-Mart's Sam's Club unit, as its new CEO, effective August 12. Cornell's most recent position was at Pepsi, where he served as the CEO of the company's PepsiCo Americas Foods unit. He has had more than 30 years of experience at some of the nation’s leading retail and consumer product companies, Target added. ANALYST REACTION: Janney Capital analyst David Strasser praised Target's decision to hire Cornell. During Cornell's tenure at Wal-Mart, he was taking Sam's Club in a positive direction, the analyst believes. Over the course of the three years during which Cornell led Sam's Club, the division's comparative sales growth increased to mid single digit percentage levels from low single digit percentage levels and he was thought of as a solid leader, according to Strasser. Cornell has has "the right mix and background" to lead Target, added the analyst, who nonetheless kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Similarly, Peter Benedict, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, called Cornell "a talented and well-respected leader." Cornell emphasized merchandise quality, space productivity, and labor/operational efficiencies while he was at the helm of Sam's Club, Benedict stated. Sam's Club's membership trends accelerated when Cornell was CEO there, Benedict reported. The analyst also kept a Neutral rating on Target's shares. Meanwhile, another research firm, Cowen, upgraded Target to Market Perform from Underperform, citing Cornell's hiring. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Target fell 2% to $60.18.
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October 13, 2014
07:26 EDTPEPAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
07:15 EDTWMT, TGTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTPEPMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Gilford Securities
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08:38 EDTPEPPepsiCo valuation discount vs. peers to close, says Morgan Stanley
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October 9, 2014
16:25 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:30 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTPEPPepsiCo climbs after results beat estimates, outlook raised
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09:41 EDTTGTBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTPEPPepsiCo says its emerging and developing sectors have remained 'resilient'
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget CEO hands-on with Canadian turnaround, Globe and Mail says
Brian Cornell, the new CEO of Target, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that he is taking a hands-on approach to repairing the company’s Canadian business and that he will travel north on a “regular” basis to oversee the turnaround. Reference Link
06:45 EDTPEPPepsiCo reports Q3 developing and emerging organic revenue up 8%
The company said it is on track to deliver $1B of productivity savings in 2014. The company expects to return a total of $8.7 billion to shareholders in 2014 through approximately $3.7 billion in dividends and $5.0 billion in share repurchases.
06:44 EDTPEPPepsiCo raises FY14 EPS growth guidance to 9% from 8%
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06:43 EDTPEPPepsiCo reports Q3 organic revenue up 3.1%
06:43 EDTPEPPepsiCo reports Q3 core EPS $1.36, consensus $1.29
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October 8, 2014
15:25 EDTPEPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.
13:24 EDTPEPPepsiCo October weekly 93 straddle priced for 2% move into Q3
09:05 EDTPEPLionsgate partners with Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market for new film
Lionsgate (LGF) announced that PepsiCo's (PEP) Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Whole Planet Foundation will partner with the studio for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 which opens in theaters worldwide on November 21.
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