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February 21, 2014
10:27 EDTWFM, SFM, TFMWhole Foods started with Outperform rating at Oppenheimer
Research firm Oppenheimer initiated coverage of Whole Foods (WFM) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors last night, saying that the company is best positioned to gain market share in the natural/organics category. WHAT'S NEW: Whole Foods seems to be coping with recent challenges it has faced well, as its comparative sales increased 5.4% last quarter versus the same period a year earlier, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh stated. Additionally, investors may be underestimating the long-term benefits of the company's downward price adjustments, Parikh stated. The company's stock has dropped about 20% since last October, creating an opportunity for investors, the analyst contended. He expects the stock to "grind higher," and set a $63 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other supermarkets that specialize in selling organic products include The Fresh Market (TFM) and Spouts Farmers (SFM), both of which Parikh initiated last night with Perform ratings. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Whole Foods climbed 1% to $52.90.
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May 21, 2015
07:14 EDTSFMBMO Capital to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
10:42 EDTWFMKroger CEO says consumer spending still 'fragile'
Kroger (KR) CEO W. Rodney McMullen says the company will continue to spend on stores. McMullen said it will be "fascinating" to see how Whole Foods (WFM) customers react to its plans for a smaller, lower-cost format. Kroger's CEO says food inflation has been tracking a 1%-2% and the company expects it to continue at that level. McMullen says Kroger looks at "just about anything that is available" in terms of M&A, but doesn't bid on many things. McMullen is speaking on CNBC.
May 19, 2015
06:02 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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May 18, 2015
07:46 EDTWFMAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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May 15, 2015
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06:05 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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May 14, 2015
06:22 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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May 13, 2015
09:12 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said recent meetings with Sprouts Farmers Markets management reaffirmed its view of a solid fundamental outlook and increased its conviction that produce issues are transitory. The firm has increased conviction in Sprouts' ability to enter new markets, in-store initiatives, and competition that remains rational. Morgan Stanley reiterates its Overweight rating for this "Best Idea" stock and views current valuation as an attractive entry point.
May 12, 2015
08:10 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets has reached attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
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May 11, 2015
09:59 EDTSFMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:41 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:22 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital
BMO Capital upgraded Sprouts Farmers Market to Outperform from Market Perform with a $34 price target. The firm upgraded shares citing valuation, reduced expectations, long-term earnings growth, differentiated strategy, and high barriers to entry.
May 10, 2015
14:12 EDTWFM, SFMWhole Foods stock unlikely to outperform in near-term, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTWFM, SFMStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
16:34 EDTSFMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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12:58 EDTSFM, WFMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:44 EDTWFM, TFM, SFMSprouts Farmers Markets tumbles after Q1 results miss expectations, SSS slows
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10:41 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets falls after earnings and outlook
The stock is down over 9% to $27.45 at time of writing. At that price, next support is at $27.17 and then at $26.60. Resistance is at $28.29.
09:28 EDTSFMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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