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August 21, 2014
11:54 EDTHAIN, WWAVWhiteWave Foods retreats after analyst cuts rating
Shares of WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) are falling after research firm Longbow downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about competition and valuation. WhiteWave Foods markets organic foods, including substitutes for traditional milk products. It also sells traditional dairy products. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart (WMT) appears to have introduced private label almond milk products at nearly all the locations checked by Longbow over the last two months, the firmís analyst Philip Terpolilli wrote in a note to investors today. The giant retailer has devoted more space to these private label brands, which cost about 25% less than the almond milk marketed by WhiteWave, the analyst stated. Although the private label almond milk mainly replaced other private label dairy items on shelves, WhiteWave products did lose some shelf space, the analyst stated. However, the company's almond milk did not lose any shelf space, he noted. Meanwhile, demand for WahiteWave's Horizon brand of conventional dairy products at Whole Foods (WFM) was mixed, Terpolilli reported. On a positive note, overall demand for WhiteWave's products remains solid, said Terpolilli, with demand for specialty milk rising by low single digit percentage levels at Wal-Mart this month versus the same period in 2013 and organic milk demand rising by mid single digit levels. But the analyst noted that WhiteWave's stock had surpassed his previous $35 price target and, in the wake of the survey results, he is not convinced that the stock can rise significantly this year. However, Terpolilli continues to be upbeat on the stock's long-term outlook .WHAT'S NOTABLE: WhiteWave competitor Hain Celestial (HAIN) yesterday reported slightly better than expected Q4 results. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, WhiteWave fell 73c, or 2%, to $34.50.
News For WWAV;HAIN From The Last 14 Days
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December 16, 2014
08:55 EDTWWAVBernstein U.S. food analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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December 14, 2014
16:00 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods management to meet with JPMorgan
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTHAINOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:23 EDTWWAVCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTHAINHain Celestial downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 11, 2014
07:51 EDTWWAVCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
10:19 EDTHAINHigh option volume stocks
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December 8, 2014
07:08 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $129 from $117 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Hain Celestial shares to $129 after meeting with management and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. The firm believes Hain continues to experience strong shipment and takeaway trends.

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