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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

  • Thu, Feb. 26, 7:18 PM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is the highest quality large cap story in the restaurant sector, according to a bullish note from Jefferies.
    • The revival in U.S. restaurant traffic sets up well for Starbucks which is pushing new growth channels in food and tea.
    • The investment firm took its price target on SBUX up to $108 on confidence EPS growth can stay comfortably at a double-digit rate.
    • Piper and Wedbush are also in the Starbucks $100 PT club.
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  • Thu, Feb. 26, 10:42 AM
    • Shares of J.M. Smucker (SJM +1%) and Dunkin Brands' (DNKN +2.9%) are both higher after the two companies sign a deal to broaden distribution for Dunkin' Donuts K-cups.
    • J.M. Smucker is handling distribution to grocery stores and club chains, while Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR -0.1%) will cover office supply stores and specialty stores.
    • Perhaps the most important aspect of the new distribution deal is that Dunkin' K-Cup packs will now be sold online.
    • The K-cup shakeup isn't expected by most analysts to have a major impact on Starbucks (SBUX +0.2%) which is also a Keurig partner. Smaller coffee brands could suffer though.
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  • Wed, Feb. 18, 4:02 PM
    • The International Coffee Organization expects global coffee demand to rise 25% by 2021.
    • Expectations for rising demand in China, India, and Latin America is partially behind the strong forecast.
    • The coffee market is under pressure currently from tight supply due to crop difficulties in Brazil.
    • A sharp drop in the real has counterbalanced the supply shortage to a degree.
    • Related stocks: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN
    • Related ETFs: JO
  • Wed, Feb. 18, 2:09 PM
    • JPMorgan sees a bounce in retail sales over the next two quarters as stronger employment rates and lower gas prices underpin demand.
    • A screen by JP dug out the 12 stocks which show the largest correlation with headline retail sales growth.
    • A dozen to watch in retail: GM, F, COH, SBUX, BWA, DLPH, VFC, IPG, LB, OMC, TSCO, HOG
  • Tue, Feb. 17, 2:26 PM
    • Starbucks (SBUX +0.5%) announces a subscription service for its high-end limited reserve batches of coffee.
    • An annual subscription will include 12 shipments of 8.8-ounce bags of reserve coffee sent within 3 to 5 days of roasting for a cost of $288.
  • Sat, Feb. 14, 10:13 AM
    • Craft soda is starting to become a trend to watch closely, according to industry insiders.
    • Though still accounting for only ~1% of the total U.S. soda market, major retail chains have increasingly been willing to bet on local craft brands in store aisles.
    • The craft craze is old news for the beer industry where coming-of-age millennials buy craft/local beers at a 50% higher rate than brand-loyal older generations. Fading stars such as Budweiser and Bud Light are testament to the impact of the millennial paradigm.
    • The craft influence in coffee hasn't been lost on Starbucks which has strategically deployed trucks on college campuses in an effort to win over students.
    • Despite the progressive reputation of Starbucks, analysts think new upstarts such as Craft (subscription) and Cups (app) have a shot of gaining influence with the Indie-minded millennial crowd on "customization" and pricing.
    • What to watch: An increase in M&A activity in the beverage sector is expected as major companies strategically pick off more local craft brands to incubate.
    • Craft coffee watch: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN, QSR, MCD.
    • Craft soda watch: PEP, KO, MNST, COT, DPS, OTCQB:JSDA, REED, SODA,  FIZZ.
  • Thu, Feb. 12, 9:43 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 11, 10:37 AM
  • Wed, Feb. 4, 9:35 AM
    • Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) says it started serving Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) on all its flights across the U.S.
    • The expanded partnership will see Starbucks coffee served on over 5K flights a day.
    • Delta is eating some extra costs from the initiative, but sees a branding upside.
  • Tue, Feb. 3, 11:15 AM
    • The integration of mobile ordering is a major theme in the restaurant industry this year.
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) have raised the bar the highest, while peers have gone into chase mode.
    • Today, Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) reported a significant 3% sales lift in a 35-unit test run of an app order/dedicated drive-through program (h/t Barbarian Capital, Wendy's Investor Day webcast ).
    • Two companies struggling with their drive-through windows due to kitchen complexity, Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) and McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), have their eyes on in-store ways to boost sales. In the case of McDonald's, the plan is to use self-order kiosks.
    • Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) reports Q4 results after the bell today where there will be a focus on if the company's new mobile app had any impact on pick-up orders.
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  • Fri, Jan. 23, 11:25 AM
  • Fri, Jan. 23, 9:51 AM
    • Starbucks (SBUX +5.7%) execs talked more about the future than the past quarter during its conference call last night.
    • Delivery: The company will roll out two different models, say execs. One will be an in-house solution and the second will be in partnership with another company. A sales lift is expected from the venture.
    • China: The comp in China outpaced the overall +8% pace of the CAP segment.
    • Mobile: The order-by-app service will be expanded to more than 600 stores in the Pacific Northwest. A question on the functionality of ordering a hot drink for pickup is tackled eagerly and pretty effectively.
    • Packaged coffee: The company's massive loyalty program seems to be helping grocery sales. Starbucks increased market share for packaged coffee to over 28% in Q4 and topped 30% for the key week of the holiday period.
    • Commodity costs: Starbucks sees "significant" coffee pricing advantages in Q1, but that environment easing off in the back half of the year. Dairy and diesel costs should become more favorable in the back half (hedges play a factor).
    • The big picture: CEO Howard Schultz brings back up the "seismic" shift in consumer behavior by saying the shift to digital/mobile/delivery won't work for many brick-and-mortar mainstays. The company is planning on leveraging its 9M My Starbucks Rewards members in making the jump.
    • Starbucks earning call transcript
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 6:03 PM
    • Kevin Johnson, once the CEO of telecom equipment vendor Juniper Networks and before that a senior Microsoft exec, has been named Starbucks' (NASDAQ:SBUX) president and COO, effective March 1. Johnson has been on Starbucks' board since 2009.
    • News of the hiring comes two weeks after Starbucks announced Troy Alstead would be stepping down as COO.
    • SBUX +3.9% AH to new all-time highs in response to its in-line FQ1 results, healthy comps, and FY15 revenue guidance reiteration.
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 5:36 PM
  • Thu, Jan. 22, 4:14 PM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) reports global comparable store sales increased 5% in FQ1 vs. 4.9% expected and 5.0% last quarter and in the year-ago period.
    • Traffic was 2% higher during the quarter.
    • Comp growth by region: Americas and U.S. +5%; EMEA +4%; China/Asia Pacific +8%.
    • Operating margin improved -130 bps Q/Q and -10 bps Y/Y to 19.1%. The decline was due in a large part to a shift in ownership in Japan.
    • My Starbucks Rewards member adds +10% to over 9M members.
    • The company added 512 net new stores during the quarter.
    • FY15 EPS guidance is reaffirmed at revenue growth of 16%-18% and a mid single-digit comp.
    • FY15 EPS of $3.09-$3.13 expected vs. $3.13 consensus.
    • SBUX +3.17% AH
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 4:04 PM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX): FQ1 EPS of $0.80 in-line.
    • Revenue of $4.8B (+13.2% Y/Y) in-line.
    • Shares +2.4%.
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Company Description
Starbucks Corp is the roaster, marketer & retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 65 countries. It sells a variety of coffee & tea products. It sells goods and services under brands under Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, etc.
Sector: Services
Country: United States