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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 2:31 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX -2.5%) buying Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR -0.8%) makes sense to The Motley Fool based on the emerging strategic fit between the two companies. Even allowing for a hefty premium - say $30 - a SBUX-GMCR deal goes off at a reasonable valuation in a merger that would give the combined company the muscle to outlive worries over K-Cup revenue and patent expirations as the single-cup market matures.
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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 1:39 PM
    While the Supreme Court opinion on healthcare is being called a drag on the retail sector by industry insiders, especially so for high-growth stories such as Chipotle (CMG -4.6%), Starbucks (SBUX -2.1%), and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN -3.2%), NBG's Brian Sozzi suggests a way to trade the news. He throws out WAG, CVS, and TGT as retail names that already have their employee structure in place and could be good long-term plays under the current retail environment.
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  • Jun. 28, 2012, 6:39 AM
    Industry watchers don't expect coffee producers in Brazil to flood the ICE Futures market when the exchange starts taking on delivery of their beans next March. Buyers of arabica beans such as Starbucks (SBUX) are already seeing falling coffee costs in advance of the changes at the ICE market which are viewed as supporting lower prices.
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  • Jun. 26, 2012, 7:53 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX) and Tata Group plan to open 40 stores in India this year with a focus on hotels and malls. The two companies own a 50-50 split in joint venture Tata Starbucks.
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  • Jun. 25, 2012, 8:52 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX) announces that it will introduce a menu that is more geared toward on-the-go consumers in New York City at its Seattle's Best Coffee store in Brooklyn. It could be a subtle transition for the chain, as flagship Starbucks stores transition in the other direction with a more beefed-up menu aimed at capturing more sit-down traffic.
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  • Jun. 21, 2012, 12:24 PM
    Coffee stocks trade lower as a group after arabica coffee futures march up and analysts say uncooperative weather in India could cut into this year's harvest and potential export tallies from the nation: Decliners: GMCR -5.1%, JVA -1.6%, SBUX -1.4%, PEET -7.3%.
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  • Jun. 21, 2012, 6:57 AM
    Though Teavana Holdings (TEA) appears to be at risk from a plan by Starbucks to open stores under the Tazo banner, analysts with William Blair see enough differentiating factors with the company's products to back the name. Also at work is the notion that in the past the sudden presence of a big name in a consumer market has actually helped premium specialty companies by educating consumers.
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  • Jun. 20, 2012, 2:06 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX +0.8%) plans to open its first store under the Tazo brand name in Seattle with a focus on selling a wide variety of tea drinks. It's another example of the company keeping the pedal to the metal in areas outside of its ubiquitous coffee chain.
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  • Jun. 19, 2012, 12:12 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX +1.9%) says it will broaden its commitment in Latin America as it opens its first store in Costa Rica and sets a plan in motion to open several hundred stores in Brazil over the next five years. All eyes in the coffee market have been on Brazil already, with crop numbers expected to show a glut of supply - news that could improve SBUX margins even further.
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  • Jun. 19, 2012, 7:07 AM
    Analysts expect coffee sellers could see two years of a favorable commodity cost environment as Brazil's arabica crop remains extremely strong. Though the benefit should be significant for margins, because coffee companies contract for delivery well in advance it will be FY13 and FY14 that will see the biggest effect. Looking for a boost: GMCR, DNKN, SBUX, CBOU, PEET.
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  • Jun. 18, 2012, 1:52 PM
    Shares of Starbucks (SBUX +2.6%) swing a bit higher after word breaks that the FTC approved the company's deal to buy the La Boulange bakery chain.
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  • Jun. 18, 2012, 11:49 AM
    Analysts are starting to warm back up to Starbucks (SBUX +2.2%) after shares retreating back off from its +$60 trading heights. Piper Jaffray's Nicole Regan Miller sees current EPS estimates as too low based on the company's ability to buy coffee at lower costs in the future, while UBS' David Palmer thinks Starbucks is in line for another seasonal bounce this summer and finds valuation enticing given its growth track.
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  • Jun. 15, 2012, 8:07 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX) could face steep challenges as it attempts to shift its brand into the consumer packaged good space, according to foodservice industry analyst Eliabeth Friend. She says that a slow measured approach in order to build up a national distribution of its recently-acquired La Boulange brand into existing stores will serve the company better than a rapid expansion and reworking of the chain.
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  • Jun. 12, 2012, 2:05 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX -0.8%) slips a little after guiding at a William Blair conference (presentation - PDF) for FQ3 (June quarter) EPS of $0.44-$0.45 and FY12 EPS of $1.80-$1.82, below Street estimates of $0.45 and $1.85. Starbucks adds it continues to be affected by Europe's troubles and expects high coffee costs to weigh on 2H results, but expects to receive a tailwind from declining prices in FY13. The company's FY12 Asia-Pac op. margin is expected to be a whopping 30%-35%.
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  • Jun. 7, 2012, 2:23 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX +1.1%) says it will begin selling K-cups on June 12 in its stores, providing more clarity to an earlier tip from Janney. Though the news should be considered good for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR +0.1%), it was a question of when, not if, on the initiative.
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  • Jun. 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX +0.2%) will begin selling K-Cups in some stores next Monday, according to a note from Janney. The development should be a boost to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR -1.1%), but shares are currently snoozing the chatter as they stay under pressure from short sellers piling on criticism and a lackluster presentation at an investor conference yesterday.
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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