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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

  • Aug. 24, 2012, 2:18 PM
    A delayed thought on the Square-Starbucks linkup: Though Square has been the one grabbing most of the kudos emanating out its announced partnership with Starbucks (SBUX +1.5%), don't overlook the impact the deal could have for the coffee chain's bottom line. Every time a customers pays with the Square smartphone app, Starbucks saves a little on credit card processing fees. It could also speed up lines at busy stores if the app's hands-free feature is utilized.
    | Aug. 24, 2012, 2:18 PM | 7 Comments
  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:08 PM
    Under the radar: Starbucks (SBUX +0.5%) plans to quietly test selling coffee vending machines to office customers in Switzerland with a product that could see a wider launch down the road if successful. Models will include a Keurig-like table top, a stand-alone floor machine, and an integrated corner machine - each loaded with a variety of coffee and tea options.
    | Aug. 22, 2012, 3:08 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 21, 2012, 11:20 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX +0.6%) plans to expand the number of stores in the Midwest with beer and wine offerings, according to a note from OTG Global. The company has been dabbling with the concept in test stores, primarily focusing on locations that draw good late afternoon and evening traffic.
    | Aug. 21, 2012, 11:20 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 17, 2012, 3:02 PM
    The overall focus of consumers in the energy drinks market starts to shift away from the high-adrenaline type of drinks from Monster Beverage (MNST), Red Bull GmbH, and Coca-Cola (KO) toward healthier (real or perceived) versions. A key part of the trend is the expansion of interest and sales outside the 18-30 age demographic. Players in the new cycle: Sensient Technologies (SXT), Jamba (JMBA), and Starbucks (SBUX) with its new Refreshers line.
    | Aug. 17, 2012, 3:02 PM | 9 Comments
  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:39 AM
    Coffee watch: J.M. Smucker (SJM) showed a promising 4% increase in its U.S. retail coffee segment in Q2, with Folgers Gourmet Selections and Millstone K-Cups contributing gains. Both Starbucks (SBUX) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) compete directly with the company and hope more pressured consumers aren't starting to trade down.
    | Aug. 17, 2012, 7:39 AM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:26 PM
    Juice wars: Starbucks (SBUX) plans to open a new juice factory in California that will quadruple its production and distribution capacity for Evolution Fresh bottled drinks. It's par for the course, as the juice market rapidly expands and draws in new players - including Campbell Soup (CPB) with its purchase of Bolthouse Farms. SBUX -0.5% AH, Jamba (JMBA) -2.1%.
    | Aug. 15, 2012, 4:26 PM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:30 AM
    Credit Suisse adds Starbucks (SBUX) to its Focus List after trimming McDonald's (MCD) from its top-tier rating. Hedgeye's Howard Penney isn't convinced the swap makes sense, noting Mickey D's trades closer to a bottom than a top.
    | Aug. 15, 2012, 8:30 AM | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:40 PM
    Restaurant visit growth slumped to a 1% gain over the spring quarter, according to research firm NPD. Though the quick-service restaurant segment registered 2% growth for the period, both the midscale and casual dining segments saw fewer visits over the past year. Diners did spend a bit more per visit, with the average check going up 2%.
    | Aug. 14, 2012, 2:40 PM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 11:04 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX -0.1%) exec John Culver spills the beans on the company's FY13 growth plans. Of the 1.2K new stores slated to be opened, less than half will be in the U.S. China, naturally, is the biggest target for store expansion, while India and Brazil are also in focus.
    | Aug. 13, 2012, 11:04 AM | Comment!
  • Aug. 10, 2012, 7:28 AM
    Summer discounts are back at restaurants after a recent cooling off period at major chains. McDonald's (MCD), Chipotle (CMG), and Starbucks (SBUX) are just a few of the growing number of companies that say they will focus on value to make up for recent sales slumps. Analysts warn that when industry leaders starts upping their discounts and deals, it puts a "world of hurt" on the entire industry.
    | Aug. 10, 2012, 7:28 AM | Comment!
  • Aug. 8, 2012, 12:31 PM
    More details about Starbucks' (SBUX) partnership with Square: 1) Pay With Square will be added to Starbucks' barcode-scanning apps. 2) Starbucks loyalty cards (25% of transactions) won't be affected. 3) The deal is U.S.-only (Square hasn't gone international) 4) ~1M people/week use their phones to help make Starbucks purchases. 5) Starbucks was approached by every other mobile payments firm before picking Square. In addition to Verifone, eBay (EBAY -1.5%) is trading lower.
    | Aug. 8, 2012, 12:31 PM | 10 Comments
  • Aug. 8, 2012, 7:37 AM
    More on the Starbucks-Square tie-up (previous): According to academic Bill Maurer it would take a "big merchant" jumping into the mobile payments to break the mobile payment barrier of consumers who see little reason to change from a physical wallet to a virtual wallet. If the SBUX-Square deal hits full stride, shoppers at stores won't even if have to take out their phone to make a payment, much less actually sign a receipt. Did mobile payments just break the 4-minute mile?
    | Aug. 8, 2012, 7:37 AM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 8, 2012, 12:57 AM
    Starbucks (SBUX) will equip nearly 7K stores with Square's tiny card readers, and invest $25M in the payments juggernaut. Starbucks will also support Pay With Square, an app-based solution that lets users set up a tab, later this year. Now that Square, already very popular with small businesses, has landed its first big retail chain, time is running out for card-reader rivals (I, II) such as PayPal (EBAY), Verifone (PAY), and Groupon (GRPN) to gain critical mass. (SBUX mobile apps)
    | Aug. 8, 2012, 12:57 AM | 13 Comments
  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:02 PM
    Starbucks (SBUX +3.5%) declines to comment on a possible boost in sales as the gay and lesbian community calls on supporters to visit SBUX stores as a way to mark today's National Marriage Equality Day. In general, the company has been walking a tightrope between entering the Chick-Fil-A debate and offending customers, but execs probably can't help but wonder what today's same-store sales will look like after indy restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A smashed sales records with its own influx of politically-motivated traffic.
    | Aug. 7, 2012, 2:02 PM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:04 AM
    Argus downgrades Starbucks (SBUX) to Hold on a valuation call. A growing number of analysts call the stock "pricey" despite the recent 15% drop following FQ3 earnings. The question on whether or not the U.S. coffee market is completely oversaturated is starting to get some run. SBUX +0.2% premarket.
    | Aug. 2, 2012, 8:04 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jul. 31, 2012, 10:33 AM
    Shares of Starbucks (SBUX -2.5%) take another turn lower as investors grapple with rumors the company could pay a premium for coffee rival Peet's. The bull case on SBUX states the post-earnings dip provides a great entry point with wholesale coffee prices declining, while naysayers pound out the message that the stock's pricey earnings multiple is still too high for a $36B company struggling to maintain lofty growth rates.
    | Jul. 31, 2012, 10:33 AM | 5 Comments
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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