Oct. 30, 2014, 4:05 PM
Oct. 27, 2014, 8:25 AM
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) expects to hear within a few weeks from the European Commission the results of an investigation into the company's tax policies on the continent.
- There have been allegations that Starbucks entered a tacit agreement with the Netherlands to lower a tax rate for a subsidiary located in Amsterdam.
Oct. 22, 2014, 12:01 PM
- Food prices rose in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The category, which gets stripped out of the core CPI number, rose 0.3% M/M and 3.0% Y/Y.
- Prices for food consumed at home increased 3.2% Y/Y during the month.
- Meat prices were 13% higher, driven up by a 17.8% spike in beef prices.
- Food input costs are a significant concern in the restaurant sector.
- Restaurant stocks: CAKE, CBRL, CMG, DNKN, DPZ, DRI, EAT, JACK, MCD, PNRA, RRGB, RT, SBUX, SONC, WEN, BWLD, THI, BDL, NATH, LUB, BKW, CHUY, BLMN, PZZA, TXRH, DENN, KKD, BBRG, DFRG, BOBE, RUTH, IRG, DIN.
- Related ETFs: DBA, COW, MOO, PAGG.
Oct. 20, 2014, 2:58 PM
- Starbucks (SBUX +1.2%) plans to test a new mobile app feature that allows customers to pre-order drinks before entering a store.
- The company says iPhone customers at 150 outlets in the Portland region will get first crack at the app later this year.
- If a few operational timing kinks are worked out, the app could boost traffic at Starbucks stores as line lengths are shortened.
Oct. 7, 2014, 8:37 AM
- Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR) are higher in early action despite a soft read from SodaStream (NASDAQ:SODA) on demand for home beverage systems.
- A strong initiation from Goldman Sachs on the stock is helping to offset any concerns on the category.
- Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) has its eyes on the developments with its 10-year Keurig Cold partnership kicking off in 2015.
- If it's true that PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) have interest in SodaStream - there's some number-crunching going inside the C-suites there.
- GMCR +2.1% premarket, SODA -17.5%.
Oct. 2, 2014, 1:10 PM
- Arabica coffee futures reached a five-month high as a prolonged drought in Brazil now appears likely to impact next year's crop as well as this year's.
- Coffee watcher ICO estimates a 10M production bag deficit could result due to the weak crop amid an environment of rising global demand.
- Arabica coffee chart
- Related stocks: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN
- Related ETFs: JO
Sep. 29, 2014, 2:58 AM
- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will face accusations this week from the European Commission, as the preliminary findings over its tax affairs in Ireland are made public.
- European regulators will accuse Apple of benefiting from illicit state aid in Ireland for more than two decades, which could leave the company with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros, FT reports.
- The probe is part of a formal investigation into European corporate tax codes, which is also investigating Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX).
Sep. 24, 2014, 1:13 PM
- NPD Group reports the U.S. small home appliance saw sales rise 4% to $19.6B for the year ending June 2014.
- Perhaps a surprise, growth in the rice cooker and electric kettles categories were stronger than what was seen for single-serve brewing systems and countertop blenders.
- Related stocks: GMCR, SBUX, WHR, CONN, HGG, HD, NC, SWK, SODA,
Sep. 24, 2014, 10:41 AM
- Shares of Starbucks (SBUX +1.1%) trade higher after the company buys out its JV partner in Japan.
- Analysts think full ownership of the business will free up Starbucks to create new distribution channels in the nation and potentially increase the store count as well.
- Starbucks Coffee Japan (OTC:STBJF) is up 3.2% on the day.
Sep. 23, 2014, 5:28 PM
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is acquiring the 60.5% of Starbucks Coffee Japan (OTC:STBJF) it doesn't own from JV partner Sazaby League in a 2-stage deal valued at ¥99.5B ($913.5M). The JV was formed in 1995, and now runs over 1K stores.
- Through a tender offer, Starbucks will pay ¥965/share for Sazaby's 39.5% stake. Once the deal has closed, a tender will be launched for the 21% stake held by public shareholders/option holders at a price of ¥1,465/share (a 4.7% premium to Monday's close). The deals are expected to be completed during 1H15.
- Starbucks expects the purchase to be slightly accretive to FY15 (ends Sep. '15) results on an adjusted basis. The company asserts the deal "positions Starbucks to accelerate growth across multiple channels in Japan, including the potential introduction of new concepts, such as Teavana."
Sep. 23, 2014, 1:41 PM
- Traffic to quick-service restaurants was flat for the year ending on June 30, according to data compiled by the NPD Group.
- Establishments with an average check price of $10-$20 saw more traffic growth than sub-$10 outlets.
- Fine dining restaurants saw a 3% increase in visits over the period.
- The research firm says "cultural and economic phenomenon" have created a shift in consumer dining habits that may be permanent.
- Restaurants stocks: CAKE, CBRL, CMG, DNKN, DPZ, DRI, EAT, JACK, MCD, PNRA, RRGB, RT, SBUX, SONC, WEN, BWLD, THI, BDL, NATH, LUB, BKW, CHUY, BLMN, PZZA, TXRH, DENN, KKD, BBRG, DFRG, BOBE, RUTH, IRG, DIN.
Sep. 22, 2014, 3:07 PM
- Starbucks (SBUX -2%) is trying out a new latte drink designed to taste like a dark Irish beer.
- Dark Barrel Latte, which has no alcohol, is being tested in select stores in Ohio and Florida.
- Screenshot of leaked Starbucks memo on the new concoction
Sep. 13, 2014, 10:21 AM
- The heavy trading on Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Friday has been tied to a large block trade run by Bank of America Merrill Lynch at a 1.3% discount to Thursday's closing price.
- The seller of the shares hasn't been identified, although it wasn't an insider based on SEC filings.
- Volume Friday on SBUX was at 7.31M shares vs. 3.06M daily average.
- Shares of Starbucks have dipped below $76 for the first time since mid-June.
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Sep. 8, 2014, 9:05 AM
- Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is expected to open more smaller-sized stores in non-traditional locations this year and next as it eyes new growth channels to help it capture even more of the on-the-go coffee market share.
- What to watch: Though the company has seen outlets with drive-through windows out-perform other stores in the U.S., it's still experimenting with new concepts to increase traffic and reduce wait times.
Sep. 5, 2014, 7:24 AM
- In December, Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) will open in Seattle a 15K square foot interactive Roastery and Tasting Room where customers will experience a "union of coffee, theater, and manufacturing" in a "retail environment devoted to beverage information."
- Roasting more beans will allow Starbucks to distribute them to more outlets - from 800 to 1.5K globally - and the company will also look to open 100 cafes dedicated to those blends over the next five years.
- Starbucks will also continue its experiment with hyperlocal, small-footprint stores. In total, Starbucks expects to add 1,550 net new stores in fiscal 2014 and 1.6K n fiscal 2015.
- Press release
Sep. 1, 2014, 3:10 PM
- Though Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) grew its U.S. comparable-store sales by an impressive 7% in FQ3 to top peers, and has swatted away challengers before, the company could see some new competition in 2H and into 2015.
- Peet's Coffee & Tea plans to open 16 locations in Chicago, several of which sit in close proximity to Starbucks (SBUX) outlets.
- Peet's is owned by coffee brand giant Joh. A. Benckiser which directly challenges Starbucks in Europe, but has been more conservative to take on the Seattle giant in the U.S.
- The development in the Windy City follows a trend in NYC of more indie coffee shops opening aside Starbucks stores. A coffee app called Cups has also launched over the summer to some positive early results.
- What to watch: The westward march of Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) and the potential expansion of Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI) could also be factors in the U.S. coffee market, although many analysts think the power of the SBUX brand and the continued strong demand for coffee will leave multi-channel Starbucks in solid shape.
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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.
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