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KR

Kroger

$29.00

-0.37 (-1.26%)

, SFS

Smart & Final Stores

$12.89

-0.23 (-1.75%)

07:34
10/10/16
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07:34

Wal-Mart 'starting to get its act together' in grocery, says Oppenheimer

After attending Wal-Mart's (WMT) analyst day meeting, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh admitted he did not previously look favorably upon the company's strategy to expand into Neighborhood Market and smaller format stores, but he now sees signs that the company is "starting to get its act together in grocery." If Wal-Mart follows through with grocery price investments, it could hurt Kroger (KR), Smart & Final Stores (SFS) and Supervalu (SVU) and be an "indirect negative" for Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM), Parikh tells investors. However, he also added that he remains confident in the ability of Kroger's management team to at least hold share.

KR

Kroger

$29.00

-0.37 (-1.26%)

SFS

Smart & Final Stores

$12.89

-0.23 (-1.75%)

SVU

Supervalu

$4.99

0.01 (0.20%)

SFM

Sprouts Farmers Market

$21.14

-0.16 (-0.75%)

KR Kroger
$29.00

-0.37 (-1.26%)

10/07/16
SBSH
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $39
SBSH
Buy
Citi says Whole Foods buyout would be uncharacteristic for Kroger
Citi analyst Alvin Concepcion weighs in on the speculation yesterday that Kroger (KR) could be interested in acquiring Whole Foods (WFM) for $40 per share. There are challenges that reduce the likelihood of a deal, and such a transaction could be uncharacteristic for Kroger, Concepcion tells investors in a research note. For one, the acquisition would be expensive, the analyst contends. And two, Kroger would have to lever up to 3.5 times net debt/EBITDA, he adds. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Kroger with a $39 price target. Whole Foods yesterday closed up 5% to $29.33 amid the takeout rumor.
09/23/16
LEHM
09/23/16
INITIATION
Target $33
LEHM
Equal Weight
Kroger initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short started Kroger with an Equal Weight rating and $33 price target.
09/12/16
WELS
09/12/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Kroger long-term risk/reward positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Kroger's revised EPS guidance should ease investors' concerns and limit the decline of the stock. Wells trimmed its valuation range on the stock to $37-$38 from $40-$41 based on the company's comp deceleration and its belief that Kroger may have difficulty generating EBIT growth in 2017. Nonetheless, the firm thinks that the stock's current valuation makes its long-term risk/reward ratio positive. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10/07/16
PIVT
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
PIVT
Whole Foods FY17 earnings risk not fully appreciated, says Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research said recent chatter involving Kroger (KR) and Whole Foods (WFM) follows a steady stream of bogus takeover rumors that seem to surface with little or no reasonable basis. The firm's analyst said this appears to be another head fake that distracts from core challenges facing Whole Foods ahead of 4Q16 results in early November and potential disappointing FY17 guidance. Pivotal said although Whole Foods multiple is not demanding, the extent of a FY17 earnings risk is not fully appreciated by the Street.
SFS Smart & Final Stores
$12.89

-0.23 (-1.75%)

09/23/16
LEHM
09/23/16
INITIATION
Target $13
LEHM
Equal Weight
Smart & Final Stores initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short started Smart & Final Stores with an Equal Weight rating and $13 price target.
08/16/16
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DOWNGRADE

Underweight
Smart & Final Stores downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Smart & Final Stores to Underweight from Equal Weight following the Q2 report and reduced guidance. Analyst Vincent Sinisi expects pressure to remain through 2H 2016, sees further risk to consensus estimates, and growing risks related to California exposure.
08/16/16
MSCO
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Underweight
Smart & Final Stores downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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INITIATION

On The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Fair Isaac (FICO) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Juniper Pharmaceuticals (JNP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Buy at Feltl... Petroleum Geo-Services (PGSVY) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Smart & Final Stores (SFS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Tuesday Morning (TUES) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley.
SVU Supervalu
$4.99

0.01 (0.20%)

01/14/16
DBAB
01/14/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $6
DBAB
Hold
Supervalu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karen Short downgraded Supervalu to Hold citing an increased risk profile and "shaky fundamentals" at all three of the company's segments. Short sees a lack of visibility into top line growth and cut her price target for the shares to $6 from $8.
01/14/16
TLSY
01/14/16
DOWNGRADE
TLSY
Market Perform
Supervalu downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory
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Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alcoa (AA) downgraded on earnings estimates outlook at Argus... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Belmond Ltd (BEL) downgraded to Sell from Buy at MKM Partners... BorgWarner (BWA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Choice Hotels (CHH) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at MKM Partners... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Extended Stay America (STAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... GoPro (GPRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Hilton (HLT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at MKM Partners... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays... Hyatt (H) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at MKM Partners... Ivanhoe Mines (IVPAF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... LafargeHolcim (HCMLY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Morgans Hotel (MHGC) downgraded to Sell from Buy at MKM Partners... NVIDIA (NVDA) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OMV AG (OMVKY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... PacWest Bancorp (PACW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Supervalu (SVU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... TE Connectivity (TEL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tarena (TEDU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Teck Resources (TCK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Underperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Ubiquiti (UBNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Ventas (VTR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Yelp (YELP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley.
07/06/16
DBAB
07/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $6
DBAB
Hold
Deutsche calls Marsh deal a 'nice win' for Supervalu
Deutsche Bank analyst Shane Higgins views the long-term supply agreement with Marsh Supermarkets as a "nice win" for Supervalu. The news is timely with Supervalu preparing for the separation of Save-A-Lot, Higgins tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps a Hold rating on the shares, however, citing the "headwinds still facing the business."
SFM Sprouts Farmers Market
$21.14

-0.16 (-0.75%)

09/08/16
BMOC
09/08/16
NO CHANGE
BMOC
Sprouts Farmers risk/reward ratio still positive, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Kelly Bania says that Sprouts' lowered guidance indicates that the company's growth underwent a "rapid deceleration." in August. However, the analyst says that the stock's risk/reward ratio is favorable following its decline. Bania cut the price target on the shares to $25 from $30 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09/30/16
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UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded on potential NXP Semiconductors acquisition at Mizuho with the firm's analyst saying he believes a Qualcomm acquisition of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) makes significant strategic and financial sense. 2. Skechers (SKX) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. 3. Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Christopher Mandeville saying the risk/reward is now favorable following the recent pullback in the shares. 4. Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman with analyst Neil Mehta citing higher multiple assumptions for midstream and chemicals segments, reduced capex spending and higher free cash flow estimates, and more achievable consensus expectations. 5. NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Summit Redstone with analyst Srini Nandury citing optimism that the company can grow its product revenue from current levels driven by AFA sales and increasing adoption of clustered ONTAP. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/23/16
LEHM
09/23/16
INITIATION
Target $24
LEHM
Overweight
Sprouts Farmers Markets initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short started Sprouts Farmers Markets with an Overweight rating and $24 price target.
09/30/16
JEFF
09/30/16
UPGRADE
Target $24
JEFF
Buy
Sprouts Farmers Markets upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Christopher Mandeville upgraded Sprouts Farmers Markets to Buy saying the risk/reward is now favorable following the recent pullback in the shares. The analyst sees limited downside and an "attractive buying opportunity for a name with 12-14% EBITDA growth." He lowered his price target for the shares to $24 from $25.

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