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AMZN

Amazon.com

$953.29

-5.18 (-0.54%)

, WFM

Bought by AMZN

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Morgan finds nearly 25% have tried online, but 'stores still matter' in grocery

Morgan Stanley analysts Vincent Sinisi and Brian Nowak said the firm's survey work shows that 24% of people have ordered groceries online at least once in the last 3 months, but that was mostly through traditional grocers' websites. Also, they believe share of wallet is materially lower, likely in the low single digits in terms of overall penetration. The survey findings lead them to conclude that "brick and mortar matters in grocery," which speaks to why Amazon (AMZN) is trying to acquire Whole Foods (WFM). The need for e-commerce expansion could pressure margins for traditional operators like Kroger (KR), the analysts add.

AMZN

Amazon.com

$953.29

-5.18 (-0.54%)

WFM

Bought by AMZN

KR

Kroger

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AMZN Amazon.com
$953.29

-5.18 (-0.54%)

08/21/17
PIPR
08/21/17
NO CHANGE
Target $330
PIPR
Overweight
Piper sees positive read-through to Ulta from Estee Lauder earnings
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy believes Ulta Beauty's (ULTA) recent 22% pullback more than reflects concerns about the threat of Amazon (AMZN) and department stores promoting the beauty category. She still views Ulta as a share gainer, which was reinforced on Estee Lauder's (EL) earnings call on Friday, she tells investors. Murphy, who see Ulta having upside to comp-store sales in Q2, keeps an Overweight rating and $330 price target on the stock.
08/21/17
STFL
08/21/17
NO CHANGE
STFL
Survey: Amazon Prime membership doesnt impact Costco trends, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Mark S. Astrachan says that a survey by his firm shows that Costco (COST) shoppers who are also Amazon (AMZN) Prime members do not plan to shop at Costco less. The analyst says that Costco appears to be less impacted by competition from Amazon than other retailers have been.
08/22/17
DBAB
08/22/17
UPGRADE
Target $120
DBAB
Buy
VMware upgraded to Buy on receding AWS fears at Deutsche Bank
As previously reported, Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded VMware (VMW) to Buy from Hold, citing growing evidence that large enterprises are embracing a hybrid model, which reduces his view of the risk to VMware from the threat of adoption of the cloud and Amazon Web Services (AMZN). His recent checks indicate that VMware technology is proving more durable than he would have thought 12-18 months ago as enterprises migrate workloads to the public cloud at a slower than expected pace, Keirstead tells investors. He raised his price target on VMware shares to $120 from $110.
08/22/17
FBCO
08/22/17
NO CHANGE
FBCO
Facebook at top of investors preferences in consumer internet sector, says Credit Suisse
According to conversations he had over the last few weeks, Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju says not much has changed in positioning around long-term investment theses, with earnings results driving the willingness to upside/downsize. Hence investors' most favored list has shifted to number 1 Facebook (FB), number 2 Amazon (AMZN), and number 3 Google (GOOG; GOOGL), he said. Away from the large caps, the analyst notes that MercadoLibre (MELI) as well as the videogame stocks remain popular topics for discussion, with increasing activity in Take-Two (TTWO) relative to Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA).
WFM Bought by AMZN

07/19/17
JEFF
07/19/17
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Jefferies lays out stocks 'overly discounting' Amazon risk
Amazon.com's (AMZN) planned purchase of Whole Foods Market (WFM) has further widened the valuation spread between consumer stocks the market views as resistant to the Aamzon threat and those viewed as vulnerable, Jefferies analysts including Andy Barish and Daniel Binder tells investors in a research note. They believe this dynamic has created opportunities. Specifically, the analysts feel shares of Wal-Mart (WMT), Hain Celestial (HAIN), Foot Locker (FL) and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) are "overly discounting" potential risk from Amazon. Jefferies also believes Casey's General Stores (CASY), Lamb Weston (LW), Murphy USA (MUSA), Monster Beverage (MNST), Starbucks (SBUX) and Ulta Beauty (ULTA) are "well insulated" from Amazon disruption.
08/07/17
TIGR
08/07/17
DOWNGRADE
TIGR
Neutral
Whole Foods downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial analyst Ivan Feinseth downgraded Whole Foods Market (WFM) saying he sees no other takeover bids emerging to rival Amazon.com's (AMZN).
08/01/17
PIPR
08/01/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1200
PIPR
Overweight
Piper survey shows 16% plan to use grocery delivery in 2017
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says his firm's survey of 1,366 consumers suggests 16% of adult consumers expect to use a grocery delivery service in 2017. Amazon.com (AMZN) is well positioned to capture market share, through both the company's existing initiatives and the Whole Foods (WFM) acquisition, Olson tells investors in a research note. The analyst recommends buying shares of Amazon.com on the recent weakness. He believes selloffs around margin-related misses can prove to be good buying opportunities. Olson keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with a $1,200 price target. The shares closed yesterday down 3%, or $32.26, to $987.78.
07/11/17
WELS
07/11/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $42
WELS
Market Perform
Whole Foods downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Zachary Fadem downgraded Whole Foods Market (WFM) to Market Perform saying a competing takeover bid to Amazon's (AMZN) is a "very low probability." The analyst lowered his price target for the shares to $42 from $45. Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) is Fadem's top pick in grocery.
KR Kroger

06/26/17
PIVT
06/26/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $20
PIVT
Sell
SpartanNash downgraded to Sell from Hold at Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research analyst Ajay Jain downgraded SpartanNash (SPTN) to Sell and cut his price target for the shares to $20 from $35. Setbacks at the company's Military Distribution Segment suggest revenue trends for the military commissary business are unlikely to stabilize soon, Jain tells investors in a research note. He believes the stock's valuation premium to Kroger (KR) and Supervalu (SVU) is not warranted.
07/26/17
CLVD
07/26/17
NO CHANGE
CLVD
Kroger sales likely above Q2 consensus expectatoins, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research analyst Scott Bender said checks indicate Kroger's sales trends improved Q2-to-date versus Q1 driven by reduced fresh food deflation and aggressive promotions increasing tonnage performance. The analyst is forecasting Q2 earnings of 40c, versus consensus of 39c, and maintains a Neutral rating.
08/11/17
SPHN
08/11/17
INITIATION
SPHN
Underweight
Kroger initiated with an Underweight at Stephens
06/23/17
LEHM
06/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $48
LEHM
Overweight
Competing Whole Foods bid of $50 or higher 'not unrealistic,' says Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short said a potential strategic bidders for Whole Foods (WFM) can "rationally outbid" Amazon (AMZN) based on the roughly $750M in synergies she estimates for a buyer such as Kroger (KR) or Wal-Mart (WMT). For Kroger, she estimates that a 100% debt-financed bid at $50 could be about 6% accretive, and a Whole Foods bid up to $60 would still be accretive. For Wal-Mart, a 100% debt-financed bid at $50 could be about 2% accretive, though a could still be accretive bid up to $70 per share, she tells investors. Whole Foods was not "shopped," based on public documents, and the math indicates a superior, competing bid is "feasible," said Short, who also notes that Amazon could then outbid any other offer. Short has an Overweight rating and $48 price target on Whole Foods shares.

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