Two Ways To Play: Coke Fizzes Over Huiyuan Juice
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Bloomberg reports Coca-Cola (KO) agreed to buy China Huiyuan Juice Group for $2.3 billion. The acquisition potentially doubles Coca-Cola's share of China's fruit-juice business and would mark the largest foreign takeover of a company in the Asian country. The deal shows foreign companies still see value exposure to China, which has the world's worst-performing stock market year-to-date.
Coca-Cola has said it expects more than 80% of future growth to come from non-U.S. markets including China, where sales by volume rose 18% last year. The purchase is still subject to regulatory approval.
From the Bull Pen: Pepsi (PEP) may be the better upside play, although the stock was stuffed at its 200 DMA ($70). Those bullish can wait for entry should the stock pull back to $68. Sell stops can be set below.
From the Bear Cave: We've talked about the loss of a tailwind for KO because of the rally in the dollar. Buy stops can be set above $54 on downside tries.
Sony's Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Bloomberg reports Sony (SNE) unveiled eight new Blu-ray video-disc recorders and players, which will be available in time for the holiday season on the Japanese market. The world's largest consumer electronics maker said in a statement today six recorders priced from 110,000 yen ($1,009) to 280,000 yen will be available from Sept. 27, while two players will be sold from Dec. 6.
The company forecasts industry sales of 7 million Blu-ray recorders and players worldwide in the 12 months ending in March, tripling the 2.1 million sold a year earlier. Further, Sony reiterated its prior forecast of selling 3.1 million Blu- ray players and recorders, which would be equivalent to a 44% market share.
From the Bull Pen: Is the better upside trade in Apple (AAPL)? Bulls can play the upside, sell-stops set below $165.
From the Bear Cave: Blu-Ray? Good news, but bad chart. Past support is now resistance, and bears may initiate a downside position if and when SNE stock rallies to $40. Buy stops above that mark.
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Quick Check Around the World
Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng -2.17%, Nikkei +0.64%, Taiwan -1.71% and Shanghai -1.22%.
A quick check of Europe finds the CAC -1.54%, DAX -0.87%, FTSE -2.06%
As of 8:30 AM EST, S&P Futures are lower -5.3 points to 1271, and Nasdaq futures are down -9 points to 1842.
A Look At Commodities
Crude oil is weak again, down -1.91 to 107.78. Gold is off -8.50 to 798.10. Silver is lower -0.250 to 12.80, and copper is higher +2.20 to 334.45.
The dollar index is higher +0.287 to 78.344.
On the Radar
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