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NEW YORK, July 29- With some of Wall Street's more volatile names set to report in the next couple of days, traders who bet on big swings in shares are hoping to see moves more like Facebook than Netflix. Netflix, along with Gilead Sciences and several other stocks famous for their sharp gyrations, were unusually calm following their latest quarterly reports.
Companies like Chipotle and Philip Morris have been discussing price hikes that would give bottom lines a whole new driver. USAT reports.
Companies including Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Apple Inc and PepsiCo have shown they're able to take advantage of quality, trendiness, and, in the case of Pepsi's snack foods, market dominance, to maintain high prices or even raise them faster than the inflation rate, now at about 2.1 percent in the U.S.
Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings jumped in their trading debut, valuing the restaurant chain at more than $700 million.
*Shares open at $19, above IPO price of $15. Shares of Zoe's Kitchen Inc, a Mediterranean-style chain, have nearly doubled since their debut in April on the back of strong demand for healthier food, a trend that has also boosted Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's stock.
Investors are honed in on consumer companies that use cocoa as a raw ingredient to see how they manage costs to protect the bottom line.
*Shares open at $19, above IPO price of $15. July 25- Shares of El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc rose as much as 32 percent in their market debut as investors tucked into the offering, betting on the growing popularity of the restaurant chain's fire-grilled chicken.
July 24- Starbucks Corp on Thursday said quarterly sales at established stores in its dominant Americas region grew a somewhat stronger-than-expected 6 percent, including a 7 percent rise for the United States.
Dunkin' Brands reported weaker-than-expected U.S. quarterly same-restaurant sales due in part to a cold and rainy start to the spring season.
July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc reported weaker-than-expected U.S. quarterly same-restaurant sales due in part to a cold and rainy start to the spring season, and cut its full-year adjusted profit and sales forecasts.
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Move over, beef. Chicken demand is jumping as beef prices rise and health-conscious consumers gravitate toward poultry.
Thirteen stocks in the S&P 500 are targeting 60 percent rises in stock prices...but is it too ambitious? USAToday reports.
Shaking off geopolitical flare-ups for now, analysts say the S&P 500 is taking aim at the 2,000 level, and the next round of earnings news could help.
“They are making statement about what people want to eat and, as a result, what investors should want to buy,” said Cramer.
*Chipotle rallies a day after results, Netflix slides. Netflix Inc, one of the market's biggest trading favorites over the past few years, reported a quarterly profit that more than doubled on Monday after the market closed. However, on Tuesday, Netflix shares fell 4.6 percent to $431.09 as the company's plans to expand in Europe were seen as eroding profits.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, building on gains after CPI rose in June, with sentiment also stabilized by encouraging earnings reports.
*U.S. airlines suspend flights to Israel. NEW YORK, July 22- The S&P 500 hit a record high on Tuesday as inflation data was seen keeping the Federal Reserve in an equities-friendly tone, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine.
*EU threatens Russia with more sanctions, but words ring hollow. NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as inflation data was seen keeping the Federal Reserve in an equities-friendly tone, while hopes rose for an easing of tensions in Ukraine.