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Trading Starbucks On K-Cup Sales, Coffee Costs

Starbucks shares declined in after-hours trading Thursday on better-than-expected earnings and downgraded guidance, possibly making it a better stock for one kind of investor, according to one analyst.

“To me, this is a core holding for large-cap investors, one of the best companies in the world. And when you’re looking at long-term global growth with many different growth drivers, they do continue to execute,” Marc Riddick of Williams Capital Group said on “Fast Money.”

“I continue to be a buyer of this name,” he added.

Riddick said sales were stronger than he expected, and he called out Starbucks’ announcement that it shipped 100 million K-cups in the fiscal first quarter.

“They expect that the K-cups will become their second billion-dollar brand within that space,” he said.

Riddick maintained an “outperform” rating on the stock and a price target of $54 per share.

Starbucks briefly traded at a 52-week high of $48.49 per share, pulling back more than 2 percent after the closing bell to the $47 range.

Tim Seymour of EmergingMoney.com was optimistic of the company – not maybe not as a trade.

“This is a case where the stock just had a great run and is very fairly valued, and these are the stocks that are getting punished,” he said. “They did phenomenally well, but at 25 times earnings, there’s not a whole lot left for people. We need to see that growth in Starbucks that they actually are generating.”

Joe Terranova of Virtus Investment Partners noted that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned of increasing food prices, which led him to liquidate a couple of stocks.

“SJM, Whole Foods — two names that I got out of today, and I don’t know necessarily if I would reestablish some of the longs that I put on in Starbucks,” he said. “I think coffee prices go higher.”


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Trader disclosure: On Jan. 26, 2011, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Terranova is long XOM; Terranova is long TRLG; Terranova is long CNX; Terranova is long SBUX; Terranova is long SNDK; Terranova is long CSCO; Terranova is long VRTS; Terranova is long LQD; Terranova is long MUB; Terranova is long EMC; Terranova is long AXP; Terranova is long F; Terranova is long JOY; Terranova is long MCD; Terranova is long OXY; Terranova is long MCD; Terranova is long OXY; Terranova is long IBM; Terranova is long SU; Terranova is long MA; Seymour is long F; Seymour is long AAPL; Seymour is long BAC; Seymour is long CIB; Najarian is long AKS; Najarian is long BAC; Najarian is long PNC; Najarian is long WFC; Najarian is long GDX; Najarian is long NFLX; Najarian is long MSFTl Najarian is long IBM; Finerman is long (JPM); Finerman is long (BAC); Finerman is long (PLCM); Finerman is long (IBM)

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