Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) Teams With Alibaba To Launch Online Storefront at Tmall

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Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced that they’ve decided to partner with Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) in order to launch an e-commerce website on Alibaba’s Tmall. Through the new site Starbux will offer for sale a variety of items which include coffee vouchers, Starbux cards and even special uniquely designed e-cards. Starbux hopes that this move will further convince users to use their Mobile Order & Pay system to purchase items using their smartphones.

“With the rapid development of e-commerce, more and more global renowned brands are partnering with Tmall to bring to their customers a seamless premium experience, anywhere, anytime,” Jie Jing, vice president of Alibaba, said in the statement.

Shares of Alibaba are up $0.30 on this news in early afternoon trading.
The stock is currently trading higher by 1.18% or $0.69 following the positive news, hitting $59.31 per share at the time of us publishing this article. About 4.39M shares traded hands. SBUX has risen 14.54% since May 18, 2015 and is uptrending. It has outperformed the S&P500 by 16.80%.

From a total of 8 analysts covering Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) stock, 6 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 2 a “Hold”. This means that 75% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $71 while the lowest target price is $59. The mean of all analyst targets is $65.27 which is 10.05% above today’s ($59.31) stock price. Starbucks Corporation was the topic of 13 analyst reports since July 28, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. BMO Capital Markets maintained shares on October 30 with a “Outperform” rating. Zacks upgraded shares to a”Hold” rating and a $59 target share price in their report from an August 24. RBC Capital Markets maintained SBUX stock in a recent report from October 30 with a “Outperform” rating. Finally, Vetr downgraded the stock to a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on a September 3.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.24 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.28, from 0.96 in 2015Q2. The ratio increased, as 41 funds sold all their Starbucks Corporation shares they owned while 439 reduced their positions. 115 funds bought stakes while 482 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 941.87 million shares which is 54.43% less than the previous share count of 2.07 billion in 2015Q2.

Pacifica Capital Investments Llc holds 20.74% of its total portfolio in Starbucks Corporation, equating to 559,051 shares. R.H. Dinel Investment Counsel Inc. owns 162,300 shares representing 9.63% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Mader & Shannon Wealth Management Inc. has 7.57% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 107,008 shares. The Maryland-based Park Circle Co has a total of 7.39% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Polen Capital Management Llc, a Florida-based fund reported 6.34 million shares owned.

Since March 16, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 7 sales for a total of $83.90 million in net activity. Teruel Javier G sold 61,534 shares worth $3.38M. Shennan James G Jr sold 19,724 shares worth $1.09M. Weatherup Craig sold 87,654 shares worth $5.05M. Maw Scott Harlan sold 23,440 shares worth $1.33M. The insider Schultz Howard D sold 39,819 shares worth $2.36M.

Starbucks Corporation is the roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee. The company has a market cap of $86.88 billion. The Firm purchases and roasts coffees that it sells, along with coffee, tea and other beverages, and a range of fresh food items, through Company-operated stores. It has 32.55 P/E ratio. It also sells a range of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks through other channels, such as licensed stores, grocery and national foodservice accounts.

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