Analysts: Outlook on Green Mountain Remains Cautious and 3 More Research Notes to Peruse

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR): SunTrust remains cautious ahead of Green Mountain’s fourth-quarter report; while the firm is confident that Green Mountain will beat its $970 million revenue estimate (the current consensus is $964 million), the analyst expressed concerns regarding decelerating K-Cup growth, as reported by Nielson. In addition, the firm is concerned that fiscal year 2014 guidance will be back-end loaded; the company shipped 5 million brewers in the first quarter, which is likely to make comps difficult. The stock is Neutral rated, with an $80 price target.

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Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE): UBS believes that the proposed Environmental Protection Agency announcement to reduce renewable fuel standards for 2014 is likely to be a headwind for ethanol production, a factor which, combined with tightening credit conditions and falling farmland values in certain regions, will probably result in weakening order trends for Deere. The firm expects Deere to guide 2014 consensus estimates lower on Wednesday and reiterates its Sell rating and $72 price target on the stock.

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Urban Outfitters Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN): After Urban Outfitters reported higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings per share but expressed caution about the fourth quarter, Stifel believes that the company will likely have a “challenging” fourth quarter; nevertheless, the firm remains upbeat on Urban Outfitters’s long-term outlook and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.

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Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK): Bank of America Merrill Lynch expects Jack in the Box to report fourth-quarter earnings per share of 41 cents versus a consensus of 39 cents, on flattish comps; the analyst believes that the shares are the least expensive in the quick service restaurant field and maintains its above-Street fiscal year 2014 earnings per share estimate of $2.20; the firm rates the shares a Buy with a $50 price target.

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