Starbucks Investing in Starbucks

Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX) loaned $14.6 mil to coffee producers last year, and is expects to invest 37% more by 2015, for a total of $20 mil. Assisting its bean growers is a logical move for Starbucks and lives up to the “You gotta spend money to make money” mantra.

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has invested cash in opening new stores in the past. But, Starbucks now plans to open new farmer support centers to offer agronomy and technical support to its coffee producers.

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) also anticipates increasing its eco-friendliness with 86% of its green-coffee purchases for 2011 being under the sustainable C.A.F.E Practices certification program, a 2% increase from last year.

Here’s how coffee stocks closed today:

  • Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX): The shares recently traded at $43.64, down $0.7, or 1.58%. Its market capitalization is $32.50 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $29.45 to $44.70. Volume today was 4,899,111 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 8,077,550 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 26.94, while trailing earnings are $1.62 per share. The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share for a dividend yield of 1.50%. About the company: Starbucks Corporation retails, roasts, and provides its own brand of specialty coffee. The Company operates retail locations worldwide and sells whole bean coffees through its sales group, direct response business, supermarkets, and on the World Wide Web. Starbucks also produces and sells bottled coffee drinks and a line of ice creams. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ:DNKN): The shares recently traded at $25.72, down $0.19, or 0.73%. Its market capitalization is $3.09 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $24.74 to $31.94. Volume today was 1,319,917 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 639,383 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 47.72, while trailing earnings are $0.54 per share. About the company: The owner of Dunkin’ Donuts Baskin-Robbins has more than 14,800 points of distribution in 44 countries, and approximately 120 years of combined history. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR): The shares recently traded at $42.14, down $1.57, or 3.59%. Its market capitalization is $6.51 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $29.55 to $115.98. Volume today was 9,607,058 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 6,675,980 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 32.17, while trailing earnings are $1.31 per share. About the company: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. roasts Arabica coffees and offers various coffee selections. The Company’s products include single-origin, estate, certified organic, Fair Trade, signature blends, and flavored coffees sold under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters brand. Green Mountain serves offices, supermarkets, and convenience stores, and operates a direct mail business. Get the most recent company news and stock data here >>

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