Q4 Preview: Starbucks (SBUX) Looks to Give Investors Boost of Caffeine

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Shares of Starbucks Corp. ( SBUX ) are up $0.75 or 2.58 percent to $29.84 in midday market movement on Thursday ahead of the company's fourth-quarter earnings release scheduled for after the closing bell.

The coffee chain is expected by analysts to report earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $2.77 billion.

In the fourth quarter, Starbucks reported earnings of $0.29 per share, in line with the analyst estimate. The company reported fourth-quarter revenue of $2.61 million, beating the consensus of $2.55 billion.

Since the start of the fourth quarter, shares of Starbucks are up $4.73 or 18.78 percent. Year-to-date the stock is up $6.85 or 29.71 percent.

A valuation shows that Starbucks is going for a forward P/E of 27.98x full year 2010 estimates.

Data from Bloomberg shows that 11 analysts have a Buy rating on the stock, 9 have a Hold and zero have a Sell. The average analyst price target on Starbucks is $14.50 with a target range of $13 to $16.

Analyst Comments

On October 14, UBS maintained its Buy rating on Starbucks while raising its price target from $29 to $31.

UBS analyst says, "We are reiterating our bullish stance on Starbucks sales ahead of earnings and raising our F4Q US retail same store sales ( SSS ) estimate from 6% to 7% and our EPS estimate from $0.32 to $0.33 (+34% YOY, Street $0.32)-above guidance of $0.31-$0.32. We also believe the company's FY11 guidance for low- to mid-single digit SSS growth could prove conservative as SBUX looks to take pricing to offset higher coffee commodity costs."



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