Stock Update: Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX)

[Seeking Alpha] Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), COO Troy Alstread is taking a much-speculated about leave of absence. It must be difficult to live the life of a highly-recognized top executive at one of America’s largest corporations. Sure, the pay and benefits are great, but the reporting on your every activity must be irritating at times. Perhaps this is what Starbucks’ (NASDAQ:SBUX) COO Troy Alstead is feeling right now. He recently announced he would be taking a leave of absence from the company to spend more time with his wife and children. Naturally, media outlets are speculating if this means more than what Alstead is letting on. Could this be his way of saying farewell to the company? To view the full article click here.

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), On 10/30/2014, SBUX reported 4 quarter 2014 earnings of $0.74 per share. This result was in-line with the consensus of the 16 analysts following the company and beat last year’s 4 quarter results by 17.46%. The next earnings announcement is expected on 01/22/2015.

SBUX’s PE ratio is above average for the Retail (Grocery) industry and signals that investors are willing to pay a premium for this stock. Additionally, during the past year, earnings growth has outpaced its historical five year growth rate.

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)‘s PE ratio is among the lowest of any stock in the Semiconductors industry and signals that investors have not been willing to pay a premium for this company’s business prospects. Additionally, during the past year, earnings growth has outpaced its historical five year growth rate.

In terms of ratings, there are twenty four analysts that cover the stock which have provided Q1 2015 earnings per share estimates. The consensus anticipated number for the upcoming quarter is $0.80. The highest estimate is $0.81 while the lowest is $0.78. The company has a one year EPS growth rate of 1861.20% and a five year EPS growth rate of 38.91%.

Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) is a roaster, marketer and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 62 countries. The Company purchases and roasts coffees that it sells, along with handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a variety of fresh food items, through company operated stores. The Company also sells a variety of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks through other channels, such as licensed stores, grocery and national foodservice accounts. In addition to its flagship Starbucks brand, the Company’s portfolio also includes goods and services offered under these brands: Teavana, Tazo, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Starbucks VIA, Starbucks Refreshers, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange and Verismo. The Company operates in four segments: Americas, inclusive of the US, Canada, and Latin America; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); China / Asia Pacific (CAP) and Channel Development.