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Shares of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) were the recipient of a significant drop in short interest in the month of July. As of July 31st, there was short interest totalling 9,447,419 shares, a drop of 8.6% from the July 15th total of 10,339,291 shares, American Banking News.com reports. Based on an average daily volume of 4,582,509 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.1 days. Currently, 1.3% of the shares of the company are sold short.

SBUX has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Starbucks in a research note on Monday, August 4th. They now have a $91.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $84.00. Separately, analysts at Williams Capital raised their price target on shares of Starbucks from $94.00 to $98.00 in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Starbucks in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and nineteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Starbucks has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $88.67.

Shares of Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) opened at 77.82 on Wednesday. Starbucks has a 1-year low of $67.93 and a 1-year high of $82.50. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $78.18 and a 200-day moving average of $74.07. The company has a market cap of $58.458 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 239.60.

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) last released its earnings data on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $4.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.14 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.55 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.2% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Starbucks will post $2.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, August 22nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.26 per share. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 5th.

Starbucks Corporation is a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee operating in 60 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.

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