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What: Shares of Peet's Coffee
So what: Like that morning cup of coffee you accidentally put salt in, this deal has got to taste terrible for Peet's. It was widely thought that the company was ready to sign its own deal with Green Mountain. In fact, an analyst at Janney Capital raised his rating on Peet's in anticipation of a pact. After today, though, there's little hope that a deal will be struck, and over at Janney the stock has been cut from a "buy" all the way to a "sell."
Now what: Looking at the big picture, Peet's success certainly didn't hinge on a single-serve deal with Green Mountain Coffee. The company is solidly profitable, has grown well over the years, and is still in a position to do well on its own. As is so often the case, though, expectations are the problem. To the extent that investors had already baked a Green Mountain deal into Peet's stock price, there's good reason for a sell-off. And to be sure, with the stock trading at 27 times expected 2011 earnings after today's dip, Peet's stock is already priced for a pretty rosy future.
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