Starbucks also held its earnings call yesterday at 5:00 PM EST.  While it enjoyed +4% positive US and global same store sales, global transactions were flat and disappointing to the investment markets.  Their revenue of $5.2 billion was off target by $130 million, but still represented a 6.6% increase year over year.  Earlier in the week, the company announced that it expected its planned switch to a private health care exchange being done in concert with 5% pay increases for many to provide employees with greater savings as well on expanded health care benefits.