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February 5, 2014
12:00 EDTMO, CVS, LO, RAI, PMCVS plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products
CVS Caremark (CVS) earlier today announced its decision to cease selling tobacco at all locations starting October 1. WHAT'S NOTABLE: CVS Caremark said its choice to exit the tobacco category does not affect the company's 2014 segment operating profit guidance, 2014 earnings per share guidance, or the company's five-year financial projections. The company estimates that it will lose approximately $2B in revenues on an annual basis from the tobacco shopper, equating to approximately 17c per share. Given the anticipated timing for implementation of this change, the impact to 2014 earnings per share is expected to be in the range of 6c-9c per share. The company has identified incremental opportunities that are expected to offset the profitability impact, CVS added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Deutsche Bank believes CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is in-line with its strategy to become more of a healthcare services company. Deutsche thinks the move could improve CVS' competitive positioning and it keeps a Hold rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of CVS Caremark were down 1.5% to trade near $65. Like the broader S&P 500, shares of a number of tobacco product makers were generally lower. Philip Morris (PM) fell 0.88% to $76.20, Reynolds American (RAI) fell 0.7% to $47.17, Lorillard (LO) fell 2.5% to $47.64 and Altria Group (MO) fell 1.2% to $34.02.
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August 3, 2015
14:59 EDTCVSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include CVS Health (CVS), consensus $1.20... Regeneron (REGN), consensus $2.77... Aetna (AET), consensus $1.82... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 83c... Kellogg (K), consensus 92c... Charter (CHTR), consensus 36c... MGM Resorts (MGM), consensus 11c... Coach (COH), consensus 30c... Hyatt Hotels (H), consensus 46c... Scripps Networks (SNI), consensus $1.26... Office Depot (ODP), consensus 6c.
13:32 EDTCVSCVS Health technical comments before earnings
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10:48 EDTCVSCVS Health volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 31, 2015
06:21 EDTCVSSuit alleges CVS overcharged for generic drugs, AP reports
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July 30, 2015
10:00 EDTMOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Euronet (EEFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Foundation Medicine (FMI) downgraded to Market Perform at JMP Securities... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Golden Star Resources (GSS) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Grainger (GWW) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... Henry Schein (HSIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... LifeLock (LOCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Equal Weight on peak cycle concerns at Morgan Stanley... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pacer (PACR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:08 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into two new clinical affiliations
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08:30 EDTMO, MOAltria Group downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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07:02 EDTMOAltria Group reported 'impressive' Q2 results, says Wells Fargo
After Altria reported stronger than expected results and raised its guidance, Wells Fargo says that the company is executing well, while its guidance remains conservative. The firm expects the company's growth to accelerate over time ,and it reiterates an Outperform rating.
06:48 EDTCVSCVS Health announces partnership with IBM Watson
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July 29, 2015
14:14 EDTPMBAT sees 'plain packaging' legal hearing in December, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTMOAltria reports PM USA domestic cigarettes shipment volume up 3.1% in Q2
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07:05 EDTMOAltria Group raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.76-$2.81, consensus $2.81
Altria raises its guidance for FY15 EPS, which excludes special items, to be in a range of $2.76-$2.81, which represents a growth rate of 7.5%-9.5% from an adjusted diluted EPS base of $2.57 in 2014. Altria expects its adjusted diluted EPS growth to moderate in the second half of 2015 versus the first-half rate due to several factors. These include lapping the effects of the 2014 improvements in the economy for adult tobacco consumers and lower gasoline prices, expected trade inventory movements and the effect of state excise tax increases. In addition, the comparative benefit from the expiration of the federal tobacco quota buy-out payments ends in the fourth quarter and Altria now estimates its FY15 effective tax rate on operations will be 35.3%.
07:03 EDTMOAltria Group announces new $1B share repurchase program
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07:02 EDTMOAltria Group reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue excluding excise taxes $4.87B, consensus $4.75B. “Altria delivered excellent second-quarter and first-half results, growing adjusted diluted EPS more than 13% with a very strong performance from the smokeable products segment and solid contributions across our other businesses. Further, our tobacco companies’ brands continued to strengthen their market leadership, with record retail share on Marlboro and more than 51% combined share on Copenhagen and Skoal year-to-date,” said Marty Barrington, Altria’s Chairman, CEO and President.
July 28, 2015
15:21 EDTMONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.
14:09 EDTPM, RAI, MOAltria, Philip Morris could be ripe for recombination, Bloomberg says
The justification for splitting Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) roughly seven years ago "no longer exists" and it may be time to look at a combination, reports Bloomberg Real M&A, noting that the two companies lag behind Reynolds American (RAI) after its recent acquisition of Lorillard. The report notes that the firms have already partnered on product developments in recent months, though a Philip Morris spokesperson told Bloomberg that "many of the reasons articulated by the board at the time of the spinoff are still relevant today." Reference Link
13:17 EDTMO, RAI, PMEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Altria, seen as 'top pick' by Cowen
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08:02 EDTRAIReynolds American raises FY15 split-adjusted EPS view to $1.90-$2.00
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08:01 EDTRAIReynolds American approves two-for-one stock split, 7.5% dividend increase
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07:58 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q2 EPS $1.02, consensus 97c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.4B, consensus $2.44B.
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