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February 5, 2014
12:00 EDTLO, RAI, PM, MO, CVSCVS 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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January 30, 2015
07:03 EDTMOAltria Group reports Q4 adjusted EPS 66c, consensus 67c
Reports Q4 revenue net of excise taxes $3.91B, consensus $4.53B.
January 29, 2015
15:37 EDTMONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:40 EDTRAI, MO, LOEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on Altria Group ahead of results
Altria Group (MO) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Friday, January 30, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Altria Group is a holding company whose segments include smokeable tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products and wine. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-68c on revenue of $4.47B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Altria reported higher than expected third quarter profit and revenue, and reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS view of $2.54-$2.59, against consensus at the time of $2.57. The company said it expects stronger adjusted diluted EPS growth in the fourth quarter as compared to the first three quarters in 2014, driven by several factors, including a significantly lower fourth-quarter effective tax rate on operations compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 resulting from Altria’s 2013 debt tender offer, and lower fourth-quarter costs in the smokeable products segment due to the end of the federal tobacco quota buy-out payments. STREET RESEARCH: Earlier in January, Nomura upgraded Altria to Buy from Neutral saying it believes the Reynolds (RAI) acquisition of Lorillard (LO) will likely be approved, in some form, and result in better industry pricing, which will benefit Altria. As part of the upgrade, the firm raised Altria's price target to $56 from $45. Additionally, Wells Fargo upgraded Altria to Outperform from Market Perform, calling the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells upgraded Altria Group with an increased price target range of $56-$58. PRICE ACTION: Altria shares are up about 14% over the last three months, and are up fractionally to $54.24 in afternoon trading ahead of the company's Q4 report Friday morning.
10:58 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:21 EDTPM, MO, LO, RAICalifornia regulators call for e-cigarette restrictions, CNBC says
The California Department of Public Health declared Wednesday that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated, says CNBC, citing the department's health report. The report claims e-cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and emit carcinogens, and the department is calling for "protections" against accidental nicotine ingestion, funds for an education campaign, and regulations on the sale and marketing of the product. Publicly traded companies in the space include Lorillard (LO), Reynolds American (RAI), Altria (MO), Vector (VGR), and Philip Morris (PM). Reference Link
January 28, 2015
10:19 EDTLO, RAILorillard investors approve combination with Reynolds American
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09:37 EDTRAI, LOReynolds American approves share issuances in connection with Lorillard deal
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08:31 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into clinical affiliations with two regional health systems
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January 25, 2015
17:53 EDTRAI, MO, LOWorries persist on Reynolds-Lorillard deal getting FTC approval, WSJ says
Shareholders are expected to approve the combination of tobacco companies Reynolds-American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) this week but the real concern for the deal that will result in a formidable competitor to rival Marlboro maker and market leader Altria Group (MO) is whether the FTC approves of the deal, says the Wall Street Journal. British American Tobacco (BTI), which owns 42% of Reynolds, agreed to vote for the deal which will make the third party to the deal, Imperial Tobacco Group (ITYBY), the No. 3 player in the U.S.,as Imperial agreed to pay $7B for Reynolds’ Winston, Salem and Kool brands and Lorillard’s Maverick cigarette and Blu e-cigarette brands, added the Wall Street Journal report. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
09:36 EDTPMActive equity options trading
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January 21, 2015
10:28 EDTCVSLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTCVSOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTCVSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:37 EDTLOLorillard to host special shareholder meeting
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09:32 EDTRAIReynolds American to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to approve the issuance of shares of common stock to Lorillard shareholders as consideration in the merger of the two companies will be held on January 28 at 9 am.
07:37 EDTCVSCVS Health initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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06:05 EDTCVSCVS Health upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded CVS to Buy based on strong leverage to Rx growth and Specialty, procurement savings upside, and capital deployment optionality. Price target raised to $113 from $95.
January 20, 2015
10:44 EDTLO, RAI, MOWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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07:21 EDTRAI, MO, LOWells Fargo calls Tobacco 'place to be,' upgrades Altria Group
Wells Fargo calls the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells lists positive catalysts for the group as stronger pricing power, protection from currency risk and upside potential from e-cigarettes. The firm says Reynolds American (RAI) remains its top pick and it raised its price target range for shares to $79-$81 from $69-$71. Wells upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Outperform from Market Perform with an increased price target range of $56-$58. The firm also has an Outperform rating on Lorillard (LO). Wells has a "high conviction" that Reynolds' deal with Lorillard will be approved by the FTC in March or April.
06:23 EDTMOAltria Group upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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