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March 7, 2014
11:02 EDTJOSB, LO, IGTOptions with increasing implied volatility: JOSB RSX IGT LO
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April 27, 2015
19:00 EDTIGTScientific Games says receives license termination notice from IGT
In a regulatory filing, Scientific Games (SGMS) reports that on April 21, it received notification from International Game Technology (IGT) purporting to terminate the license agreement between the two companies as a result of Scientific Games' alleged breach of licensing terms. The company notes that on June 13, 2014, it entered into a license agreement with IGT for its “ticket-in-ticket-out” cashless gaming technology. Prior to its acquisition by Scientific Games, Bally Technologies had also entered into a license agreement with IGT for the same technology. IGT believes that Scientific Games is in breach of its license agreement due to its use of license tags belonging to Bally instead of license tags issued to Scientific Games itself.
April 26, 2015
19:44 EDTLOFTC expected to approve Reynolds, Lorillard merger, NY Post says
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April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTLOGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
14:16 EDTLOEinhorn lists AerCap, CBI, GM as new longs, Bloomberg reports
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April 17, 2015
13:23 EDTLOLorillard reports Q1 adjusted EPS 82c, consensus 77c
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12:23 EDTLOLorillard reports total retail market share of cigarettes for Q1 at 15.5%
Total Lorillard retail market share of cigarettes for the first quarter was a record 15.5%, increasing 0.3 share point compared to the corresponding period of 2014.
12:20 EDTLOLorillard to pay $1.133B in April under State Settlement Agreements
In April, the company paid, or will pay, $1.133B under the State Settlement Agreements, primarily based on 2014 volume. Included in the payment is $93M deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account in accordance with procedures established in the MSA pending resolution of a claim by the company and the other Original Participating Manufacturers that they are entitled to reduce their MSA payments based on a loss of market share to non-participating manufacturers. The previously-announced combination with Reynolds American (RAI) remains subject to regulatory approval and the additional customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Although no assurance can be given if and when the transaction will be completed because it remains subject to regulatory approval and additional customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.
10:43 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility: PNK FOSL ARCP LO
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07:13 EDTLOReynolds American confident Lorillard, Imperial deals will close by mid-2015
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06:36 EDTLOTeenagers' use of e-cigarettes tripled last year, NY Times says
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April 15, 2015
17:07 EDTIGTInternational Game subsidiary awarded $75M-$80M Minnesota Lottery contract
International Game subsidiary GTECH Corporation has entered into a contract with the Minnesota State Lottery to provide new lottery technology, an IP-communications network, multimedia displays, self-service products, and ongoing support services, following a competitive procurement. The 7.5 year integrated services contract with the Lottery contains three renewal options of one year each, or up to one renewal of three years, or any variation thereof. The company expects to receive approximately $75M-$80M in revenues over the base 7.5 year contract period, which runs through August 9, 2023.
08:01 EDTLOU.S. traditional cigarette Q1 outlook strong, says Wells Fargo
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April 14, 2015
12:36 EDTLOTobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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12:19 EDTLOTobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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