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News For PM;MO From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
07:06 EDTMOAltria Group sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.75-$2.80, consensus $2.80
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07:04 EDTMOAltria Group COO Dave Beran to retire March 1
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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 EDTMOEarnings 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.
09:21 EDTPM, MOCalifornia 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 25, 2015
17:53 EDTMOWorries 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 20, 2015
10:44 EDTMOWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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07:21 EDTMOWells 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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