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March 17, 2014
12:41 EDTMO, SWY, RAD, WAG, WMT, CVS, RAI, LO, VGR, PM, KRTobacco stocks relatively weak after AGs write retailers
Tobacco stocks are trading relatively weaker today after Attorneys General in numerous states encouraged U.S. retailers to follow the example of CVS Caremark (CVS) and stop selling tobacco products in stores that also have pharmacies. WHAT'S NEW: Led by Attorney General Schneiderman and Attorney General DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of Wal-Mart (WMT), Walgreen (WAG), Rite-Aid (RAD), Safeway (SWY) and Kroger (KR), asking them to remove any and all tobacco products from their shelves. In addition, 32 Attorneys General have commended CVS Caremark for its recent decision to stop selling tobacco in its stores. PRICE ACTION: At midday, the U.S. equity markets are all up over a percentage point, but shares of Altria Group (MO) and Vector Group (VGR) are trading near the flat-line, Reynolds American (RAI) is down almost 1% , while Lorillard (LO), which was also upgraded by Goldman today, is up 0.6%.
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September 8, 2014
08:11 EDTMOAltria Group price target raised to $46 from $43 at Stifel
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08:01 EDTCVSCVS Health completes purchase of Navarro Discount Pharmacy
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07:26 EDTCVSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTWAGWalgreen appoints JANA's Barry Rosenstein to board of directors
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05:50 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; DE WAG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Deere (DE) 15, Walgreen (WAG) 30 according to iVolatility.
September 5, 2014
14:11 EDTKRKroger September volatility elevated into Q2 and guidance
Kroger September call option implied volatility is at 23, October is at 18, January is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 11.
12:42 EDTWAGStocks with increasing options volume
Stocks with increasing options volume: VALE MCP KORS WAG GM PCLN
11:47 EDTWAGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:55 EDTWAGWalgreen call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
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10:02 EDTPMWipro awarded 5-year contract with Philip Morris
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10:00 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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09:29 EDTKRKroger to hire 20,000 permanent employees
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08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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07:31 EDTWAGWalgreen notifies customers about label printing errors, WSJ reports
Walgreen has found that its systems were printing drug labels with random characters in the instructions during a recent system crash, making some hard to understand, and has reached out to notify thousands of customers about the issue, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesman and an internal memo. Reference Link
September 4, 2014
10:30 EDTRAIReynolds American backs FY14 EPS view $3.35-$3.45, consensus $3.38
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09:46 EDTRAIReynolds says U.S. tobacco industry enviornment remains 'highly competitive'
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08:31 EDTRADRite Aid reports August SSS up 3.9%
For the five weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014, same store sales increased 3.9% over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 1.1%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 219 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 5.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7%over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 3.7% to $2.515B compared to $2.425B for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.3% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales. Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 4.1% over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.1% while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.6 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7% over the prior-year period.
08:04 EDTWAGWalgreen reports total Q4 sales $19.06B, consensus $18.99B
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08:03 EDTWAGWalgreen reports August SSS up 3.7%
Walgreens had August sales of $6.39B, an increase of 3.6% from $6.16B for the same month in fiscal 2013. Total front-end sales increased 2.1% in August compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1.7% while basket size increased 3.1%.Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 1.1% in August and increased 3.2% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. August 2014 had one additional Sunday and one fewer Thursday compared with August 2013. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 2.1 percentage points.
06:03 EDTWAG, RADStocks with implied volatility movement; WAG RAD
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