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March 17, 2014
12:41 EDTRAD, CVS, VGR, KR, WAG, RAI, PM, SWY, WMT, LO, MOTobacco 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%.
News For MO;PM;VGR;LO;RAI;CVS;WMT;WAG;RAD;SWY;KR From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
12:49 EDTSWYSafeway agrees to sell 168 stores to settle FTC concerns with Albertsons merger
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07:49 EDTKRKroger management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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January 25, 2015
17:53 EDTMO, LO, RAIWorries 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
17:18 EDTSWYHCA Holdings to replace Safeway in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close
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09:36 EDTPMActive equity options trading
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January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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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 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade 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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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
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
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
10:44 EDTLO, MO, RAIWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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07:21 EDTMO, RAI, 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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