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December 18, 2012
11:32 EDTBTI, MO, VGR, LO, PM, CIGX, RAICigarette makers fall following reports on EU tobacco directive
Shares of several companies that make cigarettes and other tobacco products are lower after reports detailed a draft of the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive, which is expected to be publicly unveiled on Wednesday. According to EurActiv, the draft revision of EU tobacco rules will propose larger health warnings on cigarette packaging and a total ban on flavorings such as menthol. Citigroup analyst Adam Spielman wrote in a note to investors yesterday that the draft recommends a ban on “special flavours,” citing a report from Europolitics, but it is unclear if this includes menthol, according to Spielman. The Citi analyst said the details of the draft that are being reported are similar to previous leaks but collectively represent "a harsh crackdown on marketing freedoms" for tobacco companies operating in Europe. Spielman added that the directive has not been finalized and some rules, particularly those around snus, may still be opposed and changed. Still, it seems likely that whatever version of the directive is passed will make tobacco industry innovation much harder, according to Spielman, and some volume of certain types of cigarettes may be lost depending on the bans that are implemented. Amid early day strength in the major indices, a number of tobacco names are weak, with Philip Morris (PM) down 0.87% to $86.63, Altria Group (MO) sliding 1.30% to $32.56, Lorillard (LO) falling 2.78% to $115.48 and Reynolds American (RAI) declining 1.84% to $42.09. However, Vector Group (VGR), which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States through its Liggett Group and Vector Tobacco subsidiaries, rose 1% to $15.22.
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November 20, 2015
09:33 EDTBTIBritish American Tobacco rumored to prep for Imperial Tobacco takeover, FT says
British American Tobacco (BTI) has financing in place to launch a full takeover bid for Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY), though no approach has been made and there is "no certainty one ever will be," FT Alphaville said, citing people claiming direct knowledge of the process. The blog marked the story as "market chatter," it should be noted. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
10:38 EDTPMPhilip Morris sees FY15 international industry cigarette volume to decline 2.5%
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10:37 EDTPMPhilip Morris announces additional city launches of iQOS
PMI announces additional city launches in 2015 of its Reduced-Risk Product, iQOS, in Lisbon, Portugal, Bucharest, Romania and Moscow, Russia;
10:36 EDTPMPhilip Morris backs FY15 EPS $4.35-$4.40, consensus $4.44
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06:39 EDTBTI, PM, MO, RAIE-cigarette sales slumping sharply, WSJ says
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November 13, 2015
12:34 EDTMOCaterpillar, General Motors, Altria Group are market beaters, Barron's says
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November 12, 2015
11:37 EDTRAIReynolds American to host investor day
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11:36 EDTRAIReynolds American to host investor day
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