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December 18, 2012
11:32 EDTVGR, LO, PM, CIGX, RAI, BTI, MOCigarette 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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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
06:48 EDTPM, MO, RAI, LO, BTIStudy found e-cigarettes promote cancer growth, NY Times reports
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April 15, 2014
11:28 EDTMOPhilip Morris USA makes master settlement payment of approximately $3.3B
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April 14, 2014
17:01 EDTPMPhilip Morris comments on decision in claim against plain packaging law
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTMO, LO, RAIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:06 EDTPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:23 EDTLOLorillard initiated with a Reduce at Nomura
Target $54.
09:23 EDTMOAltria Group initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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09:23 EDTRAIReynolds American initiated with a Buy at Nomura
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05:50 EDTMOStocks with implied volatility movement; MO PBR
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April 8, 2014
16:07 EDTPMPhilip Morris upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura
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April 4, 2014
07:18 EDTBTI, LO, PM, MO, RAIU.S. FDA Chief says e-cigarette ruling coming 'very soon,' Reuters says
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, according to Reuters, citing comments from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Hamburg says that she expects the proposal to be ready for release "very soon." Publicly traded companies in the tobacco industry include Altria Group (MO), British American Tobacco (BTI), Lorillard (LO), Philip Morris (PM) and Reynolds American (RAI). Reference Link
06:57 EDTPMPhilip Morris shutting down production in Netherlands, WSJ reports
Phillip Morris will shut down its manufacturing in Bergen op Zoom, its largest production facility worldwide, the Wall Street Journal reports. The closure will result in 1,230 job losses, nearly 90% of its workforce there. Production will move to other factories in Europe. Reference Link
April 3, 2014
09:37 EDTPMActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTRAI, PM, BTI, MO, LOPlain packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in U.K., Guardian says
U.K. public health minister Jane Ellison told the House of Commons that she would be introducing draft regulations "so it is crystal clear what we intend" and would announce details shortly to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, after a review concluded that fewer children may take up smoking if the packets are unbranded and less attractive, reported The Guardian. Publicly traded companies in the tobacco products space include Altria Group (MO), British American Tobacco (BTI), Lorillard (LO), Philip Morris (PM) and Reynolds American (RAI). Reference Link
April 2, 2014
07:00 EDTPMPhilip Morris to close Australian cigarette plant, Bloomberg says
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