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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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August 3, 2015
10:12 EDTVGRVector Group management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Canada on August 6 hosted by Oppenheimer.
July 30, 2015
10:00 EDTMOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Euronet (EEFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Foundation Medicine (FMI) downgraded to Market Perform at JMP Securities... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Golden Star Resources (GSS) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Grainger (GWW) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... Henry Schein (HSIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... LifeLock (LOCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Equal Weight on peak cycle concerns at Morgan Stanley... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pacer (PACR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:30 EDTMO, MOAltria Group downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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07:02 EDTMOAltria Group reported 'impressive' Q2 results, says Wells Fargo
After Altria reported stronger than expected results and raised its guidance, Wells Fargo says that the company is executing well, while its guidance remains conservative. The firm expects the company's growth to accelerate over time ,and it reiterates an Outperform rating.
July 29, 2015
17:09 EDTVGRVector Group reports Q2 EPS 15c, one estimate 18c
Reports Q1 revenue $416.17M, one estimate $398.8M.
14:14 EDTPM, BTIBAT sees 'plain packaging' legal hearing in December, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTMOAltria reports PM USA domestic cigarettes shipment volume up 3.1% in Q2
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07:05 EDTMOAltria Group raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.76-$2.81, consensus $2.81
Altria raises its guidance for FY15 EPS, which excludes special items, to be in a range of $2.76-$2.81, which represents a growth rate of 7.5%-9.5% from an adjusted diluted EPS base of $2.57 in 2014. Altria expects its adjusted diluted EPS growth to moderate in the second half of 2015 versus the first-half rate due to several factors. These include lapping the effects of the 2014 improvements in the economy for adult tobacco consumers and lower gasoline prices, expected trade inventory movements and the effect of state excise tax increases. In addition, the comparative benefit from the expiration of the federal tobacco quota buy-out payments ends in the fourth quarter and Altria now estimates its FY15 effective tax rate on operations will be 35.3%.
07:03 EDTMOAltria Group announces new $1B share repurchase program
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07:02 EDTMOAltria Group reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 71c
Reports Q2 revenue excluding excise taxes $4.87B, consensus $4.75B. “Altria delivered excellent second-quarter and first-half results, growing adjusted diluted EPS more than 13% with a very strong performance from the smokeable products segment and solid contributions across our other businesses. Further, our tobacco companies’ brands continued to strengthen their market leadership, with record retail share on Marlboro and more than 51% combined share on Copenhagen and Skoal year-to-date,” said Marty Barrington, Altria’s Chairman, CEO and President.
July 28, 2015
15:21 EDTMONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.
14:09 EDTRAI, MO, PMAltria, Philip Morris could be ripe for recombination, Bloomberg says
The justification for splitting Altria (MO) and Philip Morris (PM) roughly seven years ago "no longer exists" and it may be time to look at a combination, reports Bloomberg Real M&A, noting that the two companies lag behind Reynolds American (RAI) after its recent acquisition of Lorillard. The report notes that the firms have already partnered on product developments in recent months, though a Philip Morris spokesperson told Bloomberg that "many of the reasons articulated by the board at the time of the spinoff are still relevant today." Reference Link
13:17 EDTMO, RAI, PMEarnings Watch: Analysts bullish on Altria, seen as 'top pick' by Cowen
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11:56 EDTVGRVector Group management to meet with Oppenheimer
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08:02 EDTRAIReynolds American raises FY15 split-adjusted EPS view to $1.90-$2.00
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08:01 EDTRAIReynolds American approves two-for-one stock split, 7.5% dividend increase
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07:58 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q2 EPS $1.02, consensus 97c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.4B, consensus $2.44B.

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