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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 17, 2015
07:09 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q1 adjusted EPS 86c, consensus 80c
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06:36 EDTRAI, PM, BTI, LO, MOTeenagers' use of e-cigarettes tripled last year, NY Times says
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April 16, 2015
16:21 EDTPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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15:23 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTPMPhilip Morris upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
12:37 EDTPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:12 EDTPMPhilip Morris trades higher post-earnings, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTPMHigh option volume stocks
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09:36 EDTPMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
09:18 EDTPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTPMPhilip Morris raises FY15 reported EPS view to $4.32-$4.42 from $4.27-$4.37
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07:04 EDTPMPhilip Morris reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.16, consensus $1.01
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April 15, 2015
14:32 EDTPMPhilip Morris technical comments before earnings
The shares have been in a downtrend since a recent peak in price back in early November of last year. If the news is more bullish than traders appear to expect, the first level of significant resistance would be at $79.95 which is the 50-day moving average. A move back above that resistance line would see next upside at $81.08 and then at $82.57. Such moves would reverse the shorter-term trend to bullish. If the news continues to disappoint, the 52-week low at $75.27 would be first significant support. Looking at a 5-year chart, the important of the $75 area becomes clear. It was previously a pivot high in January 2012, and then support in early February of last year. A breakdown below this level would therefore have strongly bearish implications, setting a long-term topping process into motion. Support below $75 would be at $72.85.
08:07 EDTPMPhilip Morris April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Philip Morris April call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 16, June is at 15, September is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into its expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
08:01 EDTMO, RAI, LOU.S. traditional cigarette Q1 outlook strong, says Wells Fargo
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April 14, 2015
12:36 EDTRAI, PM, LO, MOTobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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12:19 EDTRAI, PM, MO, LOTobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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April 13, 2015
10:00 EDTPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTPMPhilip Morris downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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08:02 EDTPMPhilip Morris shares should be bought ahead of Q1 earnings, says Wells Fargo
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