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December 18, 2012
11:32 EDTPM, MO, RAI, LO, BTI, CIGX, VGRCigarette 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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July 29, 2014
07:13 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q2 adjusted EPS 89c, consensus 87c
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:02 EDTRAI, LOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:13 EDTRAIReynolds American upgraded at RBC Capital
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06:40 EDTLOLorillard upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura
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06:38 EDTRAIReynolds American upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital
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July 25, 2014
17:27 EDTVGRHoward M. Lorber reports 5.7% stake in Vector Group
On July 23, the company granted Lorber an award of 1M shares of common stock subject to performance-based vesting pursuant to the company’s incentive plan. As of that date, Lorber was the beneficial owner of, in the aggregate, 5.77M shares of the company's common stock.
July 23, 2014
06:00 EDTLOInternational Game Lorillard
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 13 according to iVolatility.
July 22, 2014
07:04 EDTMOAltria revises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $2.54-$2.59 from $2.52-$2.59
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07:02 EDTMOAltria Group reports Q2 adjusted EPS 65c, consensus 66c
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07:01 EDTMOAltria Group announces new $1B share repurchase program
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05:57 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 11 according to iVolatility.
July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTMONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
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09:10 EDTMO, RAI, LOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
06:12 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 14 according to iVolatility.
July 19, 2014
19:44 EDTRAI R.J. Reynolds hit with $23.6B in damages in lung cancer case, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTLO, RAIMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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