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January 10, 2014
07:39 EDTPMPhilip Morris to invest up to EUR500M in reduced-risk product facility
Philip Morris announced an investment of up to EUR500M into its first manufacturing facility in the European Union and an associated pilot plant near Bologna, Italy to produce its potentially reduced-risk tobacco products. Once fully operational, the factory and pilot plant combined annual production capacity is expected to reach up to 30 billion units by 2016. “The development and commercialization of reduced-risk products represents a significant step toward achieving the public health objective of harm reduction, a potential paradigm shift for the industry, and an important growth opportunity for PMI. This first factory investment is a milestone in our roadmap toward making these products available to adult smokers," said André Calantzopoulos, PMI’s CEO. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin immediately and last approximately two years. Once fully operational it will employ up to 600 people. The pilot plant is already near completion and will serve as the production facility for pilot and initial market launches. Importantly, the majority of the construction and manufacturing equipment will be procured from Italian companies and further benefit the country’s economy. PMI’s investment in the development and rigorous scientific assessment of products with the potential to reduce the risks of smoking spans more than a decade. It encompasses a wide-range of tobacco and non-tobacco containing product platforms. In November 2013 PMI announced its plans to accelerate commercialization of one of its potentially reduced-risk products in the second half of 2014 in selected cities, prior to a full market launch in 2015.
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February 4, 2016
09:18 EDTPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 21.9%... Solaredge Technologies (SEDG), up 11.2%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 91.7% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB), up 5.1% after CNBC's David Faber reported that sources said CEO Philippe Dauman is likely to be named Chairman despite objections from Shari Redstone. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: GoPro (GPRO), down 16.4%... ConocoPhillips (COP), down 2.9%... Dunkin Brands (DNKN), down 2.1%... Philip Morris (PM), down 3.2%. ALSO LOWER: L Brands (LB), down 3.3% after providing Q4 guidance, reporting January Same-Store Sales were down 2%... MannKind (MNKD), down 8.1% after Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer calls the company a penny stock with a mid-cap valuation.
07:03 EDTPMPhilip Morris sees FY16 EPS $4.25-$4.35, consensus $4.52
Excluding an unfavorable currency impact, at prevailing exchange rates, of approximately $0.60 for the full-year 2016, the reported diluted earnings per share range represents a projected increase of approximately 10% to 12% versus adjusted diluted earnings per share of $4.42 in 2015. This forecast does not include any share repurchases in 2016. The company will revisit the potential for repurchases as the year unfolds, depending on the currency environment. Estimates 2016 international cigarette volume, excluding the People's Republic of China and the U.S., to decline by approximately 2.0%-2.5%, in line with the estimated decline of 2.4% in 2015. CEO Andre Calantzopoulos said, "We enter 2016 with enhanced business fundamentals and ongoing strategic initiatives that will strengthen them further. While currency headwinds endure, we fully expect to continue to grow our business and generously reward our shareholders."
07:01 EDTPMPhilip Morris reports Q4 adjusted EPS 81c, consensus 81c
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February 3, 2016
14:48 EDTPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Philip Morris (PM), consensus 81c... AstraZeneca (AZN), consensus 88c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus (12c)... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus (65c)... Cigna (CI), consensus $1.80... Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $3.01... Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 25c... Charter Communications (CHTR), consensus (12c)... Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.13... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), consensus 50c... GrubHub (GRUB), consensus 14c... Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 53c... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), consensus $1.25... Cummins (CMI), consensus $2.11.
13:07 EDTPMPhilip Morris technical comments before earnings
The shares are trading near the 52-week high of $90.31 ahead of earnings. The $90 level has been resistance for the shares since the summer of 2013. If there is a breakout above $90 on strong news, next resistance would be at $91.63, $92.92, and $95.68. If the news is bearish, the $90 area is likely to remain as major resistance. Support levels to watch below $90 as potential downside objectives are at $88.06, $85.83, and $83.44.
January 26, 2016
09:32 EDTPMActive equity options trading on open
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