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July 9, 2014
11:25 EDTRAI, LO, BTI, ITYBYReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
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July 30, 2014
07:04 EDTLOLorillard reports Q2 total retail market share of cigarettes was 15%
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07:02 EDTLOLorillard reports Q2 adjusted EPS 84c, consensus 89c
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06:37 EDTBTI, LO, RAIReport says tobacco tax regulation lost U.S. revenue, Reuters says
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July 29, 2014
15:53 EDTLONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:14 EDTRAIReynolds American narrows FY14 adjusted EPS to $3.35-$3.45 from $3.30-$3.45
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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 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
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
10:42 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:10 EDTRAI, 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 EDTRAI, LOMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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11:25 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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