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July 9, 2014
11:25 EDTLO, ITYBY, RAI, BTIReynolds 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.
News For RAI;LO;BTI;ITYBY From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2014
07:15 EDTRAIWells Fargo to hold a conference
2nd Annual E-Cig Conference is being held in New York on November 20.
November 18, 2014
06:30 EDTRAIReynolds American to launch new cigarette that only heats tobacco, WSJ reports
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTLOAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
November 13, 2014
11:35 EDTRAIReynolds American to host investor day
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06:36 EDTBTIBritish American Tobacco fined $1.03M by U.K. government, WSJ reports
British American Tobacco has been fined $1.03M by the U.K. government for oversupplying cigarettes in Belgium, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The fine, levied by HM Revenue & Customs, marks the first incident in which a major tobacco company has been penalized for "oversupply of products to high-risk overseas markets" in the U.K. Reference Link
November 10, 2014
09:30 EDTRAI, RAIReynolds American upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
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