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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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February 26, 2015
08:23 EDTRAI, LOLorillard appoints CFO David Taylor as Chief Executive of ITG Brands
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06:23 EDTBTIBAT plans to sue U.K.'s government if 'plain packaging' approved, WSJ reports
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February 25, 2015
09:39 EDTRAI, LOR.J. Reynolds, other makers reach favorable resolution of Engle progeny cases
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09:31 EDTLOLorillard agrees to resolve federal Engle progency cases
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February 24, 2015
10:12 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility: LO ARIA OWW
February 23, 2015
11:55 EDTBTIBAT may buy out Brazilian minority stake for $3B, Bloomberg reports
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10:45 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 20, 2015
10:49 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility: LO TLM
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February 19, 2015
14:16 EDTLOLorillard increases dividend 7% to 66c
Lorillard announced that its board approved a 7% increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock to 66c from 61.5c per share. The dividend is payable on March 10 to stockholders of record as of March 2.
February 17, 2015
07:15 EDTRAIConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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