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July 9, 2014
11:25 EDTBTI, LO, ITYBY, RAIReynolds 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 11, 2016
07:11 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q4 Domestic cigarette volumes up 33.6%
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07:10 EDTRAIReynolds American sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.25-$2.35, consensus $2.34
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07:08 EDTRAIReynolds American raises quarterly dividend by 16.7%
The company announced board approval for a 16.7% increase in the quarterly cash dividend, to an annualized $1.68 per share, in line with RAI's target dividend payout ratio of 75%. The quarterly dividend will be payable on April 1, 2016, to shareholders of record on March 10, 2016.
07:07 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q4 adjusted EPS 48c, consensus 50c
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February 10, 2016
14:32 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 2, 2016
10:01 EDTBTIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BlackBerry (BBRY) initiated with a Buy at TD Securities... British American Tobacco (BTI) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Celestica (CLS) initiated with a Hold at TD Securities... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Mellanox (MLNX) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
05:31 EDTBTIBritish American Tobacco initiated with a Buy at Berenberg
Price target 4285p.
05:30 EDTITYBYImperial Tobacco initiated with a Buy at Berenberg
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