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July 16, 2014
05:53 EDTSHPG, LOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 21, Shire (SHPG) 31 according to iVolatility.
News For SHPG;LO From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
18:27 EDTSHPGShire announces FDA approval of Vyvanse
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10:18 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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January 29, 2015
14:40 EDTLOEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on Altria Group ahead of results
Altria Group (MO) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Friday, January 30, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Altria Group is a holding company whose segments include smokeable tobacco products, smokeless tobacco products and wine. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-68c on revenue of $4.47B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Altria reported higher than expected third quarter profit and revenue, and reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 adjusted EPS view of $2.54-$2.59, against consensus at the time of $2.57. The company said it expects stronger adjusted diluted EPS growth in the fourth quarter as compared to the first three quarters in 2014, driven by several factors, including a significantly lower fourth-quarter effective tax rate on operations compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 resulting from Altria’s 2013 debt tender offer, and lower fourth-quarter costs in the smokeable products segment due to the end of the federal tobacco quota buy-out payments. STREET RESEARCH: Earlier in January, Nomura upgraded Altria to Buy from Neutral saying it believes the Reynolds (RAI) acquisition of Lorillard (LO) will likely be approved, in some form, and result in better industry pricing, which will benefit Altria. As part of the upgrade, the firm raised Altria's price target to $56 from $45. Additionally, Wells Fargo upgraded Altria to Outperform from Market Perform, calling the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells upgraded Altria Group with an increased price target range of $56-$58. PRICE ACTION: Altria shares are up about 14% over the last three months, and are up fractionally to $54.24 in afternoon trading ahead of the company's Q4 report Friday morning.
10:58 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:21 EDTLOCalifornia regulators call for e-cigarette restrictions, CNBC says
The California Department of Public Health declared Wednesday that electronic cigarettes are a health threat that should be regulated, says CNBC, citing the department's health report. The report claims e-cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and emit carcinogens, and the department is calling for "protections" against accidental nicotine ingestion, funds for an education campaign, and regulations on the sale and marketing of the product. Publicly traded companies in the space include Lorillard (LO), Reynolds American (RAI), Altria (MO), Vector (VGR), and Philip Morris (PM). Reference Link
January 28, 2015
10:19 EDTLOLorillard investors approve combination with Reynolds American
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09:37 EDTLOReynolds American approves share issuances in connection with Lorillard deal
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January 27, 2015
17:04 EDTSHPGShire granted petitiion by U.S. Supreme Court
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January 26, 2015
08:21 EDTSHPGShire the 'real winner' after NPS gets approval for Natpara, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital said NPS Pharmaceuticals' (NPSP) getting FDA approval for its second marketed product, Natpara, is a positive for NPS, but that the "real winner" is Shire (SHPG), noting that the company had no stipulations dependent on Natpara approval in its deal to buy NPS. The firm expects the acquisition to move forward as planned and maintains its Neutral rating on NPS shares.
07:27 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $263 from $247 at Jefferies
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05:26 EDTSHPGShire SHP609 receives FDA fast track designation
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January 25, 2015
17:53 EDTLOWorries persist on Reynolds-Lorillard deal getting FTC approval, WSJ says
Shareholders are expected to approve the combination of tobacco companies Reynolds-American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) this week but the real concern for the deal that will result in a formidable competitor to rival Marlboro maker and market leader Altria Group (MO) is whether the FTC approves of the deal, says the Wall Street Journal. British American Tobacco (BTI), which owns 42% of Reynolds, agreed to vote for the deal which will make the third party to the deal, Imperial Tobacco Group (ITYBY), the No. 3 player in the U.S.,as Imperial agreed to pay $7B for Reynolds’ Winston, Salem and Kool brands and Lorillard’s Maverick cigarette and Blu e-cigarette brands, added the Wall Street Journal report. Reference Link
12:30 EDTSHPGShire comments on press release from NPS Pharma on Natpara approval
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January 22, 2015
05:27 EDTSHPGShire reports positive response from European DCP for Elvanse Adult
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January 21, 2015
09:37 EDTLOLorillard to host special shareholder meeting
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January 20, 2015
14:06 EDTSHPGCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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10:44 EDTLOWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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08:10 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $247 from $228 at Jefferies
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07:21 EDTLOWells Fargo calls Tobacco 'place to be,' upgrades Altria Group
Wells Fargo calls the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells lists positive catalysts for the group as stronger pricing power, protection from currency risk and upside potential from e-cigarettes. The firm says Reynolds American (RAI) remains its top pick and it raised its price target range for shares to $79-$81 from $69-$71. Wells upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Outperform from Market Perform with an increased price target range of $56-$58. The firm also has an Outperform rating on Lorillard (LO). Wells has a "high conviction" that Reynolds' deal with Lorillard will be approved by the FTC in March or April.

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