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November 13, 2012
04:55 EDTVSI, VSI, VSI, TUP, TUP, TUP, VFC, VFC, VFC, ENR, ENR, ENR, MJN, MJN, MJN, RAD, RAD, RAD, BEAM, BEAM, BEAM, LO, LO, LO, FDO, FDO, FDO, GNC, GNC, GNC, IFF, IFF, IFF, BUD, BUD, BUDJP Morgan to host a conference
Global Consumer & Retail Conference is being held in New York on November 13-15.
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April 28, 2015
07:43 EDTMJNMead Johnson pushing for changes to WIC program, WSJ reports
The law authorizing the $6B per year WIC program providing food vouchers to women who are pregnant or have young children is up for renewal this year and formula makers, led by top U.S. maker Mead Johnson (MJN), are pushing for change, said The Wall Street Journal. Growth in the program has made it a money-losing venture for baby formula makers who essentially make no profit off formula sold to states as part of the program and Mead Johnson is pushing for changing eligibility requirements, thereby limiting or even shrinking the pool of recipients, the report noted. Other U.S. infant formula makers include Abbott (ABT) and Nestle (NSRGY). Reference Link
April 26, 2015
19:44 EDTLOFTC expected to approve Reynolds, Lorillard merger, NY Post says
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April 24, 2015
06:57 EDTVFCPiper says don't chase shares of Black Diamond
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April 23, 2015
13:16 EDTRADPharmacies, PBMs seen as potential buyers after Omnicare said to explore sale
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12:08 EDTRADLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Larsen, along with Mary Ptacek, VP of Pharmaceutical Strategies Group and Ruth Krystopolski, EVP of Sanford Health, discuss the 2016-2017 Pharmacy Benefit Managers selling season and which PBMs are poised to gain share, the impact of WBA’s growth plans, recent M&A activity and biosimilars on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 24 at 2 pm.
07:36 EDTRADUBS estimates Omnicare buyer would need to pay $95 per share
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07:32 EDTMJNMead Johnson reiterates FY15 adjusted EPS view $3.90-$4.00, consensus $4.00
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07:32 EDTMJNMead Johnson reaffirms FY15 non-GAAP guidance
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07:32 EDTMJNMead Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.09, consensus $1.05
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07:29 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe thesis unchanged despite activist investor stake, says Baird
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April 22, 2015
16:44 EDTVSIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, but turned negative shortly after the open. The downside move failed to gain momentum and the averages remained near the flat line for most of the morning. The market moved to session highs by mid-afternoon and drifted higher into the close, as investors prepared for another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales rose 6.1% to a 5.19M rate in March, which was better than the expected 3.1% increase to a rate of 5.03M. Crude oil inventories built up by 5.32M barrels last week, which was more than the consensus forecast for a 3.2M barrel build. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 average closed above 20,000 for the first time since April 2000. In Europe, Germany raised its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 1.8%, which was up from the 1.5% growth it said it expected in January. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) rose $2.66, or 4.07%, to $68.01 and MasterCard (MA) advanced $3.43, or 3.91%, to $91.20 after China's State Council announced overnight that the country will regulate the market access for bankcard transaction clearing institutions, which analysts think might allow both companies to compete for the processing of domestic transactions in the country. Goldman Sachs said the overall rule is broader and simpler than expected, raising the possibility that Visa and MasterCard could operate more freely in China than the firm had previously expected... Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced $2.97, or 3.13%, to $97.84 after the company reported headline earnings that missed expectations but also said it is developing a turnaround plan to improve its performance and deliver "enduring profitable growth" that it plans to share in the first week of May. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Organovo (ONVO), which surged 67c, or 14.99%, to $5.14 after disclosing the company entered into a multi-year research collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK) that gives the drugmaker access to Organovo’s commercial exVive3D Human Liver Tissue service. Also higher was Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which gained $5.54, or 14.22%, to $44.50 after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. Among the noteworthy losers was Natural Resource Partners (NRP), which dropped $1.38, or 19.94%, to $5.54 after the company slashed its quarterly distribution by 75% to 9c per unit. Also lower were shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which fell $51.29, or 7.41%, to $641.23 after the company reported lower than expected first quarter comparable sales growth of 10.4%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 88.68, or 0.49%, to 18,038.27, the Nasdaq gained 21.07, or 0.42%, to 5,035.17, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.67, or 0.51%, to 2,107.96.
15:50 EDTMJNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:44 EDTGNC, VSIVitamin Shoppe jumps after Carlson discloses 5% stake
The shares of Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) are climbing after asset management firm Carlson Capital revealed that it had obtained a 5.34% stake in the company and said that it had held talks with the retailer of natural treatments, supplements and vitamins. WHAT'S NEW: Carlson disclosed its stake in the company in an SEC filing and said that it had held talks with the company's board about a number of matters, including the company’s business, management and strategic alternatives and direction. Carlson said it would continue to hold talks with the company, and others, about these issues. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Vitamin Shoppe reported last October that it had spoken to investment banks about retaining a financial adviser, Reuters reported at the time. The retailer had come under pressure to consider selling the company, added the news service. In February, New York's attorney general accused a Vitamin Shoppe competitor, GNC (GNC) of selling products whose content did not match their labels. Vitamin Shoppe's CEO said that, despite the fact that it was not targeted by the attorney general, it saw a slight impact on its sales from the news, according to trade website NUTRA ingredients-usa.com. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Vitamin Shoppe jumped 10.7% to $43.12, while GNC gained 2.8% to $47.25.
12:18 EDTVSI, GNCCarlson Capital reports 5.34% stake in Vitamin Shoppe, says plans more talks
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08:00 EDTRADRite Aid weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen said to add to Rite aid positions on the recent pullback as the reason for the weakness is the receding of a takeout premium, which was not in the firm's investment thesis to begin with. The firm sees strong underlying fundamentals and strong returns from its store remodeling program, which is still in its early innings. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $12 price target on Rite Aid shares.
07:09 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees FY15 Europe sales to be about even
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07:08 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees weaker rates for Venezuelan bolivar affecting FY15
For full year 2015, of the $1.13 negative year-over-year impact of changes in rates on diluted earnings per share, 28c relates to weaker rates for the Venezuelan bolivar. Assuming that the current Simadi exchange rate of approximately 195.0 continues in 2015, there will be a negative translation impact from Venezuela on the company's second quarter sales comparisons of 3.3 percentage points and 2.3 percentage points on the full year comparison, and a negative impact on the diluted earnings per share comparisons with 2014 in the second quarter, and full year of 13c, and 28c, respectively. Second quarter 2014 sales and segment profit in Venezuela were $24M and $9M, respectively. In the second half of 2014, sales and segment profit in Venezuela were $10M and $1.4M respectively.
07:05 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.60-$4.70, consensus $4.80
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07:05 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.14-$1.19, consensus $1.23
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07:03 EDTTUPTupperware Brands reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.02, consensus 98c
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