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March 25, 2014
14:23 EDTCVS, WAG, RADWalgreens climbs after reporting same-store sales gain, store closure plans
Shares of drug store owner Walgreens (WAG) are advancing despite the company reporting lower than expected profits as its revenue came in close to expectations and said its Alliance Boots synergies are tracking ahead of expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Walgreens reported earnings per share, excluding some items, of 91c for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 93c. The retailer's Q2 revenue was $19.6B, in-line with the consensus estimate. Walgreens' same-store sales rose 4.3% last quarter. Moreover the company predicted that its fiscal 2016 revenue, including a contribution from Alliance Boots, would be over $130B. Walgreens has a 45% stake in Alliance Boots and has an option to acquire the rest of the European retailer in 2015. "Our second quarter performance, in spite of expected headwinds from slower generic drug introductions, comparisons with last year’s flu season and severe weather, was marked by solid top-line growth driven by record quarterly sales and record second-quarter prescriptions filled,” said Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson in a statement. “We also continued to gain prescription market share while we maintained a firm hold on our costs," Wasson added. Walgreens also announced that as part of its efforts to optimize the company’s asset base, it plans to close 76 drugstores during the second half of this fiscal year. Including these store closures, Walgreens still expects a net increase in its store count in fiscal 2014 of approximately 55-75 locations. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Walgreens rose $1.75, or 2.72%, to $66.06. Other major U.S. drug store chains also climbed, with Rite Aid (RAD) adding 2.4% and CVS (CVS) gaining 0.6%.
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August 31, 2015
05:52 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMBA RAD
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Ambarella (AMBA) 82, Rite Aid (RAD) 53 according to iVolatility.
August 27, 2015
19:14 EDTCVSExpress Scripts to cover both Repatha, Praluent for now, Bloomberg says
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08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into two new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with two health systems, St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and TriHealth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
August 26, 2015
08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health to partner with telehealth providers to improve patient care
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August 25, 2015
16:01 EDTCVSTarget sees $550M pretax gain after closing CVS transaction
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August 20, 2015
11:49 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SRPT ACHN VIAV ZG RAD DIS ORCL SPY XLF OEX

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