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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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July 7, 2015
17:32 EDTCVSCVS resigns from Chamber of Commerce on tobacco concerns, NYT says
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06:14 EDTRADRite Aid implied volatility of 36 at lower end of index mean range
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July 6, 2015
11:16 EDTCVSAetna-Humana tie-up may present longer term opportunity for CVS, says JPMorgan
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July 2, 2015
11:47 EDTRADStocks with call strike movement; AAL RAD
American Airlines (AAL) January 44 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 38, Rite Aid (RAD) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 40 according to IVolatility.
08:32 EDTRADRite Aid reports June SSS up 2.4%
Rite Aid announced that for the four weeks ended June 27, same store sales increased 2.4% over the prior-year period. June front-end same store sales increased 0.3%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 226 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 3.4%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2% over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 2.2% to $2.04B. Prescription sales accounted for 69.0% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8% of pharmacy sales.
June 26, 2015
06:53 EDTRADRite Aid shareholders vote to change CEO payment terms, Reuters says
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June 24, 2015
10:24 EDTRADRite Aid completes acquisition of EnvisionRx in deal valued at approx. $2B
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10:19 EDTRADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:33 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into four new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with Sutter Health in California, Millennium Physician Group in Florida, Bryan Health Connect in Nebraska and Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC in New York. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.

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