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March 25, 2014
14:23 EDTWAG, RAD, CVSWalgreens 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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February 8, 2016
07:58 EDTCVSCVS Health volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 5, 2016
12:26 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 4, 2016
09:16 EDTRADRite Aid shareholders approve merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance
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February 3, 2016
14:13 EDTRADRite Aid to host special shareholder meeting
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11:03 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: LC RAD CIEN ADSK BWLD
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09:32 EDTCVSCVS Health initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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February 2, 2016
10:39 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: LC RAD CIEN
09:56 EDTRADRite Aid's RediClinic, Aria Health announce alliance
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February 1, 2016
13:20 EDTCVSCVS Health to make overdose-reversing drug available without prescription in OH
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10:51 EDTCVSActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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10:25 EDTRADWilliaOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB ENDP RAD
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January 29, 2016
10:16 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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January 28, 2016
10:32 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: RAD GMCR
08:32 EDTRADRite Aid reports January SSS down 1.4%
For the four weeks ended Jan. 23, 2016, same store sales decreased 1.4% over the prior-year period. January front-end same store sales decreased 1.9%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 242 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, decreased 1.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 1% over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 1.3% with sales of $2B compared to $2.026B for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 70.5% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.7% of pharmacy sales.
January 26, 2016
10:32 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX SNDK GMCR RAD
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January 25, 2016
15:24 EDTCVSExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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