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March 25, 2014
14:23 EDTWAG, CVS, 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 22, 2014
05:44 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SanDisk (SNDK) 23, Walgreen (WAG) 20 according to iVolatility.
August 21, 2014
11:47 EDTWAGWalgreen upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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11:09 EDTWAGWalgreen upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 20, 2014
08:09 EDTWAGWalgreen pressured CFO, pharmacy chief to leave, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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August 19, 2014
06:01 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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August 18, 2014
08:31 EDTCVSCVS Caremark's Accordant Health receives NCQA accreditation
CVS Caremark announced that its Accordant Health Services division has received full NCQA Patient and Practitioner Oriented Disease Management accreditation for programs to support: Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Parkinson's Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Myasthenia Gravis, Sickle Cell Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dermatomyositis, and Gaucher Disease.
06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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August 15, 2014
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August 14, 2014
17:00 EDTRADGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:06 EDTWAGWalgreen removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 25, Walgreen (WAG) 23 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2014
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August 12, 2014
06:02 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 11, 2014
06:10 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 27, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTWAGMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
15:18 EDTWAGWalgreen management to meet with BB&T
Meetings to be held on the West Coast on August 12-13 hosted by BB&T.
06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.

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