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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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September 15, 2014
06:07 EDTCVSCVS Health upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
September 12, 2014
18:43 EDTWAGCtW Investment calls on Walgreen to provide details on earnings, Reuters says
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September 10, 2014
13:35 EDTRADRite Aid September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Rite Aid September call option implied volatility is at 61, October is at 52, January is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 49 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on September 18.
September 9, 2014
08:00 EDTWAGWalgreen price target lowered to $75 from $85 at Leerink
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07:38 EDTWAGWalgreen pushed to boost buyback as Jana secures seats, Bloomberg says
Walgreen will most likely be pushed to increase a to $3B share buyback program that let down investors in August after Jana Partners reached an agreement on three board seats at the company, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
08:01 EDTCVSCVS Health completes purchase of Navarro Discount Pharmacy
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07:26 EDTCVSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTWAGWalgreen appoints JANA's Barry Rosenstein to board of directors
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05:50 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; DE WAG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Deere (DE) 15, Walgreen (WAG) 30 according to iVolatility.
September 5, 2014
12:42 EDTWAGStocks with increasing options volume
Stocks with increasing options volume: VALE MCP KORS WAG GM PCLN
11:47 EDTWAGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:55 EDTWAGWalgreen call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
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10:00 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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07:31 EDTWAGWalgreen notifies customers about label printing errors, WSJ reports
Walgreen has found that its systems were printing drug labels with random characters in the instructions during a recent system crash, making some hard to understand, and has reached out to notify thousands of customers about the issue, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a company spokesman and an internal memo. Reference Link
September 4, 2014
08:31 EDTRADRite Aid reports August SSS up 3.9%
For the five weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014, same store sales increased 3.9% over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 1.1%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 219 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 5.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7%over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 3.7% to $2.515B compared to $2.425B for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.3% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales. Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 4.1% over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.1% while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.6 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7% over the prior-year period.
08:04 EDTWAGWalgreen reports total Q4 sales $19.06B, consensus $18.99B
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08:03 EDTWAGWalgreen reports August SSS up 3.7%
Walgreens had August sales of $6.39B, an increase of 3.6% from $6.16B for the same month in fiscal 2013. Total front-end sales increased 2.1% in August compared with the same month in fiscal 2013, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.4%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1.7% while basket size increased 3.1%.Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 1.1% in August and increased 3.2% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. August 2014 had one additional Sunday and one fewer Thursday compared with August 2013. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 2.1 percentage points.
06:03 EDTWAG, RADStocks with implied volatility movement; WAG RAD
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September 3, 2014
06:07 EDTCVSCVS to change name, end tobacco sales early
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06:04 EDTCVSCVS Caremark changes name to CVS Health
CVS Caremark announced that it is changing its corporate name to CVS Health to reflect its broader health care commitment and its expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of health. Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Health announced, "For our patients and customers, health is everything and CVS Health is changing the way health care is delivered to increase access, lower costs and improve quality. As a pharmacy innovation company at the forefront of a changing health care landscape, we are delivering breakthrough products and services, from advising on prescriptions to helping manage chronic and specialty conditions." CVS Health includes the company's retail business, which continues to be called CVS/pharmacy; its pharmacy benefit management business, which is known as CVS/caremark; its walk-in medical clinics, CVS/minuteclinic; and its growing specialty pharmacy services, CVS/specialty. With 7,700 retail pharmacies, 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65M plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, CVS Health enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways.
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