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March 17, 2014
11:41 EDTRAD, CVS, WAG, SWY, WMTAttorneys General encourage retailers to stop selling tobacco products
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in leading an effort to persuade the largest pharmacy chains in the United States to stop selling tobacco products. Led by Attorney General Schneiderman and Attorney General DeWine, the Attorneys General of 28 states and territories have written to the CEOs of Wal-Mart (WMT), Walgreens (WAG )(which also operates Duane Reade stores), Rite-Aid (RAD), Safeway (SWY) and Kroger (KR), asking them to remove any and all tobacco products from their shelves. In addition, 32 Attorneys General have commended CVS Caremark (CVS) for its recent decision to stop selling tobacco in its stores. Reference Link
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April 28, 2015
07:01 EDTWMTVIVUS announces discount program through Sam's Club for Qsymia
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April 27, 2015
20:03 EDTWMTBest Buy's use of Apple Pay raises questions about Wal-Mart's MCX, Re/code says
Best Buy (BBY) announced it will accept Apple (AAPL) Pay in its stores later in the year, reports Re/code, citing company statements. Re/code notes that the move raises questions about Best Buy's previously announced partnership with rival payment consortium MCX, spearheaded by Wal-Mart (WMT). A Best Buy spokesperson said it is "too early to declare" whether the company will use MCX's platform at launch, while multiple sources claimed the delay in implementing Apple Pay is partly due to exclusivity agreements with MCX. Reference Link
06:15 EDTWMTWal-Mart fighting for right to sell more alcohol in Texas, WSJ reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is fighting for the right to sell more alcohol in Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer is suing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming legal limits on sales of hard liquor are "unconstitutional," the publication says. Wal-Mart has also joined fellow retailers Costco (COST) and Kroger (KR), as well as other groups, to back legislation that would override the current state beverage laws. Reference Link
April 23, 2015
19:56 EDTWMTWal-Mart blocks shareholder vote to examine possible gender bias, Guardian says
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13:16 EDTRAD, CVSPharmacies, PBMs seen as potential buyers after Omnicare said to explore sale
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12:08 EDTCVS, RADLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Larsen, along with Mary Ptacek, VP of Pharmaceutical Strategies Group and Ruth Krystopolski, EVP of Sanford Health, discuss the 2016-2017 Pharmacy Benefit Managers selling season and which PBMs are poised to gain share, the impact of WBAís growth plans, recent M&A activity and biosimilars on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 24 at 2 pm.
07:36 EDTRADUBS estimates Omnicare buyer would need to pay $95 per share
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April 22, 2015
10:28 EDTCVSCVS Health April weekly call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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08:00 EDTRADRite Aid weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen said to add to Rite aid positions on the recent pullback as the reason for the weakness is the receding of a takeout premium, which was not in the firm's investment thesis to begin with. The firm sees strong underlying fundamentals and strong returns from its store remodeling program, which is still in its early innings. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $12 price target on Rite Aid shares.
April 21, 2015
06:18 EDTWMTUS merchants struggle to meet deadline for accepting chip cards, WSJ reports
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April 20, 2015
15:16 EDTSWYGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
12:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart workers claim store closings are retaliatory, Fortune says
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09:31 EDTRADRite Aid names Steve Rempel as SVP, Chief Information Officer
Rite Aid Corporation announced that Steve Rempel, a highly experienced information technology executive, has been named Rite Aidís senior vice president and chief information officer. In this position, Rempel will have responsibility for all aspects of the companyís technology and information operations, including computer systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications and data security as well as the continued development and execution of Rite Aidís immediate and long-term information technology strategy. Rempel will report to Frank Vitrano, Rite Aidís senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
April 17, 2015
15:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart to slash layer of in-store management, Bloomberg reports
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April 16, 2015
06:05 EDTWMTFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
18:32 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart can reject shareholder proposal on gun sales, WSJ says
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11:07 EDTRADStocks with call strike movement; EBAY RAD
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10:34 EDTRADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:58 EDTRADRite Aid has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO John Standley on April 21 at 1 pm.

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