- Rite-Aid (RAD +8.5%) shares continue an ascent sparked by strong Dec. comp sales numbers.
- Deutsche Bank's George Hill, who reiterated a Buy rating and PT of $7, believes the numbers are indicative of Rite-Aid's progress on store remodels and closings of less productive locations.
- +2.9% in overall Y/Y growth was dragged by a 2% Y/Y decline in prescription count, which Hill attributed to a decrease in flu-related prescriptions and shots.
- The jury is still out on whether "Rite Aid is taking share [from other drug retailers], possibly indicating more promotional pricing at Rite Aid," the analyst observes.
- Walgreen WAG +0.2% and CVS +0% are close to neutral on the day.