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  • Fri, Oct. 21, 10:38 AM
    | Fri, Oct. 21, 10:38 AM | 26 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 6, 12:03 PM
    • Efforts in Europe to convince money managers to skip tobacco stocks have fallen flat, according to Reuters. Only French insurance giant Axa sold off its position in tobacco companies on moral grounds.
    • "We are firmly of the view that profits, cash and dividends from tobacco stocks have many years of strong growth ahead," says Woodford Investment Management's Stephen Lamacraft.  The fund manager's view seems to be the majority opinion based off of recent investment returns in the sector.
    • Related stocks: Phillip Morris International (NYSE:PM), Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI), Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY), Imperial Brands (OTCQX:IMBBY, OTCQX:ITYBF).
    | Tue, Sep. 6, 12:03 PM | 29 Comments
  • Sun, Jul. 3, 2:50 PM
    • via Barclays:
    • "Although stocks in the U.S. and Europe have partially bounced back from the sharp selloff sparked by the U.K. referendum result, risks remain prevalent. [Analyst] Keith Parker foresees further equity downside alongside a prolonged market bottoming process, during which positioning is likely to turn much more defensive at active managers.
    • "With this in mind, our stock screen this week highlights Overweight-rated stocks that screen defensively based on sector and equity beta but are also expected to generate superior ROE and free cash flows in FY1.
    • "Our screen considers the following factors: i) Large-cap (US $5 billion+) stock in the consumer staples, utilities, telecom or healthcare sectors. ii) Adjusted beta less than 1.0. iii) Rated Overweight by Barclays equity research. iv) 15%+ ROE and 4.5%+ FCF yield expected in FY1, based on Barclays estimates."
    • The stocks: Aetna (NYSE:AET), BT Group plc (NYSE:BT), Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH), Coloplast (OTC:CLPBF, OTCPK:CLPBY), CVS (NYSE:CVS), Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL), Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX), Glanbia (OTC:GLAPF, OTCPK:GLAPY), Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS), Imperial Brands (OTCQX:IMBBY, OTCQX:ITYBF), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Ahold (OTCQX:AHONY, OTCQX:AHODF, OTCQX:AHOND), LabCorp (NYSE:LH), Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Telus (NYSE:TU), Unilever (UL, UN), UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)
    • See full table here.
    | Sun, Jul. 3, 2:50 PM | 14 Comments
  • Fri, Mar. 11, 2:22 AM
    • California lawmakers have voted to make the nation's most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures cracking down on tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
    • "With California having such a huge population, it's going to be very impactful nationwide," said Cathy Callaway, associate director of state and local campaigns for the American Cancer Society.
    • Hawaii became the first state to lift the smoking age limit to 21 in January.
    • Related stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:JAPAY, BTI, OTCQB:ECIG, OTCQB:VAPE, OTCPK:HPNN, OTCQB:MCIG, OTCQB:NTRR, OTCPK:VAPR, VPCO, OTC:AHII
    | Fri, Mar. 11, 2:22 AM | 61 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 12:07 PM
    • Imperial Tobacco Group (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCQX:ITYBF) plans to change its name to Imperial Brands.
    • The new name reflects some diversification by the company away from traditional cigarettes.
    | Dec. 15, 2015, 12:07 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 9, 2015, 10:06 AM
    | Dec. 9, 2015, 10:06 AM | 55 Comments
  • Nov. 18, 2015, 7:22 AM
    | Nov. 18, 2015, 7:22 AM | 26 Comments
  • Oct. 2, 2015, 7:35 AM
    • The Obama administration is pushing for a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to limit the ability of tobacco companies to use tribunals to attack anti-smoking laws. The industry has used the tribunals aggressively in emerging markets.
    • Bipartisan support in Washington will be needed to pass the trade agreement next year.
    • Tobacco stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, OTCQX:ITYBY, BTI, OTCPK:BTAFF, OTC:BATMF, OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY.
    | Oct. 2, 2015, 7:35 AM | 30 Comments
  • Sep. 24, 2015, 2:03 PM
    • Imperial Tobacco (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:ITYBF) rose to a record high in London trading today on increased takeover speculation.
    • The company's large stable of growth and specialty brands makes it a prime target to be sliced up strategically, according to some analysts.
    | Sep. 24, 2015, 2:03 PM
  • Sep. 12, 2015, 10:27 AM
    • There's a different approach to electronic cigarettes developing in the U.S. and U.K.
    • Health advocates in the U.S. continue to raise concerns on the impact on teenagers, including a damaging article in JAMA Pediatrics, and politicians are eyeing taxing the product. No great surprise, but Chicago and New York are out in front of the e-cig tax movement.
    • U.S. sales have been held back a bit by efforts to demonize the product, according to some company officials.
    • The reception in the U.K. to the burgeoning e-cig industry has been warmer. A government health body determined last month that e-cigarettes could be prescribed by doctors in the nation as an effective way to help smokers break their addiction.
    • A study by the same group estimated e-cigs are 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes and found no evidence the product acts as a gateway to smoking for children or non-smokers. That last part was also backed up in a concise breakdown by FiveThirtyEight.com.
    • Related stocks: MO, BTI, LO, PM, OTCPK:ECIG, OTCQB:VAPE, OTCPK:HPNN, OTCQB:MCIG, OTCQB:NTRR, OTCPK:VAPR, RAI, OTC:AHII, OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:VTCQ, VPCO, BTI, OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:JAPAY.
    | Sep. 12, 2015, 10:27 AM | 37 Comments
  • Aug. 27, 2015, 2:01 PM
    • Reynolds American (RAI +1.6%) and Imperial Tobacco (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:ITYBF) have received a warning from the FDA over advertising.
    • The agency says the companies need to prove that cigarette brands labeled as "natural" or "additive-free" are lower risk to consumers than traditional cigarettes.
    • Reynolds and Imperial have 15 days to respond to the directive.
    | Aug. 27, 2015, 2:01 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 16, 2015, 7:06 AM
    | Jun. 16, 2015, 7:06 AM | 34 Comments
  • Jun. 8, 2015, 12:59 PM
    • Reynolds American (RAI -1.5%) announces its deal to acquire Lorillard (LO) will close on June 12.
    • The company is able to move forward after a federal judge approved a plan to divest the Maverick, Kool, Salem, and Winston cigarette brands to Imperial Tobacco Group (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:ITYBF) for $7.1B.
    | Jun. 8, 2015, 12:59 PM | 3 Comments
  • Jun. 5, 2015, 8:09 AM
    • Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) announces it will begin exchanging notes and consent solicitations for senior notes of Lorillard (NYSE:LO) in advance of the merger between the companies.
    • The major impact of the tobacco industry merger is that the new combined entity will stand as the second largest tobacco company behind Altria (NYSE:MO) and strengthen Imperial Tobacco's (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:ITYBF) position in the U.S. after it picks up some divested brands.
    | Jun. 5, 2015, 8:09 AM | 9 Comments
  • May 26, 2015, 6:47 PM
    • Reynolds American’s (NYSE:RAI) $27.4B purchase of Lorillard (NYSE:LO) wins approval from the FTC on the condition that the companies sell four cigarette brands - Winston, Kool, Salem and Maverick - to Imperial Tobacco (OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:ITYBF), as expected.
    • The FTC also says RAI will have to divest to Imperial the LO manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, N.C.
    • The FTC, which spent nearly a year scrutinizing the deal, says it is satisfied the divestitures would restore market competition that would have been lost through the merger, with Imperial “positioned to be a sufficiently robust and aggressive competitor” to a combined RAI-LO and Altria (NYSE:MO).
    • RAI, which owns the Camel and Pall Mall brands, will boost its market share to ~34% by acquiring LO and its Newport brand, the top-selling menthol cigarette; MO, owner of top brand Marlboro, leads the industry with a 47% share.
    | May 26, 2015, 6:47 PM | 24 Comments
  • Apr. 17, 2015, 8:27 AM
    • E-cigarettes are catching on with teenagers, according to a new data read.
    • While usage of traditional cigarettes by high school students has declined, e-cigarette demand has increased significantly.
    • 13% of all high school students used e-cigs last year to top the rate they used traditional cigarettes for the first time.
    • The FDA is still working out how it will treat the e-cigarette category.
    • Related stocks: MO, BTI, LO, PM, OTCQB:ECIG, OTCQB:VAPE, OTCPK:HPNN, OTCQB:MCIG, OTCQB:NTRR, OTCPK:VAPR, RAI, OTC:AHII, OTCQX:ITYBY.
    | Apr. 17, 2015, 8:27 AM | 6 Comments