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  • Thu, Nov. 24, 3:05 AM
    • Its official, China expects to issue a nationwide regulation banning smoking in public places before the end of the year.
    • The legislation, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor venues, workplaces and public transport, was introduced by the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
    • China has more than 300M smokers and is the world's largest producer and consumer of tobacco products, according to the World Health Organization.
    • Tobacco stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, BTI, OTCPK:BTAFF, OTC:BATMF, OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY
    | Thu, Nov. 24, 3:05 AM | 42 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
  • Mon, Jul. 18, 11:02 AM
    • Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY) is making a strong play to grab market share in the U.S. with a new brand priced very low.
    • LD cigarettes cost $2.81 per pack at select stores in North Carolina and South Carolina in a limited roll-out of the budget brand.
    • Japan Tobacco faces an uphill battle in grabbing shelf space in the U.S. from cigarette heavyweights Altra (MO -0.5%) and Reynolds American (RAI -0.2%).
    | Mon, Jul. 18, 11:02 AM | 11 Comments
  • Mon, May 23, 6:35 AM
    • It the latest setback for Big Tobacco, French insurer AXA (OTCQX:AXAHY) plans to stop investing in the industry, citing the impact of smoking on public health, and said it plans to sell its €1.8B of assets in the sector.
    • "With this divestment from tobacco, we are doing our share to support the efforts of governments around the world," incoming AXA Chief Executive Thomas Buberl said in a statement.
    • Tobacco stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, OTCQX:ITYBY, BTI, OTCPK:BTAFF, OTC:BATMF, OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY.
    | Mon, May 23, 6:35 AM | 40 Comments
  • Thu, May 19, 10:17 AM
    • Big tobacco lost an important case in the U.K. when a court backed a plain-packaging law.
    • The ruling in the case against the industry means that all cigarette packs produced in the U.K. must be made without logos and brand colors. Australia and Ireland already have similar rules.
    • Analysts disagree on what the impact on sales will be.
    • Related stocks: Phillip Morris International (PM -1.3%), Altria (MO -0.1%), Reynolds American (RAI -0.5%), British American Tobacco (BTI -1.4%), Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY).
    | Thu, May 19, 10:17 AM | 53 Comments
  • Wed, May 4, 6:34 AM
    • Europe's highest court has upheld a tough EU law mandating bigger warning labels and standardizing cigarette packaging, paving the way for its adoption later this month.
    • The 2014 tobacco directive also bans menthol cigarettes, and for the first time, sets limits on electronic cigarettes, including how much nicotine they can contain.
    • The court rejected a legal challenge brought by Philip Morris (NYSE:PM) and British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI), with Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF) and Imperial Brands (OTCQX:ITYBF) acting as interested parties.
    | Wed, May 4, 6:34 AM | 7 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. 29, 2015, 7:02 AM
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  • Sep. 24, 2015, 5:11 PM
    • Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF) is in talks to buy ~$5B in cigarette assets from Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), as it aims to expand outside of its shrinking home market, Bloomberg reports.
    • The available assets could include some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand that is part of a RAI operating company, according to the report.
    • The Natural American Spirit brand is facing pressure from the FDA, which last month sent a letter to RAI saying the company needs to prove cigarettes labeled as "natural” or "additive-free” are less harmful in order to keep marketing them in such a manner.
    | Sep. 24, 2015, 5:11 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 16, 2015, 7:06 AM
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  • Jun. 3, 2015, 8:13 AM
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  • Jun. 2, 2015, 9:04 AM
    • A court in Canada orders tobacco companies to pay $12.5B in damages to smokers in Quebec.
    • Local units of British American Tobacco (BTI, OTCPK:BTAFF), Philip Morris (NYSE:PM), and Japan Tobacco (OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY) have 60 days to come up with the first payment unless they appeal the ruling.
    • Legal experts say big tobacco may have a tougher time in Canada than the U.S. overturning large class-action rulings.
    | Jun. 2, 2015, 9:04 AM | 14 Comments
  • Mar. 23, 2015, 8:09 AM
    • Cash is still king in the tobacco industry.
    • Despite a wave of worry over global plain-packaging laws on cigarettes, shares of tobacco companies continue to offer solid returns for shareholders due in part to vibrant free cash flow.
    • Pricing has also held up in the sector even with volume in decline.
    • In some regions taxes as a percentage of price has decreased which is a boost to profit margins in the sector.
    • Another factor in the industry is the "massive" barriers erected by regulators that have ended up to act a wide moat for some global companies.
    • Tobacco stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, OTCQX:ITYBY, BTI, OTCPK:BTAFF, OTC:BATMF, OTCPK:JAPAF, OTCPK:JAPAY.
    | Mar. 23, 2015, 8:09 AM | 7 Comments
  • Mar. 12, 2015, 2:30 AM
    • The U.K. Parliament has voted to ban branding on cigarette packs as of 2016, under which cigarettes would be sold in uniform packs stripped of distinctive logos and colors, and adorned with graphic health warnings.
    • The move draws promises of legal challenge from the tobacco industry and raises the prospect of similar legislation in countries across Europe.
    • Previously: England to vote on cigarette pack branding ban (Mar. 11 2015)
    • Related stocks: LO, PM, MO, VGR, RAI, OTCQX:ITYBY, OTCPK:JAPAY, BTI
    | Mar. 12, 2015, 2:30 AM | 27 Comments
  • Apr. 29, 2014, 12:55 PM
    • Bankers and lawyers are busy working on potential mergers in the tobacco industry, reports CNBC (video).
    • The biggest buzz is over the potential that Reynolds American (RAI +1.4%) will buy Lorillard (LO +3%) for as much as $80 per share.
    • Though Wells Fargo notes Reynolds would have to divest some significant menthol brands to get a Lorillard deal past regulators, the firm sees a deal as likely.
    • Other tobaccco players: MO, PM, BTI, ITYBY, ITYBF, PHJMF, JAPAF, SFIO, VGR, SWNG, SWMAF, SWMAY, XXII, BTAFF, UVV
    | Apr. 29, 2014, 12:55 PM | 14 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2014, 10:24 AM
    • Analysts thinks there could be a wave of consolidation in the tobacco industry as the slow growth rates seen in the industry appear to be here to stay.
    • The story of the week has been Lorillard (LO -1.7%) which is reportedly a target of Reynolds American (RAI -2.8%), but other linkups are expected.
    • The rapid emergence of e-cigarettes will play a factor in the M&A activity. The stance of various regulators will be critical in determining where companies place their bets.
    • Related stocks: MO, PM, BTI, ITYBY, ITYBF, PHJMF, JAPAF, SFIO, VGR, SWNG, SWMAF, SWMAY.
    | Mar. 6, 2014, 10:24 AM | 15 Comments