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Dow closes above 25,000 for first time, as equity benchmarks rattle off fresh round of records
U.S. stocks recorded their third consecutive day of gains on Thursday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the psychologically important 25,000 mark for the first time in history. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite hit records for the first three trading days of the year for the first time since 1964 and 1999, respectively. Sentiment remained upbeat on the back of supportive ADP payroll data, as well as a rise in commodity prices. In individual stocks, CVS Health Corp rose 2.6% after issuing its 2018 guidance. Financials were up across the board , with JPMorgan Chase & Co. rising 1.4%, Bank of America Corp. up 1.3% and Wells Fargo & Co. 1.3% higher. Among the days losers was Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. , which fell 5.1% despite better-than-expected earnings.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
UPDATE 2-Walgreens' weak retail sales, gross margins hit shares
Jan 4 (Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc
on Thursday reported its sixth straight fall in retail
same-store sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 along with
a drop in gross margins in its U.S. business, sending its shares
down as much as 6.3 percent.
BRIEF-Walgreens Boots Alliance Reports Q1 Gaap Earnings Per Share $0.81
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc(WBA): * WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE REPORTS FISCAL 2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS. * Q1 GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.81. * Q1 SALES $30.7 BILLION VERSUS I/B/E/S VIEW $30.47 BILLION.
Rite Aid's stock rockets on heavy volume for a 2nd-straight day
Shares of Rite Aid Corp. rocketed on heavy volume Wednesday for a second-straight session, after the drugstore chain said it had completed the "pilot closing" of its amended asset purchase deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. . The stock shot up 14% to a 2-month high. Volume hit 39 million shares, enough to make it the most active stock on major U.S. exchanges, and already about double the full-day average. On Tuesday, after the stock shot up 16% on volume of 51.5 million shares. Rite Aid said late Monday that the pilot closing resulted in the transfer of 97 stores and related assets to Walgreens. Under the amended agreement announced in September, Rite Aid will sell a total of 1,932 stores, three distribution centers and related inventory for $4.38 billion in cash. Rite Aid expects to use the bulk of the proceeds from the deal to repay debt. Despite the stock's surge this week, it was still down 73.9% year to date, while Walgreen shares have lost 11.5% and the S&P 500 has gained 17.4%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Amazon homing in on medical devices/supplies, not pharma: Jefferies
The possibility of online retailer Amazon.com Inc. entering the pharmaceutical industry has sent the stocks of drug distributors and pharmacy-benefit managers quaking in recent months, but a new report from Jefferies analysts suggests that Amazon is instead homing for the medical devices and supplies industries. Correspondence between two state pharmacy boards and Amazon reveals that those state licenses can only be used for medical device and supplies distribution, the Jefferies report said, based on information that was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. This direction was likely chosen to avoid "the more comprehensive regulatory requirements associated with the Wholesale Drug Distribution Act," Jefferies analyst Brian Tanquilut said. That has created an overhang on stocks like AmerisourceBergen Corp. , Cardinal Health Inc. , McKesson Corp. , Express Scripts Holding Co. , CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. ; "Unfortunately, we believe only time will refute these investor concerns," he said. Amazon shares have surged 15% over the last three months, compared with a 4.5% rise in the S&P 500 and a 6.6% rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average .Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Drug stocks drop after report that Amazon has obtained pharmacy licenses
The stocks of companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain dropped in Thursday afternoon trade after a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that online retailer Amazon has obtained approval to become a wholesale distributor in a number of states. Amazon has received approval in at least 12 states, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Speculation about an Amazon pharmacy entry has swirled since a CNBC report on the subject earlier this year, but Amazon has repeatedly declined to comment on or confirm any interest in pharmacy. Such a move would likely threaten a number of industry players, including drug wholesalers, pharmacy chains and pharmacy-benefit managers, middlemen that negotiate drug prices. Rite Aid Corp. shares dropped 5.6% in Thursday afternoon trade, CVS Health Corp. shares dropped 4.8%, Express Scripts Holding Company shares dropped 3.5%, McKesson Corp. shares dropped 3.4%, AmerisourceBergen Corp. shares dropped 4.4%, Walgreens Boots Alliance shares dropped 3.7% and Cardinal Health Inc. shares dropped 2.5%, compared with a 0.2% rise in the S&P 500 . Many of the stocks have plunged in the last several months on concerns about Amazon. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
UPDATE 2-Walgreens beats profit estimates as new contracts provide boost
Oct 25 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain Walgreens Boots
Alliance Inc's quarterly profit and revenue beat Wall
Street estimates, as the company filled millions of more drug
prescriptions thanks to newly won contracts from pharmacy
Walgreens shares rise 3.3% on Q4 profit, revenue beats
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.(WBA) shares rose 3.3% in premarket trade Wednesday after the company reported fourth- quarter profit and revenue beats. Earnings for the latest quarter fell to $802 million, or 76 cents per share, from$ 1.03 billion, or 95 cents per share in the year-earlier period. Adjusted earnings-per-share were $1.31, above the FactSet consensus of $1.21.
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