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3:30 a.m. April 15, 2021 - By Tonya Garcia
Rite Aid reports narrower losses, sales beatRite Aid Corp. shares rose 1.3% in Thursday premarket trading after the pharmacy retailer reported a fourth-quarter sales beat. Net losses totaled $18.5 million, or 34 cents per share, after a loss of $324.7 million, or $6.08 per share, last year. Adjusted losses of 78 cents per share were ahead of the FactSet consensus for a loss of 90 cents per share. Revenue of $5.92 billion was up from $5.73 billion last year and also ahead of the FactSet consensus for $5.85 billion. The quarter was impacted by "a historically soft cough, cold and flu season, the deferral of elective procedures and related acute prescription volume and the impact of COVID-19 on selling, general and administrative expenses," Chief Executive Heyward Donigan said in a statement. For March and April to date, Rite Aid has administered two million COVID-19 vaccine shots, and Donigan said prescription trends heading back "to positive levels." For the first quarter, Rite Aid is guiding for net income between $10 million and a net loss of $10 million and retail pharmacy revenue between $6.1 billion and $6.3 billion. The company expects COVID-19 to continue to have an impact. The FactSet consensus is for pharmacy sales of $6.084 billion. Rite Aid stock is up 20.3% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index [s spx] has gained 9.8% for the period.
3:26 a.m. March 31, 2021 - By Tonya Garcia
Walgreens sales miss expectations after weak cold and flu seasonWalgreens Boots Alliance Inc. reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $1.03 billion, or $1.19 per share, up from $946.0 million, or $1.07 per share last year. Adjusted EPS of $1.40 beat the FactSet consensus for $1.10 per share. Sales of $32.78 billion were up from $31.34 billion last year but below the FactSet consensus for $36.59 billion. Walgreens total excludes sales from discontinued operations of $4.8 billion. Comparable sales in the U.S. fell 3.5% due to a weak cough, cold and flu season. Comp sales for Boots UK fell 17.9% as COVID-19 restrictions reduced foot traffic on major high streets and transportation hubs. "Overall, we have achieved a good financial quarter with results well ahead of expectations, despite significant impacts from COVID-19, and we have raised our full-year EPS guidance," said Walgreens' new Chief Executive Roz Brewer in a statement. The former Starbucks Corp. executive assumed the role on . "I am optimistic about our ability to drive sustainable, long-term value for our shareholders, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done to stabilize the base business." Walgreens raised its fiscal 2021 adjusted EPS guidance to mid-to-high single digit growth in constant currency from low single-digit growth. The pharmacy retailer also expects the $6.5 billion divestiture of to be complete before the end of the fiscal year. Walgreens says it has administered eight million COVID-19 vaccinations and conducted five million COVID-19 tests. Walgreens stock rose 2.6% in Wednesday premarket trading and have gained 15.8% over the past year. The S&P 500 index is up 53.2% for the last 12 months.
3:27 a.m. Oct. 29, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Pandemic sets record case numbers across the U.S. as White House suggests the crisis is over U.S. has counted a record 500,000 new cases in the past week, and hospitals in isolated areas of the Midwest are rapidly fillingThe coronavirus pandemic continued to set records across the U.S. on Wednesday, even as the administration of President Donald Trump touted its first-term accomplishments in a news release that suggested it had ended the crisis that has cost more than 226,000 American lives and shows no signs of abating.
2:17 a.m. Oct. 28, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. case tally tops 8.7 million and marks seven-day record, with more than 20 states seeing most new cases since start of the outbreak Dr. Birx says North Dakotans’ failure to wear face masks is ‘deeply unfortunate’ as the Dakotas suffer worst case numbers measured per capitaThe U.S. case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 climbed above 8.7 million on Tuesday, with more than 20 states counting record numbers of new infections, as more business curfews were announced to combat the spread.
10:45 a.m. Oct. 14, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll tops 216,000 as Midwest and Mountain West cases start to stretch hospital capacity In the last seven days, 16 states have added more new cases than at any other time since the beginning of the pandemic The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 rose above 216,000 on Wednesday, driven by a spike in new cases in the Midwest and Mountain West that are starting to fill hospital beds and squeeze health-care systems.
11:05 a.m. Oct. 8, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: New England Journal of Medicine says Trump should be voted out over pandemic management as U.S. death toll tops 212,000 ‘When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent,’ say editors of prestigious medical journalThe U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 moved above 212,000 on Thursday, as the editors of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine sharply criticized the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic.
12:42 p.m. Sept. 17, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow snaps four-day winning streak as stocks finish day with modest losses Bulls restrained by Fed outlook, lackluster U.S. economic dataU.S. stocks finished lower Thursday, but off the session lows, as investors digested the Federal Reserve’s economic outlook along with lackluster economic data.
11:37 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. case tally at 4.74 million as New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut see infections climb again Cinemark’s revenue falls 99% as theaters remain closed, and Mallinckrodt says it is looking at possible bankruptcyThe U.S. case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 rose by fewer than 50,000 on Monday for a second straight day, data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University showed, although cases were rising in some states that had seemed to get the spread under control earlier this year.
9:10 a.m. July 27, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: U.S. case tally climbs above 4.2 million after a fifth straight day of more than 1,000 deaths Dr. Deborah Birx says Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia should reimpose lockdowns on bars and gatherings of more than 10 peopleThe U.S. case tally for the coronavirus illness COVID-19 rose above 4.2 million on Monday, after a fifth straight day of more than 1,000 new infections, as states in the South and West continue to struggle to contain the spread of the deadly illness.
2:05 a.m. July 24, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global COVID-19 cases top 15 million, U.S. cases pass 4 million, and California has more cases than New York Tesla surprises investors with an adjusted profit even after it was beset by pandemic-related stoppages at California plantThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 worldwide climbed above 15 million on Thursday and the U.S. case tally passed 4 million, as California’s case tally rose above early U.S. hot spot New York following a surge in new infections in recent weeks.
2:10 a.m. July 17, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global COVID-19 cases climb to 13.6 million after record one-day tally of 230,400 new infections Bank of America and Morgan Stanley beat earnings estimates despite pandemic, while Domino’s gets boost from at-home dinersThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 world-wide rose to 13.6 million on Thursday, after a record of about 230,400 new infections were counted on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University.
6:50 a.m. June 19, 2020 - By Steve Goldstein
This fund manager whose biggest short was Wirecard says he is the most bullish toward stocks since 2009Why one fund manager is the most optimistic he has been about the stock market in a decade.
10:06 a.m. June 4, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally climbs above 6.6 million and California reports a rise in infections amid protests and reopening Amazon is adding to its fleet of cargo jets at a time when aircraft values are depressed; Michaels Cos. earnings fall way shortThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 rose past 6.6 million on Thursday, and California reported a rise in infections after weeks of slowing, raising concerns that the protests at the death of George Floyd, and the reopening of certain counties, are helping spread the illness.
10:51 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally passes 5 million; U.S. scientist says don’t rely on a vaccine, job losses continue Macy’s issues a sales warning for the first quarter, but Best Buy profit and sale fall less than expected and BJ’s beats estimatesThe global case tally for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 passed 5 million on Thursday after the biggest one-day increase since the start of the outbreak, as a top U.S. scientist cautioned that people should not rely on a vaccine and the labor market continued to show massive job losses.
10:17 a.m. May 4, 2020 - By William A. Haseltine
Can the U.S. handle the second wave of COVID-19 coming our way? We’re failing to reduce the number of coronavirus infections before the next peak hitsThe United States is not limiting COVID-19 infections enough to avoid a serious second wave of the pandemic later this year.
4:59 a.m. April 24, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Upbeat results from Nestlé help European stocks pare losses after EU summit disappoints Lufthansa sinks after liquidity warningEuropean stocks broke a two-session winning streak on Friday, after a European Union summit failed to agree on a much-needed stimulus package and amid doubts over a promising coronavirus treatment from Gilead.
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