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Philip Morris reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.25, consensus $1.24
Reports Q3 net revenue $7B ex-excise taxes, consensus $6.97B.
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Philip Morris recommended ahead of investor day at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Grainger reiterated his Overweight rating and $110 price target on Philip Morris ahead of its investor day. He expects management to highlight a sustainable reacceleration in core cigarette growth and believes Philip Morris can deliver 4%+ organic sales growth, solid cost controls, and 6-8% EBIT growth.
Philip Morris should be bought ahead of Investor Day, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Philip Morris' upcoming Investor Day could be a positive catalyst for the stock. The firm says that the company could raise its guidance, since its foreign exchange headwinds have eased. The firm adds that the company could reinstate its share buyback program "sooner rather than later," and it continues to view the company as the best tobacco name. It keeps a $114-$116 price target and Outperform rating.
Wells says Philip Morris investor day highlighted 'huge transformation' underway
After attending Philip Morris International's investor day meeting, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog said the event presented a compelling case as to why the company is well positioned to continue to lead in combustible cigarettes, while its "scientific prowess and marketing intelligence" gives it a distinct and lasting advantage in smokeless cigarettes as well. The analyst raised her estimates following the event. reiterated her Outperform rating and said Philip Morris remains her top, long-term tobacco pick.
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