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Aurora Cannabis (NYSE: ACB) stock has skyrocketed by a triple-digit percentage in recent days after the Canadian cannabis producer reported better-than-expected fiscal 2020 third-quarter results. You might think that after this huge gain, Aurora is outperforming rival Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON), which posted Q1 results earlier this month that were below expectations. Which of these two marijuana stocks is the better pick going forward?
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After a prolonged shutdown, Ford Motor Co. officially resumed production at its North American factories this week. It hasn’t been as smooth a process as the company might have hoped: Ford had to temporarily close two critical facilities this week to allow for a deep cleaning after workers tested positive for the coronavirus. An Explorer SUV plant in Chicago was closed a second time after an employee at a nearby supplier facility tested positive for the virus, causing a parts shortage.This is the reality of manufacturing for the time being as companies fret about worker safety and the legal and reputational risks of not doing enough to protect employees. Unlike Ford, whose products fall into a category of consumer spending that’s become even more discretionary amid the pandemic, wide swaths of the industrial sector were deemed essential and allowed to remain operational. Those companies, too, have had their share of growing pains as they adjust to a new way of working.Boeing Co. temporarily closed its factories in the Puget Sound area in March after a worker died of the coronavirus and later briefly shuttered work at its 787 plant in South Carolina. CBS Minnesota reported earlier this month that a Honeywell International Inc. facility in Minneapolis had closed after a worker tested positive. Whirlpool Corp. closed its Amana, Iowa, refrigerator plant at least twice after employees tested positive for the virus, according to the Gazette local paper. Deere & Co. and Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA are among the many others that have had to close plants on a limited basis to avoid outbreaks among workers. Lockheed Martin Corp., meanwhile, said this week it will temporarily slow production of the F-35 fighter jet because of delays at suppliers. It’s a lot harder, though, to bring factories back to life than it is to just figure it out as you go along. Ford may be a manufacturer, but because it’s one of the few to have experienced an extended lockdown, it’s arguably a better benchmark for the non-industrial economy. You better believe that office-based companies that have sent most of their workers home are keeping a close eye on how the likes of Ford fare in flipping the switch back on. Seeing the automaker’s setbacks this week, companies that can operate without their employees clustered in the same place may be less keen to rush back. They’re getting a more continuous stream of work out of their employees now than they would if they had to hit the pause button and clear out the office every few weeks. And the mixed messages from the White House aren't helpful: President Donald Trump is due to visit a Ford factory in Michigan that’s been converted to ventilator production and has been wishy-washy on whether he will adhere to the company’s face-mask requirements. Already, American Express Co. CEO Steve Squeri and Visa Inc. CEO Al Kelly said this week that most of their employees would work from home for the rest of the year. Some 28% of employers recently surveyed by Challenger, Gray & Christmas said they would make work-from-home arrangements permanent for at least some employees. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and social media site Twitter Inc. are among those who have publicly said remote working will be their indefinite default option. Facebook Inc. said Thursday it would follow suit and move to a more permanent remote workforce.At the end of the day, manufacturing or non-manufacturing, it's all interconnected. How permanent this shift to work from home will be is debatable, but if companies end up needing less office space, by default that means fewer HVAC systems, commercial lighting, fire and security products or even 3M Co.’s Post-it notes. And if workers aren’t going to be commuting, do they still need to buy cars from Ford? There's a lot riding on getting reopening right. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
With volatility through the roof over the last few months, finding a good dividend stock isn't as easy as it once was. With that in mind, let's take a look at three dividend stocks that are selling for cheap today. AT&T (NYSE: T) has lurched from one repositioning to the next over the last few years.
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The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced a probe into Altria and Philip Morris for alleged patent violations over iQOS heat-not-burn technology.
Altria's (NYSE: MO) first-quarter earnings report saw sales surge 16% as shipment volumes jumped 6% from the year-ago period. It's also why Altria remains a top stock to buy even when the world isn't falling apart: Its products, like its Marlboro brand of cigarettes, are always in demand and it has been able to pay an ever-rising dividend for years. Shares of the domestic tobacco giant are down 26% this year due to troubles its investments in electronic cigarettes and marijuana have had, causing its payout to currently yield over 9% annually, but that makes its stock more attractive.
Altria Holds 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders; Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.84 Per Common Share
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Over the last 20 months, they have been impacted by valuation issues, a thriving black market, lower than expected demand, high inventory levels, mounting losses, health issues from the vaping scandals, and much more. The investor euphoria that surrounded cannabis stocks when Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use seems like a distant dream. The marijuana sector is still at a nascent stage and is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the upcoming decade.
With the prospects for global growth rapidly diminishing, electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs slashed its internal valuation by $7 billion, eliminating some 35% from the total and bringing it closer to the value assigned to it by its biggest investor, Altria (NYSE: MO). It's a major reversal for Juul Labs, and its tobacco giant partner too, as not too long ago the smoking-alternative leader saw significant expansion opportunities worldwide. Altria, after taking a $12.8 billion stake in Juul in 2018, has since written off three-quarters of the value of the investment.
Over the past 13 months, the marijuana industry has done a 180 -- and not the good kind. Following a first quarter in 2019 that saw more than a dozen pot stocks gain at least 70%, the past 13 months have featured across-the-board declines for North American cannabis stocks of 50% to 95%. Meanwhile, in the U.S., high tax rates on legal cannabis have made it virtually impossible for retailers to compete with the black market.
Staples stocks had a decent Q1 earnings season but will see negative currency translations in Q2. Plus, not all players in the sector are immune to coronavirus-led lockdowns.
Electronic cigarette leader Juul Labs is reportedly ready to withdraw from a handful of international markets because the regulatory environment has become overly hostile to the device. According to BuzzFeed News, Juul will soon remove its products from shelves in Austria, Belgium, Portugal, France, and Spain. The news outlet reports the European Union's strict requirement that e-cigs contain no more than 20 milligrams of nicotine makes it difficult for Juul and other manufacturers of tobacco alternatives to do business there.
Many investors prefer to invest in stocks they can hold on to forever. Another key offering that these companies bring to their shareholders is dividends. Altria has delivered impressive gains to its dividend investors over time.
Today's call is scheduled to last about one hour, including remarks by Altria's management and the question-and-answer session. This morning, Billy Gifford, Altria's CEO will discuss Altria's first quarter business results. Sal Mancuso, our CFO; and Murray Garnick, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will join Billy in our Q&A session.
Juul Labs is considering significant cuts to its workforce. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that the e-cigarette manufacturer, which is part-owned by tobacco giant Altria Group (NYSE: MO), is considering reducing staff by one-third, or about 900 workers. Juul is also facing more regulatory burdens, with the Federal Trade Commission recently seeking to end Altria's financial investment.
Altria Group (MO) is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity and has a positive Zacks Earnings ESP heading into earnings season.