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    By Amit Singh
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    By Amit Singh
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    Walgreens: Key Revenue Drivers in Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2018

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    By Sonya Bells
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    CVS Health and Walgreens: Financial Health

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    CVS Health versus Walgreens: Comparing Pharmacy Giants

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    By Sonya Bells
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    Drugstore Stocks Tumble ahead of Trump’s New Drug Policy

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    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer Stocks Tumble on Trade War Worries

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    By Sonya Bells
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    How the Drug Store Industry Is Changing

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    By Sonya Bells
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    How Walgreens’s International Businesses Performed in 1Q18

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    By Sonya Bells
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    Wall Street’s Take on Rite Aid after 3Q17 Results

    Wall Street kept its stance unchanged on Rite Aid (RAD) after its third-quarter results. Evercore ISI, however, initiated coverage on the company on January 5 with an “underperform” rating.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Walgreens Delivers Strong Top-Line Growth in 1Q18

    As we’ve discussed, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) reported its 1Q18 results on January 4. The company’s top line increased 7.9% YoY (year-over-year) to $30.74 billion.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Walgreens Beats 1Q18 Sales and Earnings Expectations

    Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) reported its results for 1Q18 on Thursday, January 4. The results relate to the three-month period ending November 30, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Stock Watch: No Respite for Rite Aid’s Shareholders

    As we discussed throughout this series, Rite Aid (RAD) reported better-than-expected quarterly profits on January 3. However, the third quarter results couldn’t stop the slide in the company’s stock price.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Depressed Retail Pharmacy Gross Profit Impacts Rite Aid’s 3Q17

    Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) reported third-quarter results on January 3. The company’s adjusted net earnings from continuing operations stood at $1.6 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to $26.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share during the same period last year.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Rite Aid’s Top Line Plunges for the 3rd Straight Quarter in 3Q17

    Rite Aid (RAD) reported its 3Q17 results after the market closed on January 3. The company’s top line plunged 5.6% YoY (year-over-year) to $5.35 billion (excluding discontinued operations).

    By Sonya Bells
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    Rite Aid’s 3Q17 Results: A Quick Look

    Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) reported results for 3Q17 on Wednesday, January 3. The results relate to the three-month period ending December 2, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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    Consumer

    Deal of the Year: CVS to Buy Aetna for $69 Billion

    CVS Health (CVS), America’s largest pharmacy chain, announced a $69 billion deal to purchase Aetna (AET), the country’s third-largest insurance company, on December 3, 2017.

    By Sonya Bells
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