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U.S. Movers: AIG, Barracuda, Express Scripts, Pfizer, Wal-Mart

Author: Mukesh Buch
Last Update: 12:36 PM EDT October 10 2017

12:30 PM New York AIG estimated catastrophe losses of $3 billion. Express Scripts agreed to acquire EviCore Healthcare for $3.6 billion. Pfizer may spin off consumer healthcare business. Wal-Mart jumped on fiscal 2019 forecast and plans for stock buyback of up to $20 billion.

Tollbooth Index edged down 7.42 to 12,738.97.

Earnings Review

American International Group Inc (AIG) slipped 37 cents to $61.41 after the life, property casualty insurance services provider forecasted recent flurry of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria could cost the insurer $3.1 billion and damages from earthquakes in Mexico may cost $150 million.

Barracuda Networks Inc (CUDA), the security and data protection slid 5 cents to $25.68 ahead of its quarterly earnings release after the market close.

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) slumped 1.3% or 77 cents to $58.45 after the healthcare services provider agreed to be acquire the privately-held eviCore Healthcare, the medical benefit services provider for $3.6 billion.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth-quarter of 2017.

Pfizer Inc edged down 3 cents to $36.10 after the healthcare products maker said it will review alternatives for its consumer healthcare business; including sale, spin-off or may retain the business.

Sale or spinoff the business is likely to include Advil, Centrum and Emergen-C.

The review is expected to conclude by next year and may include lip balm business of about $15 billion as ageing populations and health-conscious consumers drive demand for self medication.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) jumped 4.4% or $3.52 to $84.04 after the supermarkets operator forecasted domestic online sales in the fiscal year ending in early 2019 to soar 40% after $3 billion acquisition of jet.com a year ago.

The retailer estimated total net sales in fiscal 2019 to increase 3% and profit may increase 5% from the earnings per share between $4.30 and $4.40 in the year ending January 2018.

Wal-Mart is also planning stock buyback of up to $20 billion in next two years.
Sources: Data collected by 123jump.com and Ticker.com from company press releases, filings and corporate websites. Market data: BATS Exchange. Inc