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Walgreens: An Investment Not A Trade

Stocks in this article: WAG

This is a market "sweet spot," and so-called Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) have risen within Medicare to deal with them. Walgreens began forming its own ACOs in January

Most of the market's attention is focused on the rest of Wasson's strategy, turning flagship stores into lifestyle hubs with wine and coffee bars, even massages. This is a huge contrast with the normal look of a drug store, which is basically a convenience store with a drive-by drug window instead of gas pumps.

Walgreens put the best face on the miss emphasizing that earnings were $645 million rather than the fact that revenue was up only 3.2% to $18.3 billion.

The point is every argument being said against the company today is tactical, not strategic, and the arguments are being made by traders for whom the long term means lunch time. The jury is still out on Walgreens' transformation, and results won't be in for another three years.

Don't judge Rivers by a November box score. Judge him on where the club is three years from now. The same goes for Wasson. He's just starting to put in his game plan.

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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