Cigarette and tobacco products manufacturer Philip Morris (PM - Get Report) is said to be working on a secret campaign to subvert the World Health Organization's anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to curb tobacco use in order to save lives, an investigation by Reuters has uncovered.
Internal Philip Morris international documents seen by Reuters exposed what the publication called a "clandestine lobbying operation that stretches from the Americas to Africa to Asia."
In the emails Philip Morris executives take credit for diluting anti-smoking measures at the biennial meeting of the tobacco control treaty. There was also talk of setting up a special team that would achieve scrutiny of advocates for tobacco control.
Philip Morris told Reuters it has done nothing improper.
"As a company in a highly regulated industry, speaking with governments is part of our everyday business," VP of communications for Philip Morris International Tony Snyder told Reuters. "The fact that Reuters has seen internal emails discussing our engagement with governments does not make those interactions inappropriate."
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Relax Apple stock bulls: For now, reports suggest a moderate delay in the Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhone 8 ramp, rather than something more severe points out TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa. So far, the market has shrugged off concerns on a possible delayed iPhone 8 release (as in it misses the holiday launch window). But it's worthwhile to keep something in mind: Apple shares have lagged the S&P 500 over the past month, so some doubt may be trickling into the bull camp.
This beverage executive just went off the rails: Hat tip to TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhouse for an insightful interview with SodaStream's (SODA) CEO Daniel Birnbaum, who pulled no punches in his views on PepsiCo (PEP - Get Report) and Coca-Cola (KO - Get Report) .
Said Birnbaum on why his company's stock has surged this year:
The company is addressing mega trends - health and wellness, convenience, consumer choice and good, important values. We have the right product at the right time. Our competition is prehistoric and that might explain the success we've seen around the world, particularly in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Norway, all over the world. This is not a local phenomenon. This is a global mega trend. We're looking to embrace a sustainable world for our children to live in.
Birnbaum didn't shut the door on making acquisitions, either.
The discount retailer, which has sought to slash prices this year to better compete with rivals Walmart (WMT - Get Report) and Amazon (AMZN - Get Report) , said Thursday its second quarter results would come in above the high-end of its estimates for 95 cents a share to $1.15 a share. Target credited improved traffic and sales trends through the first two months of the second quarter.
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