The Winner in the Albertsons/Rite Aid Deal

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"And right now the companies that are gaining share is the new generation". The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 19 buys and 20 sells, and ownership increased by a net of 4.31 million shares. Looking at the stock's movement on the chart, Rite Aid Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $6.15. And, as reported in CNN, Walgreens wanted to buy up all of Rite Aid in 2015, but federal regulators rejected that agreement on antitrust grounds.

- Fresh Del Monte Produce ( FDP ) slumped Tuesday, staying near its $43.73 a share session low, that followed the vegatables and fruit distributor reporting fiscal Q4 comparable net loss of $0.08 per share, reversing comparable net income of $0.26 per share during the prior year period and trailing the single-analyst call expecting $0.00 per share. LPL Financial LLC now owns 154,943 shares of the company's stock worth $305,000 after acquiring an additional 69,191 shares during the period. Element Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Rite Aid during the 4th quarter worth approximately $7,170,000.

The Rite Aid deal is the latest transaction by Albertsons to expand its offerings to attract consumers. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 51.68% of the company's stock.

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Analysts often look at short interest, or the number of shares now being shorted by investors, to aid in their outlook for a particular stock. (NYSE:RAD) bonds rose 7% as a percentage of their face value during trading on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,270.00, a P/E ratio of 19.36 and a beta of 1.76. They issued a "hold" rating and a $2.25 price objective for the company.

Rite Aid, based in Camp Hill, Pa. with sales of $32.8 billion a year ago, has struggled with high debt levels and tough competition from CVS and Walgreen, as narrowing drugstore networks have pushed customers away from its stores. The new company will have a particularly strong presence on the West Coast. Finally, Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on Rite Aid in a research note on Monday, December 4th.

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Jim Waite, 64, lives in town and has been coming to the Rite Aid for about five years. The Company's segments include Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacy Services. Under the terms of the proposed merger, Rite Aid shareholders will have receive either one share of Albertsons common stock plus $1.83 in cash or 1.079 of a shares of Albertsons stock for each 10 shares of stock they now own. It operates approximately 4,560 stores in over 30 states across the country and in the District of Columbia.

Combining strong own-brand portfolios with an extensive manufacturing and distribution network to drive revenue growth and operating efficiencies: The combination of Albertsons Cos.' billion-dollar own brands and manufacturing and operating capabilities with Rite Aid's own brands in health and wellness and its pharmacy expertise will allow the combined company to drive growth opportunities and efficiencies across its purchasing, marketing, manufacturing and merchandising functions.

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