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On Sept. 3, 2015, $FITB entered into a share repurchase agreement to purchase approx. $150MM of its outstanding stock which brought down the 3Q15 share count by 6.54MM shares. For 3Q15, the effective tax rate was 26% vs. 26.1% in 2Q15 and 26.7% in 3Q14.
$RAI has received a $47 billion take over offer from British tobacco giant British American Tobacco! This is huge!
No better outlook on $MSFT. Even if the results beat a bit, the stock may move 4 to 6% higher, but won't go above $60.