British American Tobacco to merge with Reynolds

But electronic cigarettes and the entire world of vaping and liquid nicotine are new and growing markets for existing Big Tobacco companies - including Reynolds, which sells the Vuse vaping system. While cigarettes remain a lucrative item in some areas, increased legislation, taxation, and consumer education have changed their perception in developed nations like the USA and UK.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) went up 0.87% during trading on 01-13-2017, with the company's shares hitting the price near $55.97.

"Analysts have said the takeover could spark further deals as Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco jostle for market share in an industry that is shrinking in the West as more people quit smoking", points out Reuters' Paul Sandle.

The offer, BAT added, represents a premium of 26% over the closing price of Reynolds common stock on 20 October past year, the last day of trading before the bid was formally submitted.

Valtteri Bottas confirmed as Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes teammate
So, Massa returns to Williams , Bottas moves over to Merc, and we have a 2017 F1 championship shaping up quite nicely... However, Wolff is well used to working with Bottas and previously headed up the driver's three-man management team.

BAT and Reynolds have a longstanding relationship. Reynolds' share price closed up $1.71, or by 3.1 percent, to $57.68. The highest share price LON:BATS shares have reached in the prior twelve months is 5135 with the lowest being 3536.

BAT is targeting cost savings of at least 400 million United States dollars (£330 million) after the two companies merge.

The boards for both companies will give a recommendation to shareholders to approve the deal, said officials from both companies.

The agreement, which has a breakup fee of $1 billion, came over 2 and one-half years after the acquisition by Reynolds of Lorillard a rival for $27.4 billion. It estimates more than $400m worth of cost-savings would be made by year three of the merger. If shareholders and regulators approve the deal, the two companies expect it to go through in the third quarter of this year.

Ruby Seadragons filmed in the wild for first time
Both species use their leaf-like appendages as camouflage in the lush seaweed and kelp meadows where they prefer to live. The ruby seadragon lacks the leafy decorations of the leafy seadragon (left) and the common weedy seadragon (right).

Pope believes the most compelling part of the offer was "the future of a thriving top and bottom line in the tobacco industry" with a potential industry leading position in next-generation products in the USA and globally. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products. But it had to go higher to win the approval of Reynolds' directors.

The British American-Reynolds deal does not affect in any way ITG Brands, which remains a separate company.

Denise Roland and Ben Dummett contributed to this article.

Light snow and sleet expected for the midstate this weekend
A complex storm system will be evolving over the next few days in Southern Colorado, according to the National Weather Service . Meteorologists say we can look for a dry day on Sunday , with plenty of sunshine and daytime highs in the lower 40s.