Why Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Stock Popped 12.7% in July

What happened

Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA)  climbed 12.7% in July, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence , rebounding on the heels of its plunge in late June after Amazon.com 's threatening purchase of online pharmacy PillPack.

Shares of Walgreens fell 10% on June 28 alone as the market reacted to Amazon's purchase, which many industry watchers viewed as putting the online retail behemoth in direct competition with the broader pharmacy sector. But Walgreens shares promptly bounced back over the next several days, and then continued to drift higher throughout the month of July as opportunistic investors increasingly viewed the pullback as a chance to open or add to their positions in the otherwise strong business.

Stock market prices and data overlaying a colorful LED display


So what

Incidentally, Walgreens itself may be among those opportunistic buyers. The same day the stock plunged on the Amazon/PillPack news, Walgreens' board also not only authorized a stock repurchase program for as much as $10 billion of its shares outstanding but also increased the company's quarterly dividend by 10% to $0.44 per share.

Now what

Keeping in mind that the latter marked Walgreens' 43rd straight year of raising its dividend, CFO James Kehoe called the moves a demonstration of the company's long-term commitment to return cash to stockholders.

Of course, that doesn't remove the potential competitive threat that a combined Amazon and PillPack might pose to Walgreens over the long run. But with Walgreens stock now trading at just 10.3 times this year's expected earnings even after last month's pop, it's hard to blame the market for bidding up the stock in response.

10 stocks we like better than Walgreens Boots Alliance
When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor , has quadrupled the market.*

David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Walgreens Boots Alliance wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

Click here to learn about these picks!

*Stock Advisor returns as of August 6, 2018

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. Steve Symington has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Amazon. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Personal Finance , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: WBA , AMZN

More from Motley Fool


Motley Fool

Motley Fool

Market News, Investing

Research Brokers before you trade

Want to trade FX?