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Reynolds American to Eliminate 540 Jobs (RAI)

Tobacco giant Reynolds American, Inc. ( RAI ) on Wednesday unveiled plans to cut around 10% of its workforce in a voluntary buyout program.

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company said it would cut around 540 of its 5,400 jobs by the end of 2014. As a result, RAI will incur severance costs of $110 million in the current first quarter.

Reynolds said the moves will eventually save the company around $70 million per year by 2015. A company spokesman commented that "We are pleased that the majority of people leaving the companies will be doing so on a voluntary basis." RAI also noted that some job losses will be offset by new hires in select positions.

Reynolds American shares were unchanged in premarket trading Wednesday.

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Shares of Reynolds American ( RAI ) have a 5.35% dividend yield, based on last night's closing stock price of $41.86. The stock has technical support in the $38 price area. The stock is trading near all-time highs.

Reynolds American, Inc. ( RAI ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

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