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March 18, 2015
08:02 EDTHLFHerbalife wins dismissal of class action 'pyramid scheme' lawsuit
On March 16, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Herbalife its motion to dismiss a class action complaint brought on behalf of shareholders who allege that the company and its executives violated federal securities laws by misrepresenting the "nature, scope and legality" of the company's business and operations. According to the plaintiffs, Herbalife and its executives, including CEO Michael Johnson, misrepresented Herbalife as a legitimate multi-level marketing company when it "is actually an illegal pyramid scheme." The court concluded that the suit's plaintiffs have not adequately pled loss causation, meaning that the court need not consider Herbalife’s alternative arguments, according to a court filing. Shares of Herbalife are up 3% in pre-market trading after the court dismissal was widely reported by Bloomberg last night.
07:13 EDTHLFHerbalife complaint letter signer subpoenaed, Hartford Courant reports
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06:25 EDTNUSCiti calls Nu Skin its 'pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day'
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March 17, 2015
19:42 EDTHLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:27 EDTHLFHerbalife up over 5% following favorable court ruling in 'pyramid scheme' suit
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18:07 EDTHLFHerbalife wins dismissal of 'pyramid scheme' lawsuit, Bloomberg says
10:26 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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March 16, 2015
17:08 EDTNUSNu Skin gets direct selling authorization for additional city in mainland China
Nu Skin Enterprises announced it has received approval from China's Ministry of Commerce for the company to commence direct selling activities in Shaoxing City in Zhejiang Province. Nu Skin is now licensed in 30 cities in 19 provinces and municipalities. The licensing process included a review of the company's operations. According to the Shaoxing City government, the city's population was more than 6M in 2013.
05:50 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; FIG HLF
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March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:00 EDTHLFGlobal Strategy Group says not subject of federal investigation, Forbes reports
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12:33 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operator’s quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
11:32 EDTHLFPershing Square says not aware of making any untrue statements about Herbalife
Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman disclosed a letter to Pershing Square investors in response to yesterday’s article in The Wall Street Journal regarding Herbalife. In the letter, Ackman states: "Since our initial presentation on Herbalife, Herbalife has been petitioning the government to investigate Pershing Square in connection with our short position in the company. We are not aware of any statements that we have made that are untrue, nor are we aware of any unlawful conduct on our part or by any consultants that we have hired...At no time have I or Pershing Square intentionally made any false or misleading statements about Herbalife...We have also voluntarily provided additional information about Herbalife to various U.S. authorities. It is Pershing Square’s long-standing policy to cooperate fully with any requests from any government agency for documents or for interviews."
09:25 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
08:16 EDTHLFAckman says not trading around Herbalife position
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:10 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife CEO has 'disappeared' the last two years
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08:07 EDTHLFAckman reiterates Herbalife is a pyramid scheme
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08:05 EDTHLFAckman says spending on Herbalife investigation less than $50M
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:05 EDTHLFAckman says received no subpoenas over Herbalife
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07:20 EDTHLFAckman says 'puzzled' by Herbalife manipulation story, CNBC reports
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