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May 16, 2014
09:59 EDTAIZ, WAC, WWE, TMK, VOXX, NSM, MTL, XONE, CLF, XGTIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assurant (AIZ) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... ExOne (XONE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Mechel (MTL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Torchmark (TMK) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... WWE (WWE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... xG Technology (XGTI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Feltl.
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July 21, 2014
08:44 EDTMTLMechel receives Russian Railways Certification for shipping rail batch
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08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
July 18, 2014
10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
July 17, 2014
09:50 EDTCLFEgan-Jones recommends Cliffs Natural investors vote for director nominees
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09:04 EDTMTLMechel reports reorganization to eliminate ferroalloy division
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 16, 2014
10:00 EDTWAC, NSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTWAC, NSMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
07:19 EDTNSM, WACNationstar, Walter Investment downgraded to Underperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded both Nationstar (NSM) and Walter Investment (WAC) to Underperform from Market Perform and reduced its sector weighting for Mortgage Servicers to Underweight from Market Weight after its cash flow analysis pointed to share downside. Wells also highlights the continued regulatory issues for the space. The firm lowered its price target range for Nationstar shares to $25-$27 from $29-$32 and for Walter to $22-$24 from $27-$32. Wells keeps Buy ratings on Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) and PennyMac (PFSI).
06:00 EDTNSMNationstar downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:00 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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July 14, 2014
08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural recommends voting WHITE proxy card
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July 11, 2014
11:50 EDTMTLMechel name a short Research Tactical Idea at Morgan Stanley
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July 10, 2014
16:21 EDTVOXXVOXX International CEO sees Q2 sales 'similar to last year'
Pat Lavelle, VOXX International's President and CEO stated, "Our first quarter results, while lower than last year, came in as expected and our guidance for the year remains unchanged. We had previously communicated that our first quarter would be impacted by weather and a soft retail environment, similar to our fiscal 2014 fourth quarter. Our product margins are however trending upwards and expenses are in line with our planned increase of 4-5%. For the second quarter, we expect to see sales similar to what we posted in last year's second quarter but with higher margins and we have every reason to believe sell-in at retail will be strong as we load-in products for the all-important holiday season."
16:19 EDTVOXXVOXX International reports Q1 EPS 2c, consensus 6c
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15:13 EDTVOXXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include PriceSmart (PSMT), consensus 69c; Barracuda Networks (CUDA), consensus 3c; Zep, Inc. (ZEP), consensus 39c; VOXX (VOXX), consensus 6c; Joe's Jeans (JOEZ), consensus (3c); Ceres (CERE), one estimate (32c).
12:23 EDTCLFCasblanca Capital condemns Cliffs Natural's compensation practices in letter
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, issued a letter to shareholders in connection with Casablanca’s campaign for fundamental change at Cliffs and its nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 29. In the letter, Casablanca details escalating management compensation while shareholder returns have plummeted, the opaque nature of the management bonus and review process, and the ways in which bonus compensation metrics have changed from year to year in an apparent effort by the Cliffs Board to justify management bonuses despite severe underperformance. Casablanca reiterates that, in contrast to the current 0.3% of Cliffs shares that the current Board and management team owns, Casablanca has economically aligned itself with the interests of fellow shareholders, with Casablanca owning 5.2% of Cliffs shares and with Lourenco Goncalves’ personal investment of $1.5M in Cliffs’ shares. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca said, “The Cliffs Board and management team have been pursuing their own personal agendas and enrichment at the expense of shareholders for far too long. It is time for the gravy train to end and for the Board to be held accountable. We are confident that on July 29 Cliffs’ shareholders will vote to support a slate of new directors who will reverse the outrageous value destruction and stop the pattern of excessive compensation and self-dealing at Cliffs.”
11:00 EDTXGTIxG Technology receives USPTO patent
xG Technology receives a USPTO patent for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing symbol diversity combiner for burst interference mitigation.
08:35 EDTMTL, CLFBofA/Merrill steel analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Global Steel Analysts review market conditions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and discuss recent price moves in iron ore, met coal and global steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Covered companies AKS, ATI, CLF, CMC, GGB, MTL, NUE, RS, SCHN, SID, STLD, TX and X may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 14 at 10 am.
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