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February 7, 2013
15:16 EDTCFN, HAS, MCHP, RGS, XL, ATVICompanies reporting After the Market Close on Thursday, February 7
Notable companies reporting after the closing bell on Thursday include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), CareFusion (CFN), Hasbro (HAS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Republic Services (RSG), and XL Group (XL).
News For ATVI;CFN;HAS;MCHP;RGS;XL From The Last 14 Days
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September 26, 2014
16:55 EDTHASMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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September 25, 2014
17:45 EDTATVIPatent claims against Activision Blizzard use of lip synchronization dismissed
Activision Blizzard announced that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted against the company by McRO, Inc. d.b.a. Planet Blue. The Court concluded that two patents for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters were invalid, and as a result, the case against Activision Blizzard has been dismissed. The Courtís decision to invalidate the patents follows precedent set by the Supreme Courtís recent ruling in Alice Corp., confirming that abstract ideas are not patentable.
10:28 EDTHASProcter & Gamble, Hasbro face tax probe in Mexico, Reuters says
Mexico's Oscar Molina, who previously said seven multinationals were the focus of a government probe of companies that may have been exploiting loopholes to avoid paying sufficient taxes, has now said he is in advanced discussions with two companies to pay more tax for prior years, and five sources have told Reuters those two are Procter & Gamble (PG) and Hasbro (HAS). Reference Link
08:22 EDTHASMattel loses key Disney license to Hasbro, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital views Hasbro's (HAS) announcement of a deal Disney (DIS) to acquire the global toys rights to produce and sell dolls based on Disney Princess property starting in 2016 as a negative for Mattel (MAT). BMO says Matte currently holds the Disney Princess doll license, and that its expected to generate about $600M in 2014. The firm estimates the license currently contributes $0.30, or 15%, to Mattel's annual earnings. BMO has an Underperform rating on Mattel with a $31 price target.
07:16 EDTHASDiscovery confirms deal with Hasbro to increase stake in Hub jv to 60%
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06:17 EDTMCHPCSR jumps 6% to $50.34 with Microchip deal talks extended
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06:15 EDTMCHPCSR extends deadline for Microchip takeover talks
On August 28, CSR (CSRE) announced that Microchip (MCHP) is required, by not later than September 25, to either announce an intention to make an offer for CSR or announce that it does not intend to make an offer. At the request of the board, CSR said it has consented to an extension of this deadline until October 15 to enable the parties to conclude their ongoing discussions.
September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTHASOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTHASHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:02 EDTHASHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
September 23, 2014
13:19 EDTATVIBlizzard cancels development of Titan, Polygon reports
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September 22, 2014
10:01 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard moves to dismiss 'frivolous' lawsuit by Manuel Noriega
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September 17, 2014
15:03 EDTHASDiscovery near deal with Hasbro for control of 'The Hub' jv, WSJ says
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14:29 EDTHASDiscovery near deal with Hasbro for control of 'The Hub' jv, DJ says
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13:41 EDTATVISell-through suggests 10M unit Destiny estimate may be low, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray said Activision's Destiny sell-through of over $325M in its first five days equates to over 5M units, giving the firm confidence in its year-end estimate for 10M Destiny units sold and making that estimate seem potentially too low. Piper maintains its Overweight rating and $27 price target on Activision.
12:39 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard sell-off on Destiny data overdone, says RW Baird
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11:24 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard weakness a buying opportunity, says Pacific Crest
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11:22 EDTATVIActivision reports Destiny grosses over $325M in first five days
Activision Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, announced that its Destiny franchise sold-through more than $325M worldwide in its first five days, citing Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through information and Activision Blizzard internal estimates. Destiny players logged more than 100M hours of online play by the end of the first week and participated in 137M activities, according to Bungie, the company added.

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