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May 29, 2014
17:27 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says ' stands ready to engage with Casablanca'
Cliffs Natural Resources issued the following statement in response to Casablanca Capital's press release earlier. The response said in part: "Cliffs' Board of Directors and management team are executing a plan to improve the company's financial and operating performance... Despite Casablanca's ownership of only approximately 5% of Cliffs' outstanding shares, we believe that they are continuing their effort to seek full control of the Board without providing a credible and clear path to increase long-term shareholder value or paying a control premium. With regard to Casablanca's "Proxy Put" accusation, in no way is Cliffs threatening its shareholders. On the contrary, it is Casablanca's actions that have put shareholders' interests at risk. The change of control provision within the senior note indenture that is in question has been publicly disclosed since Cliffs first issued public debt in March of 2010 and is standard for most companies with publicly issued debt..The Board will consider whether Casablanca's nominees should be approved for purposes of its senior notes indenture in due course should Casablanca continue to seek control of Cliffs' Board. Cliffs believes that its continued focus on reducing costs and capital spending in the current volatile pricing environment is in shareholders' best interests. Importantly, Casablanca is attempting to take credit for these actions that began last year, prior to Casablanca publicly disclosing its interest in Cliffs. In reality, many of Casablanca's proposals are either flawed, or have already been considered by Cliffs...Unfortunately, Casablanca seems intent on pursuing a costly and time consuming proxy contest, despite Cliffs' efforts to reach a settlement. To set the record straight, contrary to Casablanca's accusations, Cliffs has never reached an agreement in principle with Casablanca... Cliffs will continue to pursue a resolution, avoiding a costly and distracting proxy contest, to the benefit of all shareholders and stands ready to engage with Casablanca."
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July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTCLFCliffs Natural upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Cliffs Natural based on a better earnings outlook and a potential positive resolution either way to the proxy battle. Price target raised to $17 from $10.
July 24, 2014
10:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural backs FY CapEx view $275M-$325M
Says recommendations of proxy firms "clear and unanimous" that Casablanca nominees "should not constitute majority of Cliffs board." Says now is not the time to liquidate assets. Lowering FY CapEx spending about 65% from 2013 levels. Says will continue reviewing opportunities to further reduce CapEx spending without compromising production or safety. Says coal market conditions remain challenging. Says idling Pinnacle Mine "increasingly likely" given current market conditions. Sees cash tax rate 24% for FY. Sees cost cutting, asset optimization plans continuing. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural notes revied Glass Lewis recommendation
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08:24 EDTCLFCasablance urges Cliffs investors to disregard Glass Lewis's recommendation
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTCLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
16:44 EDTCLFCliffs Natural lowers U.S. iron ore production view to low end of prior outlook
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16:39 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS (1c), consensus (6c)
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July 21, 2014
14:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural July weekly volatility increases into Q2
Cleveland Cliffs July weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, August is at 58, September is at 57, January is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
12:11 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; PBR CLF
Petrobras (PBR) October 20 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 44, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 48 according to IVolatility
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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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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