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December 4, 2012
09:12 EDTDTEGY, MTN, TEVA, BIG, S, PBY, GALE, PCS, ESIO, TOL, DRIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Big Lots (BIG), up 7.3%... Toll Brothers (TOL), up 4.6%... ALSO HIGHER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 15% after signing NeuVax commercialization partnership with Teva (TEVA)... Electro Scientific (ESIO), up 12% after declaring $2/share special dividend... LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 8.7%... Vail Resorts (MTN), down 7.3%... ALSO LOWER: Darden (DRI), down 8.9% after warning on Q2, FY13 EPS... MetroPCS (PCS), down 6.6% after Reuters says Sprint (S) unlikely to counter T-Mobile's (DTEGY) bid.
News For DRI;BIG;TOL;GALE;TEVA;ESIO;PBY;MTN;PCS;S;DTEGY From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
16:43 EDTDRIDarden to clsoe corporate aviation departement, sell planes 'in due course'
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16:43 EDTDRIDarden to restructure Olive Garden, LongHorn field leadership
Darden will eliminate one layer of field operations supervision to provide greater line of sight for restaurant leadership teams. This streamlining is expected to result in improvements in both visibility and accountability as the brand leaders at Olive Garden and LongHorn continue to work on improving the guest experience.
16:41 EDTDRIDarden to eliminate 25 open support positions
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16:40 EDTDRIDarden Chief Human Resources Officer Ng to transition from position
Daisy Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer, will transition out of her role after more than nine years with Darden. Danielle Kirgan, currently SVP, Human Resources, Specialty Restaurant Group and Total Rewards, will assume Ng's position effective January 5, 2015. Ng will assist in the transition and support the work of the board including the work of the Compensation Committee.
16:39 EDTDRIDarden CFO Richmond to retire
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16:37 EDTDRIDarden announces restructuring, strategic actions
Darden Restaurants announced several leadership changes and strategic actions in order to increase the focus on restaurant operations and improve the guest experience. These changes will better position Darden to win the battle for market share across all of its concepts. In addition to improving focus and providing better support for the company's restaurants, the announcement will lead to approximately $20M in annualized cost savings through a reduction in General and Administrative expenses. The company expects savings of approximately $10M this fiscal year which will mitigate anticipated near-term cost increases in dairy, beef and other commodities. Darden Interim CEO Gene Lee stated, "Winning market share, improving same-restaurant-sales and achieving best-in-class profitability are our key operational objectives going forward, so we need to fine-tune our approach to the business to make sure we are laser-focused on these initiatives. The actions announced today are critically important steps in becoming more efficient in how we support the restaurants. This includes limiting the number of distractions that divert our attention from what matters most – continually working to improve the food and service we offer our guests."
16:35 EDTDRIDarden reports restructuring, closes aviation department, CFO retirement
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11:22 EDTTEVATeva patent victory over Warner Chilcott, Roche affirmed
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a district court was correct to grant summary judgment to Teva (TEVA) in a patent dispute with Warner Chilcott and Roche (RHHBY) over patents related to osteoporosis drug risedronate.
10:08 EDTTEVATeva calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Teva November 57 and 58 calls are active on total call volume of 21K contracts (2K puts) following renewed takeover chatter. November call option implied volatility is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:47 EDTTEVARumor: Teva moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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08:00 EDTTEVATeva launches liquid formulation of TREANDA injection in the U.S.
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07:37 EDTGALEStifel to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTGALEGalena completes enrollment in GALE-401 Phase 2 clinical trial
Galena Biopharma announced the completion of enrollment in the GALE-401, or Anagrelide Controlled Release, Phase 2 Clinical Trial. The Phase 2, clinical proof-of-concept study is treating 18 patients with elevated platelet counts in myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs, including Essential Thrombocythemia, or ET, Polycythemia Vera, or PV, and Primary Myelofibrosis, or PMF. The Phase 2 trial is an open-label, single-arm, multicenter study designed to confirm the platelet-lowering activity of GALE-401 in patients with MPNs, to assess safety and tolerability, and to measure plasma concentrations of anagrelide. The platelet lowering ability of GALE-401 will be measured by the proportion of patients that achieve a complete or partial platelet response for at least four weeks during 24 weeks of treatment. With enrollment complete, patients will now be followed for platelet response while they continue study treatment.
06:27 EDTSSprint's Chief Marketing Officer to leave company, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTSSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprint’s leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
November 13, 2014
16:48 EDTPBYGabelli reports17.34% stake in Pep Boys
In light of the upcoming deadline to submit director nominations for consideration at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, GAMCO, on behalf of its investment advisory clients, is considering interviewing potential candidates for nomination. If one or more of these individuals becomes a nominee for election as a director, GAMCO plans to cumulate its votes in favor of the election of such individual or individuals with the shares over which it has voting authority.
16:10 EDTESIOElectro Scientific to acquire Topwin Optoelectronics
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08:35 EDTDRIDarden announces corporate governance reforms
Darden Restaurants is implementing a number of reforms and the board has also recommended changes that would require shareholder approval at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The changes include, but are not limited to: termination of the company's Shareholder Rights Plan – the company has eliminated the Poison Pill by amending the Rights Agreement to expire on November 28, 2014 rather than May 25, 2015; the company has adopted a majority voting standard in uncontested elections; the company has amended its political engagement and disclosure policy to provide additional disclosure of its political contributions and lobbying efforts; the board has resolved to recommend for shareholder approval, at the company's next annual meeting, an amendment to the Charter to provide a 10% voting threshold to call a special meeting; the board has recommended for shareholder approval an amendment to the relevant provisions of the Charter to eliminate the supermajority requirement. The board also adopted a revised peer group for compensation benchmarking, which better matches the company's size and profile. This new peer group will assist the board in further aligning compensation practices with shareholder interests.
07:18 EDTTOLUBS to hold a conference
Building & Building Products Annual CEO Conference is being held in New York on November 13 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 9:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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