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May 30, 2014
06:06 EDTDTV, HSHStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AZN HSH
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AstraZeneca (AZN) 26, Hillshire Brands (HSN) 29.
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August 26, 2014
13:03 EDTHSHTyson Foods, Hillshire Brands announce extension of tender offer
Tyson Foods (TSN) and The Hillshire Brands Company (HSH) announced that Tyson has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands for $63.00 per share in cash, without interest, subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated July 16. Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated July 1, by and among Tyson, HMB Holdings and Hillshire Brands, the Offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Tuesday, August 26, has been extended until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Wednesday, August 27, unless it is extended further under the circumstances set forth in the Merger Agreement. All terms and conditions of the Offer shall remain unchanged during the extended period.
August 25, 2014
14:46 EDTDTVDirecTV, NFL have outline for Sunday Ticket deal, SBJ says
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11:48 EDTDTVAT&T, DirecTV agree to deal with DOJ paving way for merger, NY Post says
AT&T (T) has agreed with the Justice Department on terms paving the way for it to acquire DirecTV (DTV), though it could not be learned what, if any, conditions the department has placed on the merger, according to The New York Post, citing a source close to the process. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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August 18, 2014
09:16 EDTDTVDreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTDTV, HSHPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:54 EDTDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTDTVJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
10:03 EDTHSHPinnacle Foods says Hillshire Brands failed deal caused 'six weeks' distraction
Pinnacle Foods (PF) says it has not lost any key executives following the "six weeks of distraction" caused by its aborted merger with Hillshire Brand (HSH). The company said it lost six weeks to investigate other M&A during that time, but that Pinnacle plans to be a consolidator and is back and active on exploring M&A opportunities. Comments from Pinnacle Foods' Q2 earnings conference call.
07:32 EDTHSHHillshire Brands not providing public targets for FY15
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07:31 EDTHSHHillshire Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $994.1M. As previously announced, on July 1, Hillshire Brands entered into a definitive agreement with Tyson Foods (TSN) under which Tyson will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands for $63 per share. On August 12, 2014, each of Tyson and Hillshire Brands received a request for additional information, each often referred to as a “second request,” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in connection with the proposed acquisition. Each second request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The second requests relate only to a very small portion of the combined Tyson/Hillshire Brands business, and the parties are working expeditiously to resolve this matter with the Antitrust Division. Tyson and Hillshire Brands continue to expect that the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by September 27.

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