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January 6, 2014
07:14 EDTHES, DRI, DDActivist investors make inroads in M&A, WSJ reports
Aggressive investors were a driving force behind a number of deals at big companies in 2013. According to FactSet SharkWatch, there were 10 instances in 2013 in which a U.S. company agreed to break itself up or sell or exit businesses after an investor pushed it to make such changes, even if the moves didn't always satisfy the activist, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
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October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTHESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
06:50 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:37 EDTHESHess Corp. reinstated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Target $104.
October 21, 2014
15:32 EDTDDU.S. EPA approves DuPont's Formacel 1100
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12:21 EDTDDHoneywell responds to EC statement of objections
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10:27 EDTDDDuPont aims to defend itself 'vigorously' against EC investigation
DuPont (DD) Chemicals & Fluoroproducts president Thierry Vanlancker commented on the European Commission's Statement of Objections. Vanlancker said, "DuPont has complied at all times with applicable laws in its development and commercialization of HFO-1234yf, and we plan to defend vigorously against the commission's allegations and preliminary conclusions. This is one step in a long process, and while it may take years to be resolved, we are confident that the Commission will ultimately conclude that actions taken by DuPont complied with applicable laws. We will fight this every step of the way, as it has no basis in law or fact. We are disappointed in the European Commission and in the process leading up to this point. DuPont and Honeywell (HON)developed HFO-1234yf jointly in response to the European Union's Mobile Air Conditioning Directive. This regulation requires automakers to use a refrigerant with very low global warming potential for vehicle air-conditioning systems. The regulatory timeframe was short considering the significant challenges of developing and commercializing a refrigerant that meets all the automotive industry's needs. This short timeframe was a primary reason for DuPont and Honeywell working jointly to develop HFO-1234yf. Regardless of the Statement, the EU MAC Directive remains in full force today, with all new vehicles required to use a refrigerant with a GWP of under 150 by January 2017."
10:00 EDTHESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTDDSunCoke Energy names Fay West as SVP, CFO
SunCoke Energy (SXC) and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (SXCP) announced that Fay West has been promoted to SVP and CFO of both companies, reporting directly to Fritz Henderson, SunCokeís Chairman and CEO. Fay was previously Vice President and Controller. This appointment is effective October 27. Mark E. Newman, SVP and CFO, has accepted the position of SVP and CFO of DuPontís (DD) new Performance Chemicals Company.
08:29 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter
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October 16, 2014
14:13 EDTDDU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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09:45 EDTDRIDarden expands board to 13, adds William Simon
Darden Restaurants (DRI) announced that William Simon has been appointed to the company's board, effective immediately. As a result of this action, the board also voted to expand the number of seats on the Board to 13. Simon, most recently the CEO of Walmart U.S. (WMT) and a former senior executive at Brinker (EAT), previously served on Darden's board for two years but did not stand for re-election. Darden said its board "will continue to evaluate additional qualified candidates and may, or may not, make an additional appointment to the Board in the future."
October 15, 2014
07:44 EDTHESHess volatility at five-year highs as oil trends below $81
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October 14, 2014
10:41 EDTDRIDarden trading higher after Gene Lee named interim CEO
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09:05 EDTDRIDarden appoints Jeffrey Smith independent non-executive chairman of the board
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October 13, 2014
13:22 EDTDRINorwegian Cruise Line names Drew Madsen as COO
Norwegian Cruise (NCLH) announced that hospitality veteran Drew Madsen has joined as president and COO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Madsen brings a strong track record of success to Norwegian with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and consumer products industry, most recently as president and COO at Darden Restaurants (DRI) the world's largest full-service restaurant company.
10:08 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.

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