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January 6, 2014
07:14 EDTDRI, HES, 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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November 18, 2014
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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November 17, 2014
08:47 EDTHESWilliams says Gulfstar One placed into service
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08:44 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with UBS
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08:43 EDTHESChevron confirms first oil production from Tubular Bells in Gulf of Mexico
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08:36 EDTHESHess Corp. announces first production from Tubular Bells Field
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November 16, 2014
19:26 EDTDDDuPont probed on Texas chemical plant accident that left four dead, WSJ says
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November 14, 2014
18:05 EDTHESRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: None. DECREASED STAKES: Mondelez (MDLZ), Manitowoc (MTW), Clean Harbors (CLH), and Hologic (HOLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Ingersoll-Rand (IR), B/E Aerospace (BEAV), Timken (TKR), Hess (HES), and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI).
November 13, 2014
17:00 EDTDDTrian Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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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.
November 12, 2014
07:31 EDTHESBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 11, 2014
10:00 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:55 EDTDRIDarden upgraded at KeyBanc
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06:43 EDTDRIDarden upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
November 10, 2014
15:51 EDTDDMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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13:00 EDTHESHess Corp. increases five-year production growth rate forecast
Hess Corporation will review its growth strategy and provide a detailed update on its portfolio at an Investor Day in Houston. CEO John Hess, COO Greg Hill and other members of the leadership team will outline plans and targets that underpin the company’s strategy and commitment to deliver value to shareholders. The company is increasing its five-year production growth rate forecast to 6%-10% compounded annually from 2013 through 2018 between $90 and $100 Brent. With the success of its 2014 downspacing pilots confirmed, the company is increasing its Bakken net peak production guidance to approximately 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020; adding an additional 1,000 well locations to a total of more than 4,000; and increasing its net estimated ultimate recovery to more than 1.4 BBOE. Utica’s net peak production is forecast to reach approximately 40,000 BOEPD by 2020, with approximately 500 well locations and a net EUR of more than 300 MMBOE. This is the first time the company is providing guidance for this asset. Significant production growth and free cash generation are forecast from Hess’ offshore assets, particularly in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico with the Stampede field sanctioned in October for first oil in 2018 and production startup underway at Tubular Bells.
12:07 EDTDDUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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