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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
News For HES;DRI;DD From The Last 14 Days
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November 26, 2014
06:00 EDTHESStocks with implied volatility movement; HES SD
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November 25, 2014
12:06 EDTDRIFDA finalizes menu calorie labeling rules
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06:51 EDTDRIFDA to force calorie restaurants, theaters to show calorie totals, NY Times says
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November 24, 2014
10:00 EDTHESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Berry Plastics (BERY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Huaneng Power (HNP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PT Indosat (IIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Silvercorp Metals (SVM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Toro Company (TTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein.
06:47 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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November 19, 2014
08:40 EDTDRIDarden results poised to improve, says Sterne Agee
Following recent management changes and cost cuts by Darden, Sterne Agee thinks the company's financial performance is poised to improve. The firm believes the stock has many potential catalysts, and it raised its price target on the name to $64 from $55 while keeping a Buy rating.
November 18, 2014
16:46 EDTDRIDarden up 2% following restructuring announcement
16:45 EDTDRIDarden to incur one-time charges in 2Q15
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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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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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