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December 19, 2012
16:30 EDTAIR, GM, PLXT, MKL, HLF, ONTY, ALTE, IDTIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower after a session that saw the averages trade on either side of the flat line. News out of Washington continued to dominate the headlines. House Speaker Boehner, speaking in the afternoon, said that it was time for President Obama to "get serious" on the budget, which sent the averages to their lows... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts slid 3.0% in November to a 861,000 start rate, versus the expected 872,000. However, building permits rose 3.6% month over month to a 899,000 rate, versus the expected 875,000... COMPANY NEWS: CNBC's Kate Kelly reported that activist investor Bill Ackman has taken a "major" short position in Herbalife (HLF). The report said that Ackman considers Herbalife a "pyramid scheme" and will disclose his position, taken after several months of research, at an investor event tomorrow. Shares of Herbalife were halted for volatility following the report and finished the day down $2.28, or 5.36%, at $40.22... General Motors (GM) announced plans to buy back 200M shares held by the U.S. Treasury in a first step toward the government's full exit from its holding within the next 12 to 15 months. GM will pay $27.50 a share, or $5.5B total, and expects to close the deal to reduce the government's stake in the company to 19% from 26.5% by the end of this year. GM shares rose $1.69, or 6.63%, to $27.18 after the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AAR Corp. (AIR), up $2.23, or 13.32%, to $18.97 after reporting earnings that beat Street estimates, raising its FY13 EPS view, and seeing its price target raised to $24 from $22 at DA Davidson. Also higher were shares of Alterra Capital (ALTE), up $5.03, or 21.73%, to $28.18 following its deal to be acquired by Markel (MKL) for $31 per share in stock and cash. Shares of Markel lost $49.81, or 10.25%, to close at $436.24. Among other noteworthy losers was Oncothyreon (ONTY), down $2.31, or 51.33%, to $2.19 after its lung cancer drug missed its endpoint in a study. Also lower were shares of PLX Technology (PLXT), down 80c, or 17.78%, to $3.70 after news the FTC would seek to block the company's planned merger with Integrated Device Technology (IDTI). Conversely, shares of Integrated Device rose 16c, or 2.31%, to $7.08... INDICES: The Dow was down 98.99, or 0.74%, to 13,251.97; the Nasdaq was down 10.17, or 0.33%, to 3,044.36; and the S&P 500 was down 10.98, or 0.76%, to 1,435.81.
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March 20, 2015
15:45 EDTHLFHerbalife breaks above top of recent range, levels to watch
Shares have broken out of the top of the recent trading range at $40. This is bullish price behavior. At the current price of $40.79 next resistance is at $42. Support is at $40. It would be bearish for price if the stock resumes trading below the $40 area.
15:38 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility stays elevated on sharp rally
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13:50 EDTHLFPershing Square corrects inaccurate press reports regarding Herbalife
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08:01 EDTGMStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 19, 2015
11:02 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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March 18, 2015
13:49 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'confident in strong fundamentals of business model'
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09:23 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
08:02 EDTHLFHerbalife wins dismissal of class action 'pyramid scheme' lawsuit
On March 16, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted Herbalife its motion to dismiss a class action complaint brought on behalf of shareholders who allege that the company and its executives violated federal securities laws by misrepresenting the "nature, scope and legality" of the company's business and operations. According to the plaintiffs, Herbalife and its executives, including CEO Michael Johnson, misrepresented Herbalife as a legitimate multi-level marketing company when it "is actually an illegal pyramid scheme." The court concluded that the suit's plaintiffs have not adequately pled loss causation, meaning that the court need not consider Herbalife’s alternative arguments, according to a court filing. Shares of Herbalife are up 3% in pre-market trading after the court dismissal was widely reported by Bloomberg last night.
07:13 EDTHLFHerbalife complaint letter signer subpoenaed, Hartford Courant reports
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March 17, 2015
19:42 EDTHLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:27 EDTHLFHerbalife up over 5% following favorable court ruling in 'pyramid scheme' suit
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18:07 EDTHLFHerbalife wins dismissal of 'pyramid scheme' lawsuit, Bloomberg says
14:13 EDTGMMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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10:26 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
06:31 EDTIDTIIntegrated Device surpasses 10M shipment milestone
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06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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