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July 28, 2014
17:52 EDTUSNA, TUP, NUS, AVP, HLFHerbalife plummets after results fall short of estimates
Shares of multi-level marketing company Herbalife (HLF) are sinking after the company's second quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the bell, Herbalife reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of $1.55 and revenue of $1.3B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.57 and $1.36B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Herbalife forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.49-$1.53, far below consensus of $1.62. Q3 net sales growth was seen at 9%-11%, compared to consensus of $1.36B. Despite the Q2 miss and weak Q3 profit outlook, the company raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $6.17-$6.32 from $6.10-$6.30, versus consensus of $6.30. The company did, however, lower its FY14 net sales growth view to 8.5%-10.5% from 10%-12%, compared to consensus of $5.38B. The company also lowered its FY14 volume point growth view to 6%-8% from 8%-10%. Herbalife noted that, "Forward guidance excludes the impact of expenses (primarily for legal and advisory services) relating to the company’s response to information put into the marketplace by a short seller, which the company believes to be inaccurate and misleading, expenses related to a FTC inquiry, and the impact of non-cash interest costs associated with the company’s convertible notes and the expenses incurred related to the effort to recover costs related to the reaudit that occurred last year." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, Herbalife fell $7.66, or about 11.35%, to $59.82 on heavy trading volume. Excluding the after-hours plunge, the stock is up approximately 15% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the multi- level marketing space include Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS), Usana Health Sciences (USNA), Avon Products (AVP), and Tupperware (TUP).
News For HLF;NUS;USNA;AVP;TUP From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
16:29 EDTAVPAvon Products initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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15:11 EDTAVPAvon China unit pleads guilty to end bribery probe, Bloomberg says
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11:38 EDTHLFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:50 EDTHLFHerbalife salesman calls admits company 'deception' in video, NY Post reports
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10:45 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife 'implosion' a likely 2015 event
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
10:45 EDTHLFAckman says Icahn 'stuck holder' of Herbalife due to board position
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10:44 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife about 7% position in fund
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
10:43 EDTHLFAckman says government 'closer' to intervening in Herbalife
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10:42 EDTHLFAckman says continues to believe Herbalife shares worth zero
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10:42 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife Q4 results will be worse than Q3
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10:41 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife business deteriorating
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10:19 EDTHLFHerbalife January and February volatility elevated, shares near 18-month low
Herbalife December call option implied volatility is at 54, January is at 71, February is at 86; compared to its 26-week average of 61 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
December 16, 2014
06:03 EDTHLFHerbalife insider trading case dismissed by SEC, NY Post reports
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December 12, 2014
08:51 EDTNUSNu Skin sees FY15 EPS $3.80-$4.00, consensus $4.15
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December 11, 2014
09:35 EDTHLFHerbalife says product claims have 'strict rules and guidelines'
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09:34 EDTHLFVideo entitled 'Harmful Promises' posted to Ackman's Herbalife website
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07:49 EDTAVPThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 10, 2014
06:28 EDTNUSCiti 'incrementally more positive' on Nu Skin after China trip
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December 8, 2014
15:49 EDTNUSNu Skin to host investor day
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14:31 EDTNUSNu Skin December volatility elevated into investor day
Nu Skin December weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, December is at 56, January is at 50, March is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into company hosted investor day on December 12.
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