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July 28, 2014
17:52 EDTTUP, NUS, AVP, HLF, USNAHerbalife 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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November 25, 2015
12:01 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'obviously pleased' with dismissal of Abdul Awad lawsuit
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10:45 EDTHLFJudge dismisses shareholder suit against Herbalife for third time, Reuters says
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09:44 EDTHLFHerbalife wins third dismissal of suit over business practices, Reuters reports
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November 24, 2015
16:26 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory as events at home and abroad escalated concerns. The downing of a Russian plane by Turkey and a worldwide travel alert by the U.S. State Department gave investors pause when the market opened, though the averages pared their losses as the European averages closed, eventually moving into positive territory in afternoon trading. The market moved in a fairly narrow range once it made it to positive ground, but given the geopolitical events, the bulls will have to consider the day's action a victory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of third quarter GDP growth was boosted to 2.1% from 1.5%, matching estimates. Personal consumption growth was estimated at 3.0% in the second look, versus expectations for an increase of 3.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% month over month in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading for November came in at 90.4, missing the consensus forecast of 99.5. COMPANY NEWS: Carl Icahn revealed last night that he has taken a 7.13% stake in Xerox (XRX) and may seek positions on the board of the company. Research firm Piper Jaffray believes that Icahn's involvement in the company can amplify the company's review and boost the stock, but that was not the case at today, as Xerox shares slipped 1.3% to $10.61 following the disclosure... In other news from a high-profile activist investor, Bill Ackman has put more funds behind his big bet in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), as filings show that Pershing Square raised its stake in the embattled drugmaker to 9.9%. The news didn't do all that much for Valeant shares, however, as the stock was unchanged from where it closed yesterday at $87.41. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunEdison (SUNE), which surged $1.12, or 37.33%, to $4.12 after entering into an agreement to sell TerraForm Global (GLBL) a series of projects located in India for the aggregate equity consideration of $231M, subject to purchase price adjustments. SunEdison utilized a portion of the proceeds from the sale to partially pay down its margin loan, said the company, which JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster called a positive for both SunEdison and TerraForm Power (TERP). Also higher was Avon Products (AVP), which gained 45c, or 15.94%, to $3.31 after Citi analyst Wendy Nicholson upgraded the stock to Buy after visiting the company's operations in Brazil. Among the noteworthy losers was Aduro Biotech (ADRO), which fell $5.18, or 16.07%, to $27.05 after disclosing that a Grade 3 serious adverse event, a single case of investigator assessed listeriosis, has been reported for a patient being treated with CRS-207 and GVAX Pancreas. Also lower were shares of Brocade (BRCD), which sunk 78c, or 7.73%, to $9.31 after the networking equipment supplier's outlook for the first quarter trailed analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: The Dow rose 19.51, or 0.11%, to 17,812.19, the Nasdaq gained 0.33, or 0.01%, to 5,102.81, and the S&P 500 advanced 2.55, or 0.12%, to 2,089.14.
10:00 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Avon Products (AVP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Emerge Energy (EMES) upgraded on amended credit deal at Stifel... Fairmount Santrol (FMSA) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... IAMGOLD (IAG) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded on acquisitions at RBC Capital... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded on valuation at DA Davidson... Resolute Energy (REN) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Capital One... Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Webster Financial (WBS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:24 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baozun (BZUN), up 7.3%... Analog Devices (ADI), up 4.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Boulder Brands (BDBD), up 8.4% after Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that it will acquire the company for $11.00 per share... Sunedison (SUNE), up 18% after the Economic Times reported that the company plans place 400MW of upcoming solar capacity on sale... Avon Products (AVP), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Valeant (VRX), up 2.1% after Pershing Square increases stake in the company to 9.9%... Xerox (XRX), up 2.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 6.2%... Tiffany (TIF), down 2.9%... Brocade Communications (BRCD), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: UniPixel (UNXL), down 44.6% after the company prices a common stock and warrant offering... U.S. Steel (X), down 4% after announcing that it will idle its Granite City Works operations.
06:24 EDTAVPAvon Products upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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November 17, 2015
16:42 EDTHLFJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
15:10 EDTHLFDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHLFHerbalife says not aware of being named in DOJ supplement action, Bloomberg says
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12:35 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Herbalife November 47 and 50 puts are active on total put volume of 9,800 contracts (2,400 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 113, December is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 126. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:28 EDTHLFGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
07:52 EDTTUPMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTHLFSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).

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