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February 14, 2014
16:33 EDTVSI, RATE, ACO, JOSB, GNC, CRAY, VFC, WTW, MTX, MWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a session that saw the Dow lead gains, with the blue-chip index logging a triple-digit advance. With today's gains, each of the indexes logged weekly gains better than 2% as the Dow and S&P continue to move back towards record highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices edged up 0.1% and export prices rose 0.2% in January. Industrial production fell 0.3% in January, versus expectations for it to have grown 0.3%. The preliminary February University of Michigan consumer confidence reading was unchanged from the final January figure at 81.2. In Europe, the eurozone's economy expanded at a 0.3% pace last quarter, versus analysts' consensus for expansion of 0.2%. COMPANY NEWS: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) gained 20c, or 0.36%, to $55.12 announced a deal to buy Everest Holdings, the parent company of the Eddie Bauer brand, for cash and stock worth about $825M. Jos. A. Bank, which is also being pursued by peer Men's Wearhouse (MW), said the deal give it the right to terminate its agreement in the event an unsolicited offer is made that the company determines would "reasonably be expected to create greater value" for shareholders. Jos. A. Bank also said it will buy back 4.6M of its common shares, or 16.4% of its outstanding shares, if the Eddie Bauer deal moves forward. Afterward, Men's Wearhouse said will evaluate its options with regard to Jos. A. Bank, and shares of Men's Wearhouse fell $2.46, or 5.29%, to $44.07 following the news... Global apparel company VF Corp. (VFC) fell $3.04, or 5.08%, to $56.85 after its fourth quarter profit and sales fell short of estimates. The North Face, Timberland and Vans owner also cautioned on its fiscal 2014 results, giving a profit outlook that missed expectations and saying it sees 7%-8% revenue growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AMCOL International (ACO), up $3.92, or 9.485, to $45.27 after Minerals Technologies (MTX) made a proposal to acquire the company for $42 per share in cash. On Wednesday of this week, AMCOL announced a merger agreement with Imerys S.A. worth $41 in cash per share of the company. Mineral Technologies, which said the deal would be immediately accretive to its earnings, saw shares edge up 32c, or 0.60%, to $53.40 for the session. Also higher following better than expected quarterly reports were supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), up $11.69, or 39.01%, to $41.66 and personal finance publisher Bankrate (RATE), up $3.40, or 19.54%, to $20.80. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), down $8.48, or 27.73%, to $22.10 after its fourth quarter profit missed expectations and the company sharply cut its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Also lower was health and wellness retailer GNC Holdings (GNC), down $7.67, or 14.64%, to $44.72 after cutting its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. GNC's vitamin peer Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) fell $2.61, or 5.90%, to $41.64 in sympathy. INDEXES: The Dow was up 126.80, or 0.79%, to 16,154.39; the S&P 500 was up 8.80, or 0.48%, to 1,838.63; the Nasdaq was up 3.35, or 0.08%, to 4,244.02.
News For JOSB;MW;VFC;ACO;MTX;CRAY;RATE;WTW;GNC;VSI From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
07:05 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse names Bruce Thorn as COO
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June 26, 2015
07:14 EDTWTWWeight Watchers price target lowered to $4 from $5 at Credit Suisse
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June 24, 2015
16:18 EDTVFCVF Corp. appoints Steven E. Rendle as COO
VF Corporation has appointed Steven E. Rendle as President & COO and elected him to VFs board.
11:25 EDTMTXMinerals Technologies to host analyst day
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June 22, 2015
07:03 EDTWTWWeight Watchers to prepay portion of initial Tranche B-1 term loans
Weight Watchers commenced an offer to prepay at a discount to par up to $229M of Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans outstanding under, and as defined in, and pursuant to the terms of, the Credit Agreement among the company, the lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and an issuing bank, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as revolving agent, swingline lender and an issuing bank, and the other parties thereto. On June 22, 2015, the company accepted offers with a discount equal to or greater than 9.00% in respect of the Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans. To complete the prepayment of the accepted offers, on June 26, 2015, the company will expend an aggregate amount of cash proceeds totaling approximately $77.2M plus an amount sufficient to pay accrued and unpaid interest on the amount to be prepaid to prepay approximately $84.9M of the Initial Tranche B-1 Term Loans, resulting in approximately $7.6 million in savings on the payment.

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