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December 26, 2012
10:13 EDTHLF, NTRI, MED, WTWMedifast tumbles after acting CFO resigns
Shares of Medifast (MED), which distributes and sells health and diet products, are retreating after the company announced that its acting CFO Edward Powers had resigned, effective no later than January 4. Powers became acting CFO on November 13 and is also the company's principal accounting officer. Medifast competes with Herbalife (HLF), which has come under fire recently from billionaire fund manager Bill Ackman. According to Ackman, Herbalife is operating a pyramid scheme that will eventually collapse. Ackman is shorting Herbalife's stock. Other companies that compete with Medifast are Weight Watchers (WTW) and NutriSystem (NTRI). In early trading, Medifast slumped $3.47, or 11.82%, to $25.89, while Herbalife advanced $1.08, or 4.14%, to $27.14 after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that it has hired a law firm to help it fight back against Ackman.
News For MED;HLF;WTW;NTRI From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
13:44 EDTHLFHerbalife announces expansion plans for North Carolina facility
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06:08 EDTHLFHerbalife implied volatility of 42 at lower end of index mean range
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTNTRIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
09:04 EDTHLFHerbalife says Eric D. Rosen will join company as VP of government relations
Herbalife announced that Eric D. Rosen will join Herbalife’s growing global corporate affairs team as VP of government relations and director of its Washington, D.C. office. Rosen will oversee Herbalife’s D.C. operations and will report to Ric Hobby, who was recently appointed as head of Herbalife’s global government relations reporting to Alan Hoffman, executive VP of the global corporate affairs team. Rosen, who will be based out of Herbalife’s D.C. office, is a Capitol Hill veteran with experience in the Senate, House, and Executive Branch.
08:17 EDTNTRINutrisystem downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington
Barrington downgraded Nutrisystem to Market Perform based on valuation.
June 26, 2015
13:09 EDTHLFPershing Square urges Herbalife CEO to release video referenced by NY Post
Pershing Square Capital released a letter it sent to Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson concerning his "serious admissions about Herbalife and its conduct that were revealed by the New York Post." The letter states in part: "Today the New York Post reported on a 71-minute video in which you appear on a stage, making serious admissions about Herbalife and its conduct...We urge that you release the 71-minute video and any similar materials in your possession or control, and we encourage Herbalife employees, distributors and others with similar materials to come forward...In February 2013, we publicly asked you to provide simple data on how many people arrive and leave at each level of Herbalife’s network over time...You still have not disclosed the facts. In light of your admission that Herbalife is a lottery ticket, basic fairness suggests you should disclose the facts."
08:56 EDTHLFVideo shows Herbalife CEO saw ‘pyramiding’ signs in 2005, NY Post reports
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07:14 EDTWTWWeight Watchers price target lowered to $4 from $5 at Credit Suisse
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June 25, 2015
10:07 EDTHLFHerbalife rises after Pivotal says SEC completes review of filings
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09:47 EDTHLFHerbalife price target raised to $90 from $80 at Pivotal Research
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June 23, 2015
14:38 EDTMEDMedifast reaffirms FY15 EPS guidance of $1.85-$1.95, consensus $1.80
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14:36 EDTMEDMedifast reaffirms Q2 EPS guidance of 47c-50c, consensus 48c
Reaffirms Q2 revenue guidance of $72M-$74M, consensus $73.05M.
June 22, 2015
09:29 EDTNTRINutrisystem management to meet with Barrington
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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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