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News For MHP;APO;WMT;TGT;M;FB;YHOO;ANAD;HOGS;ARO;DWA From The Last 14 Days
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September 29, 2014
08:49 EDTYHOOCorrection: Yahoo price target raised to $45 at B. Riley not Craig-Hallum
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08:31 EDTYHOOMellanox selected by Yahoo Japan
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08:01 EDTMMacy's to hire 86,000 seasonal associates in 2014
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07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
As previously reported, Needham upgraded Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold with a $48 price target. The firm believes shareholders who wanted to own Alibaba (BABA) are likely gone and that the Starboard stake announcement will aid capital allocation of balance sheet cash and urgency to the turnaround.
07:20 EDTYHOOAOL CEO say no comment on Yahoo speculation
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07:19 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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06:55 EDTDWAReport: Slim chance Softbank acquires DreamWorks, Variety says
The likelihood of a deal where Softbank (SFTBF) acquires DreamWorks Animation (DWA) is "slim", reports Variety, citing an unnamed Softbank source in Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news Saturday, but the source said, Its true that we are in contact, but the likelihood of [the deal] actually happening is slim. Reference Link
06:51 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation volatility low into Softbank in talks to acquire report
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook to challenge Google with ad platform, NY Times says
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06:24 EDTFBChina censors coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations, NY Times says
China prevented websites from mentioning pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, according to The New York Times. Access to Facebook's (FB) Instagram was blocked amid the censorship. Weibo (WB) is a microblog seen as China's version of Twitter (TWTR). Reference Link
September 28, 2014
14:39 EDTDWASoftbank in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation, Hollywood Reporter says
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September 26, 2014
17:18 EDTYHOOYahoo acknowledges receipt of letter from Starboard Value
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16:55 EDTYHOOMarket ends week lower after inversion crackdown, mixed data
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16:15 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, regaining much of their losses from yesterday, after GDP data showed the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in more than 2 years during the second quarter. Also helping improve sentiment was the significant earnings beat from Dow member Nike (NKE). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., second quarter real GDP growth was revised up to 4.6% in the government's third estimate. This was raised from the prior 4.2% growth estimate, though the upward revision had been expected by analysts. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September came in at 84.6, which was unchanged from the preliminary print but up from the final August reading of 82.5. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike climbed $9.75, or 12.23%, to $89.50 after the company reported stronger than expected results and provided better than expected profit guidance. Following last night's report, a number of analysts reacted positively in notes this morning, including Janney Capital, which upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral. Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank upgraded Under Armour (UA) to Buy, citing continued sector strength evidenced in Nike's results. Under Armour gained $2.27, or 3.36%, to $69.82 following the report from the industry leader and Deutsche's ratings action. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Janus Capital (JNS), which surged $4.60, or 41.43%, to $15.72 after the company unexpectedly announced that "Bond King" Bill Gross, formerly of PIMCO, will join as a fund manager this Monday. Afterward, Citigroup upgraded Janus to Neutral from Sell, citing Gross' hiring. Also higher was Yahoo (YHOO), which jumped $1.71, or 4.39%, to $40.66 after activist investor Starboard Value announced it has acquired a significant ownership stake in the company and urged it to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL). Shares of AOL also rose $1.58, or 3.68%, to $44.55 following Starboard's public disclosure of its recommendation to Yahoo. Among the noteworthy losers was Finish Line (FINL), which was left out of the Nike-fueled rally in the sneaker sector and fell $4.30, or 14.62%, to $25.11 after the company reported second quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations. Following Finish Line's Q2 report, the stock and peer Foot Locker (FL) were both downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of AcelRx (ACRX), which fell $1.31, or 19.49%, to $5.41 and was downgraded to Neutral at Roth Capital after the company said it has to resubmit for FDA approval of its Zalviso drug. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 167.35, or 0.99%, to 17,113.15, the Nasdaq gained 45.45, or 1.02%, to 4,512.19, and the S&P 500 rose 16.86, or 0.86%, to 1,982.85.
15:46 EDTYHOOOptions expected to be active next week
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13:56 EDTYHOOYahoo aims to shut down Qwiki app on November 1
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12:49 EDTYHOOAOL climbs after activist says Yahoo should pursue merger
Shares of AOL (AOL) are rising after activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo (YHOO) to consider a takeover of the company. WHAT'S NEW: Starboard said in a press release that Yahoo should "explore a strategic combination" with AOL. Merging with AOL could improve Yahoo's competitive position and deliver cost synergies of up to $1B, stated Starboard, which said that it had obtained a "significant stake" in Yahoo. Combining with AOL could also help Yahoo reduce the taxes it would owe after monetizing its stakes in Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan, Starboard stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other steps that Yahoo should take include reducing its costs, curtailing its "aggressive acquisition strategy," and unlocking the value from its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, the activist investor added. If all the steps recommended by Starboard are carried out, "tremendous value" for Yahoo shareholders will be unlocked, the hedge fund stated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, AOL rose 3.5% to $44.50, while Yahoo gained 3% to $40.
12:31 EDTYHOOReuters corrects tweet on Yahoo to attribute to Starboard, not company
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12:25 EDTYHOOStarboard: Yahoo core business expected to trade at low end of industry multiple
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12:22 EDTYHOOAOL calls active, activist believes combination with Yahoo could offer synergies
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