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October 22, 2013
13:39 EDTHLF, AVP, NUSNu Skin hits 52-week high after results, guidance top estimates
Shares of global direct selling company Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) hit a new 52-week high after beating third quarter estimates and raising its full year guidance. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Nu Skin reported Q3 EPS of $1.80 and revenue of $927.6M against analystsí consensus views of $1.41 and $798.2M. The company forecast Q4 EPS of $1.85-$1.90, and revenue of $1.02B-$1.05B. Analystsí consensus estimates were $1.63 and $899.1M, respectively. The company raised it fiscal 2013 guidance for both sales and profit. Nu Skin now expects to generate revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B this fiscal year, which is up from its prior view of $2.91B-$2.95B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, CEO Truman Hunt previewed that on Thursday, at the company's global sales convention, Nu Skin will initiate a new long-term sales goal. The company will challenge its sales force to grow sales to $10B per year by 2020, according to Hunt, which compares to its prior $5 billion a year sales goal. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Nu Skin rose 5.3% to $108.14. Earlier in the session the stock made a fresh 52-week high of $119.46 and the stock is up nearly 200% year to date given today's advance. OTHERS TO WATCH: Others in the direct selling space include Herbalife (HLF), Avon Products (AVP) and Amway.
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September 18, 2014
06:24 EDTAVPCiti defends recent downgrade of Avon Products
Citigroup says that following investor pushback, it is defending its September 8 downgrade of Avon Products to Neutral. The firm says it is comfortable with below consensus estimates given the recent strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to several currencies. Citi adds that it has less confidence in Avon's turnaround following the departure of CFO Ross. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock with a $15 price target.
September 15, 2014
12:14 EDTHLFHerbalife expands partnership with American Youth Soccer Organization
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September 14, 2014
16:17 EDTHLFHerbalife near settlement with former distributors, NY Post says
Herbalife is close to reaching a settlement with five former distributors that allege the nutrition company is a pyramid scheme and has victimized thousands, says the NY Post. Reference Link
September 9, 2014
10:10 EDTAVPOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:14 EDTAVPAvon Products downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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07:42 EDTAVPAvon Products upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
BTIG upgraded Avon to Buy with a $17 price target based on valuation, easy comps, U.S. profitability, and strategic initiatives.
September 8, 2014
17:25 EDTAVPBaker Hughes names Kimberly Ross CFO
Baker Hughes (BHI) announced that Kimberly A. Ross, has been appointed senior vice president and CFO effective October 22. Ross currently serves as executive vice president and CFO of Avon Products (AVP).
17:19 EDTAVPAvon Products announces CFO Kimberly Ross resigns, effective October 2
Avon Products announced that Kimberly Ross, Executive Vice President and CFO, has resigned effective October 2. Ross joined Avon in 2011. Robert Loughran, Vice President and Corporate Controller, will be appointed Avon's acting CFO effective October 2, while the company completes the search process for a permanent CFO.

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