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October 22, 2013
13:39 EDTAVP, HLF, 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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January 23, 2015
11:53 EDTHLFBill Stiritz has added to Herbalife position, CNBC reports
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10:02 EDTAVPOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:27 EDTAVPAvon 'cheapest' personal-goods target for PE firms, Bloomberg says
Following a dealReporter story yesterday that said Avon Products had held talks with private equity firm TPG Capital, Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column called Avon the "cheapest" personal-goods company that such firms could target and noted that Joshua Strauss of Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management believes a buyout makes sense. Reference Link
06:47 EDTAVPWells Fargo says Avon buyout unlikely, downgrades to neutral
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06:46 EDTAVPAvon Products downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Pandora (P) 67, Herbalife (HLF) 121 according to iVolatility.
05:48 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; AVP FXCM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Avon Products (AVP) 91, FXCM (FXCM) 194 according to iVolatility.
January 22, 2015
16:27 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAVPOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
13:29 EDTAVPAvon Products jumps after report of talks with private equity firm
Shares of Avon Products (AVP) are rising in afternoon trading after dealReporter said the company has been holding talks with private equity firm TPG Capital, citing industry sources. Avon canceled out of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference coming up in February, according to Bloomberg. Conference cancellations often lead investors to speculate whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. TPG declined to comment and Avon did not immediately respond to Bloomberg's request for a comment, the news service added. Avon shares are up 14.4% to $8.65 in afternoon trading following the report.
13:16 EDTAVPAvon Products calls active on discussions with TPG Capital report
Avon Products January weekly 7 and 8 calls are active on total call volume of 9,600 contracts (700 puts) on the company has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says. January weekly call option implied volatlity is at 188, February is at 69; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
13:12 EDTAVPAvon Products up 15% after rumors of discussions with TPG Capital
13:05 EDTAVPAvon Products has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says
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13:03 EDTAVPAvon Products moves up on comments by dealReporter
07:44 EDTHLFHerbalife price target lowered to $50 from $60 at Canaccord
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
12:02 EDTHLFUBS reports 6.4% passive stake in Herbalife
05:56 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
06:09 EDTAVPAvon Products implied volatility of 76 at upper end of index mean range
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06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
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