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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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August 22, 2014
14:28 EDTHLFHerbalife off earlier lows, levels to watch
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13:45 EDTHLFAckman likely pressed bearish options bet on Herbalife, CNBC reports
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square likely pressed his bearish options bet on Herbalife, based on options trading activity, CNBC's Scott Wapner reports.
August 18, 2014
09:54 EDTNUSNu Skin mentioned cautiously by Bronte Capital
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August 13, 2014
14:04 EDTHLFAckman will continue Herbalife short position as needed, Bloomberg reports
Bill Ackman's hedge-fund Pershing Square said most of the Herbalife contracts it holds will expire next year and that it will extend their terms by "paying additional premiums if it is necessary to do so," according to Bloomberg, citing Ackman's quarterly letter to investors. In the letter, Ackman said that the cost of holding a short position in options of Herbalife has dropped "substantially" after the company canceled its dividend, the report noted. Reference Link
11:21 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife may be unable to refinance 2016 credit, Bloomberg reports
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06:39 EDTNUSNu Skin volatility flat as shares near15-month low
Nu Skin August call option implied volatility is at 45, September and December is at 44; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
August 12, 2014
08:39 EDTAVPAvon Products risk/reward has improved, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo sees an improved risk/reward on shares of Avon Products after meeting with the company's CEO Sheri McCoy and CFO Kimberly Ross. Wells believes a bottom may be forming with management pointing to progress and easing comps on both the top and bottom line. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.

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