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February 4, 2014
10:22 EDTNUS, HLF, USNANu Skin retreats despite stronger than expected pre-announcement
Shares of multi-level-marketing company Nu Skin (NUS) are falling, even though the company pre-announced stronger than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Nu Skin estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would be $2-$2.02, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.91. The company estimated that its fourth quarter revenue would be $1.08 billion, which is slightly above expectations. Nu Skin stated that it was rescheduling its full earnings release and conference call until later this month, due to the company's ongoing review of its business in China and its desire to provide the most informed guidance possible. Nu Skin launched the review of its China business last month after Chinese regulators began probing the company. The Chinese government began an investigation into allegations, first raised by a Chinese newspaper, that Nu Skin operates an illegal pyramid scheme in the country. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Herbalife (HLF), like Nu Skin, also distributes personal care and nutritional products and operates in China. A Chinese media report last August suggested that Herbalife may be violating Chinese laws against pyramid schemes, The New York Post reported last month, adding that the government had not said that it was investigating Herbalife. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Nu Skin dropped over 3% to $80.02 and Herbalife sank 2.7% to $67.14. A third company in the sector, USANA Health Sciences (USNA), was fractionally lower at $57.51.
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July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:24 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTHLFHerbalife says independent members 'demand opponents stop lies and smears'
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06:52 EDTNUSNu Skin downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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July 17, 2014
13:47 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'confident' will overcome Pershing's 'campaign of misinformation'
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13:47 EDTHLFHerbalife says Pershing Square's campaign 'based on propaganda'
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13:46 EDTHLFHerbalife says 'stands behind quality' of products
Herbalife issued the following statement regarding the strength and integrity of its business: "Herbalife has the utmost trust in the integrity of our business model and that we are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We are cooperating fully with the FTC and welcome the opportunity to clear up misinformation in the marketplace. Herbalife stands behind the quality of our products and our commitment to member satisfaction and consumer protection. Herbalife continues to face an unprecedented and unrelenting attack from Pershing Square to support its $1B bet to manipulate and drive Herbalife's stock price to zero to the detriment of our investors, members, customers and employees. Herbalife is confident that the facts are on its side and that it will overcome Pershing Square's campaign of misinformation about the Company as the truth about Pershing Square's increasingly desperate accusations is revealed. Attacks on Herbalife have been clearly orchestrated by Pershing Square and its agents. Pershing Square's attack on the Company lacks any impartiality or accountability. Pershing Square has no duty to any member of the public and is unhindered by the disclosure obligations imposed upon publicly traded corporations. With Pershing Square's limited accountability, in light of the historical regulatory scrutiny placed on Herbalife, it has made the astonishing claim that it is a "provable certainty" Herbalife is a massive, sprawling fraud that had gone undetected for more than 30 years. Pershing Square is claiming that decades of Herbalife management, and a material number of members had all kept this secret.Pershing Square has admittedly spent more than $20B and 18 months trying to find former Herbalife members from as far back as 2008 that will complain about their experience with the Company. In fact, Pershing Square has even been willing to pay multi-million dollar bounties to anyone willing to generate negative publicity against Herbalife and support Pershing Square's agenda. The reason why Pershing Square has so few relative voices is because, as demonstrated through third party studies, the overwhelming majority of our members have been very satisfied, and we are proud of that track record. In fact, Pershing Square's own well-financed campaign to find dissatisfied customers has actually largely validated our consumer reputation. Ultimately, Pershing Square's campaign is based on propaganda."
11:56 EDTHLFPershing Square to reveal investigation into Herbalife Nutrition Clubs
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05:53 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF ABBV
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 52, AbbVie (ABBV) 30 according to iVolatility.
July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTHLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:44 EDTHLFAckman says he would like Icahn out of Herbalife holdings
17:17 EDTHLFIcahn says bad time to talk about Herbalife, but hasn't sold one share
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11:46 EDTHLFHerbalife August volatility flat into Q2
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10:59 EDTHLFHerbalife August volatility flat on into Q2
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10:17 EDTHLFAckman to detail Herbalife club probe next week, NY Post says
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06:49 EDTNUSNu Skin removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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July 15, 2014
13:38 EDTUSNAUsana MLM operations exposed in China press, Citron says
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13:33 EDTUSNAUsana mentioned cautiously by Citron Resaerch
11:06 EDTUSNAUsana drops after Herb Greenberg discusses possible Chinese scrutiny
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July 10, 2014
14:15 EDTHLFHerbalife p.r. flurry 'smells of desperation,' Seeking Alpha contributor says
Herbalife, in an effort to inform investors that 21 independent members are traveling to Washington D.C. in support of the company, released six nearly identical press releases this morning, as noted by Seeking Alpha contributor "Quoth the Raven." Putting the news out in this way, via six press releases instead of "one, concise release is unprofessional and farcical - it smells of desperation for positive press," according to the author, who disclosed a short position in the stock. Reference Link
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