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February 15, 2013
13:11 EDTHLF, NUS Nu Skin advances after Icahn reports stake in Herbalife
Multi-level marketer Nu Skin (NUS) is climbing after Carl Icahn reported last night that he had obtained a 13% stake in Herbalife (HLF), which is also a multi-level marketer. The target of a massive short selling campaign during the last several months by billionaire investor Bill Ackman, Herbalife sells nutritional supplements. Ackman has said that Herbalife is a Ponzi scheme that will ultimately fail. Meanwhile, Icahn stated in an SEC filing yesterday and on CNBC earlier today that Herbalife is undervalued. Icahn also contends Herbalife should examine the possibility of taking the company private. Neither Herbalife nor Nu Skin has been confirmed to be targeted by regulators recently, but the FTC on January 28 sued Kentucky based Fortune Hi-Tech for allegedly operating a pyramid scheme. Fortune Hi-Tech has been placed in receivership. In mid-afternoon trading, Nu Skin rose 1.5% to $42.55, while Herbalife was up 7.5% to $41.14.
News For NUS;HLF From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
09:59 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Comstock Resources (CRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... EV Energy (EVEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... FNFV (FNFV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goldcorp (GG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Group 1 Automotive (GPI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... HSBC cuts Sprint (S) to sell, says competitors may make turnaround difficult... KAR Auction (KAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded on multiple headwinds at RBC Capital... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Vanguard Natural (VNR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg.
09:23 EDTNUSNu Skin price target lowered to $22 from $31 at Stifel
Stifel cut its price target on Nu Skin after the company reported lower than expected EPS. The firm notes that the company's productivity per sales leader declined in all regions except the Americas for the second straight quarter. It says this trend could indicate that demand for the company's products is weakening ,and it keeps a Sell rating on the name.
08:57 EDTNUSNu Skin downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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08:55 EDTNUSNu Skin downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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06:36 EDTNUSOptions expected to be active: AIG WYNN P ATVI Z COLM FEYE NUS GRPN JPM CBS
February 11, 2016
16:30 EDTNUSNu Skin sees Q1 EPS 35c-38c, consensus 73c
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16:29 EDTNUSNu Skin sees FY16 EPS $2.40-$2.60, consensus $3.24
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16:26 EDTNUSNu Skin reports Q4 EPS 62c, consensus 73c
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February 8, 2016
14:41 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active into Pershing Square webcasting video
Herbalife February weekly 42 and March 35 puts are active on total put volume of 4,900 contracts (1,700 calls) into Pershing Square webcasting video about Herbalife on February 9. February weekly put option implied volatility is at 77, February is at 56, March is at 64; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 106. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
14:05 EDTHLFPershing Square to webcast video about Herbalife on February 9
Pershing Square Capital Management announced that it will webcast "The American Dream Denied," a video about Herbalife, tomorrow, February 9, at 11:30 am Eastern time. Pershing stated: "Herbalife has attempted to convince regulators, elected officials, and the public that it has cleaned up its act and made substantial improvements to its business model. But the stories of Herbalife distributors show that millions of people are still being harmed by the company every day. The changes the company has made do not impact Herbalife's pyramidal compensation plan or the predatory practices Herbalife uses to deceive aspiring entrepreneurs. The 'new Herbalife' is no different than the old Herbalife."
February 1, 2016
12:42 EDTHLFHerbalife names John Agwunobi Chief Health and Nutrition Officer
Herbalife announces that John Agwunobi has joined the company as its Chief Health and Nutrition Officer. Most notably, from 2005-2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
09:27 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Alere (ALR), up 45.4% after announcing that Abbott (ABT) will acquire the company for $56 per share... Questar (STR), up 20.2% after announcing that Dominion (D) will acquire the company for $25 per share and assumed debt... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 12.2% after the Phase 2a study of AIR001 met its primary endpoint... Twitter (TWTR), up 5.7% after The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter... Herbalife (HLF), up 2.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that probes into Bill Ackman's "pyramid scheme" accusations against Herbalife, as well as Herbalife's own accusations that Ackman sought to manipulate the company's stock, have both failed to uncover enough evidence to support criminal charges. LOWER: Dominion Resources, down 1.7% after reporting quarterly results and that it will acquire Questar... Abbott, down 4.1% after announcing that it will acquire Alere... GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after Piper Jaffray cut its price target to $7.50.
09:04 EDTHLFHerbalife moves higher in pre-market
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
19:24 EDTHLFHerbalife, Ackman probes fail to find criminal evidence, WSJ says
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