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December 21, 2012
16:34 EDTSPW, NKE, PNK, GDI, RHT, YUM, HLF, ASCA, RIMMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the day, after news last night out of Washington indicated that House Speaker Boehner's 'Plan B' failed to garner enough support for passage in the House, leaving the fiscal cliff unresolved as lawmakers head home for Christmas. Light volume in the markets saw the averages trade in a narrow range following the morning's selloff... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Reports showed U.S. personal income rose 0.6% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Consumer spending climbed 0.4% in the month, which matched expectations. Durable goods orders rose 0.7% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Excluding transportation items, orders jumped 1.6%, versus the expected decline of 0.2%. The final University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for December was revised down to 72.9 from a prior 74.5 reading. Analysts called for it to rise slightly to 75.0... COMPANY NEWS: After yesterday's close, Research in Motion (RIMM) reported Q3 revenue that beat consensus estimates and quarterly losses that were not as steep as feared, though the company said on its conference call that it plans to introduce a lower enterprise service tier, which multiple Wall Street analysts said may cut into one of its highest margin revenue streams. Shares of RIM opened higher in yesterday's after hours session, but quickly reversed and the weakness continued into today's trading, eventually closing down $3.21, or 22.73%, to $10.91...Yum! Brands (YUM) saw shares down $2.61, or 3.93%, to $63.88, the stock's third straight day of losses following reports that Chinese authorities were testing chicken suspected to have contained an antiviral medicine... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Ameristar Casinos (ASCA), which both rose after Pinnacle agreed to purchase Ameristar for $26.50 per share, or $2.8B. Shares of Pinnacle gained $2.85, or 21.35%, to $16.20 on the news, while Ameristar gained $4.43, or 20.07%, to $26.50. Also higher following earnings reports were Nike (NKE), up $6.10, or 6.16%, to $105.10, and Red Hat (RHT), up $2.38, or 4.52%, to $54.99. Among the noteworthy losers were shares of Herbalife (HLF), down $6.43, or 19.08%, to $27.27 as the company's public fight with Bill Ackman intensifies. Also lower were shares of Gardner Denver (GDI), down $8.14, or 10.78%, to $67.40 after a Reuters report said the company's takeover talks with SPX Corp. (SPW) fell through... INDICES: The Dow was down 120.88, or 0.91%, to 13,190.84; the S&P was down 13.54, or 0.94%, to 1,430.25; the Nasdaq was down 29.38, or 0.96%, to 3,021.01.
News For RIMM;YUM;PNK;ASCA;RHT;NKE;HLF;GDI;SPW From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
11:36 EDTHLFDistrict judges dismisses pyramid scheme suit against Herbalife, Reuters reports
06:39 EDTSPWSPX Corp. narrows FY15 revenue guidance to down 7%-9%
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06:37 EDTSPWSPX Corp. reports Q2 EPS 96c, consensus 77c
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July 28, 2015
14:26 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Herbalife August weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, August is at 77, September is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 78, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 10.
07:25 EDTNKENike price target raised to $128 on trade deal potential at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Edward Plank raised his price target for Nike to $128 to reflect greater likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership becoming law. The elimination of Vietnam import tariffs could benefit Nike's margins by up to 400 basis points over time, Plank tells investors in a research note. The recent granting of fast-track authority to President Obama significantly increases the likelihood of the free trade agreement passing, the analyst writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Nike.
July 27, 2015
06:36 EDTNKENike to pay $2.4M to FuelBand customers, AppleInsider reports
Under terms agreed upon in June, Nike (NKE) will pay $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand product anytime between January 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015 to settle a class action suit leveled against itself and Apple (AAPL) in 2013, AppleInsider reports. Apple was named as a defendant in the suit, but holds no responsibility or liability for attorneys' fees or costs, the report says. The plaintiffs alleged that the Fuelband was unable to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity, the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
17:13 EDTPNKPinnacle Entertainment reports 21.3% stake in Gaming and Leisure Properties
July 22, 2015
06:12 EDTHLFHerbalife requests user information from Twitter, Reuters reports
Herbalife (HLF) has filed a petition seeking information from Twitter (TWTR) to find an anonymous user who posted defamatory tweets against Herbalife, Reuters reports. Herbalife wants Twitter to provide IP addresses as well as account details of the user so that the company can pursue legal action, the report says. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
10:24 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTPNKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTPNKPinnacle Entertainment to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement that Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. will acquire real estate assets will be held on July 21 at 11 am. Webcast Link
07:53 EDTPNKGaming and Leisure to host conference call
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07:14 EDTPNKGaming and Leisure Properties agrees to acquire Pinnacle real estate assets
Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) and Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GLPI will acquire substantially all of Pinnacle's real estate assets in an all-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by both companies' boards, Pinnacle's operating business and the real property of Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment will be spun off into a separately traded public company and the real estate assets held by the remaining company will be acquired by GLPI. Pinnacle shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.85 GLPI common shares per Pinnacle share for PropCo. Pinnacle shareholders will also receive one share of OpCo common stock for each share of Pinnacle they own. The agreed-upon exchange ratio gives PropCo an implied enterprise value of $4.75B, implying 12.6x initial year PropCo adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or 13.2x including transaction-related fees and expenses. Pro forma for the transaction, existing Pinnacle shareholders will own 100% of OpCo and approximately 56M shares in GLPI, representing an approximate 27% equity interest in the larger, post-transaction GLPI. Pinnacle's OpCo will continue to own and operate other assets, including Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, the Heartland Poker Tour, Pinnacle's interest in Retama Park, gaming licenses, gaming equipment as well as approximately 450 acres of developable land, principally in Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, adjacent to real estate GLPI would acquire. After the close of the transaction, which the companies expect will be completed in the first quarter of 2016, Pinnacle will operate the leased gaming facilities under a triple-net 10-year Master Lease agreement with GLPI that will have five subsequent, five-year extension periods at Pinnacle's option. Pinnacle will initially pay GLPI $377M in rent in the first year after close, which will result in a lease coverage ratio of 1.9x adjusted property earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent/lease expense. GLPI anticipates the transaction will deliver low double-digit percentage accretion to its pro forma adjusted funds from operations per share in the first year after close. Under the triple-net lease structure, GLPI will benefit from the continued revenue growth of Pinnacle's operating assets. The combined REIT expects to continue to distribute at least 90% of its annual taxable income as dividends, and the first full year dividend per share is expected to increase by approximately a low double-digit percentage.
07:12 EDTPNKGaming and Leisure Properties agrees to acquire Pinnacle real estate assets
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July 20, 2015
16:40 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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10:13 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:44 EDTPNKRegional Gaming estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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July 17, 2015
10:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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