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August 14, 2014
17:46 EDTHOLX, ESL, CLH, FAF, BG, MTW, WFM, GRA, YUM, MHRRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Whole Foods Market (WFM). INCREASED STAKES: Clean Harbors (CLH), Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), Manitowoc (MTW), Esterline Technologies (ESL), and Yum! Brands (YUM). DECREASED STAKES: Bunge (BG), and Hologic (HOLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: W.R. Grace & Co (GRA), and First American Financial (FAF).
News For WFM;CLH;MHR;MTW;ESL;YUM;BG;HOLX;GRA;FAF From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
17:47 EDTWFMWhole Foods shares look cheap, Barron's reports
With its shares down about 50% from all-time highs, Whole Foods looks cheap, Barron's reports. On average over the past five years, the shares have been twice as expensive as the S&P 500 relative to earnings, but now that premium is only about 20%, and the stock could return 20% in a year, Barron's added. Reference Link
07:12 EDTHOLXWilliam Blair names 21 stocks best positioned for volatile markets
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05:53 EDTBGBunge Brasil to acquire Moinho Pacifico, terms not disclosed
Bunge Brasil, wholly owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited, announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Moinho Pacifico, located in Santos, Brazil. The transaction is subject to approval by regulatory authorities. With this acquisition, Bunge keeps the focus on its growth strategy in the supply of wheat flour and premixes for bread making industry. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
August 27, 2015
18:16 EDTYUMLabor Relations Board revises joint employer policy
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August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTWFMS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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12:20 EDTMHREnergy Transfer Equity bids for Magnum Hunter Eureka stake, Bloomberg says
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) is making a bid to acquire Magnum Hunter Resources' (MHR) stake in the Eureka Hunter Pipeline, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The approximately 46% stake may be worth as much as $600M, the report says. Reference Link
12:02 EDTMHREnergy Transfer Equity bids for Magnum Hunter Eureka stake, Bloomberg says
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August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTWFMRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
10:52 EDTWFMWhole Foods calls active
Whole Foods August 33 and 33.5 calls are active on total call volume of 4K contracts (3K puts) on the subject of takeover chatter. August call option implied volatility is at 32, August weekly is at 27, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 43. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:23 EDTYUMOptions with increasing call volume
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10:23 EDTYUMYum! gets a boost from China CEO change, sales commentary
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09:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands leadership change positive, says Bernstein
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08:07 EDTMTWManitowoc management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in New York on August 25 hosted by Jefferies.
August 18, 2015
18:32 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands appoints Micky Pant CEO of China Division
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August 17, 2015
10:55 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:28 EDTGRAW.R. Grace upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added W.R. Grace to the Conviction Buy List to reflect increased confidence a pricing cycle in Catalysts is near and a pricing cycle in Construction remains in its infancy. The firm believes consensus expectations are too low and recent significant customer wins are not fully reflected in 2016 estimates. Shares are Buy rated with a $119 price target on shares.

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