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February 13, 2014
19:16 EDTWTW, GSK, ARNA, PHMD, LCAV, CRAY, LOGM, CLF, Z, VSI, A, TRLA, GNC, NNAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cliffs Natural (CLF), up 6.4% after reporting better-than-expected earnings and announcing it promoted Gary Halverson, formerly its president and COO, to president and CEO... LogMeln (LOGM), up 16%... Cray (CRAY), up 9.7%. ALSO HIGHER: LCA Vision (LCAV), up 29% after announcing an agreement to be acquired by PhotoMedex (PHMD) for $5.37 per share. Shares of PhotoMedex were little changed following the announcement... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 1.8% after the Daily Mail said GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) could be interested in a deal for the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Weight Watchers (WTW), down 20% after fourth quarter profit missed expectations and the company sharply cut its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook... GNC Holdings (GNC), down 15.7%... Trulia (TRLA), down 15.2%... Agilent (A), down 6%. ALSO LOWER: Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), down 8.5% after its vitamin retailing peer GNC reported disappointing fourth quarter sales and cut its fiscal 2014 outlook... Zillow (Z), down 3% after online real estate peer Trulia's quarterly report disappointed... Navios Maritime Acquisition (NNA), down 8.4% after filing to sell 12M shares of common stock.
News For WTW;GNC;TRLA;A;VSI;Z;CLF;LOGM;CRAY;LCAV;PHMD;ARNA;GSK;NNA From The Last 14 Days
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September 19, 2014
09:16 EDTVSI, GNCGNC Holdings price target raised to $47 from $36 at Sterne Agee
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05:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline to pay GBP 297M fine to Chinese government
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September 18, 2014
17:00 EDTGNCGNC Holdings considering sale after receiving private equity interest, FT says
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16:11 EDTGNCGNC Holdings appoints Daisy Vanderlinde as Chief Human Resource Officer
GNC Holdings (GNC) announced the addition of Daisy Vanderlinde as Chief Human Resource Officer. Vanderlinde comes to GNC most recently from Office Depot, where she was Executive Vice President of Human Resources (ODP).
16:09 EDTGNCGNC Holdings appoints Jeffrey Hennion as Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer
GNC Holdings announced the addition Jeffrey R. Hennion as executive vice president, Chief Marketing and eCommerce Officer. Hennion comes to GNC most recently from Branding Brand, where he served as CFO.
15:48 EDTGNCGNC considering options after receive PE interest, FT says
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15:09 EDTGNC, VSIVitamin Shoppe holders urge exploration of sale to GNC or pe firm, Reuters says
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14:53 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe jumps 4% after report of stakeholder urging sale exploration
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14:53 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe being called on to sell itself by shareholders, Reuters says
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September 17, 2014
18:29 EDTAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:01 EDTAAgilent board approves separation of Keysight, declares special dividend
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16:57 EDTAAgilent creates new group for services, consumables
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16:55 EDTAAgilent announces Mike McMullen to succeed Bill Sullivan as CEO in March 2015
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14:57 EDTGSKProsensa announces commencement of re-dosing of drisapersen
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10:00 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:00 EDTGNCGNC Holdings estimates cut 'well below' consensus at William Blair
William Blair lowered its estimates for GNC Holdings "well below" the current consensus after taking down its 2014 earnings estimate by 5c to $2.65 and 2015 estimate by 10c to $2.90. The firm finds it "tough to identify" any improvement in operating trends during Q3, and feels the departure of four key executives in the last three months suggests "deeper fundamental issues" for the company. William Blair lists large overlap in product assortment with Amazon (AMZN) and buy-one-get-one promotional activity continuing in Q3 as reasons for concern. The firm reiterates an Underperform rating on GNC and notes the stock is up nearly 20% since the Q2 release.
07:43 EDTARNABofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTGSKMorningstar to hold a conference
Management Behind the Moat Conference to be held in Chicago on September 17-18.
07:26 EDTZAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a conference
3rd International Conference on Housing Risk to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 17-18.
07:01 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush upgraded GNC Holdings to Outperform following store checks that indicate stabilizing trends with a reduction in promotional activity. The firm believes GNC Holdings' reduced guidance in July is realistic and that re-franchising company-owned stores will be viewed positively by investors. Price target raised to $46 from $34.
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