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GNC Holdings Inc GNC Stock News

GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC)

GNC Holdings is having a pretty good start to the trading session today as takeover rumors start to fly. As soon as the rumor started, the stock jumped, prompting our partners at Trade Ideas to alert us of the movement. At the moment (10:02), GNC is trading at $7.06 per share after a gain of $0.07 or 1% thus far today.





GNC Takeover Rumor

As mentioned above, GNC is having a strong time in the market, at least at the moment, thanks to rumors that the company will be taken over. The rumor suggest that JD.com is currently in the process of raising funds in order to make a bid for the company.

It’s important to keep in mind that at the moment, there is no confirmation surrounding the rumors. Not to mention that the source of the rumor is social media and impossible to track to the beginning.




What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to watch GNC closely to see if there is any validity to the rumors. However, we do not expect that this acquisition is going to happen. First and foremost, the two companies don’t sync well at all. That, on top of the fact that JD.com would have to raise funds in order to even make a bid simply doesn’t make sense. Sure, it was good for a nice quick pop in the stock, but don’t get your hopes up.

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Ford Motor Company F Stock News

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)

Ford was already having a rough time in the pre-market. However, minutes ago, our partners at Trade Ideas informed us that the stock was taking a bit of a dive. As soon as they did, we started digging to see why, and learned that the company has made the decision to slash guidance for Q1 earnings per share. At the moment (9:15), $F is trading at $11.48 per share after a loss of $0.29 per share (2.46%) thus far today.





$F Slashes Q1 EPS Guidance

As mentioned above, Ford Motor Company is taking a bit of a dive in the pre-market at the moment, and for good reason. The company announced that it has made the decision to cut guidance for the first quarter down quite a bit. In fact, $F has slashed guidance down to between $0.30 per share and $0.35 per share for first quarter earnings. Not only is this quite a bit lower than previous guidance, it is way off when we look at analyst estimates at $0.45 per share.




What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be watching $F incredibly closely. In particular, we’re interested in hearing why the company cut guidance, as this is still a breaking story and not many details are being offered. We’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring the news as it breaks!

Update 12:01: We’re starting to see some big activity here. 18 million shares just traded at $11.77.

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Polaris Industries Inc. PII Stock News

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII)

Polaris Industries is having a rough day in the market today. At the opening bell, the stock was trading slightly in the green, but that didn’t last very long. Unfortunately, as soon as the session started the stock started to dive for the red. Throughout the day, it has been pushing further and further into the abyss. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from PII, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From PII

As mentioned above, Polaris Industries isn’t having the best of days in today’s trading session. While the stock did start the day in the green, the positive movement didn’t last long. As soon as the bell rang, the stock started to fall, quickly making it to the red and beyond. Currently (11:36), PII is trading at $85.56 per share after a loss of $3.04 per share or 3.43% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Falling

As is nearly always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the declines on PII. As soon as we received the alert, the CNA Finance team started digging. While we haven’t found much by way of details, we do believe that we know the reason for the fall. It seems that a recall is to blame.




At the moment, we are researching to see just what product was recalled. However, in our news feeds, we are seeing a breaking story (which may be a rumor) coming down the wire that a recall is taking place. Of course, we will be watching to see what the product is and the details surrounding the recall. So, make sure to stay tuned for the continuing breaking news.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on PII. In particular, we’re interested in learning more about the potential recall that is coming down the wire. We’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring you any updates as they break!

Update 11:49: It looks like the rumors are invalid. If PII did indeed recall a product, it would be listed on their recall page. Click here, and you will see that the most recent recall was issued on March 2nd. While one may be coming, we don’t believe the rumor to be true.

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This Morning On CNA Finance PTIE GEL ATNM AST HTBX GNC Stock News

This morning has been a pretty active one in the market with movement in both directions. Here’s a brief overview of great opportunities that the CNA Finance team has found in the market so far this morning…





Stocks Headed Up – GNC, HTBX, AST, ATNM, PTIE

  • GNC Holdings (GNC) Stock: This morning, a rumor broke that GNC would be taken over by a Chinese suitor. There are no details with regard to who that suitor may be or at what price the takeover might happen. Read the full story here.
  • Heat Biologics (HTBX) Stock: This morning, Heat Biologics released positive clinical data that sent the stock soaring. Read the full story here.
  • Asterias Biotherapeutics (AST) Stock: Asterias Biotherapeutics also released incredibly positive clinical data from an ongoing clinical trial. As a result, the stock has been headed up. Read the full story here.
  • Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM) Stock: Actinium Pharmaceuticals has been headed upward this morning after a releasing a PR announcing that it has a clear pathway toward EU regulatory approval. Read the full story here.
  • Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) Stock: Finally, Pain Therapeutics announced positive regulatory guidance this morning, causing a frenzy among investors and sending the stock upward. Read the full story here.




Stocks Headed Down – GEL

  • Genesis Energy (GEL) Stock: So far this morning, we have only covered one falling stock. That stock is Genesis Energy. Unfortunately the stock is falling as the result of a secondary offering. Read the full story here.

Stay Tuned!

CNA Finance is following all of these stories incredibly closely and will be providing updates as they break. Don’t miss the news! Stay tuned!

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GNC Holdings Inc GNC Stock News

GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE: GNC)

GNC Holdings is having an interesting start to the trading session today. After starting the day slightly in the green, the stock began a steady slide and eventually made its way to the red. However, the stock started to skyrocket minutes ago as a rumor began to break. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from GNC, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From GNC

As mentioned above, GNC Holdings is having an interesting start in the market today, to say the least. At the opening bell, the stock was already trading slightly in the green. However, that didn’t last long, as the stock went on a freefall into the red early on. Nonetheless, things changed in a big way minutes ago as the stock started to spike. At the moment (9:56), GNC is trading at $7.48 per share after a gain of $0.27 per share (3.74%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Heading Upward

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the gains on GNC. As soon as we received the alert, the CNA Finance team went to work to see why the stock was headed upward. While the company hasn’t released any fundamental news that would lead to such gains, we did find a rumor that we believe to be the cause of the gains.




At the moment, there’s a rumor circling on social media. The rumor is that GNC Holdings is going to be taken over. However, the rumor is overwhelmingly vague. There is no suggestion of what the price might be, nor who the buyer might be. As a result, we’re expecting that this one lacks validity. So, don’t get your hopes up!

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on GNC. In particular, we’re interested in learning whether or not there is any validity to the takeover rumors. Of course, if a takeover does happen, it would likely return strong value to shareholders. However, as mentioned above, don’t get your hopes up on this one. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring you any updates as they break!

Update 10:09: The rumor is evolving. At the moment, it is believed that the potential suitor will be a Chinese company.

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Coach Inc COH Stock News

Coach Inc (NYSE: COH)

Coach is having a pretty good day in the market today. After starting the day slightly in the green, the stock quickly started to head upward before correcting a bit. From there, the stock traded relatively flat, but was holding onto some gains. That is, until minutes ago when we saw a volume spike send the stock a few notches higher. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from the stock, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to COH ahead.




What We’re Seeing From COH

The day is going pretty well for Coach in the market today. As mentioned above, the stock started the day on a strong note, trading slightly in the green. From there, we saw movement in both directions, but the stock hasn’t even dipped a toe into the red quite yet. Then, minutes ago, it started to spike upward. Currently (1:40), COH is trading at $39.66 per share after a gain of $0.69 per share or 1.77% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Headed Upward

As is nearly always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us of the upward movement on COH. As soon as we received the alert, the CNA Finance team started digging to see why the stock was making a run for the top. It didn’t take long to dig up the story. Ultimately, the gains are the result of a rumor that has been circling for some time.




That’s right, we’re talking buyout rumors again. Generally, when we see rumors like this, we dig in to try and find some details to either confirm or debunk the possibility of a takeover. In this case, that’s not needed. The truth is that once a month at least, for some time now, we’ve seen the same rumor surrounding Coach. The rumor always proves to be invalid. So, we’re predicting that this one is as well.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on COH. In particular, we’ll be watching to see if there proves to be any validity to these rumors. While we don’t believe that to be the case, the stock could be a classic depiction of the boy who cried wolf. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story and bring you the updates as they break!

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Nike Inc NKE Stock News

Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE)

Nike is having an interesting day in the market today to say the least. At the opening bell, the stock was trading well into the green. However, shortly after the bell, the stock started to slide. Then, minutes ago, the stock spiked downward into the red. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from NKE, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From NKE

As mentioned above, Nike isn’t having the best of days in the market today by any means. While the stock did start the day off well into the green, shortly after the bell, it started to slide in a big way. Then, minutes ago, it spiked down into the red. At the moment (10:49), NKE is trading at $57.14 per share after a loss of $0.13 per share or 0.24% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Falling

We’re going to dig into the details here, but before we do, we’d like to extend a big thank you to Trade Ideas for being the first to bring the spike to our attention. When the CNA Finance team received the alert, we started digging to see why the stock was falling. It didn’t take long to dig up the story. Ultimately, the declines are the result of a rumor.




The rumor surrounding Nike is all over social media at the moment. The rumor is that the company’s offices in China are currently being inspected by Chinese Officials. Who those officials might be and what they’re looking for is not included in the rumor, nor has the rumor been confirmed. Nonetheless, it is leading to concerns among investors.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on NKE. In particular, we’ll be watching for any news surrounding the rumor that Chinese officials are investigating the company’s offices. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to follow the story closely and bring you the news as it breaks!

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MYOS Corporation common stock MYOS Stock News

MYOS Corporation common stock (NASDAQ: MYOS)

MYOS Corporation is having an interesting start to the day to say the least. After starting the day off on relatively strong gains, the stock quickly fell near the break even point, where it has remained flat throughout most of the first hour. That is, until the stock started to spike for the top just minutes ago. Below, we’ll discuss what we’re seeing from MYOS, why the stock is making a run for the top, and what the CNA Finance team will be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From MYOS

As mentioned above, MYOS Corporation is having an incredibly interesting start to today’s trading session. When the opening bell rang, the stock was already trading on impressive gains. However, that didn’t last long as it quickly fell near the break-even point. Nonetheless, minutes ago, the stock started to spike for the top again, far exceeding highs that it had seen early on. At the moment (10:23), MYOS is trading at $3.37 per share after a gain of $0.25 per share or 8.01% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Running Up

Before we get into the details, let’s give credit where credit is due. Our friends at Trade Ideas were the first to bring the alert to us that MYOS was making a run for the top. As soon as we were notified of the gains, the CNA Finance team started working to see why the stock was making a run for the top. It didn’t take long to dig up the story. The gains seem to be associated with a new product line launch.




Early this morning MYOS Corporation announced the launch of its new Qurr product line. The line is available for purchase and subscription orders at Qurr.com, the company’s e-commerce website and educational portal. The products are available in various flavors for powdered puddings and shakes and they contain the company’s proprietary ingredient known as Fortetropin(R). Fortetropin is clinical shown to reduce serum myostatin levels and increase lean muscle size and mass. In a statement, Joseph Mannello, CEO at MYOS had the following to offer…

Muscle is critical to our overall well-being and we are thrilled to offer products developed to build healthy muscles which provide a foundation for full-body health and overall healthy living… Consumers simply take one packet a day in conjunction with resistance training, and within three months can see increases in lean muscle mass.”

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on MYOS. In particular, we’re interested in watching how the new product launch goes. Nonetheless, we’ll continue to watch the story closely and bring you the news as it breaks!

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Hershey Co HSY Stock News

Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY)

Hershey is having a rough day in the market today. At the opening bell, the stock was already trading in the red. From there, we saw a continuation of downward movement throughout most of the morning. However, that all changed minutes ago as the stock started to spike upward. While it is still in the red, things are looking more promising. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from HSY, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From HSY

As mentioned above, Hershey is having an interesting day in the market today. At the opening bell, the stock was trading slightly red before falling further throughout most of the morning. However, minutes ago, the direction of the movement changed as the stock started to find its way upward. While it is still trading red, the stock is looking more and more promising with every tick of the clock. At the moment (11:16), HSY is trading at $107.97 per share after a loss of $0.18 per share or 0.17% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Headed Upward

As is almost always the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the upward movement on HSY. As soon as we received the alert, the CNA Finance team started digging to see why the stock was making a run for the top. While we were unable to find any fundamental news that would lead to such a reaction, we were able to find a rumor that we believe is the cause of the movement.




At the moment, if you look to your favorite social network and search for Hershey news, you’ll likely see the rumor yourself. The rumor suggests that the company will soon be taken over. However, given the fact that the source of the rumor isn’t open and obvious, combined with other factors like, price not being offered, potential buyer not being offered, and more, we have come to the conclusion that there is likely no validity to this one. So, don’t get your hopes up.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will continue to keep a close eye on HSY. In particular, we’ll be following the rumors of a potential acquisition. While we wouldn’t get our hopes up, anything can happen in the market. Nonetheless, we’ll be watching the news closely and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Naked Brands Group NAKD Stock News

Naked Brand Group (NAKD) dressed sharply higher on Tuesday, closing up 19% on the day to $2.53 a share on volume that exceeded over 25X its average trading volume.

At the market open on Tuesday, NAKD put out a press release highlighting that they will be presenting at the upcoming 29th Annual Roth conference, with NAKD scheduled to present on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:30pm PDT. With no specific news as of yet to justify the spontaneous and robust interest, it may be safe to bet that investors are feeling optimistic that the previously announced merger between NAKD and Bendon may finally be ready to close, in line with previously announced guidance.





Sharp Move Higher

CNA Finance recently featured the NAKD/Bendon deal, highlighting the benefits from the planned merger, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. The deal will bring a host of opportunity to NAKD, which will have enormous resources available to them from Bendon’s long established efficiencies, inclusive of Bendon’s distribution and operations platform.

Once the merger becomes official, Bendon’s global distribution and operations platform may turn out to be a boon for NAKD. As was recently reported, in January of 2017, NAKD entered into a Letter of Intent with Bendon Limited for a proposed merger of the two companies. Assuming the Merger Agreement is ratified by both boards, the parties expect to seek approval from NAKD shareholders during the first quarter of 2017, subject to SEC review.




Obviously, a merger with Bendon opens the door to tremendous growth and market opportunity for NAKD shareholders. However, shareholders should consider the opportunities a bonus, the real value is that NAKD shareholders will get a piece of Bendon, a 70 year old, well established company that can deliver long term, sustainable shareholder value.

What NAKD Shareholders Want

Without specific news published, speculation suggests that investors are quite confident that the deal will soon be consummated. For NAKD shareholders, they will get an interest in Bendon, an iconic worldwide brand that has delivered consistent and impressive performance over its 70 year history.

Bendon’s global brands include some of the most recognized lingerie brands in Australia, the USA, and the UK. And, it certainly never hurts to have an evergreen partnership in place with Heidi Klum, perhaps the industries most recognized and successful lingerie and swim wear model in the world.

On the financial side, Bendon has delivered consistent growth in revenue and earnings, with trailing twelve months revenue (ttm) of $119 million in 2016, and an impressive ttm gross margin of 50.3% of sales. Financial results are generated through a host of synergies, but the company’s highly efficient sourcing and logistics network, which provides market agility and economies of scale, acts as the primary bread winner for Bendon.

If the move in both share price and volume is an indication of good things to come for NAKD, investors may want to keep a close eye on the trading action during the next few sessions, as volume often precedes news price.

As always, CNA Finance will keep followers well apprised of all real time and breaking news for NAKD.

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