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    1. Travelers Board Member Buys 1,500 Shares

      Travelers Board Member Buys 1,500 Shares

      Philip Ruegger, a member of the board of directors at Travelers Cos. ( TRV ) , bought 1,500 shares of the company's common stock on Oct. 28. At $114.14 per share, Ruegger paid a total of $171,210 for the new shares. IK-> The technicals for TRV ($114.13 down $0.16) are bullish with an upward trend. The stock has support around $102.77 and recent resistance around $114.29. Look at the Jan. 100/105 bull-put spread for a 35-cent credit or better...

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    2. Elliott Pushes for Polycom-Mitel Tie-Up

      Elliott Pushes for Polycom-Mitel Tie-Up

      Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. released a letter Thursday disclosing stakes in Polycom Inc. and Mitel Networks Corp. and urging the telecom companies to merge to increase profitability. Hedge-fund firm Elliott, founded by Paul Singer, has built a reputation as a bruising investor, willing to pursue activist strategies, protracted litigation and unorthodox tactics...

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    3. Activist: TICC Capital Has 3 Choices

      Activist: TICC Capital Has 3 Choices

      If you like activism, you should love what's going on at TICC Capital . As the current management team plans its exit, there's an ongoing 3-way race for the job of managing its $934 million of assets. On Monday, another party threw its hat in the ring. This time, it's activist investor Raging Capital, a 5% owner of TICC Capital that doesn't seem very pleased with the way TICC is handling its job of picking a new manager...

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    4. What is an IPO? A Fool Explains

      What is an IPO? A Fool Explains

      They make for some of the most enticing headlines in financial media. They often get choice real estate on the pages of The Wall Street Journal , and the juicier ones have excited pundits barking about them on CNBC: "Wonky Widgets Stock Going Through the Roof in IPO" "NothingButLosses.com IPO Priced at $19 Per Share" "Largest Artificial Toe Maker Global Domination Ltd. Files for IPO" Why the prominence, and why the frothing excitement? What exactly is an IPO, anyway?

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    5. Icahn Adds Stake in Tegna, Cheniere Energy

      Icahn Adds Stake in Tegna, Cheniere Energy

      During the second quarter, activist investor Carl Icahn ( Trades , Portfolio ) added two new stakes to his portfolio and sold out his holding in Netflix ( NASDAQ:NFLX ), according to data reported by GuruFocus Real Time Picks. Icahn purchased 14,967,373 shares of Tegna ( TGNA ) for an average price of $28.79 per share. Tegna is an international media and marketing solutions company that reaches more than 110 million people per month...

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    6. Can Nike Inc. Thrive Without Phil Knight?

      Can Nike Inc. Thrive Without Phil Knight?

      Nike has been a top player in the sports-product market for most of the past few decades, growing from its humble roots in 1964 to become the athletic behemoth it is today, posting $28 billion in sales in fiscal 2014 and holding more than 50% market share in the United States. Nike went public in 1980, and under co-founder Phil Knight's tenure as CEO and then as chairman, the stock has soared more than 32,000% in those 35 years. Legendary entrepreneur Phil Knight. Photo: Nike.com...

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    7. Microsoft Makes It Easier for Shareholders to Nominate Candidates to Board

      Microsoft Makes It Easier for Shareholders to Nominate Candidates to Board

      Microsoft Corp. made it easier for shareholders to nominate their own candidates to the company's board, joining a growing cadre of corporations giving stockholders more influence over director elections. The company's board put in place a so-called proxy-access measure that lets Microsoft shareholders put their preferred board nominees--even if the company disagrees--directly on corporate ballots distributed before annual shareholder meetings...

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    8. Dominos Pizza Board Member Buys 22,180 Shares

      Dominos Pizza Board Member Buys 22,180 Shares

      Andrew Balson, a member of the board of directors at Dominos Pizza ( DPZ ) , bought 22,180 shares of the company's common stock on July 22. At $112.33 per share, Balson paid a total of $2,491,500 for the new shares. IK-> The technicals for DPZ ($111.76 up $0.80) are bullish with a neutral trend. Recent support has been around 110.04 and recent resistance has been near $119.43. Look at the Sept. 95/100 bull-put spread for a 25-cent credit or better...

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    9. Energy Transfer Equity Board Member Buys 1 Million Shares

      Energy Transfer Equity Board Member Buys 1 Million Shares

      Kelcy Warren, a member of the board of directors at Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE ) who already controls 10% or more of the shares of the company's common stock, bought an additional 1 million shares on July 8. At $63.04 per share, Warren paid a total of $63,040,000 for the new shares. IK-> The technicals for ETE ($65.54 up $1.02) are bullish with a neutral trend. Recent support has been around $62.98 and recent resistance has been near $70.48...

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    10. 1 Metric General Motors Company Investors Need to Get Familiar With

      1 Metric General Motors Company Investors Need to Get Familiar With

      Investors have a wealth of metrics and ratios -- among other tools -- to analyze companies on the stock market. Return on Invested Capital is a great way to assess a company's ability to generate value from the capital it invests in its business. The higher a company's ROIC, the stronger its pricing power and economic moat with the products and services it sells -- and the more value it can generate and return to shareholders...

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    11. Steve Cutler To Be Appointed As Vice Chairman Of JPMorgan - Quick Facts

      Steve Cutler To Be Appointed As Vice Chairman Of JPMorgan - Quick Facts

      (RTTNews.com) - JPMorgan Chase ( JPM ) announced that Stacey Friedman, General Counsel of the company's Corporate & Investment Bank, will succeed Steve Cutler as General Counsel of the firm early next year, when Cutler will be appointed Vice Chairman of the firm. Friedman will report to Cutler and act as his deputy for the rest of this year, and she will join the company's firm-wide Operating Committee next year when her new role becomes effective...

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    12. 3 Reasons Why the New Darden Restaurants Inc. REIT Might Be Wrong for Investors

      3 Reasons Why the New Darden Restaurants Inc. REIT Might Be Wrong for Investors

      Darden Restaurants plans on filling up the REIT with mostly Olive Garden restaurants at first, which might hurt the asset play's value. Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants recently announced it would split the company in two, creating a real estate investment trust that would house the Italian restaurant chain's properties. Markets ate the news up and initially pushed the stock almost 6% higher...

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    13. Olive Garden Is Still a Problem at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

      Olive Garden Is Still a Problem at Darden Restaurants, Inc.

      Source: Olive Garden. Shares of Darden Restaurants hit new all-time highs last week -- on their highest trading volume of the year -- after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results. It was certainly a solid report on the surface. Revenue climbed nearly 14% since the prior year's quarter, and adjusted earnings doubled to $1.08 a share. Wall Street was only holding out for a profit of $0.98 a share, but that's not much of a surprise...

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