AMR Corporation(PINK:AAMRQ) shares gained 7.30% to $4.41. The Justice Department on Sept. 27 says the law protects it from turning over information about the third parties interviewed during its analysis of AMR Corp.’s merger with US Airways Group Inc., information the airlines want to see as they try to defend themselves from Justice’s lawsuit to block the deal.
Additionally, AMR Corporation (OTCBB: AAMRQ), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) on Sept. 23 have each agreed to extend the outside date at which either party may terminate the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), in light of the trial schedule surrounding litigation with U.S. Department of Justice.
Federal National Mortgage Association(OTC:FNMA) shares gained 3.82% to $1.36. The company on Sept. 26 issued the company’s Monthly Volume Summary for August 2013. The summary, available on the company’s Web site at www.FreddieMac.com/investors/volsum, provides information on Freddie Mac’s mortgage-related portfolios, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities and other investments.
Additionally, the company on Sept. 20 priced its eighth Multifamily DUS® REMIC in 2013 totaling $1.09 billion under its Fannie Mae Guaranteed Multifamily Structures (Fannie Mae GeMS™) program on September 13, 2013. All classes of FNA 2013-M12 are guaranteed by Fannie Mae with respect to the full and timely payment of interest and principal.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp(OTC:FMCC) shares climbed 3.97% to $1.31. The company on Sept. 30 announced that James G. Mackey is joining the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mackey will report to Freddie Mac CEO Donald H. Layton. Mackey, age 46, will be joining Freddie Mac the week of November 11 from his most recent leadership position as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ally Financial, an auto finance and direct banking financial services company.
Stocks Alert: Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:YGE), Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTS), Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc (USA)(NYSE:TC)
Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTS)’s shares decreased 9.31% to $11.79. On June 30, 2014, the company announced the appointment of Kirk Geadelmann as its new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Geadelmann will transition into the role on August 12, 2014, succeeding Chief Financial Officer Timothy C. Clayton, who has resigned his position from the Company to pursue another executive position. Kirk Geadelmann is a seasoned financial manager whose 23 years of professional experience includes a blend of financial and operational accomplishments, primarily in the retail industry.
Yingli Green Energy Hold. Co. Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:YGE)’s shares declined 4.23% to $3.17. The company on June 27 hosted a press conference in Rio de Janeiro to announce the Company’s plans to leave a sustainable legacy in Brazil. These plans include becoming the first ever carbon neutral sponsor of the FIFA World Cup, and supplying 400 to 600 kW for a solar legacy project in Brazil that is expected to be among the largest solar energy systems in the country.
Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc (USA)(NYSE:TC)’s shares declined 1.72% to $2.86. The company on July 10 announced production results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 for its three operating mines, Mt. Milligan, Thompson Creek and Endako. Total concentrate production for Mt. Milligan for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was 29.7 thousand dry tonnes, with 16.0 million pounds of payable copper and 37.0 thousand ounces of payable gold. Total concentrate production for Mt. Milligan for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was 57.9 thousand dry tonnes, with 30.3 million pounds of payable copper and 76.2 thousand ounces of payable gold. Molybdenum production was 7.5 million pounds for the second quarter of 2014 and 15.4 million pounds for the first six months of 2014.
Most Active Buzz: Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX), VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS), Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN)
Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDIX)’s shares declined 0.41% to $24. The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, on June 16 has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty to current shareholders of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IDIX) and other violations of state law by the board of directors of Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck”), in a transaction valued at approximately $3.85 billion. Under the terms of the transaction, shareholders of Idenix would receive $24.50 in cash for each share of Idenix they own.
VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS)’s shares dropped 2.64% to $4.79. The company on June 12 announced that it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., Actavis, Inc., and Actavis PLC, collectively referred to as Actavis.
The lawsuit was filed in response to an Abbreviated New Drug Application, or ANDA, filed by Actavis. In its application, Actavis seeks to market and sell generic versions of the currently approved doses of Qsymia® (phentermine and topiramate extended-release) capsules CIV prior to the expiration of U.S. Patents 7,056,890, 7,553,818, 7,659,256, 7,674,776, 8,580,298, and 8,580,299, which are listed in the FDA’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, or the Orange Book. VIVUS filed the lawsuit on the basis that Actavis’s proposed generic products infringe each of these patents held by VIVUS.
Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN)’s shares gained 0.44% to $2.28. The company on June 9 announced that John H. Johnson has informed the Board of Directors of his plans to step down as president and chief executive officer for personal reasons. Mr. Johnson has resigned from the Board, effective June 3, 2014, and the Board has elected Douglas G. Watson, Dendreon’s lead independent director, as chairman of the Board. Dendreon’s Board is working with an executive search firm to help identify Mr. Johnson’s successor.
Liberty Media now holds majority stake in Sirius XM Radio Inc- LMCAD
Northern, WI 1/20/2013 (usmarketbuzz) –Liberty Media Corp. (NASDAQ:LMCAD), which in 2012 announced that it would take over satellite-radio provider Sirius XM Radio Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRI), acquired 50 million shares of Sirius.
Liberty Media, which is controlled by billionaire John Malone, has now become a majority stakeholder in New York-based Sirius and holds about 1.99 billion common shares and approximately 1.29 billion convertible shares of Sirius. After adding the converted stock to the outstanding shares of Sirius, Liberty Media’s ownership in the company now counts about 50.5%.
Liberty Media is planning to take control of the board of Sirius so that the satellite-radio provider company can get a new chief executive officer to run the company. Earlier in December 2012, James Meyer was appointed interim CEO, succeeding Mel Karmazin. Karmazin had resigned in 2012. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said in November 2012 that the company will also consider alternatives such as stock buybacks or a dividend so as to return capital to shareholders of Sirius.
This January, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission allowed the transfer of broadcast licenses to Liberty Media, paving way for the company to finalize its takeover of Sirius. According to Liberty Media, it would own in excess of 50% of Sirius’ outstanding shares within 60 days of the commission’s approval.
Improvement in auto sales in the U.S. helped Sirius shares jump almost 59% in 2012.
Shares of Liberty Media closed more or less unchanged at $110.55, while shares of Sirius were up 0.5% to close at $3.16