Topic: Friday Night Dump

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Sears seeks to stem the (executive) losses…
March 15, 2012—The saga of Sears Holdings (SHLD) in its many incarnations over the years is a dramatic one, not least for investors, and we seem to once again be in one of those nail-biting chapters full of comings, goings and at least mild drama. Some of those comings and goings, of course, are company executives. We […]

Second helpings at Weight Watchers…
March 12, 2012—Anyone who has tallied food points, calories, or carbs in the name of weight management knows what it’s like to eat something that seemed healthy enough, only to find out later that it was laden with stealthy grams of fat or sugar. We found the SEC-filing equivalent of that experience in an 8-K that Weight […]

Lightning strikes twice for Fortress ex-CEO Mudd…
February 29, 2012—The last time Daniel Mudd left a high-profile job (Fannie Mae, back in 2008), he walked away with a separation payment worth more than $9 million. Now, less than four years later, it seems that lightning has struck again, with Mudd’s recent departure from Fortress Investment Group (FIG) garnering him nearly $16 million, albeit most […]

Of proxy fights and raises at AOL…
February 28, 2012—When it comes to reading filings, it’s easy to get immersed in the details. Sometimes you get a better picture, and a more entertaining one, by taking a step back. That’s the case with AOL (AOL), which is facing a feisty proxy battle with Starboard Value LP, an activist investor (it owns 5.2% of AOL’s […]

Netflix talks about repairing its brand…
February 13, 2012—Regular readers of footnoted know that we often joke about the Friday night dump — that 90 minute window on Friday evenings between the time that markets close and the time that the SEC stops accepting all but insider-trading related filings at 5:30 pm. So when we saw that Netflix (NFLX) filed its 10-K just […]

Has HP learned a lesson about time and money?…
February 6, 2012—After Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) filed its proxy on Friday, news organizations from coast to coast published articles about the compensation that CEO Meg Whitman and the other top executives received last year (see here and here). Each exec got a total compensation package of $9 million or more; and we noticed that former chief executive LâŸo […]

Fearing unfounded rumors: Jefferies isn’t alone…
January 31, 2012—Are unfounded rumors getting worse, or are companies just more inclined to blame them for their woes? We began to wonder about this after reading a new risk-factor disclosure from Jefferies Group (JEF), included in the 10-K the company filed on Friday. Here’s the relevant excerpt (emphasis in the original): “Unfounded allegations about us could […]

Wal-Mart puts those pinched pennies to use…
January 30, 2012—Die-hard fans of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) may still be reeling from last Friday’s news that the retail giant is moving its iconic greeters to further inside the store, where they can help customers or direct them to shorter check-out lines — breaking with a 30-year tradition started by the store’s founder, Sam Walton. By […]

Nice (part-time) work if you can get it…
January 26, 2012—Unemployment is still high, at 8.5%, and underemployment is rife: Plenty of people are working part-time when they’d rather have full-time jobs. Then there are the part-time jobs pretty much anyone would love to have: corporate directorships. Earlier this month, Michelle footnoted how Google (GOOG) seems to have decided to double the value of the […]

And discount American Eagle clothing, too…
January 24, 2012—Correction: The headline on an early version of this post incorrectly said O’Donnell would get “free” clothing instead of discounted clothing. My apologies for the error. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) describes itself as offering “high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices.” But while it pours effort into making the case that […]