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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the company now plans to return $7 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends by the end of fiscal 2019, including a 50% increase in dividend. The company will also significantly increase the matching contribution for its employees'...

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) announced, consistent with the company's succession strategy, a new executive organization structure effective May 1, 2018. The company's president, Des Walsh, will transition to the new role of executive vice-chairman. Concurrently with Walsh's transition to his new role, two company...

Hyatt Hotels Corp. (H) announced the company has reached a definitive agreement with Host Hotels & Resorts (HST) for the sale of the 301-room Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, the 668-room Grand Hyatt San Francisco, and the 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for approximately $1.0 billion....

First Solar, Inc. (FSLR) has raised its 2018 revenue, EPS, and net cash guidance as a result of revised systems project sale timing, increased Series 4 production, the expected sale of 8point3 and other developments. Earnings per share are now projected to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.90, up from prior...

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. (PNC) said that it appointed William Parsley III as chief operating officer effective immediately. Gagan Singh will succeed Parsley as chief investment officer and continue with his current duties and Randall King will succeed Parsley as treasurer and continue with his...

Ford Motor Company (F) announced the appointment of Kumar Galhotra as group vice president and president, Ford North America, effective March 1. Galhotra has served in a variety of senior-level engineering and product strategy positions around the world. In addition, since 2014, he has led Lincoln Motor...

Hershey Co. (HSY) said that John Bilbrey has informed the company that he will retire as chairman of its board of directors. He will not stand for re-election at the company's 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for May 2, 2018. Bilbrey, age 61, previously served as President and Chief Executive...

The Toro Company (TTC) announced the company now expects adjusted net earnings per share to be about $2.67 to $2.73 for fiscal 2018. The company continues to expect revenue growth for fiscal 2018 to exceed 4 percent. The company said the revised 2018 guidance includes the ongoing lower corporate tax...

Apache Corp. (APA) said that in 2018, it plans to invest $3 billion in oil and gas capital, with more than 70 percent allocated to the Permian. This amount includes approximately $500 million for Alpine High midstream. Internationally, Apache will continue to invest at a level to sustain long-term free...

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW) announced the company anticipates full-year 2018 adjusted net income will grow by a mid-twenty-percent level compared with 2017, including the benefit of tax reform. Without tax reform, the company would have expected adjusted net income to grow by a teens percentage...

Lawson Products Inc. (LAWS) reported that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $20.2 million or $2.21 per share compared to a net loss of $4.6 million, or $0.53 per share, for the same period a year ago. The earnings per share benefitted from re-establishing our U.S. deferred tax assets...

Gildan Activewear Inc.(GIL, GIL.TO) announced Thursday its Board of Directors have approved a 20 percent increase in quarterly cash dividend to $0.112 per share, payable on April 2, to shareholders of record on March 8, 2018. It is the sixth consecutive annual 20 percent increase in quarterly dividend. Looking...

Kite, a Gilead Company (GILD) and Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (SGMO) announced a worldwide collaboration using Sangamo's zinc finger nuclease technology platform for the development of next-generation ex vivo cell therapies in oncology. Sangamo will receive an upfront payment of $150 million and is eligible...

Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR), a specialized contracting services company, said that in January 2018 it completed the acquisition of Northwest Lineman College or NLC, an educational and training institution serving the electric power industry. The company noted that the acquisition supports its strategic...

Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) has identified an accelerated path to transform the company and deliver enhanced value for shareholders. The company said, through new initiatives, it will emerge simpler, faster and stronger. Newell plans to simplify operations, including a 50 percent reduction in its global...

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