The investment managers at Wells Fargo & Co. have been sellers of Healthways shares so far in 2014. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wells says it owned almost 1.55 million shares on April 30, down from almost 1.9 million at the end of 2013. The sales comes as Healthways shares (Ticker: HWAY) have climbed almost 20 percent year to date and leave Wells with a stake of 4.4 percent in the company, which is facing a stiff board challenge from hedge fund North Tide Capital. Shareholders will vote on four director spots late next month.
SEE ALSO: More info on the definitive proxy statement Healthways filed Tuesday
Two of the most prominent retailers based in Middle Tennessee are trading down Wednesday morning after negative notes from analysts.
Genesco is off more than 3 percent following the decision by Goldman Sachs analyst Taposh Bari to launch coverage of the shoe and hat seller with a 'sell' rating based on "the absence of positive alpha catalysts." Bari also questions the company's investments in the Lids Locker Room sports gear division and sees the stock (Ticker: GCO) falling to $63 from its $72 Tuesday close.
Dollar General shares (Ticker: DG) also are swimming against the tide this morning after Wells Fargo's Matt Nemer downgraded the discount giant to 'market perform' from 'outperform' because of the risk that a weak economy will eat into the company's sales and margins. He has lowered his 2014 EPS outlook by 5 percent and sees the stock going nowhere from its current level of $57 and change.
A couple of analysts following Tractor Supply said Thursday that investors shouldn't overreact to the company's so-so 2014 guidance, which initially pushed down its shares by more than 5 percent. At Robert W. Baird, Peter Benedict says the company's fundamentals are strong enough to endure and that this pullback has created a good buying opportunity. Wells Fargo's Matt Nemer, meanwhile, expects the relatively bad news to be quickly surpassed by strong January numbers.
Those comments appear to have helped Tractor Supply investors quickly find a bottom Thursday and climb from there. At about 1:40 p.m., the stock (Ticker: TSCO) was down just 2 percent on the day on volume that was on track to be the double the average.
The member of the finance team at Delek US Holdings earlier this month upsized their asset-based credit facility with a consortium led by Wells Fargo. Among the changes are a $190 million increase in the company's swing line and letter of credit sublimits and the addition of a $70 million term loan. On top of that, the facility's new accordion feature lets the Brentwood-based oil refiner and marketer (Ticker: DK) add another $875 million of lender commitments. The full details are here, with the rundown of the old agreement here.
Gulch Crossing LLC, the developer of the Gulch building of the same name (minus the "LLC" of course) currently under construction on 11th Avenue, has secured from Wells Fargo Bank a loan of $62.9 million, according to documents filed with the Davidson County Register of Deeds. Gulch master developer MarketStreet Enterprises created the LLC for the project and declined to provide additional financial details (including the amount of equity in the project), citing a longstanding policy of not disclosing financials related to its developments.
As things stand, Wells Fargo will not show up in the 2014 proxy statement of Green Hills auto insurer First Acceptance. The banking giant this week filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying it now owns 4.9 percent of First Acceptance, down from 5.2 percent in the spring. Shares of First Acceptance (Ticker: FAC) are up more than 21 percent this year but down 50 percent since 2008.