Hackers accessed the data of up to 100,000 people through a tool that helps students get financial aid.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday that a breach had been discovered in the fall. In September, he said, his agency discovered that fraudsters could use someone’s personal data to fill out a financial aid application, and the “Data Retrieval Tool” would populate the application with tax information.
That information could be used to file false tax returns. The commissioner said fewer than 8,000 of these returns were processed, and refunds were issued totaling $30 million.
The tool is part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) system, which is used to determine how much financial aid students receive for college.
In October, the IRS told the Department of Education that the system could be abused by criminals, but because up to 15 million people use the system for convenience, they kept it available. However, in February, the agency witnessed a pattern of fraudulent activity, and it shut down the automated tool in March.
stock shares: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.(NWL)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NWL) announced on Wednesday that it has finalized the sale of its Hardware business.
The sale, which was first reported on August 9, was completed on Wednesday. Nova Capital has acquired NWL’s Hardware business which includes the Amerock, Ashland, Bulldog and Shur-Line brands.
NWL will receive approximately $175 million in after-tax proceeds from the sale.
Newell Rubbermaid shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Wednesday. The stock has increased 18% YTD.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Last week, Tiffany (TIF) CFO Ralph Nicolettileft the luxury retailer for Newell Brands (NWL). Wells Fargo’s Ike Boruchow and team argued that Nicoletti’s departure is “an untimely distraction” for a stock that can’t afford one:
- [By Paul Ausick]
Newell Brands Inc. (NYSE: NWL) dropped about 1.5% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $42.54 after closing Friday at $43.20. The 52-week high is $55.08. Volume of around 3.5 million shares traded was about 10% above the daily average. The company had no specific news.
stock shares: Aerohive Networks, Inc.(HIVE)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) to report quarterly earnings at $1.16 per share on revenue of $17.34 billion before the opening bell. Citigroup shares rose 0.47 percent to $48.70 in after-hours trading.
HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ) disclosed that it would be implementing a restructuring plan that would likely result in the firing of 3,000 to 4,000 employees, annual savings of $200 million to $300 million, and a charge of $350 million to $500 million. Management also announced a 7 percent surge in the stock’s dividend and an additional $3 million share repurchase program. The company issued its outlook for fiscal 2017, guiding for EPS of $1.55 to $1.65, mostly below the Street’s consensus of $1.64. HP shares fell 1.32 percent to $14.95 in the after-hours trading session.
Analysts are expecting JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) to have earned $1.39 per share on revenue of $23.99 billion in the latest quarter. JPMorgan will release earnings before the markets open. JPMorgan shares gained 0.37 perecent to $67.99 in after-hours trading.
Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) reported weak preliminary results for its third quarter. The company said it expects a net loss of $(0.06) to $(0.07) per share, versus consensus at $(0.04) per share. Revenue guidance of $40 million also fell short of expectations for almost $48 million. Aerohive shares dropped 18.29 percent to $4.60 in the after-hours trading session.
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- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Aerohive Networks Inc (NYSE: HIVE) were down 33 percent to $3.10. Aerohive Networks reported a Q2 loss of $3.9 million on revenue of $42.3 million, and disclosed that it has extended its $10 million buyback plan.
stock shares: Layne Christensen Company(LAYN)
- [By Peter Graham]
A long term performance chart shows small caps Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation andLayne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) underperforming, but possibly recovering while Orion Group Holdings (NYSE: ORN) had a clear reversal early last year:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) got a boost, shooting up 16 percent to $8.78 after the company posted a narrower-than-expected loss for its first quarter.
stock shares: athenahealth, Inc.(ATHN)
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Shares of Athena Health (ATHN) are up 37% in just over a month. Is there still more room to run?
Cramer said for years Athena had been a fast-growing stock, but as the company transitioned from growth to profitability, things began to get ugly. The company’s bombastic CEO, and his “colorful” personality began to rub shareholders the wrong way.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Meanwhile, earnings season continued to play out, and although the technology industry saw some extremely encouraging reports, not all stocks participated in the rally. Athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN), Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), and Time (NYSE:TIME) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Athenahealth (ATHN) last night announced that its CFO and administrative chief, Kristi Matus, would be leaving the company. Her departure has not been embraced by investors, who have pushed shares lower today. Leerink’s David Larsen understands their concerns:
In our view, the CFO departure may be indicative of internal operational challenges. We still think it is possible that Kristi Matus is seeking an environment that is not as demanding as ATHN, though this has not been confirmed by management. Management harped on the point that bifurcation is part of the strategic initiative of ATHN to reenergize the culture of the company, and Jonathan Bush noted how he himself hopes to spend more time on talent and culture and less time on entering new markets and building new products.
We continue to believe that ATHN is facing challenges. We continue to believe the market is fundamentally slowing and bookings growth may become more lumpy as we progress through 2016. We still believe there will be a slow-down in the bookings growth rate b/c of a possible slow-down in the ambulatory EMR market and the fact that we are in the final payment year of Meaningful Use. Much of the call focused on Kristi Matus’s departure as a major loss for the company of a leader who was “masterful with investors.” According to management, the decision to split the CFO and CFAO responsibilities was not a reflection of her ability.
Baird’s Matthew Gillmor and Sean McBride are less worried:
The unexpected resignation of CFO Kristi Matus is disappointing, but the reasons for her departure seem somewhat understandable, in our view (potentially viewed bifurcation of CFO/CAO role as a demotion). We think incoming CFO Karl Stubelis is very strong and should provide helpful continuity, both internally and externally (currently serves as Controller and previously as acting CFO). Finally, the CFO change does not change our positive long-term thesi