Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Susquehanna, Morgan Stanley Disclose Stakes

Herbalife Ltd. (HLF): Susquehanna, Morgan Stanley Disclose Stakes

Even more big firms are piling into Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), going against Bill Ackman’s short position. This time it’s Susquehanna International Group and Morgan Stanley, both of which disclosed stakes today, which they held as of Dec. 31.

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Firms disclose Herbalife stakes

According to Morgan Stanley’s regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm holds more than 2.9 million shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF), which amounts to a 2.9% stake in the controversial nutritional supplements company. In its SEC filing, Susquehanna disclosed a 6.7% stake in the company, which amounts to more than 6.8 million shares.

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Bill Ackman continues attacks on Herbalife

Meanwhile activist investor Bill Ackman shows no signs of backing down in his fight to discredit Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF). His latest target just yesterday was senior Herbalife distributor Leslie Stanford. He also emphasized that Herbalife’s marketing materials focus more on recruitment of new distributors rather than sales of the product.

In connection with his report on Stanford, Ackman again pointed the figure at lead generation—a practice which got fellow Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) distributor Shawn Dahl in trouble in the past. Ackman profiled Dahl previously, and there could be even more distributor profiles to come.

Calls for Herbalife probe continue

Meanwhile, many have called for regulators to investigate Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) as a possible pyramid scheme. Undoubtedly Ackman is hoping to spur an investigation by profiling some of the company’s top distributors. So far though, he has been largely unsuccessful. In Canada, it was reported that regulators did launch an investigation in to Herbalife, and that may have been linked with Ackman’s report, which focused on Dahl’s connection with lead generation schemes and his past convictions.

U.S. regulators aren’t biting though, and there haven’t been any signs that they might any time soon. Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) has been riding high on its strong numbers, however.

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Michelle Jones is editor-in-chief for ValueWalk.com and has been with the site since 2012. Previously, she was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Email her at Mjones@wordpress-785388-2679526.cloudwaysapps.com.
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  1. Read more about Shawn Dahl, you can say that he pleadef guilty for running a pyramid scheme, what is amazing is that the SEC is doing nothing never seen before, wait it hist happened five years ago Mr Madoff, he got away for so long… But justice came at the end, maybe because he screw up also rich guys, MLM companies screws up with the midle class!!!!
    Who cares about them, and for SEC close your eyes one more time you did it before.

    I am not surprised any more with all this.

  2. Non-responsive. Forgive me for not being surprised. I accuse OBS of being a tool scam, very similar to Amway’s tool scam. Google “stop the amway tool scam wordpress”

  3. Shawn’s parent’s in-law had an old Lead Generation System in Canada that was shut down in 2002. Shawn Dalh, used the LGS from parent’s in-law adding a “Claims section” and called On-line Business System – OBS has never accused of any violation.

  4. Ackman brings up some old new on Shawn Dalh – occurred some 12 years ago. Settled some 10 years ago – done and finish!
    On the Canadian investigation: Herbalife press release state “We are not aware on any investigation.” Why continue to misinform readers? Do you have any new finding? Please share your LINK…

  5. Still perpetuating the Lie Value Walk.?? There is no investigation from the CBB. If there is Please refer the source. And do not quote the NY Post. Because they wrote a lie, straight-up. So please say you have somebody from the CBB that told you, Because Herbalife says there is no such investigation.

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