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a computer mistake is causing pain for Herbalife shareholders nutritional supplement company announced on Thursday I database error caused it to overstate new membership growth for the past three quarters shares are sinking on the revelation that the company derives most of its sales growth all new members I'm coming into New York to mistakes are quite startling in one instance bubbly said then is global growth and new membership was only three point two percent compared to the near seventeen percent is that it was an earnings conference call back in February , Herbalife was thrust into the spotlight back in two thousand twelve when billionaire hedge fund manager bill Ackman kicked off several government investigations after accusing the company of being a pyramid scheme he claimed Herbalife makes more money from the piece part signing up new members than it does from actual product sales an allegation Herbalife continues to deny admiral so crop and it took a very public one billion dollar debt the stock would tumble sparking a major battle with billionaire Wall Street Titans Carl Icahn who took the other side of his bed even with today's price slide act ministerial losing that fight price of the stock has more than doubled since two thousand twelve low