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News For KEG;A;VVC;ELLI;LOGM;CBS From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
10:57 EDTCBSHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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10:01 EDTCBSCablevision, CBS reach new comprehensive content carriage agreement
Cablevision Systems Corporation (CVC) and CBS Corporation (CBS) announced a broad-based multi-year content carriage agreement. The new deal covers retransmission consent for CBS-owned stations, and the continued carriage of SHOWTIME(R), CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the new agreement, Cablevision is the first cable or satellite provider to announce plans to distribute CBS All Access and SHOWTIME Internet services to its Optimum Online customers. Pricing plans, timing and other particulars will be provided at a later time.
August 24, 2015
16:48 EDTKEGKey Energy announces CEO succession plan
Key Energy Services announced that its board has approved a CEO succession plan and certain corporate governance changes. Under the succession plan, it is anticipated that Robert Drummond, Key's president and COO will assume the role of CEO no later than December 31, 2016, succeeding Dick Alario, who has informed the board of his intention to retire next year. As part of this transition, the board has split the positions of chairman of the board and CEO. The board has elected director Mark Rosenberg to the position of non-executive chairman effective immediately. Alario will continue as CEO and a member of the board. Key also announced that the board has established a Finance Committee. The Committee will assist the board, and provide a resource for management, in connection with the board's oversight of the company's short and long term financial activities.
August 21, 2015
08:53 EDTCBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTCBSDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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06:36 EDTCBSBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
August 18, 2015
10:17 EDTCBSDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:00 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:13 EDTCBSCBS downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTCBSDisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform with a $112-$119 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded CBS (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
August 17, 2015
17:48 EDTAAgilent says confident in delivering on margin expansion goals
On the company Q3 earnings conference call, Agilent said that it is confident in delivering on margin expansion goals. The company noted that it is committed to a 22% operating margin by 2017 and will continue its buybacks in Q4. The company sees a number of areas of strength including Pharma, Life Science, Research and Diagnostics. The company is seeing double-digit growth in Pharma and has no reason to believe it will slow down. Agilent sees "a lot " of reasons to be positive on outlook.
16:21 EDTAAgilent says some U.S. and state government large deals delayed into Q4
Agilent said in a slides presentation that some US and state government large deals delayed into Q4. Customers in industrial markets continue cautious stance in light of macro-economic conditions.
16:09 EDTAAgilent narrows FY15 EPS view to $1.68-$1.72 from $1.67- $1.73
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16:07 EDTAAgilent sees Q4 EPS 45c-49c, consensus 50c
Sees Q4 revenue $1.03B-$1.05B, consensus $1.06B.
16:06 EDTAAgilent reports Q3 EPS 44c, consensus 41c
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14:48 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
August 14, 2015
14:42 EDTCBSLumber Liquidators rallies ahead of CBS rerun on new Tiger stake
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13:46 EDTCBS'60 Minutes' to rerun with updates Lumber Liquidators piece, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTCBSCBS management to meet with Topeka
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09:42 EDTLOGMLogMeln management to meet with Stephens
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