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June 10, 2014
09:17 EDTT, FOXA, CMCSA, TWX, AMCX, DISCA, SNI, VIABMedia companies may be weighing purchase of AMC Networks, says Topeka
Topeka believes that it is very possible that a few major media companies are weighing an acquisition of AMC Networks (AMCX) in order to improve their positions vis-a-vis AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA) in the wake of their recent acquisitions. The firm sees Viacom (VIAB), Discovery (DISCA), Time Warner (TWX), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) as potential acquirers of AMC Networks. It keeps an $87 price target and Buy rating on AMC.
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, VIABDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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07:56 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) 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.
07:13 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) 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.
07:12 EDTTWX, FOXADisney 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
20:09 EDTCMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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11:49 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $92 from $103 at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss lowered his price target for Time Warner to $92 to reflect more conservative multiple assumptions but keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTCMCSA, VIAB, TWX, FOXA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTFOXAGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:48 EDTVIABBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, reports new stake in Axalta
NEW STAKES: Axalta (AXTA). INCREASED STAKES: Charter Communications (CHTR), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB), Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI), and WABCO Holdings (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), and National Oilwell Varco (NOV).
13:03 EDTTWX, FOXAOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:29 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch online video platform called Watachable, Business Insider says
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11:24 EDTVIAB, FOXA, CMCSA, TWXFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' expected to lead weekend box office
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09:47 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting buys majority stake in iStreamPlanet
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07:37 EDTTWXJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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