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June 10, 2014
10:41 EDTTWX, DTV, SNI, VIAB, T, TWC, DISCA, AMCX, CMCSA, FOXAAMC Networks seen as potential target for Viacom, Time Warner
A number of media companies may consider buying AMC Networks (AMCX), research firm Topeka wrote in a note to investors earlier today. AMC Networks owns and operates a number of cable TV channels, including its flagship, which broadcasts the popular "Walking Dead" show. WHAT'S NEW: A number of media companies may consider acquiring AMC, Topeka analyst David Miller theorized in a note to investors earlier today. The recent acquisitions of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and DirecTV (DTV), by Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T) respectively, are likely to make media companies more interested in acquiring AMC, Miller believes. Those deals increase the bargaining power of content buyers and could create headaches for content suppliers if the latter fail to respond, according to Miller, who believes several content providers are considering responding by buying AMC. The most likely suitors for AMC are the largest media companies that are upbeat on the outlook for overseas growth, wrote the analyst. Miller noted that AMC last year bought Chellomedia, which, as of February 2013, developed content for channels that were distributed to more than 390M households in 138 countries. Viacom (VIAB), Time Warner (TWX), Discovery (DISCA), Scripps Networks (SNI), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) are the most likely suitors for AMC, the analyst indicated. All of those media companies operate cable channels as their core business and all of them have sought to grow by expanding overseas, according to Miller. The analyst kept an $87 price target and Buy rating on AMC Networks. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, AMC Networks shares were virtually unchanged at $60.70.
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September 24, 2015
13:44 EDTFOXA, CMCSAOculus says bringing Netflix, Huly to GearVR, company says in tweet
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10:01 EDTAMCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Avondale... AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Citi ups Ralph Lauren (RL) to Buy on valuation, cost savings... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Marriott (MAR) upgraded on historical performance, growth outlook at SunTrust... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Qualys (QLYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded on better than expected transaction at SunTrust.
09:22 EDTTSprint to offer iPhone 6s 16GB for $1 per month
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06:28 EDTAMCXAMC Networks upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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September 23, 2015
17:41 EDTTAT&T, CSC announce hybrid cloud management platform
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13:34 EDTTWCLiberty Broadband shareholders approve proposals related to Charter merger
Liberty Broadband (LBRDA, LBRDK) announced that at its special meeting of stockholders, the holders of Liberty's common stock entitled to vote thereat approved both proposals presented at the meeting relating to Liberty's issuance of shares of its Series C common stock to third party investors, the proceeds of which will fund all or a portion of Liberty's purchase of $4.3B of stock of a new publicly traded Charter Communications (CHTR) following its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), all as previously announced.
11:48 EDTTSynchronoss drops after concerns raised about Verizon cloud business
After Verizon (VZ) recently reduced the amount of free cloud storage it provides to customers as part of its cost cutting efforts, analysts at Baird told investors they were "increasingly concerned" that the telecom giant is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers via its agreement with cloud services provider Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR). Analysts at two other firms have issued defenses of Synchronoss in the wake of its sharp decline today. BEARISH VIEW: After Version cut its free cloud storage to 5GB from 25GB, Baird said it believed the Telco is less committed to Synchronoss' cloud offering, which the firm contended will "likely have revenue implications for 2016." The firm, which said it has had a negative bias on Synchronoss due to long-term cloud competitive concerns and the lack of growth outside of AT&T (T) and Verizon, has a Neutral rating on the cloud services provider's shares. DEFENSES: JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty attributes today's pullback in shares of Synchronoss to the concerns raised about the potential loss of Verizon as a cloud customer. Auty, however, sees "no chance" of Synchronoss losing Verizon as a customer in the near-term since the wireless carrier recently renewed its contract with the company for multiple years. He views today's selloff as a "significant overreaction" and recommends buying Synchronoss at current levels. Also noting concerns raised about Synchronoss' potential loss of some cloud business, Wells Fargo said even if Synchronoss' cloud business exhibited zero growth in 2016 from 2015, shares would be compelling at current levels. The firm views the selloff as overdone and reiterates its Overweight rating on Synchronoss shares. PRICE ACTION: Synchronoss shares, which dipped as low as $27.86 this morning, are off their worst levels but remain down $4.65 to $32.74 in late morning trading.
09:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable announces partnership with Telemundo
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September 22, 2015
10:07 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, TWXMedia companies adjust Netflix strategy ahead of OTT growth, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTTAT&T commits to bringing broadband to over 37,00 homes, businesses in OH
AT&T has committed to extend broadband to more than 37,000 rural homes and businesses in Ohio over the next six years.
September 21, 2015
16:51 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable confirms shareholder approval of merger with Charter
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15:58 EDTTWCCharter stockholders approve Time Warner Cable, Bright House transactions
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13:31 EDTTWX, VIABAfter Emmys, analyst sees 'growing threat' to established content creators
Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA) shares fell in midday trading following last night's Emmy Awards, while Amazon (AMZN) climbed. An analyst called the combined nominations for Netflix and Amazon a an indication that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment." WHAT'S NEW: HBO, a Time Warner network, dominated the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, walking away with 43 awards overall, including 29 Creative Emmys, while Netflix won four awards, as did Viacom's Comedy Central. Amazon, meanwhile, achieved its first-ever Emmy wins with five total awards. Following HBO's performance at the annual awards show, Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings tweeted: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Netflix was nominated for 34 awards, while Amazon was nominated for 12. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said that while Netflix's four Emmys this year was "somewhat disappointing" considering last year's seven, the service's performance at the awards show was "notable," particularly since the company has long been underestimated by bigger and more established content creators. Squali said that the combined 46 nominations for both Netflix and Amazon is a "clear indication" that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment" and that it's "a matter of time" before such services begin to rival and possibly exceed their "linear cousins." The analyst sees Netflix gaining strong momentum heading into the second half of fiscal 2015 and 2016 and reiterated a Buy rating on the company's stock with a $125 price target. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares are down 1.95% to $100.62 in afternoon trading. Meanwhile, Time Warner is down 0.29% to $69.44, Viacom is down 2.42% to $45.58, and Amazon is up 0.94% to $545.32.
13:01 EDTVIABViacom to cut back on primetime commercials in October, Variety reports
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12:55 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with a triple digit gain for the Dow and remained in a fairly narrow range for most of the morning. However, once the European markets closed, the U.S. averages weakened and are now struggling to remain in positive ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales fell 4.8% to a 5.31M rate in August, versus expectations for them to be down 1.6% to a rate of 5.5M. Over the weekend, three Federal Reserve officials, namely an Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. In Europe, Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party gained 35.5% of the vote in the Greek election. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in Germany plunged and the ADRs trading in New York dropped more than 17.5% after the EPA and California Air Resources Board detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards while testing Volkswagen diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters... Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards, including the 29 Creative Emmys it won last week. Meanwhile, Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins and Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, whose company won four awards, tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which jumped 12% after agreeing to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Among the noteworthy losers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which dropped 9% following the announcement that ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) plans to acquire two new drug applications from Merck (MRK) that could compete with Acthar, Mallinckrodt's largest product. Also lower was uniQure (QURE), which fell 15% after announcing topline results of one-year follow-up data from a Phase I/II clinical trial in four Sanfilippo B syndrome patients. Both stocks were among the many big pharma and biotech decliners after Hillary Clinton, on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report detailing Turing Pharmaceuticals' price hike to $750 from $13.50 per pill of a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, vowed to lay out a plan tomorrow to take on what she calls "price gouging" of specialty drugs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.57, or 0.24%, to 16,423.15, the Nasdaq was down 21.13, or 0.44%, to 4,806.10, and the S&P 500 was up 1.85, or 0.09%, to 1,959.88.
11:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable stakeholders approve Charter takeover, Reuters reports
Time Warner Cable (TWC) shareholders have approved its $56B takeover by Charter Communications (CHTR), Reuters reports, citing preliminary votes at a special shareholder meeting. Reference Link
09:14 EDTVIAB, TWXNetflix CEO congratulates HBO on Emmy dominance
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards over all, including 29 Creative Emmys last week. Viacom's (VIA) Comedy Central, with four wins, was the network with the second-highest number of awards last night. Meanwhile, Hastings' won Netflix won four awards and Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins with two awards for its series "Transparent." Reference Link
06:34 EDTTSamsung may be planning leasing program for Galaxy phones, Forbes reports
Samsung (SSNLF) is rumored to be planning to launch a leasing program for its Galaxy phones in the U.S., similar to the program Apple (AAPL) recently announced, Forbes reports, citing an industry executive with knowledge of Samsung's plans. According to the source, Samsung could launch the leasing program in the next few months. Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program encourages consumers to buy iPhones directly from the Apple Store instead of going through carriers, the publication notes. Publicly traded wireless carriers include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile US (TMUS). Reference Link
September 20, 2015
19:48 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, TWX'Maze Runner' sequel outpaces 'Black Mass'
Young-adult science fiction film "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" raced ahead of Johnny Depp-led crime biopic "Black Mass" in their respective weekend debuts. WEEKEND LEADER: Falling somewhat short of estimated sales in the range of $34M-$36M, Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20. The sci-fi action thriller's $61M budget nearly doubles that of the first "Maze Runner" film, building on a trend of dystopic young-adult films popularized by Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "Black Mass" from Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros. took in $23.4M for its domestic open. The Boston-based crime film garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike, with particular praise given to Johnny Depp in the role of mobster Whitey Bulger. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's horror thriller "The Visit" earned $11.4M in its second week in theaters, while Sony (SNE) thriller "The Perfect Guy" fell to fourth place with $9.7M. Rounding out this weekend's Top 5, Universal's disaster film "Everest" grossed $7.6M despite opening in just 545 theaters ahead of its wider release.
16:37 EDTTWXWarner Bros., China Media Capital form joint venture to develop Chinese films
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