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June 10, 2014
10:41 EDTT, TWC, DISCA, AMCX, CMCSA, FOXA, TWX, DTV, SNI, VIABAMC 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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August 20, 2015
05:41 EDTAMCXAMC Networks selloff provides 'great' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
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August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTCMCSA, T, TWCBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson
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08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:14 EDTTWXIntel to launch contest show on Turner Broadcasting, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is making a foray into reality television by developing a contest show with Mark Burnett and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting unit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program will be called "America's Greatest Makers" and will engage "do-it-yourselfers" who turn microchips and other components into devices and gadgets, competing for a $1M prize, the report says. The show is scheduled to appear on TV and other media channels in 2016, the report adds. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
16:49 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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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 EDTCMCSA, FOXA, TWC, 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 EDTTWC, CMCSACable 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 EDTFOXA, TWX, CMCSA, VIAB'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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